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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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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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