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Do Feed the Trolls—to People Who Will Hold Them Accountable

A few weeks ago, I experienced an Internet first: a troll genuinely apologized to me for his behavior. What happened? I called him out by calling in his family members and his peers. By treating him like a human being, instead of an insult machine with a keyboard and Internet access.

A few weeks ago, I experienced an Internet first: a troll genuinely apologized to me for his behavior. What happened? I called him out by calling in his family members and his peers. By treating him like a human being, instead of an insult machine with a keyboard and Internet access.

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Sharing Abortion Stories Isn’t Just About Changing Policy

A recent Daily Beast article claims abortion stories aren't enough to change reproductive rights policy. But advocates never said abortion stories alone could bring about policy changes—and it's shortsighted to believe as much.

A recent Daily Beast article claims abortion stories aren’t enough to change reproductive rights policy. But advocates never said abortion stories alone could bring about policy changes—and it’s shortsighted to believe as much.

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Names Do Hurt: The Case Against Using Derogatory Language to Describe People in Prison

Too often, news stories about people in prison or jail use dehumanizing language to describe those under government control. While this coverage draws attention to widespread abuses in the criminal justice system, it frequently undercuts the humanity of the people featured with derogatory phrases.

Too often, news stories about people in prison or jail use dehumanizing language to describe those under government control. The term “inmate” is the most pervasive of these words; it is widely used by judges, prison and jail officials and staff, and the media.

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I Made a Joke About Guns and a Man Threatened to Assault Me

Good dudes of the world, please hear me out: Not actively being a sexist jerk as an individual is not enough.

Good dudes of the world, please hear me out: Not actively being a sexist jerk as an individual is not enough.

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Video Games Can and Should Talk More About Real Issues—Including Reproductive Rights

A new video game illustrates how game developers often succumb to stereotypes that can do more harm than good when attempting to educate players about real-world experiences.

A new video game focused on an unintended pregnancy shows the potential for tackling heavier topics in games, but it also illustrates how game developers often succumb to stereotypes that can do more harm than good when attempting to educate players about real-world experiences.

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Wearing a Hijab for Lent Is No Way to Demonstrate Solidarity

Too often, Muslim women find ourselves left out of conversations about our own bodies and lives.

Thousands of Muslim women who live in the United States wear the hijab and face discrimination because of it—yet non-Muslim women are praised and heralded for donning it for a single day or month.

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Cisgender Women Aren’t the Only People Who Seek Abortions, and Activists’ Language Should Reflect That

As an abortion provider, I now make a practice of using gender-inclusive language.

As an abortion provider, I now make a practice of using gender-inclusive language—not only when speaking about the issue on traditional and social media, but also when talking to my patients.

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What the Net Neutrality Victory Should Teach Us About Other Progressive Fights

Contrary to the narratives being pushed by some in the activism community, the win in the fight for net neutrality wasn’t because liberals managed to somehow "want" it badly enough. This was not a matter of willpower, but one of enormous force, bluntly applied.

Contrary to the narratives being pushed by some in the activism community, the win in the fight for net neutrality wasn’t because liberals managed to somehow “want” it badly enough. This was not a matter of willpower, but one of enormous force, bluntly applied.

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The Middle Ground in the Fight Over ‘Viagra for Women’

Last week a pharmaceutical company submitted a third claim for approval of a drug to increase female sexual desire amid accusations that the FDA's failure to approve the drug thus far reeks of sexism.  On the flip side, a group of advocates are arguing that no such drug is needed.  Who's right? Who's wrong? And is there any middle ground?

Some advocates are calling the Food and Drug Administration’s historical hesitation to approve a drug that would treat low sex drive in women sexist; others are saying the development of the medication itself is sexist. Who’s in the right?

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The ‘Men’s Rights’ Movement Is Hilariously Self-Defeating

Supporters of the "men's rights" movement claim to want to defend the interests of men in a supposedly female-dominated society. But if you give them a chance to share their views in a mainstream setting, their underlying misogyny becomes immediately apparent.

Supporters of the “men’s rights” movement claim to want to defend the interests of men in a supposedly female-dominated society. But if you give them a chance to share their views in a mainstream setting, their underlying misogyny becomes immediately apparent.

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