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A Feminist Song

Fighting a consistently uphill battle can be tiring, and at times, defeating. Let this little ditty lift your spirits and remind you of the facts that: 1) feminists are never alone, and 2) feminists rock.

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Beyond Little Sisters: The Argument Against Signing the Contraception Mandate Exemption Form

In short, religious-affiliated non-profit organizations like Geneva College requested and received a mechanism to opt-out of a mandate in the name of religious freedom, but are now claiming that using said mechanism also violates their religious freedom.

Little Sisters has been getting a lot of attention as an example of how conservatives’ battle against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate looks more like culture-war ritual than a good-faith effort to productively resolve the conflict between church and state. But there are many other, more typical cases.

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It’s Not a Sin to Use Birth Control—It’s a Sin to Impede Access to Birth Control

State laws in Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, and elsewhere that would enshrine discrimination in the name of "religious liberty" have faced political setbacks, but a legal victory isn't certain yet.

It is precisely because life is sacred that I support the intentional—indeed moral—use of contraceptive methods by all who are not planning pregnancies.

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Development Aid: What You Need to Know

Faith-based organizations—particularly Catholic agencies, which the Vatican claims provides 30 percent of AIDS care in Africa and 25 percent globally—take taxpayer money to provide health-care services to the neediest communities throughout the world, but sometimes pick and choose who to help and which services to offer. Some of these providers deny people condoms, sexuality education, needle exchange programs, and other proven methods to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS, and discriminate against some individuals, like gay men, sex workers, or those who have sex outside of marriage. [via Catholics for Choice]

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Why We Should Fear the Rise of America’s Latest ‘Bro Pastor’

Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism.

With an empire extending far beyond his churches in Seattle, Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism. And that should scare people who are dedicated to the rights of women in the United States.

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‘The People’s Pope’? If By People, You Don’t Mean Women

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis. But raise the subject of the pope’s continued exclusion of women and the church’s opposition to any form of reproductive freedom, and you’re all but told to shut up and wait.

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Killing Them Softly: Pope Francis Condemns Income Inequality, Sanctions Gender Inequality

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

In his defense of the faceless poor, the pope misses the fact that women are more likely than men to be in poverty—because of the very kind of structural inequality that his church models for the world as an image of holiness.

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The Birth Control Lawsuits: Misusing Religious Liberty to Deny Women Their Rights

Our denominational bodies, including the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and other groups, endorsed the moral good in access to birth control some 80 years ago. It’s sad and upsetting to return to a battle we fought and assumed was settled many years ago.

Our denominational bodies, including the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and other groups, endorsed the moral good in access to birth control some 80 years ago. It’s sad and upsetting to return to a battle we fought and assumed was settled many years ago.

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Don’t Just ‘Reframe’ Purity Culture—Rethink the Whole Concept

Despite numerous popular critiques of purity culture in recent years, increasingly from Christians themselves, I rarely find my experience as a queer Black woman reflected.

Despite numerous popular critiques of purity culture in recent years, increasingly from Christians themselves, I rarely find my experience as a queer Black woman reflected.

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Stoking Fire: Meet the Men Behind ‘Six Reasons to Not Send Your Daughter to College’

Rayland Alleman discusses men being the designated heads of families, in his video series entitled "Just Dads."

Raylan Alleman and William Gil are ultra-conservative Louisiana Catholics, have 16 children between them, and champion a male supremacist worldview that finds support in a literal reading of scripture.

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