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‘Between the World and Me’ Is for All of Us, Even if It Is Not About All of Us

I deeply understand the violence Ta-Nehisi Coates identifies in his new book, but it does not quite fit in my personal paradigm. My violence, and the violence of other Black women, is of a different hue.

I deeply understand the violence Ta-Nehisi Coates identifies in his new book, but it does not quite fit in my personal paradigm. My violence, and the violence of other Black women, is of a different hue.

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How Conservatives and Liberals Misappropriate #BlackLivesMatter

Both liberal and conservative appropriations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement contribute to the continuing oppression and silencing of Black activists, especially Black women.

Both liberal and conservative appropriations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement contribute to the continuing oppression and silencing of Black activists, especially Black women.

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Report Details Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline for Girls

A new report shows how instead of getting help, girls who experience sexual abuse are often funneled into the juvenile justice system, where their traumas are ignored or retriggered.

A new report shows how instead of getting help, girls who experience sexual abuse are often funneled into the juvenile justice system, where their traumas are ignored or retriggered.

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All Straight Men Must Go See ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Right Now (Well, After Reading This)

Too many men, I fear, do not know what the face of a joyfully turned-on woman looks like. Moreover, too many men do not care. Perhaps these men have been told, too many times over by too many stories, that their own desire is paramount. For this reason, men must see this movie.

Too many men, I fear, do not know what the face of a joyfully turned-on woman looks like. Moreover, too many men do not care. Perhaps these men have been told, too many times over by too many stories, that their own desire is paramount. For this reason, men must see this movie.

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Powerless in the Face of White Supremacy and a Gun

While out shopping in Georgia at my favorite bookstore, the same day the Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors after the mass shooting, a white man in camouflage entered the store openly carrying a gun on his hip. This tense moment was too soon.

While out shopping in Georgia at my favorite bookstore, the same day the Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors after the mass shooting, a white man in camouflage entered the store openly carrying a gun on his hip. This tense moment was too soon.

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Affirmative Consent Is Still Confusing to College Students

A new poll of gives insight into what college students consider consent. Most students seem to have heard of the affirmative consent—or “yes means yes”—standard, but it does not seem to be a common practice among  them. In fact, the poll shows that college students are conflicted and possibly confused about what is, and isn’t, consent.

Most students seem to have heard of the affirmative consent—or “yes means yes”—standard, but it does not seem to be a common practice on campuses nationwide.

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It’s Not Black People Who Need to Change

White women have sat for too long as passive spectators to brutality and genocide committed by our own families, in our names, because we have been full of false convictions. Even if we did not start them, we can decide now to end them.

White women have sat for too long as passive spectators to brutality and genocide committed by our own families, in our names, because we have been full of false convictions. Even if we did not start them, we can decide now to end them.

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The Damaging Effects of This Year’s Texas Legislative Session Must Not Be Underestimated

It would be difficult to imagine a 2015 session that could have rivaled the 2013 special summer session in terms of restrictions. But dangerous bills did get traction this year—and some made their way into law.

It would be difficult to imagine a 2015 session that could have rivaled the 2013 special summer session in terms of restrictions. But dangerous bills did get traction this year—and some made their way into law.

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We’re Tired, Yes, But We Must Continue Talking About Racial Injustice

Congregants of the Greater Allen AME in New York City at St. Albans Memorial Park on June 20 in solidarity with Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel AME.

When we stop talking about racism and racially motivated violence, we push the dream of a fair and equitable society even further into the distance.

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Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog

“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.”

In cases of rape, the “he said, she said” dilemma has outgrown the realm of legitimate legal query, and has instead come to justify the systemic failure of police and prosecutors nationwide to properly process forensic evidence that could lead to more sexual assault convictions, and also to identifying serial rapists who otherwise remain at large.

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