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Without Millions of Dollars in Wealth, Chronic Illness Can Destroy a Family. Does Mitt Romney Understand This? And Does He Care?

The Romney campaign is out with a new ad talking about Ann Romney’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and her ‘soul mate’ Mitt’s reaction and subsequent handling of her chronic illness. Unfortunately it doesn’t say a word about what ‘President’ Romney would do for people with the illness. Not. One. Single. Word.

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Video Restrictions in India and the Growing Effort by Governments to Restrict Our Rights to Freedom of Information

This week, several video-sharing websites were blocked by the two main internet service providers in India in response to a court order related to movie piracy. These developments are worrying.

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Sexual Health Roundup: HIV-Prevention Drug Wins FDA Panel Approval, Parents Talk About Internet Pornography

A New York Times article looks at how parents do (and should) react when their children inevitably see Internet pornography, an FDA advisory panel recommends approving a drug for HIV-prevention, and Massachusetts cuts over $1 million from its HIV-prevention and testing program in county jails. 

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State of Alabama Harasses and Seeks to Close Abortion Clinic, While Women Die Needlessly in Childbirth

New Woman All Women in Birmingham Alabama is the abortion clinic bombed by Eric Rudolph in 1998 resulting in the death of a police officer and the maiming of a nurse. It has now been “bombed” by the Alabama Department of Public Health under the direction presumably of anti-choice Governor Robert J. Bentley, a dermatologist.

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“Does This Dick Make My Ass Look Fat?:” A Theory on Gendered Effects of Insecurity, Or Why Men Tweet Their Penis Pix

Men are more likely to take and send photos of their genitalia than women. The question is why, and so what? Here’s my theory.

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STOKING FIRE: Anti-Choice Boycotts Continue, but Will Businesses Continue to Give In?

Boycotts and harassment tactics have an impact, even if it’s not the impact the anti-choicers would like. When businesses submit to antiabortion browbeating, it forces clinicians to scramble to find new suppliers, diverts attention from the provision of care, and exacerbates tensions and anxieties.

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Project TMI: The Feminist Humor Defense Against the Assault on Our Bodies

It’s a strange sensation to start something as a joke, expecting that only your friends on Facebook will see it, and then all of a sudden to see it all over the internet. That’s what happened with my decision to report on my menstrual cycle to all of the Virginia legislators (not just the Republicans, contrary to popular news sources) who voted “yes” on HB462, the “mandatory ultrasound” bill. 

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Limbaugh, Fluke, and Feminism: Did We “Rush” to Conclusions About Privilege, Sex, Race, and Class?

Amidst the controversy around Rush Limbaugh and birth control coverage, there have been some missed opportunities to dive deeper into the underlying issues. What I had hoped (and continue to hope) for is space for a more nuanced discussion about privilege, sex and sexuality, and feminism.

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WI Senator Says Unplanned Pregnancies Are The ‘Woman’s Choice’

State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

Radio host, Rush Limbaugh, seems to be monopolizing the ire of women these days now that less well-known misogynists are operating under the radar. Wisconsin Republican state Senator, Glenn Grothman, for example.

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Santorum Donor Says Women Should ‘Put Aspirin Between Their Knees’

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Foster Friess, Rick Santorum’s chief political benefactor and main donor to the Super PAC backing Rick Santorum’s presidential bid told Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC that women should just “keep their legs shut.”

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