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Sorry, Anti-Choicers. Abortion Stigma Doesn’t Lower the Abortion Rate

Anti-choicers want to take credit for the lower abortion rate, claiming that their efforts at stigmatizing it have caused women to choose to have babies instead. Unfortunately for them, the evidence suggests otherwise.

Anti-choicers want to take credit for the lower abortion rate, claiming that their efforts at stigmatizing it have caused women to choose to have babies instead. Unfortunately for them, the evidence suggests otherwise.

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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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When ‘He Wasn’t Convicted’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Innocent’

Dylan Farrow

When it comes to childhood sexual assault, there is a heavy thumb on the scales of justice. To trot out “but he wasn’t convicted” as definitive proof of innocence against the backdrop of this system amounts to willful ignorance.

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‘A Panorama of Toxicity’: On Being a Trans Woman Online

A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do.

The realities of trans women’s experience with social media remind us that a discussion about “toxicity” online cannot be contained by the artificial boundaries of “Twitter feminism.” The problem is much larger than Twitter or any number of internal activist flare-ups. It encompasses the entire online world.

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How Not to Report on Sex Trafficking

We start with bad mothers and we end, in the piece with, an editorial sigh of relief: thank god (literally) for men like Don Brewster who can envision, unlike these women with whom he is juxtaposed narratively, “the transformation” that girls experience when they are “saved.”

Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.

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‘16 and Pregnant’ May Work, But We Could Do So Much Better

Stop appropriating my family and my peers for your mission and realize you are not only failing teenage families but you are also failing non parent teens through exploitive methods.

Researchers and the general public may be unable to agree on teen pregnancy shows’ contributions to society, but what we all can agree on is that these MTV shows present tired tropes about teen moms that are harmful for young girls.

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Dylan Byers and the Scourge of Privileged Defensiveness

People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

Byers’ response to Ta-Nehisi Coates calling Melissa Harris-Perry “America’s foremost public intellectual” illustrates an important problem: People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

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This Week in Sex: Holiday Edition

This week, another shutdown in the adult film industry, a campaign in the UK suggests nobody wants chlamydia for Christmas, actress Geena Davis asks us to note the alarming lack of female characters in G-rated family moves, and carols to promote sex-positive health and wellness.

This week, another shutdown in the adult film industry, a campaign in the UK suggests nobody wants chlamydia for Christmas, actress Geena Davis asks us to note the alarming lack of female characters in G-rated family moves, and carols to promote sex-positive health and wellness.

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#SolidarityIsForTheAbleBodied, and Feminism’s Ableism Problem

The hashtag revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

While the hashtag shined a light on how ableism is a systemic issue in all political and societal respects, it also revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

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Stoking Fire: How News Outlets, Prosecutors Minimize Sexual Violence With Language

When journalists report that a man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, it sounds far less menacing than reporting that he was arrested for beating his partner bloody or punching her until she lost consciousness.

When journalists report that a man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, it sounds far less menacing than reporting that he was arrested for beating his partner bloody or punching her until she lost consciousness.

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