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MTV’s ‘Virgin Territory’ Treads Too-Familiar Ground

What could have been a fascinating insight into strangers' expressions of intimacy is instead a tableau of stereotypical sexual narratives already prevalent in mainstream media.

What could have been a fascinating insight into strangers’ expressions of intimacy is instead a tableau of stereotypical sexual narratives already prevalent in mainstream media.

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Mindy Kaling’s Sitcom Could Help Disrupt Abortion Provider Stigma (Updated)

Why wouldn't Kaling's character, Dr. Lahiri, discuss abortion in a show about a gynecologist's office? It always comes back to stigma.

Why wouldn’t Kaling’s character, Dr. Lahiri, discuss abortion in a show about a gynecologist’s office? It always comes back to stigma.

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In North Carolina Elections, Misleading Susan B. Anthony List Ads Star Koch Brothers Operative

Ned Ryun, who appears with his wife and daughter in an ad that targets North Carolina's incumbent senator, Democrat Kay Hagan, has a long history as a Republican operative with close links to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.

The Susan B. Anthony List is known for misleading ads. So it may come as a small surprise that a recent ad it sponsored featuring the Ryun family doesn’t mention the family patriarch’s long history as a Republican operative with close links to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.

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The Fault in Our Media

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) in The Fault in Our Stars.

Sexual pleasure can be a taboo subject in our society almost everywhere but in our entertainment, where it is arguably overdone. But even in our media, sex seems to be the sole privilege of young, white, single, and non-disabled people. That’s what makes John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so remarkable.

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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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Let’s Talk About Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Gender, and Sexuality

If Kimye can show us anything, it’s that we still have a long way to go when it comes to smashing gender roles.

If Kimye can show us anything, it’s that we still have a long way to go when it comes to smashing gender roles.

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Sex Work or Human Trafficking? Race and Imperialism in CNN Report From Cambodia

Mira Sorvino in a December CNN report from Cambodia.

In a December report from Cambodia, CNN failed to distinguish between consensual sex work and human trafficking, and did nothing to help viewers see how anti-human trafficking initiatives really work under globalization: as acts of cultural imperialism.

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Ex-CIA Chief Dismisses Damning Report as Work of ‘Emotional’ Woman

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden told Fox News Sunday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Senate committee report on the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program was driven by her emotions.

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden told Fox News Sunday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Senate committee report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program was driven by her emotions. But a look at the backstory reveals a very emotional former CIA director.

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The Second Lady’s Abortion: What ‘House of Cards’ Got Right… and Didn’t

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in the Netflix drama "House of Cards"

Unlike other televised representations of abortion experiences, House of Cards pulls back the curtain on the complex internal processes and external actions taken by many who have had abortions.

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In Unprecedented Assault, Koch Brothers Aim for Anti-Choice Senate in 2014

Pro-choice Democrats in vulnerable U.S. Senate seats are under attack as never before by Americans For Prosperity, the flagship organization of the Koch brothers' sprawling network of spending groups.

Pro-choice Democrats in vulnerable U.S. Senate seats are under attack as never before by Americans for Prosperity, the flagship organization of the Koch brothers’ sprawling network of spending groups.

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