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Social Conservatives Step Up Efforts to Shame You Over How You Perform Womanhood

Social conservatives have been getting more obvious about bullying women into accepting their self-sacrificing, self-effacing model of womanhood. They're having to get louder because fewer women are listening.

Social conservatives have been getting more obvious about bullying women into accepting their self-sacrificing, self-effacing model of womanhood. They’re having to get louder because fewer women are listening.

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Trans Women Are Not Agents of the Patriarchy

At The New Republic, writer Monica Potts recently positioned trans activism at women's colleges as a distraction from feminism. In reality, the misogyny trans women face is similar to, if not worse than, the kind Potts is fighting.

At The New Republic, writer Monica Potts recently positioned trans activism at women’s colleges as a distraction from feminism. In reality, the misogyny trans women face is similar to, if not worse than, the kind Potts is fighting.

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Vulvas and Vaginas Smell Like, Well, Vulvas and Vaginas

Judging by Internet users' Google searches, individuals have a lot of anxiety about the way their genitals smell. But the best thing to do is get used to the scent and learn to love it.

Judging by Internet users’ Google searches, individuals have a lot of anxiety about the way their genitals smell. But the best thing to do is get used to the scent and learn to love it.

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This Week in Sex, Valentine’s Day Edition: Candy, Flowers, and ‘Teledildonics’

Valentine's Day is a $19 billion holiday. How are folks spending that money?

Valentine’s Day is a $19 billion holiday. How are folks spending that money?

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Congresswomen Reintroduce Military Contraception Equity Bill

Democratic congresswomen reintroduced a bill on Wednesday that would guarantee equal access to contraception for all women who depend on the military for their health coverage.

Democratic congresswomen reintroduced a bill on Wednesday that would guarantee equal access to contraception for all women who depend on the military for their health coverage.

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Easing Penis Anxiety in the Age of Bing and Google

A New York Times writer recently found that users identifying as men asked more questions of search engines about their penises than about their lungs, livers, feet, ears, noses, throats, and brains combined.

A New York Times writer recently found that users identifying as men asked more questions of search engines about their penises than about their lungs, livers, feet, ears, noses, throats, and brains combined.

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This Week in Sex: The Over-70 Set Is Still Doing It, and Condoms to Take the Runway

This week, a survey finds that those over 70 are still having sex, a new study links sugary drinks to earlier menstruation, and condoms are set to walk the runway in Washington.

This week, a survey finds that those over 70 are still having sex, a new study links sugary drinks to earlier menstruation, and condoms are set to walk the runway in Washington.

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Demanding Chemical Policy Reform Is a Way to Protect Girls’ Health

A bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is likely to be introduced in Congress next week. Given some chemicals' effects on causing early puberty in girls, reproductive health advocates should demand strong regulation that removes harmful chemical substances from the market.

A bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is likely to be introduced in Congress next week. Given some chemicals’ effects on causing early puberty in girls, reproductive health advocates should demand strong regulation that removes harmful chemical substances from the market.

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New Abortion Play Could Spur Difficult Discussions Among Audiences and Activists—and That’s a Good Thing

Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.

Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.

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‘SLUT’ Takes Direct Aim at Stigma About Adolescents’ Sexuality

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology's title—also called "SLUT"—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology’s title—also called “SLUT”—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

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