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STOKING FIRE: Frank Schaeffer’s New Book Takes Muddled and Condescending Approach to Abortion

Schaeffer’s latest book, Sex, Mom, & God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics—and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway (Da Capo Press), continues to dissect fundamentalist belief systems.

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STOKING FIRE: Hey Shorty! Combatting Sexual Harassment

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People who are regularly subjected to harassment-–most, but not all of them female–report increased stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.

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Snipping Pink Sentimentality: Persisting on the Whys of Breast Cancer

If there is evidence that something is bad for human health, Breast Cancer Action believes, quite simply, that it should not be used.

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STOKING FIRE: Fame Comes with Anti-Choice Shift

“When they go from pro-choice to anti-choice they’re following a redemptive paradigm. They see themselves transformed from sinners to saints. The opposite doesn’t have the same cache.”

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STOKING FIRE: Randall Terry’s Campaign Platform

Randall Terry is running for president specifically against Barack Obama. Not surprisingly, making abortion illegal is the pivot around which Terry’s candidacy spins.

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STOKING FIRE: Today is Purity Day – Is Your Local School Pushing Chastity Pledges?

The Liberty Counsel continues to pretend that abstinence is related to virtue and that waiting to become sexually active will invariably lead to success and happiness.

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STOKING FIRE: Sing Out for Abortion Rights

Simplistic Christian pop helps recruit tweens and teens to the anti-choice movement. But with maturity people see shades of gray, a developmental reality anti-choice youth-recruitment efforts can’t ameliorate.

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‘Feminists for Life:’ A built-in contradiction?

Many scholars and activists argue that women’s liberation rests on a foundation of full reproductive options. Feminists For Life believes the opposite, arguing that being “prolife” (that is, anti-abortion) is inextricably linked to female empowerment.

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STOKING FIRE: Sisters of Life

Sisters of Life take an oath to work “to enhance the sacredness of human life,” a vow making them the world’s only religious order to make opposition to abortion their sole raison d’être.

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STOKING FIRE: The Abortion Narrative You Don’t Hear

The stigma surrounding abortion — manufactured by a relentless anti-choice movement–has silenced women who’ve terminated unwanted pregnancies. As a result, the loudest voices belong to those who claim abortion has ruined their lives.

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