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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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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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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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Sexism Is Alive and Well Among ‘Generation Z’

blurred lines vevo screenshot

Generation Z—made up of people who were born between the early 1990s and 2010—is so accustomed to everyday sexism that most of us do not even notice when demeaning language is used, let alone call it out, when we hear it in songs like “Blurred Lines.”

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Singing, Dancing, Performing: The Pressure on Women Artists to Be Extreme

Industry and societal pressures push women to two character extremes: the innocent, sweet girl-next-door type or the crazy, wild party animal.

Industry and societal pressures push women to two character extremes: the innocent, sweet girl-next-door type or the crazy, wild party animal.

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Sex, Career Women, and Country Music: A Conversation About ‘Nashville’

Why is the show is so darn compelling?

Recently Sarah Seltzer and Lauren Kelley sat down to talk about feminism, fashion, and fame on Nashville, and why the show is so darn compelling.

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Feminists vs. Pop Stars: Truce, Please?

Team Feminist may’ sport “smash the patriarchy” buttons and fret about pop stars, while Team Pop Star rocks bodysuits and frequently has no idea what our movement means, but we can peacefully coexist.

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Something Happening Here: Hip Hop’s Recent Wave of Support for LGBT Rights

There’s a new trend emerging that deserves to be documented. Here we find ourselves – it is the summer of 2012 and the season of hip hop taking the lead in expanding support for LGBT equality.

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Sexual Health Roundup: School to Give Out Condoms at Prom and Studies Look at Loud Music and MTV Shows

Sexual Health Roundup: A Brooklyn high school agrees to distribute condoms at the prom though the company sponsoring it found no other takers; a study finds that whether you see MTV’s 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom as cautionary tales or unfortunate glamorizations has to do with what your parents taught you about sex; and another study out of the Netherlands finds that Tipper Gore was right—young people who listen to loud music engage in other risky behaviors.

 

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Faux-Apology Not Accepted: Fire Rush Limbaugh for His Hateful Misogyny

Rush Limbaugh’s limp quasi-apology to Sandra Fluke isn’t good enough. Clear Channel Communications, the largest radio station owner in the US, should fire him and establish a precedent whereby media commentators understand that misogynistic language and attitudes are unacceptable and career-ending.

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