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Mainstream Media Perpetuates HPV Vaccine Mythology

The war cry of the GOP (Grand Old Puritans) is that the HPV vaccine is a license for public fornication. This is how they rally their financial base. I get that, but the press doesn’t have to take the bait. It only becomes a story if the press makes it so.

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Virgin Diaries: TLC’s Latest Cringe-Worthy Program on Sex

Virgin Diaries' Shanna & Ryan share their first kiss...at their wedding. [img src]

In its latest entry into the circus freakshow form of reality television, TLC invites viewers to gawk at five not-so-young people who have never had sex. 

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Finally Some PSAs About Sex; A Closer Look at the New Bedsider Campaign

I take a closer look at the Bedsider Campaign which launched last week with PSAs, a website, and other tools to help young people (ages 18-24 specifically) use contraception and avoid unplanned pregnancy. The ads are fun but is the website too light on STI information and too hard on condoms?

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Santorum Gets Huffy About His Google Problem

Obviously, Google cannot censor search results specifically to please one random politician, but Rick Santorum feels that the automated monopoly is part of some pernicious conspiracy to embarrass him. 

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A Long Way from “The Very Special Episode,” A Main Character Has an Abortion on Prime Time Television

Christina (Sandra Oh) shown here in her Grey's Anatomy abortion scene.

In the season premier of Grey’s Anatomy, a main character has an abortion because she does not want to become a mother.  This is good news for reproductive rights when we think of television as both a reflection of current attitudes and means of moving them forward.

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Teen Sex and Contraception on Television: Where’s the Personal Responsibility?

In the last few weeks, I learned that Bristol Palin was on the pill and all of the stars of 16 and Pregnant used condoms.  I find this slightly curious because, as we know, all of them ended up parents before they graduated from high school. If I didn’t know any better, I would start to wonder if contraception just doesn’t work.  But since I do know better, I am instead left wondering if the media is letting our most famous teen get one over on us and in the process perpetuating myths and misunderstandings about birth control.

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A Feminist Goodbye (For Now) To “Harry Potter” and “Friday Night Lights”

Even more than that, the women in these stories have transcended being “good female characters” who subvert stereotyps into just being good characters, period; real ones, ones whose journeys we are, sometimes to a desperate extent, obsessed with.

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Private Practice and Public Laws: The Patronizing Lectures that Television Depicts and Texas Now Requires

How a scene from a popular television show and a new law in Texas patronize women who seek abortions. 

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Roundup: Jon Kyl, Stephen Colbert and “Factual Statements”

Stephen Colbert creates #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement hashtag in response to Sen. Kyl’s remarks on Planned Parenthood; NRLC won’t score the budget; Huckabee supports “heartbeat” bill; and Alan Simpson rails on GOP social conservatives.

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