“Female Viagra” Approved by FDA

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Yesterday, the FDA approved the first drug to treat low or absent sexual desire in pre-menopausal women. Popularly known as “female Viagra,” the drug, Addyi, has created a clear divide in feminist circles. On one side of the debate are advocates for the drug. Many of them are part of Even the Score, a coalition that […]

Why We Can Still Learn From a ’70s Sex-Ed Comic

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In a recent Fusion article, writer Sam Meier chronicled the fraught history of a newly re-discovered sex-ed comic from the ’70s called Ten Heavy Facts About Sex. According to Meier’s research, back in the groovy year 1971, Sol Gordon, a professor of child and family studies at Syracuse University, used the comic to deliver honest, far-out […]

A Condom Designed With Women’s Pleasure in Mind

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Compared to everything from a “sandwich bag” to a “balloon stuck between my legs,” the female condom isn’t exactly beloved, or even well-known, in the United States. (For some, female condoms are even “just ew.”) But a new condom called the VA w.o.w Condom Feminine, created by the Michigan-based company IXü, may just change those […]

Is “Female Viagra” Really as Great as it Sounds?

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On June 4, a governmental advisory committee recommended the FDA approve what has come to be known as “female Viagra,” or flibanserin. The committee voted 18-6 that the drug be approved, provided that certain safety measures be taken to reduce the risk of side effects. The meeting marks the third time the FDA has reviewed […]

The Great Last-Name Debate

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Here is a fun experiment for you to try on your husband-to-be. Ask him if he would have considered taking your last name instead of keeping his own when you got married. Based on what I have experienced, I bet that most men will immediately say no and provide you with a very creative answer. […]

Why Laura Kipnis is Really, Really Wrong About Teacher-Student Affairs

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Over the past nine months, I’ve been working with an academic senate task force made up of faculty members, staff and students to address concerns about sexual violence on our campus. While the group came together in the wake of a high-profile gang rape, we have spent a lot of time talking about sexual harassment […]

The Ethics of Iran’s Virginity Pills

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Virginity has long been regarded as a sacred state of being—with inextricable ties to a patriarchal, heteronormative and archaic narrative of what it means to “lose” it. In some cultures, the act of losing one’s virginity signifies a woman’s deflowering, her “coming-of-age,” her much-anticipated arrival into society’s—and her partner’s—awaiting arms. For some societies, though, losing it “too soon” […]

“Fifty Shades of F*cked Up”: The Film on its Own Terms

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Have you heard of Fifty Shades of Grey? Of course you have. It’s everywhere. By now we probably all know the basics: damaged millionaire falls for innocent undergrad and introduces her to a world of BDSM play that’s by turns sexy and disturbing. He tries to push her into a full-time dominant/submissive contract; she tries […]

Black Women’s Histories: A Conversation with Mireille Miller-Young

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Black Women’s Histories, a conversation series, will profile different feminist scholars engaging black women’s histories and narratives during Black and Women’s History Months (February and March, respectively). This week’s scholarly conversation profiles Mireille Miller-Young, author of A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography. An associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, Miller-Young’s work […]

Feminist Debates: Pornography

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The women’s movement is a diverse, complex, multifaceted one with many differences of opinion and ways of thinking. Although most mainstream feminists generally agree about issues—such as being pro-choice or against genital cutting—there are several controversial issues about which no one general consensus has formed. This article on feminist debates is half explanatory, half experiment: […]