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Sarah Silverman Discusses Reproductive Rights With Jesus

In a video promoting Lady Parts Justice’s From V to Shining V initiative, Sarah Silverman explains how Jesus Christ visited the comedian to discuss women’s reproductive rights. [via Styleite]

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‘To The Contrary’ Panel Discusses ‘Pedophile Priests,’ Viagra for Women

To The Contrary panelists, including RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson, discuss a recent Vatican sex abuse hearing at the UN, as well as the FDA’s rejection of what is called a “female Viagra.”

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How Not to Report on Sex Trafficking

We start with bad mothers and we end, in the piece with, an editorial sigh of relief: thank god (literally) for men like Don Brewster who can envision, unlike these women with whom he is juxtaposed narratively, “the transformation” that girls experience when they are “saved.”

Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.

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‘Philomena,’ A Must-See Film About the Magdalene Laundries and Forced Adoptions

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

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‘16 and Pregnant’ May Work, But We Could Do So Much Better

Stop appropriating my family and my peers for your mission and realize you are not only failing teenage families but you are also failing non parent teens through exploitive methods.

Researchers and the general public may be unable to agree on teen pregnancy shows’ contributions to society, but what we all can agree on is that these MTV shows present tired tropes about teen moms that are harmful for young girls.

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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Feminism

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a self-proclaimed feminist, here describes his objection to female objectification and gender norms. “It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sort of dictated to us,” he said to Ellen DeGeneres, “and to realize that we don’t have to fit into those roles. We can be anybody we want to be.” [via UpWorthy]

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Don’t Believe Sexism Exists? Google It

When a person begins typing words into the Google search bar, the Google autofill feature automatically suggests the most popular searches beginning with those words. In this eye-opening video project put together by Brown University student Emma Hall, speakers announce the most popular worldwide Google searches for phrases beginning with words such as “women want,” “men want,” “women need,” and “feminists should.” The results unequivocally suggest what feminists already know: Sexism is alive and even dominant in today’s world. [via The Huffington Post]

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Dylan Byers and the Scourge of Privileged Defensiveness

People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

Byers’ response to Ta-Nehisi Coates calling Melissa Harris-Perry “America’s foremost public intellectual” illustrates an important problem: People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

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PSA Raises Awareness of Street Harassment in Egypt

UN Women’s Egypt office has produced a new public service announcement through its “Safe Cities: Free From Violence Against Women and Girls” project to highlight how threats and unwanted advances affect Egyptian women and girls. Aimed at raising awareness among both women and men, the PSA is filmed as a direct invitation to men and boys to “put yourself in her shoes, instead of finding ways to blame her!” [via Cairo Scene]

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The Top Pro-Choice Heroes of 2013

2013 not only saw a number of pro-choice successes but also countless hard-working activists and allies who, against tremendous odds, put in time and energy to advance reproductive rights and health and ensure the safety of women and girls of all backgrounds.

2013 not only saw a number of pro-choice successes but also countless hard-working activists and allies who, against tremendous odds, put in time and energy to advance reproductive rights and health and ensure the safety of women and girls of all backgrounds.

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