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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. 

December 5- December 11

Stats for this week: 70 posts by 40 writers
(And again, I’m blown away! Another busy week! Keep it coming, you guys!)

The Things Women DON’T Do…- by vanessa_mysistahs
Why I chose this post:

Spoiler alert here: It’s a post about women freaking out about chocolate. Actually, it’s a post that asks why the media thinks women freak out about chocolate. It’s fun. 

Twist and Pout: The MPAA’s Sick Rating System- by Yes_Means_Yes

Why I chose this post:

Jaclyn writes about the hypocrisy of the MPAA giving the upcoming film “Blue Valentine” an NC-17 rating for a scene of a woman enjoying oral from a man, while the film “Black Swan” also shows a woman receiving oral sex, but this time from another woman, and with an R rating. The “male fantasy market” at play? 

WaPo FAIL: Nothing “Controversial” About ella- by Amplify_Staff
Why I chose this post:

This was written by Jodi Jacobson, Editor-in-Chief at RH Reality Check. She talks about a new emergency contraceptive, called ella, which a recent Washington Post article claimed to be “controversial,” but, as Jodi points out:

The "critics" in question are, again, anti-choice groups that seek to imbue fertilized eggs with full rights of person-hood, that are against all forms of contraception, and which want to change the definition and timing of biological processes to suit an ideological agenda. Is it the purpose of a legitimate news organization to give credence to such groups? 

Video: “Girls shouldn’t have ideas”- by AFY_Will

Why I chose this post:

“I don’t think I understand. Let’s try this again. So the dragon is attacking.”
“It is an emergency situation in a clearly dragon-infested countryside. “

No, really, it’s about abstinence. And next time you think of your tax dollars, just think of a fire-breathing dragon. Check out the second video of the new series from Advocates for Youth featuring actual lessons from abstinence-only classes. 

Lower Merion Township Passes Ordinance. Part 1- by Jordan

Why I chose this post:

Today, I drove back over the river to watch history being made. Just a little before 8pm tonight, Lower Merion Township became the 17th municipality in the commonwealth to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance. What follows is a recap of the proceeding, which I was there front and center.

Treasure Island Media- by rikkiyouthresource

Why I chose this post:

Rikki writes about a pornography company that is featuring a gay couple as “role models” because one man is HIV positive and one is HIV negative. But the kick in the stomach is that they have sex without condoms. He includes an article on the story from the Bay Area Reporter where the company tries to defend their use of the term “role model” to promote this couple. I wasn’t buying it. What do you think? 

Oh, there’s a bikini shot? Well CASE DISMISSED!- by AFY_EmilyB

Why I chose this post:

Remember Ceara Sturgis? Her high school refused to include her photo in the year book because she chose to wear a tux for her picture instead of a dress. She sued the school, and now, during the trial, the school district has presented as evidence of Ceara’s “femininity,” a photo of her in a bikini. As if that was a valid or appropriate thing to do. 

Beyond Compliance: How To Get Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policies On The District Level- by Jordan

Why I chose this post:

Do you want to do something to stop bullying in your school? Inspired by New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, Jordan has written an excellent guide on steps you can take to make that happen. And I promise, it’s not as complicated as it may sound. You can make a difference!

Thank you to everyone who posted a blog this week! You are part of what makes this community great! 


~ Samantha
Community Editor


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