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Oregon School District to Distribute Condoms to Middle and High School Students

Facing a teen pregnancy problem, one school district in Oregon has decided to make condoms available to students in middle and high school. Thus far, the administrators say they have heard little opposition to the plan.

Facing a teen pregnancy problem, one school district in Oregon has decided to make condoms available to students in middle and high school. Thus far, the administrators say they have heard little opposition to the plan.

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Utah Yearbook Scandal Shows ‘Modesty’ Is a Racket

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls' pictures to cover more skin.

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls’ yearbook photos to cover more skin. This story gives insight into the various ways “modesty” is used to police girls, make them insecure, and pit them against each other.

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Don’t Tell Me It’s ‘Not All Men’

“Not all men” has become a meme, an in-joke among those of us who speak up in public or semi-public about feminist concerns.

In the days since I heard about Elliot Rodger’s violent spree, I’ve thought a lot about the meme “not all men”—how telling ourselves that is a requirement for continuing to exist and work in a world that increasingly requires our interactions be public, observable.

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Louisiana Legislature Passes Two More Anti-Choice Bills (Updated)

The Louisiana Senate passed two pieces of anti-choice legislation Tuesday.

One bill would ban abortion providers from teaching sex education in public schools, while the other would require women seeking an abortion to receive information written by the state about the alleged mental health risks associated with the procedure.

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And Still She Wrote: Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou’s life could not be contained by a single autobiography, so she wrote six, making the audacious claim that she—as a Black woman reared in the segregated South—was fully human and a worthy historical subject who needed no outside narrator to tell or validate her story.

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Pennsylvania’s First Openly Gay Republican Politician Says Party Bias Led to Primary Defeat

Rep. Mike Fleck, Pennsylvania's first openly gay GOP lawmaker, was defeated in the Republican primary, but he won the Democratic primary with a write-in campaign by just 15 votes.

Rep. Mike Fleck is navigating uncharted political waters in Pennsylvania. The state’s first openly gay GOP lawmaker was defeated in the Republican primary—his first primary challenge since coming out of the closet in 2012—but he won the Democratic primary with a write-in campaign by just 15 votes.

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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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Listen to Youth: Adult Allies Must Support the Repeal of Illinois’ Forced Parental Notification Law

While forced parental involvement laws aren’t new, more states have been passing them or tightening their existing laws to decrease access to abortion for teens.

While forced parental involvement laws aren’t new, more states have been passing them or tightening their existing laws to decrease access to abortion for teens.

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Justice Kennedy and the Supreme Court’s Tilted Scale

Justice Anthony Kennedy

In a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, which paved the way for similar state-level legislation, five justices voted in favor of weakening the separation of church and state; but the implications of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s libertarian jurisprudence are the most dangerous and far-reaching.

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Louisiana Legislature Continues to Restrict Sex Education

In three separate votes in the last two weeks, the Louisiana legislature has decided to stick to its brand of restrictive sex education despite having higher than average teen pregnancy and birth rates and alarmingly high rates of HIV diagnosis in young people.

In three separate votes in the last two weeks, the Louisiana legislature has decided to stick to its brand of restrictive sex education despite having higher than average teen pregnancy and birth rates and alarmingly high rates of HIV diagnosis in young people.

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