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How Melissa Harris-Perry Is Sparking a National Conversation About Fertility and Family

Melissa Harris-Perry with her newborn daughter.

Melissa Harris-Perry’s recent announcement about the birth of her daughter via a surrogate, and the broader conversation about redefining family that she hopes to instigate, could help other women, particularly in communities of color, talk about aspects of their reproductive lives that have previously been little discussed.

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After “Pro-Choice:” What’s Next for Our Messaging?

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A reproductive justice framework is critical—but it’s not the same thing as “pro-choice.”

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Regis Philbin, Nicki Minaj and Objectification as a Form of Gender-Based Violence

Physical and sexual violence against women is a global problem. But less-discussed are the more subtle acts that are just as damaging as a means of putting us in our “place.”

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Ready for Some Comic Relief? Bristol Palin and “The Situation” Are Promoting Safe Sex

Bristol Palin, the unmarried mother of a toddler, has teamed up with her promiscuous and misogynistic Dancing With The Stars co-star, “The Situation,” to promote safe sex.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: What Are We Buying Into?

It’s natural to feel good about buying a product from a company that is contributing money to a good cause like breast cancer prevention. But what are we buying into? And is it part of the problem?

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MDGFive.com Unites Arts and Activism for Maternal Health

Maternal health isn’t exactly what most people consider to be a “sexy” topic and it can be challenging to engage those outside of the health community. Stepping up to the challenge, two artists have joined forces using the Internet to unite arts and activism.

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“Name It, Change It” Calls Out Rampant Campaign Sexism

A new campaign focuses on the intentional and unintentional sexism rampant in reporting on and treatment of female candidates, even by those in their own party.

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A Natural Alternative to the Pill?

It’s unpopular not to celebrate the Pill because there’s enough opposition to reproductive rights; why add fuel to the fire? Yet while many women happily use them, a significant share find that side effects largely outweigh the benefits.

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My Mom: The Undercover Reproductive Justice Activist

My mom prepared me to make good decisions for myself and my body.  I’m sure she had no idea at the time that she was fostering at a reproductive justice advocate.  But I thank her for it.

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Tampon Safety and Our Monthly Affair with Toxins

While BPA (bisphenol A) is now receiving a lot of attention from environmental and reproductive health advocates, another chemical affecting women’s reproductive health is sliding under the radar: Dioxin.

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