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Last week’s episode of Doctor Who, ‘Kill the Moon,’ was blatantly anti-abortion.

The episode begins with Clara confronting the Doctor about being rude to one of her students, Courtney, by telling her that she isn’t special. Even to the girl’s face he won’t apologize. We’re left to wonder what happened to the Doctor’s old belief, voiced by Matt Smith, that in 900 years he’d never met anyone who wasn’t important before. Seemingly to appease them, he asks Courtney if she’d like to be the first woman on the …

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Over the past week, people have been discussing Avril Lavigne’s racist new music video for her song “Hello Kitty.” It premiered on her YouTube channel last Tuesday and was taken down temporarily due to the backlash. The video features Avril rapping in Japanese, wearing a cupcake tutu, dancing with four expressionless Japanese women, and generally bastardizing Japanese culture.

Using other cultures, and particularly women of color, as props is unfortunately not new to Western entertainment. Lavigne is now one of several white female artists to appropriate other …

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A ton of marriage equality news has been breaking so far this year; so much that you may have missed some important stories! So here’s a quick look at seven states that have made important advances.

OKLAHOMA

January 14th- U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern ruled that the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on marriage equality violates the US Constitution. In his ruling, he cited the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, which specifies that states must guarantee that all citizens are treated equally under the …

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The past few weeks have seen dozens of news stories reporting on various states trying to pass segregation-style, LGBT discrimination bills, each under the duplicitous guise of ensuring “religious freedom.” There has also been nearly as much coverage on the several states moving forward to overturn their bans on marriage equality. (Look out for that round-up next week!) All of this information coming out at once can be confusing, and a lot of important facts can be missed or overlooked in all the excitement. To help sort it all …

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Part one and part two of this series has outlined the structural nature of rape culture in the US military that is made of and results in severe lack of trust, abuse of power, and a staunch unwillingness to make necessary changes. Those outside the command structure of the military however are more than ready to force them in line. Since February, six pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress and the Senate that, together, tackle these problems in a comprehensive way.

The Ruth Moore Act

The first …

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…And the Scandals Keep Coming

Two new scandals involving a Sergeant and a Lieutenant Colonel responsible for sexual assault prevention programs have come to light recently, adding to the three scandals I reported on last week. The two new reports from Fort Hood and Fort Campbell demonstrate again that sexual assault in the military is structural and demands fundamental changes. My next post, detailing the six pieces of legislation that have been introduced to combat this problem will be posted next week. This week, I’m looking at the new …

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Why Nothing has Changed…Yet.

Along with epidemic rates of sexual assault, a large part of the US military’s problem with these crimes is the rape culture that the structure of the military, under current rules, holds in place. We’ve known for a long time that the military had this problem, but things may have a chance of changing in the near future. Recent scandals have come to light over the past few months (and days) that demonstrate the structural failings that make this situation so dire. We’ve always been …

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When Katelyn Campbell protested her school’s mandatory abstinence-only assembly, she did something I’ve wanted to do since leaving college. I remember there was one day in my health class sophomore year of high school when we had two speakers come into our class to talk about abstinence. I don’t remember what they said other than, “Sex isn’t bad, but just don’t do it.” That’s paraphrased a bit, but you get the idea. Knowing what I know now, however, I sometimes wonder what I would have said if I could …

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Tuesday: Rep. Joe Walsh belittles challenger Tammy Duckworth

Congressman Joe Walsh, a Tea Party Republican from Illinois’ 8th district, is up against Iraq veteran Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth in November’s election. In a press release on Tuesday, Walsh chided Duckworth for speaking at the DNC when he thought she should have been meeting with voters in the district. He also complained that the two haven’t had enough debates and reverted to sexism to try to shame her for it.

