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The following is a blog post that has been adapted from an essay that I wrote for my class on Television Criticism. The professor asked us to look at the politics of Nickelodeon and decide whether or not it had a "feminist agenda." It was clear from the lecture that the answer being looked for was yes but I decided to complicate things just a bit!


In order to decide whether or not Nickelodeon has a feminist agenda it is important to, first, decide what a feminist agenda would …

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With everyone so eager to share their opinion on the historic health care bill that just passed, I figured I’d throw my two cents into the ring. Rather than provide you with an opinion on how I think this is going to play out, I’m simply going to lay out the provisions of this bill (as best as I understand them from a survey of articles that range from The New York Times to Fox News to Feministing.) I couldn’t resist throwing in a little opinion though… which is …

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I started this post ages ago and then left it for awhile because I didn’t know where I was going with it. After yesterday’s blog, I think I’ve figured it out. So first, what I wrote then:

On Black Friday I braved the malls for an hour or so with a friend of mine, mostly because we wanted to see what the fuss was all about (in the parking lot on the way out we decided that we never needed to do this again… people go CRAZY on Black

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I have spent a large portion of the last year working to help others see the beauty that they posess, both inside and out, through poetry, discussions, blog posts, performance art, and so on.

This mission comes after years and years of struggling with my own demons; in fact, I’ve been fighting to feel pretty and worthwhile for so long that I think, maybe, I have lost sight of the bigger picture. In my quest to help myself & others feel beautiful, I’ve stopped asking questions. Questions like…

What …

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There’s about a million and one things that I want to do with my life at this point in time.

I can still feel myself buzzing from the success of the play that I helped to put on.  (More on that soon, promise!) I want to take that show and blow it up, make it bigger and better and do it again and again until I have reached out to so, so many more people.

I want to work with Rape Crisis Centers and find some way to educate …

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(I decided to keep posting body image-related stuff from my past today — since I am so busy with this play project that I mentioned on my other blog post. I can’t wait until it is over and I can reflect here on Amplify and hopefully even share some video clips!)

A recent class discussion on body image really got me thinking. The professor shared a very apt analogy about pants and how they can make or break someone’s whole day. She asked us to think about our skinny …

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Earlier this month, my school celebrated Go Red for Women day with a table that attempted to raise awareness about heart health for everyone. While I appreciated their efforts, I felt as if the event left a lot of very important, yet underreported, information out so I decided to remedy that here! This is coming a little bit late for the national holiday but that’s okay, heart health is definitley important enough to talk about any time of the year.

I was incerdibly surprised to learn this, but, …

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I’m posting a body positive piece today because (hopefully) this week I’m going to be premiering a monologue show about body image that a bunch of students at my school helped to produce! It’s a project I have been working on for almost a year now and I am really excited to see it become a reality :) The show is part of an Eating Disorder Awareness Campaign that we’re doing at my school – I’ll try to blog more about it later in the week! But for now, here’s

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Watch the video here first, then read my post!

Look Bill, I’ve avoided calling you (and Rush, and Glenn Beck, and all of your conservative friends) out on this for awhile. But enough is enough. Let me say this nice and slowly for you, so we can move on:
 
The fact that Palin and I both have vaginas does not mean that I have to agree with her.
It does not mean that I have to defend her, when I feel she is wrong.
It does not mean …

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Inspired by the post I wrote awhile back about sustainability, I decided to continue on an environmental train of thought for a bit since, honestly, I don’t think one blog on this topic is enough! Thus, I bring you this short & sweet list of simple ways to be more sustainable. Let’s see how many of these we can incorporate in the next week!

1. Pee in the shower. I’m not even kidding. Toilet flushing makes up nearly 27 percent of indoor water use in a home, on average …

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Today has been a discouraging day. The large pile of homework sitting in front of me, coupled with all of the intolerance I’ve found myself witnessing lately has really brought me down. So I decided to take a break, and try to cheer myself up the best way I know how… by starting a project on a whim that attempts to change the depressing atmosphere around me by encouraging others to engage in small acts of kindness and love. It was either that, or buy myself a chai latte! …

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(I wrote this a long time ago for my old blog, but I feel like its one of the best things I’ve written as well as the most important… so I edited it a lot and then posted it here for you because I really feel that this deserves a wider audience!)


