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The Life-Saving Power of Birth Control as… Birth Control

Those who are fighting for the right to affordable birth control shouldn’t leave me—or other individuals who use birth control to prevent unplanned pregnancies—out of the discussion.

It’s been said over and over again that birth control is “life-saving” for some women, who need it to aid conditions such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. But people also, overwhelmingly, use birth control to do exactly as its name implies: to control their fertility. Let’s stop hiding some of the lives we fight for under a “tactical” shroud.

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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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Anti-Choicers Drop the ‘Life’ Pretense, Increasingly Admit They’re Angry About Sex

Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they're motivated by "life" and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women's sexuality.

The Family Research Council recently presented a paper positing that the problem with abortion is that women are just having too much sex. It’s part of a trend: Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they’re motivated by “life” and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women’s sexuality.

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Sexism Is Alive and Well Among ‘Generation Z’

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Generation Z—made up of people who were born between the early 1990s and 2010—is so accustomed to everyday sexism that most of us do not even notice when demeaning language is used, let alone call it out, when we hear it in songs like “Blurred Lines.”

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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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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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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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Limbaugh is Sorry for Calling Fluke a “Slut,” But Why Were We ALL Sorry, Too?

This week’s back-and-forth over Rush Limbaugh’s use of the words “slut” and “prostitute” illustrates our deep discomfort with women’s sexuality.

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When They Say “It’s Not About Birth Control,” You Know… It’s About Birth Control

The recent controversy over insurance coverage for contraception has vividly made the point that feminists have argued for years. The culture wars over reproductive rights never have been primarily about fetal personhood, the right to life, or now, religious freedom: they have always been about the control of women’s bodies and sexuality.

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Did Abstinence-Only Ideology Create a Bully Generation?

Abstinence-only programs, with their emphasis on purity, marriage, and heterosexuality, create hostile environments that perpetuate the growth of rule-enforcing bullies, one slut-shaming, homophobic class at a time.

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