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Banned Books Week: It’s (Almost) Always About Sex

Banned Books Week is always fascinating because it turns our attention to what actually is banned and challenged by school boards and parents and religious groups–and it’s almost never the truly offensive stuff.

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Easy A: A High School Sex Comedy for the Girls

The film isn’t a feminist rallying cry, and it certainly manages to have it both ways by making lots of jokes about sex and sluttiness without actually featuring a single female teenager who has lost her virginity.

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Two Women Walk into an Elevator: Mad Men and Workplace Sexual Harassment

In Mad Men, the tough women are branded sexless wet blankets, while those who use their wiles and sexuality to advance themselves can have those qualities turned against them. Meanwhile, a sense of sisterhood is hard to find.

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Nick Cannon: Anti-Choice Double Standards on the Airwaves

It would be nice if Cannon could treat all women the way he’d like his own wife, sisters and daughters to be treated; with respect and privacy to make their own reproductive decisions.

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True Blood’s Aborted Abortion

An abortion storyline in True Blood echos a loving parody of small town life and the conflicted psyche of the modern American woman fed on both feminism and sexism.

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Insemination Flirtation

It’s the season of sperm-donor comedies, yet no matter how the families begin, in these films they always end the same way.

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The Price of Enlightenment

Critics have pointed to two seemingly-valid points about the book and movie, Eat, Pray, Love. The first is that the story is a self-indulgent tale of privilege, the second that no one would complain if such a tale were written by a man.

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For a Feminist Wedding, Embrace the Word “No”

The subject of whether, and how, to marry is never done being debated in feminist circles, so I thought I’d share my own wedding adventure and explain why and how as a pot-stirring feminist, I made the choice to tie the knot.

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Bristol and Levi, Together Forever?

For those of us on the blue side of the divide, theoretically if not geographically, the Palin family saga reminds us that we’re not just fighting an abortion war, but we’re up against an entire way of life built on a deep foundation of contradiction.

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The Kids Are All Right: More Than Love Makes a Family

Beneath the Blue-state, sexually open-minded veneer of The Kids Are All Right lies a rather solid traditional-values core, striking a blow for family integrity, regardless of exactly who’s in the family.

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