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What Sandra Fluke’s Short-Lived Congressional Bid Can Teach Ambitious Progressive Women

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What if you’re a young progressive woman who wants to shake things up? You should! But you also need to be practical and strategic.

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Sandra Fluke Running for Congress Is a Big Deal for Feminism (Updated)

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A Fluke candidacy sends a message that young women will not just serve supporting roles in the political process, but will help make the rules in the primary institutions of power themselves.

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Political Battles Over Abortion Are About So Much More

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While it is true that Republicans are attacking abortion rights at every turn, rhetorically, “abortion” is a dog whistle word to stir up conservative anxieties about sexual freedom.

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For It Before They Were Against It: Catholic Universities and Birth Control

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Did you know that from the sixties through the nineties, clergy and faculty at Notre Dame, Georgetown, and other Catholic-affiliated universities lobbied for coverage of birth control? And argued for the moral imperative of providing coverage for contraception… even on campus?

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If You Give It, They’ll Be Tramps: An Offensive, False, But Oft-Repeated Argument About Reproductive Health Technologies

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The argument that access to sexual health care or information causes promiscuity is offensive to women and has been proven false time and again. Yet it seems unlikely that it we will end anytime soon.

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Why Does Sandra Fluke Drive Conservatives Bananas?

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For years, feminists have been trying to get the public to see the misogynist, sex-fearing heart at the center of the anti-choice movement. Turns out all we needed was to dangle Sandra Fluke in front of them. Why can’t conservatives resist bashing her?

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Putting the Sex Back in Birth Control: Why the Dominant Narrative on Contraception Undermines Young People

The progressive community is deathly afraid of talking about sex and young people. We have to stop running away from sex like it’s our movement’s dirty little secret, because despite the supposed mainstream appeal and political expedience that comes with a watered down sexless narrative about birth control, it also comes with a swift price. 

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Women’s Issues Remain the Focus As Thousands Rally In Denver

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With 4000 tickets handed out and a packed auditorium, the mix of women, men and children eagerly waited to hear the president’s plan to protect women’s rights.

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Where’s Your Shame, Woman?! Fundamentalist Pastor Takes to YouTube to Fault Women for All Social Ills

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Popular conservative Christian pastor says “America is over” because shameless women who have sex and vote are running wild and screwing everything up.

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House Republicans Continue to Silence Women: Female Reps Prevented from Offering Amendment to Medical Malpractice Bill

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The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill which would reform medical malpractice laws. Several Congresswomen drafted an amendment to limit the bill’s malpractice protections if a claim is based on a violation of the health care reform law related to the women’s preventive health services. Republicans are blocking the amendment from a vote.

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