It has become abundantly clear that at this point the

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

This is part seven of an in-depth interview I …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

This is part six of an in-depth interview I …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

This is part six of an in-depth interview I …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

Need to catch up?: Part 1: The Basics, …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

Need to catch up?: Part 1: The Basics, …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

Need to catch up?: Part 1: The Basics, …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

Need to catch up?: Part 1: The Basics, …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

Need to catch up?: Part 1: The Basics, …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

Need to catch up?: Part 1: The Basics, …

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

Need to catch up?: Part 1: The Basics

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1Flesh is a new online organization promoting the message that condoms and hormonal contraception are ineffective at preventing STDs/STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as being harmful to the health and relationship of a couple. They believe that people should not have sex before they are married, and then should use a method of “birth control” called the Creighton Model, which is really just a suped-up version of the Rhythm Method (despite how much they tried to convince me otherwise).

This is part one of an in-depth interview I …

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July 8- July 14

Stats this week: 21 blog posts by 16 writers

Family Planning is a Human Right- by AFY_EmilyB

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Melinda Gates

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July 1- July 7

Stats this week: 14 blog posts by 12 writers

Prostitution in the name of religion- by Alina

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Abandoned by

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Since April, Domino’s Pizza has used the slogan “No is the New Yes” to sell their Artisan Pizza.

 The small type that you probably can’t read in that image explains that customers aren’t able to request changes on these fancy-dancy pizzas because their chefs “created each of our four Artisan pizzas with the ideal combination of ingredients to produce the most distinctive, delicious flavors possible.” The idea: “NO, you can’t change the toppings, but YES, you’ll love it!”

I’m sure they’re proud of their Artisan pizzas, and …

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Take a look at this picture and tell me who you think it is.

   Would you believe that this is the same woman?

     

The top  picture is concept art for a series of Disney Villain dolls that will accompany a new limited edition beauty line of nail polish, eye shadow, and lip gloss. The villains inspiring this new line include Ursula, Cruella De Vil, the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Mother Gothel, and the Queen of Hearts.

Ursula’s makeover is the most extreme, but the Queen of …

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First let me say that this is a real story. However Onion-esque it may appear, GOP State Senator Marty Golden of Brooklyn, NY actually thinks that a 3-hour, tax-payer funded “interactive and fun” workshop on “feminine presence” is what the gals of NYC really need to succeed. Forget equal pay, child care, and family medical leave; What really matters is how you look in a heel.

Scheduled for July 24th, the workshop, titled “Posture, Deportment, and the Feminine Presence” is part of the Senator’s Polished Professional summer series on …

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June 24- June 30

Stats this week: 29 blogs by 22 writers

Unconferences: Tapping into the wisdom of audience- by j-case

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Let me say up front that as a white woman, I may not be the best person to comment on racism and how it may effect a community that I am not a part of, but when I see something that I recognize as racist and hurtful, I want to speak up.

                          

Normal to Dark Skin…

You’re a big company, Dove. No one noticed this? You don’t really expect me to believe that, do you? And …

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June 17- June 23

Stats this week: 31 blogs by 20 writers

The Time is NOW to Protect Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights at Rio+20!-…

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There’s more going on in the Michigan legislature than banning a female representative from speaking on the House floor for daring to say the word “vagina” during a debate on abortion. Last week, the State House passed HB4050, the “Julea Ward Freedom of Conscience Act.” If approved by the Senate, this bill will allow college students studying to be counselors in social work and psychology programs to refuse services to clients if they have “goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the …

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June 10- June 16

Stats this week: 19 blogs by 8 writers

Quick hit: What’s going on with that “Gay parents” study?- by AFY_EmilyB

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Eleven year old Kameron Slade from PS 195 in Queens, New York won his class’s speech-writing competition, earning him a spot to participate in the school-wide contest. When his principal discovered that Kameron planned to talk about marriage equality, however, he pulled Kameron from the competition, saying he could only participate if he spoke on a topic that wasn‘t so “inappropriate.”

In an interview with NY1 News, Kameron and his mother expressed their disappointment in the principal’s decision.

"For him to be denied the right to voice his opinion

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Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown spoke these words during her speech in the House’s debate over their far-reaching, life-threatening, abortion ban.

