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How We Think About Rape: Change at the FBI Is Only One Step in the Right Direction

As a society, the way we think about most social phenomena—including sexual assault—is influenced by both facts and morals. But in the United States, the way we think about rape has, for decades, been operating with an outdated version of both.

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Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish: Proposed Funding Cuts for Response to Violence Against Women

This week, Senators Leahy and Crapo introduced a bill to reauthorize and amend the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bad news is that the proposed bill substantively slashes funding by almost 20 percent.

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The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: How Sterilization and Other Forms of Coercion Are Used Against “Unworthy” Parents

Coercive sterilizations and castration are at the extreme end of a spectrum that also includes criminal sanctions for drug use during pregnancy and barring LBGT individuals from in-vitro fertilization services and adoption, as well as a host of other policies geared at making pregnancy and parenting difficult for those deemed unworthy.

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Sexual Harassment: Not Really About Sex At All

Sexual harassment in middle and high schools today is motivated by either misogyny or homophobia. Neither has to do with sex. And neither would be helped by treating sexual harassment between children as a result of overactive hormones to be dismissed.

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Sacrificing Women’s Rights For “Popular Rule:” Why Equality is Essential

Perhaps the most interesting question in the juxtaposition of women’s rights (or gay rights, or ethnic minority rights) and democracy is not whether some people’s rights are sacrificed for popular rule (they are), but rather whether they should be as a matter of principle.

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Violence Against Women: Not Going Away Until You Do Something About It

I am tired of it: violence against women may be a current fact—every 3 minutes a woman is beaten up — but it is not inevitable. So here are my top three key recommendations for how you (yes: you) can make it stop before it even starts.

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UN Special Rapporteur: Abortion Restrictions Don’t Work

Restrictions on abortions just don’t work. This is the predictable, yet bold, conclusion of a report to be presented at the United Nations on Monday by a UN-appointed independent expert on health. 

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Why the Use of Steve Jobs As An Anti-Choice Political Stunt Is Flawed

The use of Steve Jobs’ premature death as an anti-choice argument is flawed on at least two levels, but that hasn’t stopped anti-choicers from exploiting his life for their political purposes.

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US Women Also Face Human Rights Struggles

Women living in the United States can’t appeal to international human rights law when they are inadequately protected by US law — because the US has not signed on to CEDAW.

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Abortion, Reproductive Health: Not Just Rights to Me

For many of us women, the presidential candidates’ positions on abortion and reproductive health aren’t abstractions — they are central to our lives.

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