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How Modesty Doctrines Made Me Hate My Body

Modesty taught me that my first priority needed to be making sure I wasn’t a “stumbling block” to men. Not being sexually attractive was the most important thing I had to consider when buying clothes, putting them on, maintaining my weight (can’t have things getting tight!), and moving around (can’t wiggle those hips, or let a little knee show). Modesty taught me that what I looked like was what mattered most of all. Not what I thought. Not how I felt. Not what I was capable of doing. Worrying about modesty, and being vigilantnotto be sexy, made me even more obsessed with my looks than the women in short shorts and spray tans I was taught to hate

 

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Akimbo’s First Ever Film Festival: Millennium Development Goals at the Movies!

RH Reality Check is highlighting Akimbo’s first ever film festival, focused on each of the eight Millennium Development Goals as a way to increase awareness of the issues about which the goals are related.

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The European Institute for Gender Equality Officially Opens

The European Institute for Gender Equality is a new European Union agency intended to support EU Institutions and Member States in promoting gender equality.

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Europe: Work Remains on Reaching Gender Equality

A conference of European Ministers focused on gender equality finds that making gender equality a reality – in practice as well as in law – remains a challenge.

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on Women’s Liberation, Black Manhood, and Total Revolution

This is boundary-breaking & inspiring.  Listen to Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party spit some cold truth in his remarks at the International Womens’ Program program at LaPregunta Arts Cafe near Harlem on March 6, 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dljezhq-PUg

 

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Women’s Health Equals Global Health: A Radical Proposal

We need a peaceful, purposeful, stubborn and obstinate revolution.   

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Not Vectors, But People: The Need to Move from PMTCT to Comprehensive Care for Women with HIV

A truly gender-based approach to women and HIV/AIDS must approach women and girls both as persons independent of their societal roles and in relation to their multiple roles and needs.

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US at the UN: Strong Support for Family Planning

Margaret Pollock, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, Department of State and head of the U.S. delegation, delivered the much anticipated U.S. statement to the Commission on March 31.

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Controlling the Means of Reproduction: An Interview with Michelle Goldberg

In her new book “The Means of Reproduction,” Michelle Goldberg puts forth a convincing argument that women’s liberation worldwide is key to solving some of our most daunting problems.

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Roundup: Bishops Plan to Confront Obama, Annual UNFPA Population Report Released

Catholic bishops vow to forcefully confront Obama on abortion; UNFPA calls for cultural sensitivity to achieve gender equality and establish reproductive rights; Uruguayan Senate votes to decriminalize abortion; Bush administration puts successful California family planning program at risk.

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