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New Campaign to ‘Ban Bossy’ Asks Us to Rethink How We Teach Girls to Behave

How do the words we use to describe girls dictate their behavior and self-perceptions, as well as the perceptions others have of what their behavior means? These are important questions, because when our societal standards of behavior for girls doesn’t match what we expect from boys, we perpetuate the sexism that holds girls back from becoming leaders. This “Ban Bossy” video by BBDO New York and LeanIn.org highlights the price we pay for discouraging girls from leading and calls on all of us to change the narrative. [via UpWorthy]

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The Sexists Are Already Coming Out of the Woodwork for Hillary Clinton

She hasn't even announced if she'll run for president in 2016, but critics and media analysts alike are already struggling to cover the former secretary of state without falling into sexist tropes.

She hasn’t even announced if she’ll run for president in 2016, but critics and media analysts alike are already struggling to cover the former secretary of state without falling into sexist tropes.

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Conservative Waiver Mania, and Tragedy in the Rio Grande Valley

On this episode of Reality Cast, I interview journalist Brian Beutler about the conservative waiver mania. In another segment, I discuss how things are getting really bad for women in the Rio Grande Valley, while the absurd and routine conservative attacks on women continue.

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On Prosecutors Having Survivors of Assault Arrested: It’s Not a Zero-Sum Game

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A recent Slate piece argued that coercing testimony from survivors of violence means more victims testifying, which means more offenders jailed, which means less DV and sexual assault. However, this position is, as it turns out, largely nonexistent in the real world.

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MHP on the ‘Barefaced’ Campaign During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in 2013

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the “Barefaced & Beautiful, Without & Within” campaign last year.

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Men Still Dominate the Media

From the WMC report to the VIDA count, number-crunching shows that we still live in a white male media ecosystem.

From the Women’s Media Center’s report to the annual VIDA Count, recent number-crunching shows that we still live in a white male media ecosystem.

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College Women, Don’t Listen to Marriage Concern Trolls

Viral letter telling young women to get married in college is now being turned into a book, but that doesn't make her "advice" any less nutty.

Susan Patton may be the only person in the history of the world to get a book deal by being a crank who writes nutty letters to the editor. Her viral letter telling young women to get married in college is now being turned into a book, but that doesn’t make her “advice” any less nutty.

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French Short Film Shows Men What It’s Like To Be a Woman (Trigger Warning)

This ten-minute French short depicts what it’s like for women dealing with street harassment and the constant threat of violence. [via UpWorthy]

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New York Times Publishes Discredited Arguments About Emergency Contraception

The Times seems to have gone out of its way to publish a commentary that the paper's own reporting shows is absolutely false on all counts.

The Times seems to have gone out of its way to publish a commentary that the paper’s own reporting shows is absolutely false on all counts. This is irresponsible media at its worst.

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Pop Music’s ‘Good Girls’ Complex

Beyoncé sings "Mine" in an extended preview of the official music video for the song.

The virgin-whore dichotomy has been around forever. What’s puzzled me recently, however, is what feels like a sudden upsurge in these very conservative attitudes in pop music. Why is this so?

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