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Media Silence on Gosnell? Let’s Talk About the Women of Color Without Decent Health Care

A hospital buy-out means that Green Bay's only abortion clinic—one of five in the whole state—will no longer be allowed to provide abortion care.

As a resident of Philadelphia and an abortion provider, I can tell you that the Gosnell case has gotten media coverage. But no one is talking about poor, under-insured, and under-served women.

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Makeovers Aren’t a Magic Road to Self Esteem

Stacy London, co-host of TLC's "What Not to Wear."

With the popular TV show What Not to Wear coming to an end, maybe we can finally stop tricking ourselves into believing that making a woman look beautiful is just as good as making her feel intelligent or important.

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Apologize: Gaining the Confidence to Claim Our Voices

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The abysmal representation of women in the media and in politics negatively affects women’s confidence levels. But there is hope for young women who want their voices to be heard.

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Why Men Should Be Taught Not to Rape—And What Rape Is

Last week, Zerlina Maxwell—Democratic strategist, writer and rape survivor—went on the Sean Hannity Show and suggested that men and boys can be trained not to rape.

For men to be trained not to rape, they have to learn what rape is.

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MAKERS: A Good Women’s History Lesson, But Misses Younger Feminists

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MAKERS was a good overview documentary, and I’m glad it exists. Unfortunately, it ended with a thud by ignoring many of the vibrant, young feminists working today.

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And the Oscars Go To: Sexism, Racism, Homophobia, and Anti-Semitism

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When I turned on the Oscars Sunday, I expected fashion, a spectacle, and maybe some frat-boy humor. I had no idea how willfully offensive the host would be.

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HBO’s “Girls:” Role Models and the Freedom to Be Imperfect

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As my friends and I realized recently, there are few shows or even books that can give insight into the college years and the elusive “20-somethings.” Luckily, amidst the rubble of TV shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Real World,” which seemed like TV’s only examples of how 20 year olds live, arose “Girls.”

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Superbowl Ads: Give Us 30 Seconds and We Will Give You Warped Messages About Sex, Gender, and Relationships

(Screenshot via the 2013 GoDaddy Superbowl commercial)

The Superbowl ads that set the sex education world all-a-twitter this year are pretty obvious and I am not the first to call them out.

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“Girls,” “Scandal,” and TV’s New Crop of Flawed Women

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It’s hard for me to know what to say about Girls. I like it tremendously; yet I think the critiques of its racial politics are valid. I want to give Lena Dunham a lecture (perhaps the lecture I delivered at grad school about being conscious of the blindness of privilege as we write) and I want to give her a hug.

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Jodie Foster Comes Out, and So Does Our Hypocritical Approach to Privacy, Especially the Privacy of Women

Jodie Foster accepts her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Golden Globes. (CBS News)

As a society, we feel entitled to strip people of their privacy rights when they appear to transgress how we believe they should live their lives. In fact, we are extremely hypocritical in our approach to privacy.

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