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How Not to Report on Sex Trafficking

We start with bad mothers and we end, in the piece with, an editorial sigh of relief: thank god (literally) for men like Don Brewster who can envision, unlike these women with whom he is juxtaposed narratively, “the transformation” that girls experience when they are “saved.”

Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.

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UConn Student Receives Rape Threats After Suggesting School Address ‘Frightening’ Atmosphere for Women

Where do you begin to tackle a culture where a school mascot is a popular rape meme and the campus television station airs a video for an campus safety hot-line that features a "howler monkey bitch" who is "crying rape"?

The student argued that the school should focus less resources on developing a new mascot, and more on addressing the potentially frightening culture within the school’s athletic program. UConn’s athletics aren’t alone in that regard.

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“I Can’t Forget What Happened, But No One Else Remembers”

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“We want to build a national monument to survivors, because we want to live in a country that holds public and supportive space for survivors to heal,” adds co-founder of FORCE, Hannah Brancato, “Because we want to live in a country that believes rape can and must end.”

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The Pope, Pregnant Children, and Violence Against Girls and Women

Pope Benedict XVI.

The Pope’s rationale is that his “age means he lacks strength to do job.” You could use the exact words to describe the nine-year old girl the Pope excommunicated for having a life-saving abortion after being raped and impregnated, with twins.

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Roe is About Women’s Rights

Roe also acknowledges a related fact: until its passage women’s bodies, legally speaking, functioned like production facilities, holding tanks, regulated environments, the property of the men who impregnated them.

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The Shameless Slut Vote: The 2012 Election and Sex Ed

A lot of what we call “social issues” could simply be called “sex issues:” gay marriage, abortion rights, birth control and even issues like stem cell research. And “sex is good” just won.  Young voters in particular influenced Barack Obama’s victory and the success of progressive ballot measures nationwide.  

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50 Reasons HHS Should Reverse its Decision on Emergency Contraception

Here is a $12 billion problem we really can actually go a long way towards eliminating.

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What Does Paula Ryan Think? Castration is a Gift From God

Photo Credit: Casey McKeel, Rape is Rape on US Capitol, All Rights Reserved.

What if rape were castration instead? Would Paula Ryan still think castration is just “another form of contraception”?

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One Billion Rising: Ending the Pandemic of Violence Against Women

#1billionrising is a global movement whose audacious goal is to end violence against girls and women on the planet, one in three of whom will be raped, beaten or killed…as the result of being female.

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Todd Akin’s Brain: It’s Not Just a War on Women. It’s a War on Critical Thinking and Democracy.

Akin’s statement and the GOP’s anti-choice positions aren’t just an election year “war on women” narrative. They are part of a reactionary, fundamentalist backlash to modernity. It’s a war on science. It’s a war on facts. It’s a war on critical thinking. But, really, consider it a war on democracy.

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