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Abortion Didn’t Cause Robin Williams’ Death

It was just one anti-choice fanatic who eagerly blamed the suicide of Robin Williams on abortion, but it's indicative of the larger and incredibly sleazy tactic of linking abortion and depression, despite the lack of evidence of a connection.

It was just one anti-choice fanatic who eagerly blamed the suicide of Robin Williams on abortion, but it’s indicative of the larger and incredibly sleazy tactic of linking abortion and depression, despite the lack of evidence of a connection.

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#TwitterFail: Twitter’s Refusal to Handle Online Stalkers, Abusers, and Haters

What began as a fun way to pass the time and form connections with people online has become an exercise in personal fortitude. Why is Twitter ignoring its users cries for help? And why has Twitter left the abuse problem to its users to solve?

What began as a fun way to pass the time and form connections with people online has become an exercise in personal fortitude. Why is Twitter ignoring its users cries for help? And why has Twitter left the problem to its users to solve?

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El Salvador’s Right-Wing Media Begins Sustained Campaign Against Releasing 17 Women Imprisoned on Abortion-Related Charges

High-profile ultra-conservative Salvadoran right-to-life forces have launched a vicious attack in response to the slow but significant gains achieved by the Salvadoran feminist campaign to secure legal pardons for Las 17, the 17 Salvadoran women unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.

High-profile ultra-conservative Salvadoran right-to-life forces have launched a vicious attack in response to the slow but significant gains achieved by the Salvadoran feminist campaign to secure legal pardons for Las 17, the 17 Salvadoran women unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.

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Covering Youth Sexuality: How the Media Can Do Better

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

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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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