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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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Teen Motherhood: When “Reality TV” Doesn’t Fully Reflect Reality

The media has recently latched on to the idea of the “teen mom,” elevating her to star status—both in dramas and on reality TV. These shows feature teen pregnancy, but they do so in an unrealistic way that fetishizes and glamorizes it. The stories of the girls I spoke with at The Care Center are much different from the ones shown in half-hour snippets on TV and splashed across tabloid magazines.

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“Call the Midwife” and “The Mindy Project:” Two Takes On the Lives of Women’s Health Providers

Vewers have been treated to two very, very different new shows about women’s healthcare providers, rife with birth scenes and women being examined.

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Rape Exceptions? Many Women in the United States Are Already Living That Nightmare [TRIGGER]

“Abortion exceptions” are human rights violations and bad public health policy. Any administration that banned abortion “with exceptions” would force every single woman who needs an abortion to live a nightmare scenario: hope that you qualify and can actually get an abortion, or be denied access altogether. Today, all over the country, many women are already living that nightmare.

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Art Imitating Life—Parks and Recreation Takes on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Policies

Last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation took on the ridiculousness of abstinence-only-until-marriage policies. Between jokes about old people having sex and mushy bananas, the episode provided some good information and made important points about the sex education debate.

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Presidential Campaigns Protest Suggestion that Crowley Might Actually Moderate the Debate

CNN anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. Photo: Los Angeles Times.

It’s Okay for a woman to relay information, but, OMG! What if she asks a follow-up question?

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