The result- The Republican Speaker banned her indefinitely from speaking on the House floor.

This makes it rather difficult for her to act on behalf of her constituents, don’t you think? Apparently a woman saying “vagina” in public is so offensive that she was officially, and indefinitely, silenced. Now her constituents, as well as the women living outside of her district, have lost a legislative voice. …

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On May 15th, Melissa Sue Robinson won the Democratic Primary for Idaho’s State Senate from Canyon County- District 12. This made her the first transgender person to win a Primary Election in the United States. What makes her win even more impressive is that her district is in the most conservative county in Idaho. She may have an uphill campaign ahead of her for November, but she is definitely a politician we’ll want to watch.

The following is an interview I did with Ms. Robinson by e-mail over this …

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. ”..all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector."

Hurling acid? Acid? Hurling acid in women’s faces. As if advocating an all-to-real threat of violence against women is an acceptable thing for a spokesman of a U.S. Representative to do.

This hideous quote came from Jay Townsend, a campaign spokesman for Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY). It appeared in a discussion (about …

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May 27- June 2

Stats this week: 26 blogs by 15 writers

Planned Parenthood “sting” as pointless as usual- by AFY_EmilyB

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Sunday morning, a senior campaign advisor for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign named Eric Fehrnstrom was a guest on ABC’s “This Week.” While discussing efforts to reach female voters, the host asked Fehrnstrom to respond to an article from New York Magazine, quoting Obama’s chief political strategist, David Plouffe.

We’re gonna say, ‘let’s be clear what [Mitt Romney] would do as president’… Potentially abortion would be criminalized. Women would be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.

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Sunday morning, a 24-year-old woman was raped in an apartment complex. She contacted her mother, who drove her to the nearest hospital (Integris Canadian Valley Hospital) to receive medical care for her assault. When they got there however, mother and daughter were shocked when the doctor assigned to her treatment informed them that due to budget cuts, there were no Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners on permanent staff to provide a rape kit. SANE nurses are specially trained and work only with rape victims, ensuring “the proper collection, preservation, and …

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May 20- May 26

Stats this week: 13 posts by 12 writers

Pieces of Me: Gay in the Rio Grand Valley- by JamesMLee

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During an interview with KOAT-TV earlier this month, the Chief Medical Officer of the New Mexico Department of Health was asked about the stunning, 50% increase in cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia among teens compared to this time last year. As graduations are celebrated and summer begins, New Mexico also finds itself at the top of Guttmacher’s list of highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. In light of these numbers, the reporter from KOAT asked Dr. Erin Bouquin a simple question.

Reporter: What are you guys trying

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1) I’ve been reading books about body image; learning about how social, cultural, and historical influences have subtly (and explicitly) demanded that bodies look a certain way. I cannot ignore the world around me and the messages I receive from it, but I believe that I should be the one who decides when my body looks good and what I do to feel good about the way I look.

2) More and more, I’m noticing how certain people in my life are effected by a number on the scale. …

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If you feel like you’ve heard this message before, it was probably part of an abstinence-only program. These inaccurate, misleading programs use shame, intimidation, and fear to try to convince young people that sex, sexuality, and sensuality are dangerous. Similar to the cultural messages that tell women not to get raped instead of telling men not to rape, these messages rely on the belief that male sexuality is so strong and inevitable that it is out of their control …

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May 6- May 12

Stats this week: 19 blogs by 13 writers

My Love Letter to You on the Third Day of Motherhood- by Amplify_Staff

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Republicans have gotten their briefs in a twist about Democrats trying to update the Violence Against Women Act to be inclusive of Native American and LGBT survivors of violence and to make it easier and safer for undocumented survivors to report abuse. Unsurprisingly, Congressional Republicans- being unable to overcome their misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia- have come up with their own version of the bill in an attempt to save face. What makes the House GOP version so gross is that aside from ignoring the needs of Native American and …

