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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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This Week in Sex: Hollywood Edition

Khloe Kardashian with Lamar Odom.

This week, Khloe Kardashian gets tested for STDs after learning of her husband’s infidelity, Jennifer Aniston does not want wax statues of STDs in her living room, and sex research goes primetime with a new series on Showtime.

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Six Reasons to See ‘After Tiller’ as Soon as Possible

(From left) Drs. Leroy Carhart, George Tiller, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson.

There are only four public, clinic-based providers of third-trimester abortions remaining in the United States. After Tiller, a documentary that opens September 20, spends time with all of them, and you should go see it as soon as you can.

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Porn Pause: Moratorium on Filming Imposed When Adult Actress Tests Positive for HIV

Cameron Bay, above, tested positive for HIV.

Just a few days after a judge ruled Los Angeles’ on-set condom requirement constitutional, the industry had to deal with the news that one of its actresses tested positive for HIV.

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Roman Polanski Says the Pill Killed Romance, Women Say it Gave Them Control Over Their Lives

In some ways Polanksi is actually right. The pill did "change the place of women in our times"—but it did so for the better.

In some ways Polanksi is actually right. The pill did “change the place of women in our times”—but it did so for the better.

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Disney Backtracks Over ‘Sexy’ Princess Merida Makeover

Amid outrage over the new, sexier look of Merida, the unconventional princess from the movie Brave, Disney assured fans that the makeover was always intended to be temporary.

Amid outrage over the new, sexier look of Merida, the unconventional princess from the movie Brave, Disney assured fans that the makeover was always intended to be temporary.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Temptation’ Shamefully Stigmatizes People With HIV

Judith cheats on Brice and, in the end, she is thoroughly punished by having to go to her ex-husband’s pharmacy—limping and uglified—to pick up her HIV medications to treat the infection she got from cheating.

It’s such a disappointment to hear that Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor apparently presents HIV not only as if it’s some kind of karmic punishment for female sexual misbehavior, but also as if having the virus makes a woman permanently unlovable and asexual.

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‘The Yellow Room’: Illegal Abortion as Feminist Gothic Horror Film

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Young filmmaker Assal Ghawami has written and directed a film that brings together themes of “The Yellow Wallpaper” with a story of a contemporary back-alley abortion.

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Apologize: Gaining the Confidence to Claim Our Voices

Young woman shouting into megaphone with red background

The abysmal representation of women in the media and in politics negatively affects women’s confidence levels. But there is hope for young women who want their voices to be heard.

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