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A New Plan for Plan B

My first trip for a Plan B pill was a cold, dreary bus ride up Lake Shore Drive to the Planned Parenthood in downtown Chicago. I remember looking out over the frozen lake, wondering what would happen if I couldn’t get the pill that afternoon. I was 15, and not ready to deal with making the decision between pregnancy and abortion. (At 22, I can
confidently say that I’m still not.)

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South Park Takes On… Feminism?

Matt Stone and Trey Parker brought the battle between men and women to the forefront of South Park last night — or more importantly, the battle between farts and queefs.

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Getting Back On the UN’s Good Side

Yesterday, the United Nations Commission on Population and Development convened for the 42nd time at UN headquarters here in New York. The Head of the US delegation, Margaret J. Pollack, announced the US’s continuing support of the ICPD’s goals, “most particularly universal access to sexual and reproductive health, and the protection and promotion of reproductive rights.”

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Now’s Our Chance to Cut Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Ed!

Luckily, Barack Obama’s budget left out Title V funding for
abstinence-only education, and now the right wing is up in arms. And it’s going to the Senate Budget Committee today, so now it’s our turn to speak up.

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Blame the Victim, As Long as She’s Drunk

According to Bill O’Reilly, Amanda Terkel is a “villain” because “she observed
that Factor host Bill O’Reilly blamed an 18-year-old for her own rape
and murder on air and subsequently agreed to host a fundraiser for [the
Alexa Foundation,] a non-profit group that supports rape survivors.”

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Feminism and the New Great Depression: What’s Next?

Looks like feminism’s at a crossroads, and there’s a very surprising group that could hold the key to the future of the movement: men. (So does this mean I should go buy my goldfish a new bike?)

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Mukhtar Gets Married

Because her brother was accused of having an affair, Mukhtar Mai was gang raped on the streets of her Pakistani village in 2002 as tribally sanctioned punishment. Instead of killing herself in shame, as is often done, Munkhtar, who also goes as Mukhtaran Bibi, took her attackers to court.

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The Feminist Blame Game

If the previous generation wants to talk to young feminists, they should stop assuming that we are all members of the “Pole-dancing, walking around half-naked, posting drunk photos on Facebook, and blogging about [our] sex lives” sector, and realize that we’re still working — we’re just doing different things.

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Abortion More Serious Crime than Rape, Says Vatican

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva has chastised the Catholic Church for excommunicating the doctors and family of the nine-year-old girl who had an abortion.

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The New, Progressive Spain

Legalized abortion in Catholic Spain?  Maybe the times really are changing.

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