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April 29- May 5

Stats this week: 55 blogs by 31 writers

Top Five Ways to Support Young Activists: Lessons from the “Heart of It All”-

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I was making a feminist argument last night at dinner with my family about the MovieFone article on The Avengers. As part of the “discussion,” my mom asked me, “What would you say is the age of the Woman of Today?” I didn’t really understand how her question was related to the topic, but I basically answered that that was an impossible question. What used to be thought of as “The Woman of Today,” was a thin, white, cisgender, heterosexual, middle-class, college educated, American-born, working woman. Maybe she …

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I’m getting caught up on my DVR news, and on the April 27th episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel spoke about the extreme anti-abortion bills that we’ve seen in the past year and half. She framed the information around Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who is pretty much the only person who still wants to be considered for Vice President this November. McDonnell, who approved the transvaginal ultrasound bill that was all over the news this spring, recently clarified a comment from his spokesperson which made him sound more …

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On May 8th, North Carolina voters will vote on Amendment 1, which, if passed, would amend the North Carolina state constitution to ban marriage equality and civil unions for same-sex couples. To be clear, this is not a vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry, but rather to reinforce an already existing law against this right.

There’s been good news and bad news this week. The Bad: The wife of Senator Peter Brunstetter, who wrote the Amendment, admitted to a poll worker that it was written …

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Last year, I participated in SlutWalk Chicago. I had a great time, met some wonderful people, and reveled in the sex-positive and female-positive atmosphere. It felt so good to feel that I was surrounded by people who wouldn’t judge me for how I express my sexuality. I felt safe, and even during the march, I realized that that shouldn’t have been a new or rare feeling. One of the things I hate most is slut-shaming, and I really wish that for the 1,000 or so people who were …

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I just read a few great articles on Stacked- a blog written by librarians about books and other forms of literacy. They were about the growing trend of problematic images of women on the covers of young adult books We’ve known for a long time about the way the female body is portrayed in magazines, commercials, music, and film, but most of us probably haven’t noticed that similar images- and more importantly, messages- are reaching this same, young audience, this time at the library.

This article stood out …

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Last month’s State Dinner at the White House for UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron (although honestly it could have been any formal event at the White House) made me ask myself this question:

When we have a female President, will coverage of State Dinners still look like this?

~ Samantha
Community Editor

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April 22- April 28

Stats this week: 36 blogs by 26 writers

Refuse to let others who do not care about ALL women define our battleground- …

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Part of being healthy is being aware of how we feel emotionally. Our thoughts and feelings can have a big impact on our actions. The choices we make are based on how we view our situation and our options and what we want the outcome to be. We also need to recognize, in ourselves and others, that no matter how educated we may be, there are times when our emotions get the best of us.

Acknowledging the strength that our mental health has over us, positively and negatively, helps …

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Sluts Across America is a new project that asks women: “Why do you use or support birth control?” You give a short answer, input your zip code, and you’re added to a map of supporters from across the country…actually, from around the world!

I admit that at first I felt a little weary about the use of the word “slut” because of its negative connotation, and I don’t like the idea of equating using birth control with something bad. BUT, last year’s Slut Walk movement DID convince me that …

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Let’s just start with the quote, because I know you’re confused. Here is Greg Gutfeld speaking on a show called “The Five” about the efforts of the National Organization for Women (NOW) against misogynist radio show host Rush Limbaugh.

Perhaps they’re a victim of their own success. They’re not as relevant as they are anymore because, for example, women have, you know, all the rights that, you know, they can shop. But, you know, I think you’re right. This isn’t about Rush, this isn’t about getting rid of Rush,

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 I wish you could have seen my face when I saw this, but I’m hoping that if you looked in a mirror right now you’d see pretty much the same thing. It’s that moment of horrified shock when you realize: “OMFG! That’s RAPE! On a onesie! FOR BABIES!” And then you’ll try and breathe for a second, but “THAT’S RAPE CULTURE! ON A BABY!” And you’ll wonder “How has …

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April 15- April 21

Stats this week: 25 blogs by 18 writers

How Soon is Too Soon?- by Bree_YWOC

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Whenever I speak to

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“Abortion on demand.”

