Want to Stop Sexual Harassment at Work? First Stop it in School!

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Sexual harassment allegations by four women against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain have made the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace headline news. What many people may not realize is that such harassment is a widespread problem in middle and high schools, too. During the 2010-11 school year, nearly 48 percent of students in […]

And the Pawnee Goddess Spirit Award Goes to … the Trans-Friendly Girl Scouts of Colorado!

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For their recent stance against gender injustice, I hereby nominate the Girl Scouts of Colorado for a Pawnee Goddess Spirit Award. What’s that, you ask? On October 13, Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation warmed feminist hearts with an episode about the Pawnee Goddesses, a fictional girls’ scouting group so popular that the towns’ boys petition to […]

We Love the Female Orgasm! Do You?

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Starting college is pretty exciting; everyone’s meeting new friends, getting the hang of their classes, and, if they’re lucky, learning about female orgasm. A few weeks ago, my college’s Sexual Health Educators brought the program “I Love the Female Orgasm” to our student body. After seeing the attention-grabbing posters around campus, my roommate and I […]

A 17-Year-Old Does SlutWalk

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At the crack of dawn I sneak soundlessly into my mother’s bedroom. Luckily, it rained last night, so the sky is wet and dark and soporific, so I don’t wake her. I tiptoe over to the closet, which looks like the holy arc in synagogue where they keep the Torah, and in my nervous haste […]

Sexed-Up Starfire Doesn’t Sit Well with 7-Year-Old Fan

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Dear DC Comics Editors, In response to your new Catwoman and Starfire comics, I’m not going to rant like Comics Alliance (though you need to read that) or Andrew Wheeler (also an excellent read) or Ms. Snarky (you may want to take notes on that one.) Instead I’m going to hand over my forum and let […]

Chasing Rayanne Graff: A Love Letter To Teen Girl Best Friends

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I can say with some certainty that I was bananas in love with every best girlfriend I had from the ages of 6 to 17.  The only reason the to-the-ends-of-the-earth love stops there is because that type of girlfriendship can get harder to come by as you get older. And even when you do find […]

Letter to Bella, and Other Girls With Blue Shoes

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Dear Bella, Your mom told me all about your awesome blue shoes. I like blue. My little girl, Amelia, she loves blue because it is the color of the ocean. But if you asked her, she would tell you her favorite color is rainbow. Rainbows are so nice because they include all of the colors. […]

Teen Dating Violence: Take it Seriously Before it Happens Again

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Last week, the Boston area was shocked to hear that the body of Wayland, Mass., high-school graduate Lauren Astley, 18, was found in a marsh in what looks to be an act of teen domestic violence that occurred after Astley ended a three-year relationship with her boyfriend Nathaniel Fujita. As if this wasn’t awful enough, […]

Dear Reese Witherspoon: All Girls Are ‘Good Girls’

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On Sunday night, Reese Witherspoon, an Oscar winner, accepted a very different kind of award: the MTV Generation Award in Los Angeles. Witherspoon, 35, took the stage, teased Robert Pattinson, then offered the usual celebrity thanks. So far, so good. But then her speech took an unexpected turn: I want to say to all the girls out there, […]

Throwing Around the Word “Rape”

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It looked so wrong in the little instant messaging box: “I’m gonna get raped tomorrow.” For a moment, I was terrified that my friend faced serious sexual violence. But no, she was just concerned about her performance on an upcoming Advanced Placement test. I hear this word all too often in the hallways of my […]