During a discussion that I had about domestic violence and sexual assault today I began to think about just how little information there is out there for those who have loved ones dealing with sexual assault and …

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I’m fairly sick this week, and a stuffy head is not really conducive to writing. Thus, you get this… a post that has been hanging around in my harddrive since last March. I have no idea why I never put it up but, whatever, here it is!


I used to comfort myself with the idea that, one day, someone would fall in love with me in spite of my imperfections and see the beauty in me… and then they could help me see the beauty in me.

I’m not …

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As a psychology student, I understand why psychologists feel that labels and standards are important; however, as a woman who knows many people who struggle with disordered eating (including myself) I hate the way the psychology community treats eating disorders.

For instance, one woman in the comments of an article I read* has gone through several diagnoses, from anorexic to exercise bulimic to EDNOS**, depending on which doctor was treating her at the time; because she felt as if the psychiatric community could not help her figure out conclusively …

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So I’m sure most of you know by now that many of the Men’s Rights blogs out there are FREAKING OUT right now because several organizations, like MADRE, have made a commitment to focusing their aid efforts in Haiti on women and children. If you’re not familiar I’ll let the blogger at The Spearhead explain his take on this situation:

However, some relief groups have decided that women deserve more aid, and have come up with a number of reasons why men should be left to die from injuries

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I call them anti-choicers because that is what they are. Some people claim this is the same as them calling me anti-life, but its not. Its not, because I am pro-life… who isn’t? I think senseless killing is wrong; which is why I am a pacifist, I care about animal rights, about anti-violence initiatives,  and about gun-control. You know what I’m not about, though? Controlling other women’s bodies and lives.

If faced with a pregnancy I’m honestly not sure if I would adopt or carry to term, …

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The following comment (made by user kellieherson) on this Jezebel article really got to me when I spotted it a few months ago, because I feel like it sums up almost exactly what I was going for with Self-Esteem Awareness Month:

I can only speak to my own experience, but I think it’s a pretty common one regardless of body type: I’ve always felt like my body belonged more to everyone else than it did to me. They were clearly thinking about it more, and they seemed to

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Health at Every Size is a movement I am very passionate about, many people are actually very passionate about this movement… though not all of them seem to understand what it is. …

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I started this post ages ago and then left it for awhile because I didn’t know where I was going with it. After yesterday’s blog, I think I’ve figured it out. So first, what I wrote then:

On Black Friday I braved the malls for an hour or so with a friend of mine, mostly because we wanted to see what the fuss was all about (in the parking lot on the way out we decided that we never needed to do this again… people go CRAZY on Black

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I found this really interesting:

The Associated Press, a news service subscribed to by news outlets all over the world, distributed a story about the first Obama Administration State Dinner. In the story, sent in by Elisabeth R., Samantha Critchell describes Michelle Obama’s dress as “flesh-colored.” She writes:

"First lady Michelle Obama chose to wear a gleaming silver-sequined, flesh-colored gown Tuesday night to the first state dinner held by her husband’s administration. "

[via Sociological Images]

Things like this may seem small in a way, some of the commenters …

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I got a funny petition today, from a friend, in my inbox. Funny, because it claimed that Obama was pushing to make it so that illegal immigrants could recieve Social Security benefits. At the same time as this was funny, to me, because my friend sent it to me so that I could laugh at it… it was sad, at the same time because the particular copy that I recvieved had been digitally signed by over nine hundred people. Over nine hundred people who actually believed this was …

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This comment by Sapphire, author of the novel Push which is the basis for the recently released movie Precious, has cemented it in my mind: I NEED to read this book (I’ve already purchased in) and see the movie ASAP.