What does it mean? Why do some people think it’s a bad thing? How does it influence policy decisions on reproductive healthcare? Let’s dive in.

Abortion on demand is the idea that women should be able to access abortion services without having to jump through hoops. It means that if a woman enters her doctor’s office or local women’s health clinic and asks (or “demands”) to have an abortion, she will be able to get the next available appointment. In this process, she won’t be subjected …

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April 8- April 14

Stats this week: 18 blogs by 16 writers

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: How To Prevent Sexual Assault- by nikki_liz

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Your vagina isn’t gross because it’s normal. I can 99% guarantee that your vagina and your vulva are totally normal, no matter what they look like. And unless you’re being spoken to by a licensed gynecologist who is addressing a serious medical concern, anyone who tells you differently is wrong. I promise.

When we say “vagina,” what we’re often talking about is actually the “vulva,” which is basically what’s outside of your body, around the opening to the vagina. Every vulva is different. These differences are often centered around …

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Touching or grabbing someone that you don’t know is inappropriate if you don’t first have their consent. But what about thinking about that person? When are thoughts- without action- a problem? In my opinion, noticing that someone is attractive and even having sexual thoughts about that person does not cross a line, but it does become problematic if the observer thinks that this person owes them something or should act in a certain way or should be grateful toward them just because the observer finds them appealing.

Even if …

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April 1- April 7

Stats this week: 29 posts by 16 writers

Tennessee Sex Ed Bill Compares Hugging/Kissing/Handholding to “Gateway Drugs”- by nikki_liz

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On Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, facing a re-call election set for this summer, signed a bill passed down party lines by Republicans to repeal the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. Yes- he decided to make it harder for women being paid an unequal amount to press charges against their employers. Apparently he and the Republicans in the state legislature believe that women don’t deserve to be paid as much as men. The repeal, supported by several major business associations, such as Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin …

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I’ve watched a lot of amazing “It gets better” videos, but I’ve got to say that this is one of my favorites. The video features gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight students at Brigham Young University, a private, Mormon university in Provo, Utah. The school is the largest religious university in the United States, and has been “consistently ranked as one of the most unfriendly campuses for LGBT students.” Even more alarming, the video states that 74% of LGBT students at BYU have contemplated suicide and 24% have attempted it. …

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Steve King, a Republican Congressperson from Iowa, believes that federal legislation to prevent workplace discrimination of gay people is unnecessary. In his mind, as long as gay people don’t “make their sexuality public,” no one would know that they’re gay, and therefore wouldn’t be able to discriminate against them on that basis. As slightly encouraging as it is that Rep. King realizes that you can’t know a person is gay just by looking at them, suggesting that gay people should follow a separate set of rules if they want …

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Sunday night, someone left a bomb on the windowsill of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, about 30 miles southwest of Green Bay. The bomb started a small fire, which resulted in minimal damage to one of the clinic’s exam rooms. Luckily, no one was hurt. A male suspect, 50-year-old Francis Gerald Grady, was arrested on Monday, though he has yet to be charged. Of the 27 Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin, the one that was targeted was one of only three in the state that offered …

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I am surprised. Maybe I shouldn’t be, but–no wait- I should be shocked that a Governor easily said, in the presence of other women and with a TV audience of mostly women on Tuesday‘s episode of The View, that “Women don’t care about contraception.“ When I first saw a graphic from MoveOn.org showing the quote on a picture on South Carolina’s Republican Governor, Nikki Haley, I thought it must be fake, even though the quote was cited. She’s a woman! How could she legitimately not know that other women …

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Amplify has the stories you need to hear! With so many great contributors from all over the world, you definitely don’t want you to miss out on the top insightful and informative stories of the week. Check in each week for a list of must-read posts. Whether it’s a national story or a individual experience, these are the issues you care about!

