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Son Preference and Sex Selection in America: Why It Persists and How We Can Change It

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Anti-choicers are now riding a wave of sex selection politics, finding new reasons to limit access to abortion in their quest control women’s autonomy, specifically to curtail reproductive decision-making for women of color. But these policies only make matters worse.

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Stuck in the Middle with You: Inventing “Normal” for Sex and Gender

Our culture struggles with the notion of how gender ought to manifest — that there are fixed recognizable differences in the look and function of sex organs, presence of hormones and type of chromosomes that generate two distinct and bounded categories: male and female. And therefore man and woman. But actually, there aren’t.

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Adulthood and the Right to Make Our Own Choices

What does it mean when a group is systematically denied the right to marry? Or when another group is denied the right to determine what happens to their bodies? At some level, even if only unconsciously, it means we think they aren’t adults.

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Can a Reality Show Find the Elusive “Common Ground” on Abortion?

The producers of the webshow Bump+ hide a lot about themselves which creates a highly suspect atmosphere for the foundation of a civil and meaningful conversation about abortion.

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What a Drag: Why Can’t Little Boys Wear Dresses?

Tomorrow, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, my three-year-old son will dress as Queen Esther, the star of this show. But reactions to his choice show just how little room boys have for exploring different gender roles.

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Motherhood in America: Some Apples for Your Pie

If motherhood is “the only life sentence without chance at parole you can get without committing a crime,” low-income motherhood is infinitely harder still. Still, we judge these mothers and make their lives harder, as we force them into it.

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When Church Becomes State

Why does the religious right demand government interference in matters of sexuality and yet eagerly block government involvement in matters of welfare? By eliminating government assistance, they hope to force the public to turn to the church.

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Dirty Dancing Moves to Feminist Beat

Dirty Dancing is often dismissed as sentimental silliness in two-four time and, yes, some of it painfully cheesy and quaint. But it dares to declare that young female sexuality exists and can be a force for good and not evil.

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