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Atlanta News Anchor Explains Why Outrage Over Super Bowl Coca Cola Ad Is Misplaced

Reacting to conservative complaints about Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad, Brenda Wood from WXIA-TV in Atlanta destroys conservative myths about multiculturalism in America. [via The Gaily Grind]

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‘A Panorama of Toxicity': On Being a Trans Woman Online

A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do.

The realities of trans women’s experience with social media remind us that a discussion about “toxicity” online cannot be contained by the artificial boundaries of “Twitter feminism.” The problem is much larger than Twitter or any number of internal activist flare-ups. It encompasses the entire online world.

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What Was Anti-Choicer Tim Tebow Doing Delivering a Baby in a Super Bowl Ad?

The decision to show Tebow in a maternity ward, wearing a white coat, and coaching a pregnant woman in labor was a bad one.

The decision to show Tebow in a maternity ward, wearing a white coat, and coaching a pregnant woman in labor was a bad one. Depicting famously anti-choice spokespeople as experts, or even ordinary Joes, in the arena of reproductive health is not funny. It’s disrespectful.

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‘Philomena’ Reminds Us That the ‘Baby Scoop Era’ Affected Millions

Philomena Lee, the namesake character of the Oscar-nominated film Philomena (starring Judi Dench, above).

The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.

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‘The Mask You Live In’ Explores Masculinity in America

The makers of Miss Representation are back with another documentary. This time, they explore another hugely important facet of feminist research: masculinity in America, and the harmful effects it has on the little boys we raise to be men. [via Upworthy]

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‘Obvious Child,’ A Positive Romantic Comedy About Abortion

Democracy Now! interviews director Gillian Robespierre at Sundance about her new film Obvious Child. According to Robespierre, the filmmakers worked closely with Planned Parenthood to depict an abortion experience accurately and positively.

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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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