March 25- March 31

Stats this week: 19 posts by 15 writers

Why EC=BC: Emergency Contraception is a Form of Birth Control- by Amplify_Staff

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Last week, I heard about an amazing project that finally pushed me to learn how to crochet. It’s called the Snatchel Project. The idea is to knit or crochet a vulva or a uterus and send it to a member of Congress who has voted against women’s health.

Republicans claim to hate big government intrusion into health care, yet they can’t get enough of it when the government wants doctors to lie to patients, restrict access to legal procedures, discourage insurance plans from covering popular medication, and force

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While campaigning in Wisconsin for the upcoming primary, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum was making a public appearance at a bowling alley to spend time among voters. One man who was joining in the game, described only as “young,” apparently picked up a pink bowling ball, only to be reprimanded by Santorum, who said, “You’re not gonna use that pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera.”

There are so many directions I could go with my criticism of this. The first think that comes …

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Ads that sexualize women are nothing particularly surprising these days, but ads that play to the same ideas about men aren’t as common. It’s important, though, to recognize objectification of either sex. It is just as necessary to push back against misogyny as it is to understand that while sexualizing men isn’t as prevalent (or, isn’t recognized for what it is because of the absence of a concept of a male version of misogyny) objectifying men is harmful for men for the same reasons it’s harmful for women. It’s …

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March 18- March 24

Stats this week: 20 posts by 15 writers

The Head of Campus Ministry suggests that giving out condoms encourages date rape- by …

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With so many people claiming to be deeply invested in the sexual lives of unmarried young women, our culture is full of expressions and representations of values, priorities, preferences, expectations, definitions, judgments, and assumptions about virginity. Yet in all the conversation, how much of what we hear, or believe, comes from the women and girls themselves? Virginity is often framed in a rigid, black and white lens, yet the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of women and girls who have not had sex are varied, changeable, and at times even …

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Working in advocacy for LGBTQ equality, comprehensive sex education, and access to abortion, we’re used to people being against us. The recent attack on contraception, though, seems to have crossed a universal line. How could there actually be people in positions of power fighting against birth control?? It seems to have suddenly become a controversy. But there’s always been something about labeling things as “controversial” that’s bugged me. I think I now know how to explain what I mean by this.

It is my belief that despite the deeply …

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When a well-known tabloid recently wrote about young actor Zac Efron hanging around with a guy at a party and holding his hand, they turned it into a headline full of shaming language. I have no interest in the personal life of someone who is basically a stranger to me, but I do have an issue with the language this tabloid used to describe his actions.

Examples:
(NOTE: Only the bolding is mine. Other emphasis belongs to the tabloid. Also, I am consciously choosing to not link to the …

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Each week, I’ll be posting a list of the most news-worthy and/or inspirational, informative, well-written, thought-provoking, and/or unique posts of the week. While every post and every contributor is valuable to our community, these are the blogs that I feel are must-reads.

March 11- March 17

Stats this week: 52 posts by 30 writers

No Te Metas Con Las Mujeres De Tejas/ Don’t Mess With Texas Women- by abril_flowers

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I hoped to rely on resources like Planned Parenthood but Perry decided to select few resources

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You cannot say that the respectable thing for a young pregnant woman to do is to carry her pregnancy to term if you do not respect the fact that she got pregnant. If you cannot respect the fact that a woman is pregnant, you cannot respectably advise or restrict her choices whether by law or by contributing to social pressure. If you accept that this young woman is sexually autonomous in her own right, then you must also accept her reproductive choices. Respecting a person’s sexual autonomy (their right …

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March 4- March 10

Stats this week: 40 posts by 29 writers

Obama’s Ex-Nanny A Transgender Woman- by Jordan

Inside this post:

The story of how Evie came into contact with the future president was that she had met his mother at a cocktail party, and

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 To commemorate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I thought it would be great to share my list of recommended reading. I’ve read each of them over the past few years, so I can personally vouch for their awesomeness. There are a lot of ways to acknowledge, celebrate, and learn about the lives of women, so if reading is your thing, the following list is for you.

This is part two of recommendations. You can find my non-fiction recommendations in Part One.

