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This Week in Sex: HIV Tests, Cameras in Vibrators, and Porn Producers Threaten to Leave the Golden State

A porn producer with a large presence in San Francisco has threatened to move to Las Vegas if a condom law is passed.

This week, a new study shows that just one in five sexually active high school students has been tested for HIV; a porn producer with a large presence in San Francisco threatens to move to Las Vegas if a condom law is passed; and a vibrator lets you record your vagina during masturbation.

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Nearly a Million Medicaid Applications Backlogged in California

The giant system backlog means that many state residents eligible for the program aren’t receiving the care they need.

The giant system backlog means that many state residents eligible for the program aren’t receiving the care they need. Multiple sources report that people hoping to be covered through the program are putting off going to a doctor until their enrollment is confirmed.

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Supreme Court Leaves California’s Ban on Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ in Place

Religious conservatives challenged the California law, arguing it violated their First Amendment rights.

Religious conservatives challenged the California law, arguing it violated their First Amendment rights.

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Bill Requiring Condoms in Porn Narrowly Passes Out of California Senate Committee

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

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Stoking Fire: Why Are Some Teachers Being Asked to Swear Allegiance to Catholic Doctrine?

As teachers across the country rejoice that the school year is over, Catholic school educators in a handful of areas are having to decide whether to sign employment contracts affirming their wholehearted belief in Catholic precepts.

As teachers across the country rejoice that the school year is over, Catholic school educators in a handful of areas are having to decide whether to sign employment contracts affirming their wholehearted belief in Catholic precepts.

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Is Affirmative Consent the Answer to Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

California lawmakers are debating a bill requiring affirmative consent—a verbal or written yes—for sexual activity on state-run college campuses. Is this an unenforceable piece of legislation, or might it usher in the culture shift we need?

California lawmakers are debating a bill requiring affirmative consent—a verbal or written yes—for sexual activity on state-run college campuses. Is this an unenforceable piece of legislation, or might it usher in the culture shift we need?

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Eugenicists Never Retreat, They Just Regroup: Sterilization and Reproductive Oppression in Prisons

Anti-eugenics protest circa 1971, originally published by the Southern Conference Educational Fund

After winning a settlement that opened the door for thousands of women to initiate malpractice lawsuits against Dalkon Shield, the IUD that caused my sterilization, I naively thought we had seen the end of sterilization atrocities. Unfortunately, that is not so, at least in California.

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When Words Become Bullets: Elliot Rodger and the Patriarchal Id

Elliot Rodger

Rodger’s actions have a chilling rationality to them in the terms of our gendered society, which makes objects and possessions of women, and rapacious, status-conscious animals of men. Whatever else Rodger’s crimes are, they are not unintelligible; they merely wrote in blood what too many of us hear, see, and say every day.

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Enough Is Enough: Poor Women Are Not Having Babies for Money

California's Maximum Family Grant rule denies financial support to babies born while their families are receiving grants from the state's welfare program.

California’s Maximum Family Grant rule denies financial support to babies born while their families are receiving grants from the state’s welfare program. An effort is underway to repeal the rule and to deconstruct the narrative that poor women have babies for money.

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Following Google’s Lead, Yahoo Removes Deceptive Ads by Anti-Abortion Groups

Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

After Google removed deceptive ads from anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers, the pro-choice groups UltraViolet and NARAL Pro-Choice America successfully petitioned Yahoo to do the same.

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