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Crowdsourcing Bigotry: What Anti-Contraception and Anti-LGBTQ Laws Have in Common

What conservatives really mean when they talk about "religious freedom" has been revealed already by their longstanding crusade against the birth control benefit afforded by the Affordable Care Act.

What conservatives really mean when they talk about “religious freedom” has been revealed already by their longstanding crusade against the birth control benefit afforded by the Affordable Care Act. For them, having religious freedom requires the right to discriminate—against specific people, and in a specific way.

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Sorry, Men’s Rights Activists, You Don’t Have Abortion ‘Rights’

Central to the political agenda of men’s rights activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a "right" to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman's right to an abortion.

Central to the political agenda of men’s rights activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a “right” to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman’s right to an abortion—an argument that highlights the intersecting bigotries embedded in the men’s rights movement.

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Mississippi Sex Ed Law Leads to Reshuffled, But Not Improved, Curricula

just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.

Having spent much of my career reviewing abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula and material, I can promise that just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.

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CPAC Come-Ons: Sexual Culture at the Nation’s Largest Conservative Conference

“Everybody knows that guy who swings by and puts his arm around the girl who wants nothing to do with him."

One university student CPAC attendee said that there is definitely “a culture of a bunch of creepy guys” at the conference—young guys, he clarified. “Everybody knows that guy who swings by and puts his arm around the girl who wants nothing to do with him.”

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#LiesToldByFemales Shows the Sexual Double Standard Lives On

A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do, to present themselves as more chaste and more submissive than they actually are.

A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do, to present themselves as more chaste and more submissive than they actually are.

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Massachusetts Supreme Court OKs Taking ‘Upskirt’ Pics—But That’s Likely About to Change

The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled this week that the state’s “Peeping Tom” law designed to prevent voyeurism does not apply to taking pictures up a woman's skirt.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled this week that the state’s “Peeping Tom” law designed to prevent voyeurism does not apply to taking pictures up a woman’s skirt. In response, the state legislature has pushed through an anti-”upskirting” law with lightning speed.

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Parents’ Distrust of Vaccines May Be Even Harder to Counter Than We Thought

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective, many parents have become skeptical.

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective, many parents have become skeptical. Efforts to encourage these parents to change their minds have most often focused on correcting misinformation. A new study, however, suggests that this approach may backfire.

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South Carolina Lawmakers Consider Cutting Colleges’ Funding Over LGBT Books

A South Carolina house committee has passed a budget that includes fiscal punishment for two state-funded schools that assigned "gay-themed" books to students.

A South Carolina house committee has passed a budget that includes fiscal punishment for two state-funded schools that assigned “gay-themed” books to students.

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Who’s to Blame When a Woman Experiences Abortion Regret?

Iowa legislators want to pass a law allowing women to sue abortion providers if they regret their abortions. Why not let women sue the people who actually caused the regret—the people who shamed and guilted them about the abortion—instead?

Iowa legislators want to pass a law allowing women to sue abortion providers if they regret their abortions. Why not let women sue the people who actually caused the regret—the people who shamed and guilted them about the abortion—instead?

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Living Queer in a Red State

When I moved back to my hometown in South Dakota after leaving my job in Chicago, I knew I was taking a risk—a risk that I would lose access to a queer community.

When I moved back to my hometown in South Dakota after leaving my job in Chicago, I knew I was taking a risk—a risk that I would lose access to a queer community. What I didn’t expect was that my own state government would start to push to decide that I am not a person worth protecting, that I am not deserving of dignity.

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