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36 Seconds Is Not Enough Time for Doctors to Discuss Sex With Teens

Susan Allen, director of marketing and communications at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, told RH Reality Check that LB 1032 is unnecessary legislation because information about coercion is already provided for all patients considering abortion in Nebraska.

A new study suggests that many doctors are not talking to their teenage patients about sexuality, and those who are spend an average of just over half a minute on this important topic.

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Ani DiFranco’s Epic Fail: Reflections on Nottoway Plantation

America's history of racialized slavery distilled the essence of patriarchy, and formed the roots of American rape culture. So why do famous white feminists fail to get it?

America’s history of racialized slavery distilled the essence of patriarchy, and formed the roots of American rape culture. So why do famous white feminists fail to get it?

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Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

Political developments last December suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

Recent political developments suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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Why We Should Fear the Rise of America’s Latest ‘Bro Pastor’

Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism.

With an empire extending far beyond his churches in Seattle, Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism. And that should scare people who are dedicated to the rights of women in the United States.

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‘The People’s Pope’? If By People, You Don’t Mean Women

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis. But raise the subject of the pope’s continued exclusion of women and the church’s opposition to any form of reproductive freedom, and you’re all but told to shut up and wait.

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Pennsylvania’s New ‘Women’s Health Caucus’ Unveils Package of Pro-Active Bills

Wednesday morning, the Pennsylvania legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus—just established this spring—unveiled its first enterprise: a package of bills that pro-actively address women’s physical health, financial security, and personal safety.

Wednesday morning, the Pennsylvania legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus—just established this spring—unveiled its first enterprise: a package of bills that pro-actively address women’s physical health, financial security, and personal safety.

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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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Killing Them Softly: Pope Francis Condemns Income Inequality, Sanctions Gender Inequality

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

In his defense of the faceless poor, the pope misses the fact that women are more likely than men to be in poverty—because of the very kind of structural inequality that his church models for the world as an image of holiness.

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Could New Steubenville Indictments Send a Message to Communities About Dealing With Rape?

Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law goes on trial again this morning in New Orleans.

Four more adults were indicted Monday for what they did—or didn’t do—after the rape of a 16-year-old girl last August. It will be interesting to see if going after the adults who facilitate these situations will be the lesson that communities need to start paying attention to our nation’s rape problem.

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This Week in Sex: Meningitis at Princeton, the Cheneys’ Public Dispute, and Herpes on a Library Book

(From left) Liz and Mary Cheney.

This week, Princeton University deals with an outbreak of meningitis, former VP Dick Cheney makes a public statement as his daughters disagree publicly over the legalization of same-sex marriage, and a scientist finds herpes on a library copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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