This list of fiction was chosen …

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To commemorate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I thought it would be great to share my list of recommended reading. I’ve read each of the books listed below over the past few years, so I can personally vouch for their awesomeness. There are a lot of ways to acknowledge, celebrate, and learn about the lives of women, so if reading is your thing, the following list is for you.

Now you can also check out Part Two: Fiction


1) Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for

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It may only be a few hours into International Women’s Day, but it’ll be hard to top this video for the “most awesome media” award.

It’s a….well I’m not sure you would call it a parody, but it re-works Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” into a song about women’s suffrage in the U.S. (ie. the right to vote). I came across it on Twitter and absolutely loved it. Yeah, the white veils are a bit creepy in the beginning, but this is just so well made. It was made by …

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Each week, I’ll be posting a list of the most news-worthy and/or inspirational, informative, well-written, thought-provoking, and/or unique posts of the week. While every post and every contributor is valuable to our community, these are the blogs that I feel are must-reads.

February 26- March 3

Stats this week: 28 posts by 22 writers

Four Ways to Show How the Religious Liberty Claim Against Contraceptive Coverage Is Nonsense- by Amplify_Staff

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But if we fight, we can win. We just need to be clear on the

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 As many of you may have heard by now, ultra-conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh has come under harsh criticism for his especially misogynist, inaccurate, and creepy comments about Sandra Fluke, the graduate student from Georgetown University who was denied a seat on the all-male panel at last month’s congressional hearing on birth control. Fortunately, she did eventually get her day to speak, though not as an official part of the hearing. House Democrats on the committee (not being able to call their own hearing because they are in …

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 Each week, I’ll be posting a list of the most news-worthy and/or inspirational, informative, well-written, thought-provoking, and/or unique posts of the week. While every post and every contributor is valuable to our community, these are the blogs that I feel are must-reads.

February 12- February 18

Stats this week: 26 posts by 17 writers

If you educate a woman, you educate a woman- by Moonlight

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Will we only educate a woman because the nation needs her? Or must we educate womankind for the same reason

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I was a Girl Scout for several years in grade school, and while vacationing with my mom a few years ago in Savannah, Georgia, we visited the childhood home of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, which now, as Savannah’s first National Historic Landmark, functions as a museum. I loved being a Girl Scout. We went camping, made crafts, sang carols at a retirement home, did community service projects, put on a fashion show of styles from different decades, all working together with our troop leaders on what …

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This post is my response to the 4 comments recently left by “rainexxx” on my January 2010 blog titled, “Sex, Marriage, and Immorality.” The blog pointed out the hypocrisy in religiously-based arguments against marriage equality, based on the idea that homosexuality is immoral.

1) Logic is based of facts, so I don’t think it has to be approved by anyone’s “authority.”

2) I’m not sure what you think I “have no knowledge of.” I was talking about the hypocrisy around anti-marriage equality beliefs. I’m familiar with the …

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Even if you don’t watch the news as much as I do, you’ve probably heard someone say this over the past two weeks: “I can’t believe it’s 2012 and we’re having a debate about birth control.” For awhile, I have to admit that I wasn’t that surprised that it was being talked about like this. Maybe that’s because I’ve been reading and writing about contraception for three years here on Amplify and in books I read. Maybe that’s because you could have asked me a year ago if …

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January 30- February 4

Stats this week: 27 posts by 22 writers

Sommers in WaPo: Wrong about the CDC and wrong about enthusiastic consent- by AFY_EmilyB

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Christina Sommers recently criticized the CDC’s (accurate) definitions of rape and enthusiastic consent. What’s problematic with her …

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I recently read Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein, a book written by a feminist-minded parent of a young girl, facing the girlie-girl culture of Disney princesses, pink Legos, and baby dolls. The central struggle of the book was how to raise a well-rounded, confident girl when all of the marketing for young girls can be described by only one word: pink. When the market has set boundaries on what girls can play with (although there are rigid restrictions for boys as well) it limits the interests the …

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January 22- January 29

Stats this week: 26 posts by 14 writers

Trust Women Week: Bianca’s story- by Media_Justice

Inside this post:

Bianca describes her work as an abortion doula.

