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She’s Just Being Miley

Recent reactions to Miley Cyrus’s evolving persona stem from a media climate that doesn’t know whether to treat teenagers like smaller replicas of grown women to be monitored for dangerous sexuality, or sensitive virgins who need protection.

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“The Secret Life:” Abortion, Guilt, and Bad Dialogue

TV’s massive hit about teen sexcapades, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” premiered last week with a new potential abortion plotline hanging in the balance, and a huge audience to watch it unfold.

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Sex and the City, and Other Onscreen Treats

This spring brought us a host of female-centric movies, but none hit the sweet spot of genuine artistry and popular subject matter.

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We All Love Babies. Not Everyone Loves the Women Who Bear Them.

Anti-choicers rely on two truisms–everyone loves babies but not everyone loves women–to erase public understanding of the intimate connection between reproductive freedom for women and the well-being of wanted children.

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In Defense of the Pill and in Favor of Improving It

The 50th anniversary of the birth control pill has brought a lot of complaining about its lack of perfection. Still, for many women, it remains utterly liberating and effectively keeps its satisfied users from the whole “biology is destiny” thing.

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The Complicated World of “16 and Pregnant”

“16 and Pregnant” rests on the same philosophy behind the anti-choice movement, and no number of glib announcements about safe sex and prevention can overwrite that underlying message.

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“Greenberg:” The Groundbreaking Abortion Film You Might Have Missed

“Greenberg,” Noah Baumbach’s latest film starring Ben Stiller, isn’t just another movie about a man-child character having a mid-life crisis. Instead it deals unapologetically with real issues, like unwanted pregnancy and abortion.

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Media Takes Gloves Off For Clergy Abuse Scandal

Coverage of the most recent in a series of church child-abuse scandals may indicate the gradual beginning of a shift, a willingness for media interrogation not just of religious figures, but of outdated religious ideas.

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Jessica Simpson Skimming the Surface of “Inner Beauty”

Jessica Simpson’s new show The Price of Beauty suffers from an identity crisis. Is it meant to be a lesson in appreciating inner beauty or a silly look at bizarre grooming rituals worldwide?

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Lady Gaga, Grrrl Power, and Rock’n'Roll Feminism

The results of the girl power music revolution, both indie and corporate, are clearly felt today, and they’re mostly positive.  Lady Gaga offers an example of someone who has challenged the status quo.

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