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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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MAKERS: A Good Women’s History Lesson, But Misses Younger Feminists

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MAKERS was a good overview documentary, and I’m glad it exists. Unfortunately, it ended with a thud by ignoring many of the vibrant, young feminists working today.

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And the Oscars Go To: Sexism, Racism, Homophobia, and Anti-Semitism

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When I turned on the Oscars Sunday, I expected fashion, a spectacle, and maybe some frat-boy humor. I had no idea how willfully offensive the host would be.

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Jodie Foster Comes Out, and So Does Our Hypocritical Approach to Privacy, Especially the Privacy of Women

Jodie Foster accepts her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Golden Globes. (CBS News)

As a society, we feel entitled to strip people of their privacy rights when they appear to transgress how we believe they should live their lives. In fact, we are extremely hypocritical in our approach to privacy.

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Women, Sex, and Storytelling: The Truth Behind Tired Mainstream Narratives

An event in New York City examined the split between our authentic selves and the social rules that keep those selves at bay.

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