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Let’s Talk About Sex: A Discussion With the Filmmakers of ‘How to Lose Your Virginity’ and ‘Subjectified’

Filmmaker Therese Shechter tries on a wedding dress in "How to Lose Your Virginity."

Two new documentaries directed by young women operate under a shared thesis: Women need to talk about sex.

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New Jersey Couple Suing State Over Law Barring Reparative Therapy

With Hobby Lobby, there is clearly a lot at stake for the vast majority of Americans who believe that our laws already strike the right balance between religious liberty and important principles of non-discrimination.

Earlier this year, New Jersey became the second state to ban reparative therapy—the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation—for minors. Now a couple is suing, saying that their son wants this therapy and should be allowed to get it.

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One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Be Enough, Study Finds

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

A new study of women in Costa Rica finds that one dose of the HPV vaccine may be enough to create the antibodies needed to prevent infection. If confirmed, this could be good news for people in the United States and abroad.

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A Feminist Poem That Breaks Down Halloween’s Female Stereotypes

Four women break down Halloween’s female stereotypes and suggest a “monstrous” way for women to make the holiday their own, for expressing their own selves. Poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. [via Upworthy]

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Is a Kiss Just a Kiss? Scientists Study Why We Pucker Up

Though kissing may be considered first base by some, new research says that this sexual activity has many functions in a relationship but sexual arousal isn’t one of the more important ones.

Though kissing may be considered first base by some, new research says that this sexual activity has many functions in a relationship—but sexual arousal isn’t one of the more important ones.

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Furloughed? Frustrated? How About a Free Vibrator?

Park rangers, NASA scientists, and Census Bureau statisticians may be temporarily out of work, but that doesn't mean they have to have idle hands, at least according to one sex toy provider.

Park rangers, NASA scientists, and Census Bureau statisticians may be temporarily out of work, but that doesn’t mean they have to have idle hands, at least according to one sex toy provider.

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When Bitter Breakups and Digital Photography Meet: What to Teach Our Kids About Revenge Porn

In the corners of the Internet, there's a festering movement of men coaching each other to believe that men are oppressed because they don't have sexual control over women's bodies.

Websites like YouGotPosted.com and MyEx.com have profited off of “revenge porn,” a form of cyberbullying in which people post once-private pictures of their exes. Some say criminal laws, like the one just passed in California, are the best remedy, while others suggest putting down the camera in the first place.

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‘How to Lose Your Virginity’ (Trailer)

In a culture where “Be sexy, but don’t have sex” is the overwhelming message to young women, this new film by Therese Shechter goes through the looking glass to understand virginity: a milestone almost everyone thinks about but no one actually understands.

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Two Republican Governors Remind Us That Same-Sex Marriage Is Not a Reality for All

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett compares same-sex marriage to incest on TV.

New Jersey’s governor appeals a state court’s decision to start allowing marriage for same-sex couples, while the governor of neighboring Pennsylvania goes on TV and compares same-sex marriage to incest.

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SlutWalk Philly Changes Protest Name to ‘A March to End Rape Culture’

Half of the buttons for this year's event say, “End Rape Culture,” while the other half feature the word “slut” in a red-letter design that echoes Philadelphia’s famous Robert Indiana "LOVE" statue.

The organizers of the event, which takes place this year on September 28, have kept SlutWalk “in the background” by referring to themselves as SlutWalk Philly, while calling the event itself “A March to End Rape Culture.”

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