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Covering Youth Sexuality: How the Media Can Do Better

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

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The Fault in Our Media

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) in The Fault in Our Stars.

Sexual pleasure can be a taboo subject in our society almost everywhere but in our entertainment, where it is arguably overdone. But even in our media, sex seems to be the sole privilege of young, white, single, and non-disabled people. That’s what makes John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so remarkable.

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Five Ways to Ensure Scientifically Accurate Reporting on Reproductive Rights

The BBC was recently told it needs to value scientific accuracy over having "all sides" represented. U.S. media should do the same thing, especially when it comes to debates over reproductive rights.

The BBC was recently told it needs to value scientific accuracy over having “all sides” represented. U.S. media should do the same thing, especially when it comes to debates over reproductive rights.

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HIV Stigma Violently Rages On: We Must Do Better

Recently, two news stories emerged that together paint a powerful picture of the dangers inherent in HIV stigma and misinformation about HIV, perpetuated in large part by the media.

Recently, two news stories emerged that together paint a powerful picture of the dangers inherent in HIV stigma and misinformation about HIV, perpetuated in large part by the media.

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The Guise of ‘Gentle’ Protesters and Buffer Zones

I don't remember ever seeing the word "gentle" used to describe queer activism in the '90s, anti-war marches in the 2000s, or the Occupy movement in 2011, even though those activists have a much more "gentle" record than anti-choice protesters do.

I don’t remember ever seeing the word “gentle” used to describe queer activism in the ’90s, anti-war marches in the 2000s, or the Occupy movement in 2011, even though those activists have a much more “gentle” record than anti-choice protesters do.

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The NRA Successfully Silences Another Obama Nominee

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

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Want to End Violence Against Women? Don’t Read the Washington Post

A recent Washington Post article put fault for abuse squarely on the shoulders of "women in unhealthy, unsafe relationships [who] often lack the power to demand marriage."

A recent Washington Post article put fault for abuse squarely on the shoulders of “women in unhealthy, unsafe relationships [who] often lack the power to demand marriage,” as if the only thing standing between a belt and a bruised baby is a woman who didn’t ask for a ring hard enough.

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Here Are All the ‘Privileges’ I’ve Experienced as a Survivor of Sexual Assault

George Will used his recent column to rail against efforts to curb rape on college campuses.

George Will is right. Throughout my life, my status as “survivor” has afforded me any number of privileges. For instance, the surgery that I needed a couple of years ago to fix the long-term consequences of the assault on my body was truly a privilege—it gave me the status of being temporarily unemployable.

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‘Obvious Child’ Changes the Rom-Com Game

Obvious Child, written and directed by Gillian Robsepierre, opens in theaters Friday.

Obvious Child‘s treatment of abortion as an important moment in both the development of the main character and her romantic relationship is just one of the beautiful ways the film—a raunchy joke-fest with an undeniably humanistic heart—deals with women’s choices and power.

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Hashtag Activism and the Lie of ‘Solidarity’

Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as "toxic" and a "poisonous well." But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.

Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as “toxic” and a “poisonous well.” But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.

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