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‘Hobby Lobby,’ and a Woman’s Right to Sexual Exploration

Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards

Restrictions on access to birth control are at odds with the fact that sexuality, for most of us, takes time to understand and appreciate.

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The Much Maligned Condom: Why We Can’t Be Surprised Use Is Down Among Teens

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned.

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned—young people are surrounded by messages suggesting they don’t work, they break, and they take all the fun out of sex.

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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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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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Don’t Tell Me It’s ‘Not All Men’

“Not all men” has become a meme, an in-joke among those of us who speak up in public or semi-public about feminist concerns.

In the days since I heard about Elliot Rodger’s violent spree, I’ve thought a lot about the meme “not all men”—how telling ourselves that is a requirement for continuing to exist and work in a world that increasingly requires our interactions be public, observable.

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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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Discrimination, Doxxing, and That ‘Louie’ Episode: A Q&A With the Filmmakers Behind ‘Fattitude’

Fattitude looks at the ubiquity of fat prejudice through media analyses and interviews with well-known activists.

RH Reality Check recently spoke to Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, who are crowdsourcing funds for Fattitude, their documentary about fat prejudice. The filmmakers discuss the core principles of Fattitude, the harassment they’ve experienced while making the film, and much more.

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