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‘Louie’ Episode Takes on Societal Shaming and Punishment of Fat Women

On Louie, an interaction between comic Louis C.K. and Vanessa shines a light on the systematic shaming and punishment of fat women, and the misogynistic implications that can be drawn about men’s “standards” of women’s physical appearance in dating. [via Jezebel]

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What the Monica Lewinsky Scandal Reveals About Slut-Shaming

Feminist writer and author Jessica Valenti, Democratic strategist Tara Dowdell, filmmaker Byron Hurt, and McKay Coppins of BuzzFeed join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss former President Bill Clinton’s scandalous relationship with former secretary Monica Lewinsky, and what it has exposed about American society’s treatment of women when it comes to sex. [via Melissa Harris-Perry]

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Stereotypes of Women Who Have Abortions, and Concern Trolling Women Who Make Money

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a researcher at Guttmacher about why teen pregnancy rates are down. In another segment, I discuss how right-wing media tries to discredit a woman who films her abortion. Also, Fox News is all upset because women might be making money of their own.

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Following Google’s Lead, Yahoo Removes Deceptive Ads by Anti-Abortion Groups

Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

After Google removed deceptive ads from anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers, the pro-choice groups UltraViolet and NARAL Pro-Choice America successfully petitioned Yahoo to do the same.

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Google Removes Deceptive Crisis Pregnancy Center Ads

NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Monday that it has worked with Google to remove deceptive advertising by crisis pregnancy centers from Google's search engine.

NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Monday that it has worked with Google to remove deceptive advertising by crisis pregnancy centers from Google’s search engine.

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Is Being a Porn Star Feminist?

Belle Knox

Porn stars aren’t typically labeled as feminists or women’s studies majors, but Belle Knox, a Duke freshman who made headlines recently after she was outed by her classmate, is both. Whatever you make of Knox, her story offers a lot to think about.

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‘Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career’ Is Insulting to Women

The latest cover of Bloomberg Businessweek features a well-dressed white woman standing with her hand on her hip, underneath the words "FREEZE YOUR EGGS, FREE YOUR CAREER."

The latest cover of Bloomberg Businessweek features a well-dressed white woman standing with her hand on her hip, underneath the words “FREEZE YOUR EGGS, FREE YOUR CAREER.” But it’s plain fallacy to believe that an individual woman can outsmart a racist, sexist job market by freezing her eggs.

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Fattitude: A Body Positive Documentary

Fattitude is a feature-length documentary by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice and then offers an alternative way of thinking.

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The Second Lady’s Abortion: What ‘House of Cards’ Got Right… and Didn’t

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in the Netflix drama "House of Cards"

Unlike other televised representations of abortion experiences, House of Cards pulls back the curtain on the complex internal processes and external actions taken by many who have had abortions.

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‘Pink’ Stories Are Some of the Most Important of Our Time

The OpEd Project has released a dismaying report showing that female op-ed writers still mostly write about "pink" topics such as women-specific health care.

The OpEd Project has released a dismaying report showing that female op-ed writers still mostly write about “pink” topics such as women-specific health care. But those stories are critically important, and if women “break out” and write about other things, who’s left to cover them?

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