"I really wanted to show a young woman who changes her life without falling in love and without getting married," Sapphire told me, "and without plastic surgery or a physical change."

In other words, she didn’t want Precious to succeed via some sort of near magical and unlikely intervention,

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First I’m going to show you a video that will make you very mad, and very sad.

[Click to watch @ Sociological Images!]

This woman was raped, while she had health insurance, and was promptly DROPPED by her insurer after submitting a claim for anti-HIV medication that a doctor recommended she take for a month to try and prevent the contraction of the virus, since she was drugged at the time of her assault and was not sure if the rapist used a condom. Her insurance company dropped …

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Somewhere in the back of my mind I’ve always wondered what would happen if a male politician was attacked for his appearance, thus experiencing the kind of “politics” that many female representatives deal with on a daily basis. (See: Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe choices, “cankles,” hairstyle, and so on, just to give one example.) This wondering meant I was not as surprised as many were when the Corzine Ads started to run in my home state of NJ, warning us that Candidate Chris Christie likes to “throw his weight around.” …

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As Leah so eloquently recapped on Wednesday (back when I was still to horrified to even string together words on this topic), a horrible thing happened last weekend to an innocent fifteen year old girl: “It is reported that over fifteen people stood as bystanders to the raping of a 15-year-old high school junior outside her school’s homecoming dance.” Wrote Leah, “As of Monday, 2 men were in police custody, but as many as 5 men are presumed to be guilty of raping, beating, robbing, and dehumanizing her for …

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It’s no secret that The Daily Mail tends to fail, quite a bit, in terms of non-sexist reporting, but this recent article on date-rape drugs really takes things to a new level.

As Jezebel reported, the article begins with what is possibly the worst opening sentence ever:

"Date-rape drugs are largely an urban myth used as an excuse by women who booze themselves into a stupor, it has been claimed. "

In just twenty-four words the author of this article, Daniel Martin, manages to (1) dismiss the very real …

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Sometimes I feel like there are enough fad diets out there that I could simply spend the next month blogging about them – a diet a day. Then I realize that doing that would likely make me crazy. Still, today, lets talk about one of the more ridiculosu ones: the newly popular "cookie diet."…

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Sitting in my Creative Writing class today I found my mind wondering as I started to ponder the question: when will finally feel comfortable calling myself a writer?

This lead me to another question: when did I finally feel comfortable calling myself an activist? A feminist? There’s no question, at this point, that I am one; but I can remember a time – as early as last year – when I was afraid to take a hold of that title as my own. When did that change?

I honestly …

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I’ve been absent in a big way from blogging lately, because my offline life has been taking over in a major way, but its not a bad thing… activism is simply taking over! Before I head back out into my community to continue fighting oppression all over, I’ve decided to blog about the things I have learned, so far, in my activism.

Lesson 1/ Don’t be afraid to act! The other day I heard someone call their friend "gay" for liking strawberries. By the time I stopped being afraid

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For a long time I used to fantasize about how great the world would be if our beauty ideals were different, for instance, if I lived in one of those countries where being curvy and even fat was valued, instead of being thin. In my mind those countries were so much freer: women were not afraid to eat, to wear clothing that shows off all of their curves, to just be who they were… then I read this article in Marie Claire on a country called Mauritania, where the …

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Yesterday, at my college, we held our annual Take Back the Night Speak-out & Rally. For those of you who aren’t familiar yet, Take Back the Night is "an internationally held march and rally intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of violence against women, originated by the feminist movement." People gather together in a room on campus and one by one survivors walk to the front and share their stories – once everyone has shared (we go until two minutes passes after the …

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Earlier this week blogger Penelope Trunk got a lot of criticism for a post she made on her Twitter that said: "I’m in a board meeting. Having a miscarriage. Thank goodness, because there’s a fucked-up 3-week hoop-jump to have an abortion in Wisconsin." Everyone seems to disapprove of this message – from CNN to Jezebel – everyone, it seems, except me. Personally, I just don’t see the big deal.

