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Memo to the Washington Post: If Seeing an Interracial Couple Makes You Gag, You Don’t Have a ‘Conventional View’

New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray.

Actually, 87 percent of Americans think interracial marriage is just fine.

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‘RH Reality Check’ State of Abortion Database Updated With Responses From Nearly Every State

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Our searchable tool has been updated to include final responses from 48 state attorneys general and 41 state health departments about a wide range of issues involving abortion. The additional responses support our earlier analysis—that abortion in the United States is overwhelmingly safe and highly regulated.

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When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

When it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

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Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Attendees of the recent #femfuture retreat.

Many feminist activists are no longer content with having a martyrdom complex, which almost makes it a competition to see who has sacrificed more for the cause.

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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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Church or State? The Vatican Has Too Much Influence at the UN

Screenshot taken from the creative new video on the excessive power and abuse of that power of the Vatican.

It is simply unjust that one religion is allowed to act as a state, and use that power to block rights rather than protect them.

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‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and How We Talk About Race and Identity

From left to right: Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley), and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling).

OITNB isn’t perfect in its handling of race, class, and gender, but the series does get a lot right about the conversations people of color and white folks have amongst themselves and with each other, and how different identities and experiences shape those interactions.

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For Wichita’s South Wind Women’s Center, a Victory Against Clear Channel

South Wind (above) is a recently opened health center which offers both abortion services and other reproductive health services.

Tony Matteo, Clear Channel’s operations manager in Wichita, Kansas, announced Tuesday a reversal of the company’s earlier decision to drop the radio ads of the South Wind Women’s Center.

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‘Very Serious’ Game Asks Users to Navigate Barriers to Abortion in Texas

Character sketch by Grace Jennings, who will illustrate characters in Choice: Texas.

Choice: Texas is a new interactive fiction project that asks players to navigate the many (and growing) barriers to abortion access in the Lone Star State.

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#IntersectionalityIsForTwitter: How to Be a True Ally

Our movements have all three of these choices: We can refuse to work with the oppressed people who voiced their grievances, we could ignore their grievances, or we could work to address them.

A discussion of several hashtags that have been making their way around Twitter over the past week: #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen, and #F*ckCisPeople.

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