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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Stars Personalize Prison

Orange Is the New Black stars Kate Mulgrew, Laverne Cox, and Uzo Aduba (along with original book author Piper Kerman) have a discussion with Melissa Harris-Perry about the new hit series, and their hopes to bring prison reform to the forefront of public discussion—especially transphobia, racism, and mental health. More of the discussion here.

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‘Camp Gyno’ Commercial Encourages Real Talk About How to Deal With Periods

A new online video advertisement for HelloFlo invokes a clear, BS-free conversation about girls’ reproductive health and bodies in a tone that has not previously been seen in commercials advertising similar products. For an interesting discussion of social media’s role in this new marketing strategy, check out NPR News.

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Hugo Schwyzer and the Consumption of Redemption Narratives

Hugo Schwyzer, appearing on the Ricki Lake Show in October 2012.

We think redemption narratives prove something about the human experience—when really, all they prove is that change is really, really hard, and we should be suspicious when someone claims to be 180 degrees different from whom they used to be.

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‘He Said/She Said’ Journalism: A Growing Threat to Public Health

Jenny McCarthy talks to CNN about her son's autism.

Actress Jenny McCarthy got more pushback for her anti-science statements on morning TV than most politicians do for making similarly discredited statements about reproductive health care.

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The Difference Between Anthony Weiner and a Flasher? Not Much

Without a smartphone and social media, the New York City mayoral candidate might well be riding the subway wearing nothing but a trench coat.

Without a smartphone and social media, the New York City mayoral candidate might well be riding the subway wearing nothing but a trench coat.

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Helen Thomas: A Lifetime of ‘Firsts’

President Gerald Ford talks with reporters, including Helen Thomas (right), as White House Chief of Staff Richard Cheney looks on, during a press conference at the White House on September 30, 1976.

The mind of the legendary “dean” of the White House press corps was never much of a mystery. The woman said what she thought—even when you might wish she wouldn’t.

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Young Love Goes Anonymous Online

While online confessions of love from teens can be cute, sappy, and oddly entertaining—though sometimes veering into lewd harassment—they have left me to wonder why young adults must hide behind anonymous forums to tell each other how they feel.

While online declarations of love from teens can be cute, sappy, and oddly entertaining—though sometimes veering into lewd harassment—I do wonder why young adults must hide behind anonymous forums to tell each other how they feel.

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Memo to Trojan: Non-Married People Have Sex. Get Over It

Trojan has sexy new ads for its condoms, but they only show married couples. Why are we still afraid of talking about non-married sex, even though sex between non-married people is a near-universal behavior in America?

Trojan has sexy new ads for its condoms, but they only show married couples. Why are we still afraid of talking about non-married sex, even though sex between non-married people is a near-universal behavior in America?

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The Grassroots Advocates Behind Wendy Davis’ Epic Filibuster

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis achieved an unexpected victory for the reproductive health movement last Wednesday, but she didn’t do it alone.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis achieved an unexpected victory for the reproductive health movement last Wednesday, but she didn’t do it alone.

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Texas Journalists: Lt. Gov’s Threat to Arrest Reporters ‘Worrisome’

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The Texas lieutenant governor’s recent threat that statehouse reporters could potentially be arrested and jailed if their behavior is deemed “not respectful” of the legislature is being called “worrisome” and “absurd” by Texas journalists.

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