Yes, Ms. Trunk treated her miscarriage in a much more cavalier manner than is the norm; we expect women to …

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Feministing very recently posted a ridiculous Breast Cancer PSA on their website. While I was both shocked and irritated to see it, which was of course the author’s original intent, what bothered me more than the PSA itself was the comments that followed – comments that attempted to defend objectification as a valid marketing tool, at least in this case, because it "got people thinking" about breast cancer and, obviously, that is all that matters. I’d like to talk about some of the common defenses of campaigns like these, …

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Earlier this week I caught a episode of the Tyra Show that honestly, just horrified me. The episode, called Does Size Matter: Women’s Edition, confronted this "important" question in regards to women’s butts and boobs under the guise of building positive body image. In the first half of the show Tyra had five women line up in a series of stalls that were blocked off both on top and on bottom so that the only part of these women that could be seen were their butts.

Tyra then …

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Earlier this week I became aware, via Sociological Images, of a controversial ad campaign, entitled This Is Not an Invitation to Rape Me, that recently launched in Scotland. The campaign features postcards and posters depicting women and men in various states of intimacy, women drinking at a part together, scantily clad women, and so on – each poster, along with the picture, bears only the words: "This is not an Invitation to Rape Me .co .uk"


The website referenced by the posters goes into more detail in dispelling …

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I’ve had a lot of frustrating moments lately, moments that have been beating me down and making it very hard to blog. Like two days ago, I went to a game-show styled event at my college, modeled after the show Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader. One contestant, a fellow student who I actually really liked before this show, was asked who the first female speaker for the house was. He get the answer (Nancy Pelosi) right after much deliberation and the use of a lifeline; when …

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If you had come up to me a week ago, yesterday even, and asked me if I was an environmentalist, I would have said no. I have friends who are Environmentalists-with-a-capital-E; they won’t drink out of water bottles because of the waste involved in producing them, they avoid makeup and chemical cleaners and a million other products that I never would have assumed did something to hurt the environment, they harness solar energy in their daily lives, they compost…. I don’t do these things, nor do I have …

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In training for my job at my college’s Women’s Center (which has a blog now, by the way!) we’ve talked a lot about meeting people where they are – a skill that is both essential to any activist, and incredibly difficult to apply in the situations that need it most. Meeting people where they are means trying to get into the heads of the people who you least want to converse with – the people who seem to believe in values that stand in direct opposition to your own …

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The Myth: Hidden in the health care reform bill is a secret provision that would allow President Obama to set up Death Panels across the nation to pass judgement on wether or not your grandma is important enough in society to keep getting the medical treatment she needs to survive.

The Facts: I’d like to let Jon Stewart field this one for me! [The clips are about fifteen minutes long together, but its worth it!]

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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Disclaimer: I write blog posts inspired by conversations I have with friends and family members often, though I sometimes feel pretty bad about doing so since I know those same people will be reading said posts, because I feel as if these conversations bring up issues that many people are facing… this post is no different. Sorry in advance to my mom and my grandma for dragging comments you’ve made into the blogosphere yet again! I only do it because your words have a lot of power in my …

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I’d like to start this post out by talking about what we should be focusing on in regards to Hillary Clinton this week: the message she is bringing to the African people. According to the New York Post Hillary started out this week "on the first leg of a seven-nation tour of Africa, Clinton will speak to Kenya’s leadership about U.S. concerns for the country, the homeland of President Barack Obama’s father, in the wake of corruption scandals and disputed 2007 elections that led to violence that left more …

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For possibly the first time in my life I have witnessed, via various news sources, a hate-crime committed against someone like me. I am scared. Ever since hearing about the Health Club shooting over a week ago I have been honestly afraid whenever I have left my house. Afraid that a copy-cat attack would happen near me, to me, to someone I love… afraid simply because I am know more aware of the hatred that some people hold for me, simply because I am a woman.

I’m not special.