Dying of Red Tape: Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs Reinstated- by one_for_all…

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At a Target store in California, a shopper browsing the greeting card aisle was intrigued by a card that read, “Heard you’re pregnant,” but was shocked when inside the card all it said was, “Whore.”

 

In the handful of articles I found on this story, I couldn’t believe that the consensus was that either the card was funny or that it didn’t matter and anyone who was offended should chill out and get a sense of humor. Really? Shaming and bullying young, sexually active girls and young women …

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 After watching “Toddlers & Tiaras” (again) last week, I was writing about it in my journal, getting dispirited about how much emphasis is placed on such a limited idea of female beauty and how these marketable expectations are being placed on the shoulders of younger and younger girls. Before going to bed, I finished by writing: “I wish the world was different. I wish more women were better respected. I wish that most of the comments made about women weren’t about the way they look.” But as I tried …

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January 15- January 21

Stats this week: 13 posts by 11 writers

You’re straight–why do you care about same sex marriage?- by amandainohio 

Inside this post:

Amanda shares her story about how she became an advocate for marriage equality.

New study on contraceptive use and teen

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January 8- January 14

Stats this week: 20 posts by 15 writers

Servicewomen Deserve Better: Abortion Access in the Military- by ashthom

Inside this post:

How can this restrictive and cruel policy make any sense, especially given that sexual assault is more common in the military

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 Last night, I was watching “Toddlers & Tiaras” on demand (mainly because I’d already watched all the available episodes of “Intervention”) and while the first episode was generally shocking, disheartening, a blow to my feminist principles, and a basic guide on how not to be a mother to a girl, something that happened 10 or 15 minutes into the second episode made me pause the show, turn off the TV, and go up to bed. What I found so unbelievable and so destructive that I had to stop watching …

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January 1- January 7

Stats this week: 9 posts by 6 writers

Hershey’s Rationale on banning a student- by rikkiyouthresource

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Rikki brings to our attention a serious case of discrimination based on a young boy’s HIV status and explains why the school’s decision …

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Most of the time, new year’s resolutions are pledges to improve yourself in some way. They are for the most part made with good intentions, but I just want to suggest to everyone that instead of looking at resolutions as a promise to fix yourself somehow or to end a bad habit, it might be better to frame your resolution as something that will help you be kinder to yourself or in a way that helps you prioritize your needs.

For example, if your new year’s resolution is to …

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December 25- December 31

Stats this week: 9 posts by 8 writers

Being An Activist- by abril_flowers

Inside this post:

An activist with the Texas Freedom Network at the University of Texas at Brownsville talks about her work educating her fellow students about the state’s current sex ed policies and what they can do to make sure their peers have the information they need to stay safe.

Mobilizing 4,000 for LGBT Rights- by AFY_Nikki

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Ernesto shares his experience organizing a solidarity event after an …

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December 18- December 24

Stats this week: 15 posts by 11 writers

Sexual identity and preferences- by srijanna1

Inside this post:

Insight on the meaning of sexual identity.

The EC Decision: Dismissing the Concerns of Latinas and Low-Income Women- by Amplify_Staff

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Commentary …

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December 4- December 10

Stats this week: 39 posts by 26 writers

BCSSH Sex Files #16: The Busy Woman’s Guide to Health Care Reform- by bcssh

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Since all of this legal jargon can be tricky even for the Pre-Law students among us, we’ve

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While flipping through the Chicago Tribune yesterday morning (yes, the actual print version), I was pleased to see an article about World AIDS Day. There was a large color photo of a Reverend offering host to a parishioner and I was curious what angle of the HIV/AIDS epidemic the article would approach the issue from. Unfortunately, I was quickly disappointed that the headline’s “search for an ideal” wasn’t for a cure, comprehensive education, or accessible resources- but abstinence.

The journalist chose to speak with ministers and caregivers who counsel …