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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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Let’s Talk About Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Gender, and Sexuality

If Kimye can show us anything, it’s that we still have a long way to go when it comes to smashing gender roles.

If Kimye can show us anything, it’s that we still have a long way to go when it comes to smashing gender roles.

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Discrimination, Doxxing, and That ‘Louie’ Episode: A Q&A With the Filmmakers Behind ‘Fattitude’

Fattitude looks at the ubiquity of fat prejudice through media analyses and interviews with well-known activists.

RH Reality Check recently spoke to Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, who are crowdsourcing funds for Fattitude, their documentary about fat prejudice. The filmmakers discuss the core principles of Fattitude, the harassment they’ve experienced while making the film, and much more.

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What Happens When the Gender Roles Society Forces on Children Are Imposed on Adults

This BuzzFeed video draws attention to the ridiculousness of forcing gender roles on children by demonstrating how it looks when these roles are imposed upon adults in a work environment. [via UpWorthy]

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