Hate …

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I was sitting in the car earlier this week with a friend of mine and somehow, over the course of a long and random conversation, we ended up on the topic of sex. Now my friend is recently out of a long relationship with the only guy she’d ever had sex with – we were taking about her dating life and whatnot when she made a comment that concerned me – she said she was relieved to be out of the relationship because sex hurts and now she doesn’t …

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So I found out about International Blog Against Racism Week just a day to late to officially participate, but I’d like to write about this anyway. I first found out about author Justine Larbaliester’s struggle to get an appropriate cover on her YA novel Liar via Jezebel quite a few weeks ago. I didn’t write anything right away because I was, and still am, unsure about exactly what I can add to the dialogue… but this just seems to compelling to go unremarked. 

Liar is an impressive YA novel …

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I was walking through the mall a few days ago with my best friend when I came upon a billboard for my new least favorite porduct – Latisse. In case you haven’t had the "pleasure" of winessing this product for yourself yet, let me fill you in; Latisse is “the first FDA-approved prescription treatment for inadequate or not enough eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker…." because aparently mascara is not enough anymore?


True, it may cost $120 a month, and cause redness, itchyness, and some potential eyelid-darkening (I’m …

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This week Governor Schwarzenegger made some major budget cuts in order to keep California’s economy from tanking more than it already has. Everything, it seems, has been hurt – from education to medical services for impovershed families to parks… nothing escaped unscathed. Nothing, however, seems to have been hit as hard as the state’s Domestic Violence shelters that saw 100% of their funding cut.

I am angry, almost to the point where words cannot express that anger. Its hard to blog about this because, honestly, what do you even …

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I’ve spent quite a few days now, since seeing the newest Harry Potter movie, in a bit of a snit over Emma Watson and her portrayal of Hermione.

Its not that Watson isn’t a talented actress, she is; nor is she unappealing in any way. Actually, Watson is perfectly qualified to act the part of Hermione and perfectly lovely as well which, in a way, was my issue. Watson is undeniably pretty, beautiful even, and for awhile now I’ve been mad that the hair-and-makeup crew, the producers of the …

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As a follow up to yesterday’s post about a time when I didn’t manage to stick up for whats right and educate those around me I’d like to talk about a time when I did.A few weeks ago I was sitting behind the desk at work when I overheard several of my co-workers making some comments that really saddened me.

A copy of that year’s yearbook had been left out on the desk and the conversation began with a rousing session of mocking aimed at individual senior head-shots contained …

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So a few days ago I whipped out the construction paper & glitter at work and had the kids make "commitment collages" to go along with their lesson on the sacrament of Marriage. Each kid got a big piece of paper with two interlocking rings drawn onto it and were instructed to draw pictures that reminded them of commitment inside the rings and, when they were done, place glue around the rings and sprinkle glitter on so they would look more like wedding rings.

There were funny moments – …

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I’d like to begin this post with a preface for my readers who, like me, do not follow sports news very closely:

Here’s a little bit about Serena Williams*:

She has been ranked World No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on four separate occasions; as of July 4, 2009, she is ranked World No. 2.

She is the reigning US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon singles champion and has won 22 Grand Slam titles: 11 in singles, 9 in doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles.

She has won

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(This article is way too heteronormative because (1) the study in question assumes heterosexuality in all participants and, thus, is not an accurate indicator of anything other than heterosexual interactions and relationships and (2) because my only experience in dating has been of the heterosexual variety, thus, I have absolutely nothing to go on in terms of expanding the commentary… but if you do please comment because I’d love to hear it!)


We’ve all played the game: you sit in a circle with a group of friends, start at …

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No one is perfect, that’s a reality we all have to face and yet, in my feminism, I often find myself struggling to explain my every choice, every action, with the "right" reasoning… it can get exhausting. I wrote this post as an attempt to cleanse myself from this need – to analyze something that is both personal and political (in this case, my weight) in a way that acknowledges my imperfections. My motivations may not always be completely selfless, enlightened, or even right but they are mine and …

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So ever since I started blogging here I’ve found myself (naturally) reading more and more about sex education and reproductive rights. This reading has been enjoyable but, at the same time, frustrating as I find myself more and more feeling a disconnect between my lived experiences and a lot of the material I have been reading.

