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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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Sex-Selective Abortion, Men’s Rights Foolishness, and ‘Obvious Child’

On this episode of Reality Cast, Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, explains why sex-selective abortion bans don’t actually help anyone. In another segment, I discuss how so-called men’s rights activists got a moment in the sun and botched it, and I review the movie Obvious Child.

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Here Are All the ‘Privileges’ I’ve Experienced as a Survivor of Sexual Assault

George Will used his recent column to rail against efforts to curb rape on college campuses.

George Will is right. Throughout my life, my status as “survivor” has afforded me any number of privileges. For instance, the surgery that I needed a couple of years ago to fix the long-term consequences of the assault on my body was truly a privilege—it gave me the status of being temporarily unemployable.

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‘Obvious Child’ Changes the Rom-Com Game

Obvious Child, written and directed by Gillian Robsepierre, opens in theaters Friday.

Obvious Child‘s treatment of abortion as an important moment in both the development of the main character and her romantic relationship is just one of the beautiful ways the film—a raunchy joke-fest with an undeniably humanistic heart—deals with women’s choices and power.

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New York Magazine’s Snarky, Sexist Story on Silicon Valley

Rather than lazy, people who decide to pay others to take on certain tasks may actually be cleverly investing in themselves.

In her recent—at moments, hilarious—article about the race to make millions by “appifying” the laundry business, Jessica Pressler repeats some surprising and infuriating tropes about the service economy that are, frankly, retrograde for women.

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Slam Poet Ethan Smith: ‘A Letter to the Girl I Used To Be’

In this powerful slam poem, Ethan Smith recounts his separation from the girl he grew up being, and both apologizes to and reconciles with his former self. [via UpWorthy]

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Hashtag Activism and the Lie of ‘Solidarity’

Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as "toxic" and a "poisonous well." But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.

Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as “toxic” and a “poisonous well.” But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.

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