The Dangers of Mansplaining Abortion

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Even mansplaining is bigger in Texas. “Mansplaining” was a New York Times Word of the Year after the publication of Rebecca Solnit’s classic essay “Men Explain Things to Me” back in 2008. Before long, the word had morphed to explain the experience of other groups who are often dismissed: whitesplaining, straightsplaining and, for those who […]

The Day That Men’s Sports Got It Right

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We’ve been inundated with bad news about men’s sports lately, from domestic-abusing football players to backside-protecting sports leaders. So imagine our surprise and pleasure yesterday when we read that the National Hockey League (NHL) did the right thing about a domestic-abuse accusation, and that a football player showed off his feminist credentials by decrying misogyny. […]

Sleater-Kinney, Bad Brains, Black Flag — Rachel Maddow’s Midterm Playlist

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The stress of midterm elections have you pulling out your hair? Don’t worry! The ingenious Rachel Maddow has curated a playlist of angry punk songs to help relieve some of that pent up midterm aggression. Courtesy of the Late Night With Seth Meyers show, Maddow has provided spot-on music selections, with each song dedicated to various aspects […]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Discriminatory Voter ID Law

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Sorry, African Americans, Latinos, married or divorced women, poor people, college students, the disabled and the elderly living in Texas. You may live in the world’s greatest democracy, but your state just made it much harder for you to participate in it.  On Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Texas permission to implement the strictest […]

Your Vote Matters: Personhood on the Ballot in North Dakota

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This November, North Dakota voters will decide whether or not to add a personhood amendment to their state’s constitution. Measure 1 on North Dakota’s ballot would amend the constitution to state, The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected. The stakes are incredibly high for North […]

Your Vote Matters: Say No to “Personhood” in Colorado!

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This election, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to add a proposed personhood amendment to their state constitution. If the amendment passes, women will face the prospect of the toughest restrictions on their reproductive rights anywhere in the country (North Dakota voters are faced with a similar proposed amendment on their ballots). Although personhood […]

Tennessee Could Be the Next Abortion Battleground

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This Nov. 4 will be critical in the battle over abortion rights that’s been brewing in Tennessee. In these midterm elections, Tennesseans will be casting their vote on a ballot measure that can decide the future of reproductive rights in the state. The ballot measure, called Amendment 1, will change the state’s constitution to read: […]

Equal Rights for Oregon Women? Voters Can Make It So!

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Over the next three weeks, Oregonians have a great opportunity: They can codify equal rights into the state constitution. Starting today, the ballots being mailed out to eligible voters—all Oregon voting is by mail—include the proposed Oregon Equal Rights Amendment, Measure 89, which would add these words to the Oregon constitution: Equality of rights under […]

The Ms. Voting Guide for College Students

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There’s a misconception floating around out there that millennials neither participate in nor care about voting. But as a millennial and recent college grad, I know that apathy is not the problem: It’s not knowing the how, when and where of voting that gets in the way. Numbers don’t lie: When provided with accurate and accessible information, millennials show […]

Texas Tech’s Run-In with Rape Culture

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Located in northwest Texas, the city of Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University and its 33,000 students—plus an all-too-familiar campus rape problem. Over the weekend of September 20, images from a party hosted by the Texas Epsilon Chapter of Phi Delta Theta were leaked to the website Total Frat Move. The first image showed […]