For every insightful and constructive article there is out there dealing with abortion issues there seem to be an army of articles written by men who will never have to make the decision …

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(Mahayana posted recently about the decision of a Chicago bar owner to ban bachelorette parties from his bar, a gay bar, in an effort to keep his gay patrons from feeling the hurt of witnessing a celebration of marriage, a right they do not yet legally have in most of the united States. I was excited to see this post because, having read the news article myself recently, I had started to sketch out some of my own ideas concerning this situation for a post here two nights ago …

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Recently I was struck by the decision of a Wyoming school to offer two sex education courses, one abstinence only and one comprehensive, in order to allow parents to choose which education their children will be receiving. On the surface this may seem like a slight step forward, progress in the sense that at least all of the information is now being offered. This is what I originally thought, and yet, there was a nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach that wouldn’t go away, a feeling …

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I’ve been putting off writing about this because every time I try to, honestly, I feel like throwing up. Last Thursday University of Pacific spokesman Richard Rojo said the following, concerning the rape case of a woman who attended the school:

Pacific spokesman Richard Rojo said Thursday that the school does not consider the incident to be a rape.

“We would call it date rape,” he said.

Rojo said the university considers “outright rape” and date rape to be different, in that date rape does not involve “a rapist

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Warning: This post contains language that some of my readers may find offensive – I am discussing these terms in an academic sense, not using them as insults or modifiers, but they are still there (under the cut) so be aware!


Awhile back a conversation in the Feministing comments over the use of the ableist term ‘lame’ got me to thinking about what is and is not appropriate to say. The conversation got heated with one side claiming that taking offense over the word ‘lame’ was overly sensitive, taking …

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This has been a slightly taxing week for me, as I’m sure it was for some of you as well, so I decided to write about something happy today! This Friday in the NY Times there was a profile run on a woman,Wedad Lootah, who is a martial counselor from Dubai and "the author of what for the Middle East is an amazingly frank new book of erotic advice in which she celebrates the female orgasm, confronts taboo topics like homosexuality and urges Arabs to transcend the backward traditions …

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Every few weeks or so we get a call at my house from the local blood bank requesting we look into our hearts and make the time to come down and donate some blood. Although I have still never qualified (low iron count both times I tried) both of my parents have donated several times, my father even giving platelets (much more involved procedure) at times.

I remember clearly the survey they have you take before donating – but I hadn’t given it much thought, to be honest, until …

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On the Colbert Report tonight (5/18) Megan McCain declared herself both pro-sex and pro-gay marriage.*

I have to say that the more I hear Megan McCain speak, the more I like and agree with her.** In her interview with Stephen Colbert she may not have been as witty as many of his guests, but she shared a strong conviction about both championing gay rights issues (including repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and legalizing gay marriages) and the need for comprehensive sex education.

My only problem with the interview was …

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There’s a new study floating around out there claiming that withdrawal is almost as effective in preventing pregnancy as the make condom.

The study says:

 If the male partner withdraws before ejaculation every time a couple has vaginal intercourse, about 4% of couples will become pregnant over the course of a year. However, more realistic estimates of typical use indicate that about 18% of couples will become pregnant in a year using withdrawal. These rates are only slightly less effective than male condoms, which have perfect- and typical-use failure

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Earlier this week a post in the Feministing Community tipped me off to the fact that Senator Paul Sarlo, a senator from my own state of NJ, had a poll up on his website asking the very important question, "Do you support same-sex marriage?"

Now, while I commend Senator Sarlo for wanting to look into his constituency to understand how the people he represented felt about this issue before voting I still have to criticize this approach for a few reasons.

