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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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‘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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#SolidarityIsForTheAbleBodied, and Feminism’s Ableism Problem

The hashtag revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

While the hashtag shined a light on how ableism is a systemic issue in all political and societal respects, it also revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

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Of #FastTailedGirls and Freedom

A tweet from the author as part of the #FastTailedGirls conversation on Twitter, which was started by Hood Feminism.

Like a lot of others, I was a “fast-tailed girl” before I really understood what those words meant.

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For Black Women, Everything Is a Feminist Issue

There have been many articles decrying Michelle Obama's "un-feminist" choices.

There have been many articles decrying Michelle Obama’s “un-feminist” choices. What these criticisms fail to acknowledge is that for women who are not single and childless/childfree, feminist choices often include a focus on their families and communities. This is particularly true of Black feminists.

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Michelle Obama’s Garden Is Political

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed in the White House vegetable garden.

People who think food is apolitical don’t know much about food, just like people who think taking care of kids isn’t important don’t know much about kids. Devaluing either isn’t just ignorant, it’s dismissive of the women who take on these essential roles to life and society.

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‘If We Each Have a Torch, There’s a Lot More Light': Gloria Steinem Accepts the Presidential Medal of Freedom

(From left) Ms. Magazine and Women's Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem, National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane, and Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal at the National Press Club lunch.

“I’d be crazy if I didn’t understand that this is a medal for the entire women’s movement,” Steinem told a gathering at the National Press Club Monday.

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A True Ally Rejects Racial Hierarchy, and Other Tips From Feminists of Color

Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.

Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.

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Talking to Sex Workers About Fighting for Their Rights, Feminism, and More

Women carrying a banner about sex workers' rights in the Capital Pride Parade on August 26, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.

RH Reality Check recently spoke with sex workers Minnie Scarlet, Darby Hickey, and Violet Rose about what role they think feminism can play in sex workers’ rights, among other issues.

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Blurred Lines, Not So Much: Double Standards at Play for Women in Music Videos

A "Blurred Lines" parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as "inappropriate," sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.

A “Blurred Lines” parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as “inappropriate,” sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.

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