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Justice for Leelah Alcorn Goes Beyond Standing Against ‘Conversion Therapy’

If, in the broader sense, conversion therapy is any set of actions designed to convince trans people to abandon our genders and sexes, governments large and small are the biggest offenders out there.

If, in the broader sense, “conversion therapy” is any set of actions designed to convince trans people to abandon our genders and sexes, governments large and small are the biggest offenders out there.

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No, Asking for Corporate Accountability or Subway Courtesy Is Not ‘Slut-Shaming’

Twice this week, conservatives have tried to draw false equivalences between slut-shaming and shaming behavior that causes actual harm. Here's why slut-shaming is wrong, but asking for accountability or courtesy is not wrong.

Twice this week, conservatives have tried to draw false equivalences between slut-shaming and discouraging behavior that causes actual harm. Here’s why slut-shaming is wrong, but asking for corporate transparency or public transit etiquette is not.

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Nicki Minaj and the Inevitable Politicization of Celebrity Abortions

Nicki Minaj told a nuanced story about her high school abortion, but most of the headlines suggested that she is, or should be, ashamed of the experience. Sadly, this is what happens all too often when women try to tell complex abortion stories in the public sphere.

Nicki Minaj told a nuanced story about her high school abortion, but most of the headlines suggested that she is, or should be, ashamed of the experience. Sadly, this is what happens all too often when women try to tell complex abortion stories in the public sphere.

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Still We Lead: Clarifying the Resolve of Black Women

Only when our society acknowledges what Black women are doing and have been doing to advance equality for all will people truly understand why Black lives matter.

Only when our society acknowledges what Black women are doing and have been doing to advance equality for all will people truly understand why Black lives matter.

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The Way We Talk About Midwifery Care Matters

Even as it championed midwives in a recent op-ed, the New York Times editorial board unwittingly slipped into language that suggests midwifery care is a second-tier option—language that reflects broader public attitudes throughout the United States.

Even as it championed midwives in a recent piece, the New York Times editorial board unwittingly slipped into language that suggests midwifery care is a second-tier option—language that reflects broader public attitudes throughout the United States.

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A Textbook Case: The Continuing Battle for Control Over What Students Read

A school board in Arizona made headlines last month for voting to cut pages out of a biology textbook in order to make sure that students do not learn about abortion.  While taking x-acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare—though it has certainly been done before—textbook censorship is not at all rare and the process for getting these books into the classroom is quite often more about politics than education.

While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.

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12 Ways Young People Organized for Human Rights in 2014

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can't wait to see what they pull off in 2015.

Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they pull off in 2015.

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Sexuality Doesn’t Vanish When You Turn 65

At institutions and in organizations that ostensibly cater to older adults’ needs, the matter of their sexuality is often ignored altogether.

At institutions and in organizations that ostensibly cater to older adults’ needs, the matter of their sexuality is often ignored altogether.

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How to Talk About Abortion on the Internet

How can pro-choice advocates change the cultural conversation that can help win policy victories? For starters, according to speakers at this year’s Rootscamp, don’t be afraid to say “abortion.”

How can pro-choice advocates change the cultural conversation that can help win policy victories? For starters, according to speakers at this year’s Rootscamp, don’t be afraid to say “abortion.”

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Let’s Talk About That Wendy Davis Cover of ‘Texas Monthly’

Just months after Texas Monthly lauded Davis as a potentially serious political threat, the magazine flung her into a cow pasture in an act of pure, derisive mockery—all for the crime of running for office and losing.

Just months after Texas Monthly lauded Davis as a potentially serious political threat, the magazine flung her into a cow pasture in an act of pure, derisive mockery—all for the crime of running for office and losing.

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