First off the methodology is seriously flawed, …

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Remember the Abstinence-Only "suggestion" about making sex an adult-only activity? Australia seems to have latched onto this idea, and taken it even further than America’s conservatives were even willing to go. Via The Curvature I found this very upsetting news coming out of Australia’s Northern Territory:

Until now, NT laws were similar to what operates in the other states; it was mandatory to report suspected child sexual abuse.

But now health workers must report sexual activity among under-16s to a team that includes police and staff in the Territory’s

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With Obama’s recent move to de-fund abstinence-only education, the conservatives have been left in a state of frenzy, trying to re-brand a program that at its worst caused many STIs and unwanted pregnancies by holding back information about birth control and, at best, instilled confused and shameful patriarchal attitudes about sex in young men and women (especially women.)

Take for instance, who wants us to "tell teenagers sex is for adults." More specifically, Cheryl proposes that we:

Make "abstinence until 20" the public-health message for unmarried youth.

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So I’m sitting in my dorm room doing some research on the Birth Control Shot for men that is being tested… nothing out of the ordinary. Then, before I can even move beyond the article sent to me in the Amplify newsfeed I notice something… the image bar at the top of the ABC News site for this article is labeled Men’s Sexual Health. All right, I think, that’s interesting – I wonder what the women’s one looks like…

Oh, okay, It doesn’t exist.


A quick look at …

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As if standards for ‘purity’ in today’s society weren’t strict enough certain social conservatives, like blogger and educator Dr. Albert Mohler are pushing for a new movement, a "counter-revolution " (against healthy sexual expression?) called "The Virgin Lips Movement."

Full disclosure: this article caught my attention because it went after Jessica Valenti’s Purity Myth (I really need to stop writing about this book and yet, like the outraged conservatives, I can’t seem to stop bringing it up!) In his blog post Mohler states:

In The Purity Myth:  How America’s

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"If you’re squishing yourself into clothes that are a couple sizes too small or you’re wearing men’s clothes, how are you going to go out on a date? How are you going to go to parties with your friends and feel like you fit in? That all has to do with self-esteem and body image. Could you imagine taking away all of the clothes for thinner women and saying, ‘Sorry, you’re too thin. You can’t have that.’ It doesn’t make sense."

- Plus-Sized Supermodel Emme


I’ve admitted to guilty …

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This evening I listened to Jessica Valenti talking on the Laura Ingram show about her new book, The Purity Myth (which I have finished and fully recommend – but thats another post!)

Jessica, again, did an amazing job of defending her book and the point of view of people who advocate for comprehensive sex education, but I was still just incredibly frustrated by the things that the radio show host Laura, and her callers were being allowed to say. Jessica did her best to challenge it, but a few …

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Mark Regnerus is worried about America’s young women… but not for the reasons you might expect a conservative news reporter to be worried, no, Mark is worried about America’s women because statistics show we are now, like men, waiting longer to marry.

Many may argue that marrying in your late twenties or early thirties is actually a wise choice, giving a woman time to establish and independant carreer and finances amoung other things. Self-sufficiency is more and more important these days, especially since somwehere around 40 or 50%

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17 Again has been hailed as "a big deal" and a "nice movie" , primarily becase it stands as " openly and sincerely in favor of teenage abstinence." I’m all for Hollywood bringing light to the consequences of unprotected sex, however, when you lump all unmarried sex, even safe sex, into that "dangerous" category… that’s where you lose me.  The framework in which 17 Again’s message is presented in is anything but ideal, as the consequences for irresponsible sex are simply portrayed as the consequences for teenage sex …

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Jessica Valenti did an amazing job on the Today Show, of defending her new book, The Purity Myth, and trying to explain why abstinence only education is  ineffective. However, this video drives me crazy for two reasons: they didn’t let Jessica speak enough, not nearly as much as Lakita got to speak, and the factual information that Jessica provided was all but ignored in favor of Lakita’s metaphors and anecdotes that favored the abstinence only cause.

In honor of Jessica I’d like to compile some of the …