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What Would Make You Believe a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

What I am seeing, with Dylan Farrow’s recent open letter concerning the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her father, is that a lot of people do not believe that we adult survivors live among them. But we are here.

What I am seeing, with Dylan Farrow’s recent open letter concerning the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her father, is that a lot of people do not believe that we adult survivors live among them. But we are here.

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‘Philomena’ Reminds Us That the ‘Baby Scoop Era’ Affected Millions

Philomena Lee, the namesake character of the Oscar-nominated film Philomena (starring Judi Dench, above).

The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.

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‘Philomena,’ A Must-See Film About the Magdalene Laundries and Forced Adoptions

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

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This Week in Sex: Condoms for Women, New Vibrating Underwear, and the ‘Fifty Shades’ Effect on Sex Toy Purchases

Students at New York City’s School of Visual Arts are working to redesign the packaging of condoms to make women feel more comfortable buying and carrying them.

This week, design students want to revamp condom packaging to appeal to women, a sex toy company released new underwear, and sex researchers predict 2014 will mark the return of “vanilla” sex for couples—but we’re not so sure we agree.

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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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The Hunger Games’ Gender Role Revolution

Much ink has been spilled in praise of Katniss Everdeen as a strong, flawed, mold-breaking heroine. But as the second Hunger Games movie storms the box office, Peeta Mellark—the baker, the nurturer, the feeder—is having his own moment. And well he should.

Much ink has been spilled in praise of Katniss Everdeen as a strong, flawed, mold-breaking heroine. But as the second Hunger Games movie storms the box office, Peeta Mellark—the baker, the nurturer, the feeder—is having his own moment. And well he should.

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New Film Tackles South Dakota ‘Battle of the Abortion Ban’

Sunny Clifford (far right) with two other young women from her reservation.

Young Lakota chronicles the story of Cecelia Fire Thunder, who, after South Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion measure in 2006, proposed what seemed to be a neat workaround: open an abortion-providing Planned Parenthood on her property on the Oglala Lakota reservation.

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Let’s Talk About Sex: A Discussion With the Filmmakers of ‘How to Lose Your Virginity’ and ‘Subjectified’

Filmmaker Therese Shechter tries on a wedding dress in "How to Lose Your Virginity."

Two new documentaries directed by young women operate under a shared thesis: Women need to talk about sex.

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‘Follow the Leader’ Examines Conservatism, White Boys, and Political Entitlement (Oh My!)

In this screenshot from 'Follow the Leader,' Ben (middle) prays with Cuccinelli (right) and other staff over a meal at a restaurant.

While respectful and serious in the treatment of its subjects, Follow the Leader is a rollicking romp through patriarchy. It is entertaining, illuminating, and a springboard for conversations beneficial to those of us who would prefer to see more than only conservative white boys angling for the oval office.

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New Study Finds Alarming Rate of Sexual Coercion Among Teens, Young Adults

According to the study, “links between perpetration and violent sexual media are apparent."

A new study finds that almost one in ten teens and young adults admit to forcing someone into some form of sexual activity. Even more surprising: 50 percent of perpetrators blame the victim for the incident.

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