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The Fault in Our Media

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) in The Fault in Our Stars.

Sexual pleasure can be a taboo subject in our society almost everywhere but in our entertainment, where it is arguably overdone. But even in our media, sex seems to be the sole privilege of young, white, single, and non-disabled people. That’s what makes John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so remarkable.

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Five Ways to Ensure Scientifically Accurate Reporting on Reproductive Rights

The BBC was recently told it needs to value scientific accuracy over having "all sides" represented. U.S. media should do the same thing, especially when it comes to debates over reproductive rights.

The BBC was recently told it needs to value scientific accuracy over having “all sides” represented. U.S. media should do the same thing, especially when it comes to debates over reproductive rights.

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How We Can Change What It Means to Do Something ‘Like a Girl’

Always has released this commercial, filmed by documentarian Lauren Greenfield, in an effort to empower girls. It draws attention to the change in meaning boys and girls alike experience of the phrase “like a girl” from the time they are children until the time they hit puberty, and the profoundly negative effect this change can have on girls’ self esteem. You can follow #LikeAGirl on Twitter for more on this campaign, and to participate in it. [via Petflow]

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Transgender Teen Co-Writes Children’s Book on Her Journey

Jazz, a 13-year-old transgender girl, has co-authored a children’s book about her experience growing up as a transgender child. The book, called I Am Jazzseeks to make the concept of being a transgender child more easily understood by and familiar to kids, and breaks new barriers for acceptance of transgender youth. [via San Diego Gay and Lesbian News]

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HIV Stigma Violently Rages On: We Must Do Better

Recently, two news stories emerged that together paint a powerful picture of the dangers inherent in HIV stigma and misinformation about HIV, perpetuated in large part by the media.

Recently, two news stories emerged that together paint a powerful picture of the dangers inherent in HIV stigma and misinformation about HIV, perpetuated in large part by the media.

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The Guise of ‘Gentle’ Protesters and Buffer Zones

I don't remember ever seeing the word "gentle" used to describe queer activism in the '90s, anti-war marches in the 2000s, or the Occupy movement in 2011, even though those activists have a much more "gentle" record than anti-choice protesters do.

I don’t remember ever seeing the word “gentle” used to describe queer activism in the ’90s, anti-war marches in the 2000s, or the Occupy movement in 2011, even though those activists have a much more “gentle” record than anti-choice protesters do.

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‘Born in the Wild,’ Pope Francis, and More: ‘RH Reality Check’ Editor at Large Erin Matson on ‘To The Contrary’

RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson joins Karin Agness, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and Linda Chavez on To The Contrary to discuss a series of topics, including a new Lifetime reality show chronicling women having babies in the wild; Pope Francis’ statement that couples should have children, not raise pets; and Hillary Clinton.

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Frat Boys Think Lesbians Going ‘All the Way’ Are Hot—for All the Right Reasons

Three frat boys stand around speculating about how “hot lesbians are,” but not in a way that objectifies the women and denigrates their relationship. Instead, the parts of the lesbians’ relationship that the boys comment on are truly spectacular parts of gay and all relationships. [via UpWorthy]

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Yanis Marshall Choreography Delivers Outstanding Performance to Beyoncé Medley

Yanis Marshall Choreography put together this dance, featuring Arnaud Boursain and Mehdi Mamine, to perform on the final live show of Britain’s Got Talent. The fantastic choreography and performance—along with an impressive escape from gender stereotypes—has taken the Internet by storm. [via Someecards]

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‘Embrace’ Documentary Invites Women to Love Their Bodies

After Taryn Brumfitt posted “before” and “after” pictures of her body online, people on the Internet had stronger reactions than she was comfortable with. So she decided to make a feature-length documentary encouraging women to love their bodies, no matter their size. [via Kickstarter]

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