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From Pussy Riot to Todd Akin: The Claiming—and Silencing—of Language and Speech

Having the word “pussy” broadcast as a description of fierce female action wouldn’t be groundbreaking if women in America were able to talk about our health, our vaginas and what it means to be raped, without the domestic powers-that-be trying to control the language and definitions of those things.

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Something Happening Here: Hip Hop’s Recent Wave of Support for LGBT Rights

There’s a new trend emerging that deserves to be documented. Here we find ourselves – it is the summer of 2012 and the season of hip hop taking the lead in expanding support for LGBT equality.

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A Teen Lesbian Couple Is Shot and Left For Dead: What Matters Most Now Is How We Respond

On Friday night, as the LGBT community and their allies celebrated Pride throughout the nation, a teenage lesbian couple in Texas were both shot in the head and left to die. What we do now in response matters.

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We Are the Ones We Are Waiting For: The Promise of Intersectional Solidarity

Something new is starting to happen. The last two months have hosted a collection of headlines where one group has stepped up in active support of the rights of another group. Any movement – whether old or new – has only succeeded when actively embraced by allies beyond the most targeted group. What are the possibilities of this new road we’re walking down? What does it mean for all of us to “build that circle of our common safety that all of us deserve”?

 

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Handing Bill Clinton A Menstrual Pad: One Way to Break Taboos on Women’s Health

Whether you speak loudly about periods in your next meeting, or some other relevant topic, recognize that any squirming discomfort you might create only means you’re likely shattering some taboo that should have been taken down long ago.

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