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Feminism | Posted by Nico Morgan on 04/5/2017

What Trans Individuals Need To Know About Their Rights Under Obamacare

Know your health care rights.

Last weekend, I felt a tiny glimmer of hope in light of the looming threat of the Trump Administration and Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Trump’s new health care bill (aka the American Health Care Act, aka Trumpcare, aka the sound you make when you sneeze while congested), didn’t receive the necessary amount of votes to pass through the house and become law.

And thank god for that, as most humans with souls noted that the AHCA was nothing more than a tax break for millionaires and a certain loss of health care for 24 million people. The new health care bill would also have been a minefield for women, as it vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, which is less the “abortion factory” …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 04/3/2017

Manners Or Sexism?

The truth about “Invitational”

“Girls, you NEVER say no to a guy when he asks you to dance,” barked the instructor at the sea of awkward children, anxiously tugging at our itchy formalwear. I was in fifth grade, in the midst of a “manners” course. There were a million things I would rather be doing, like reading a book or even doing homework. But my mom had threatened to take away a book I was reading at the time if I did not attend this course. She put her rebellious daughter in a dress and sent her to a ballroom in heels to learn to waltz without stepping on her partner’s feet (which I did anyway).

I live in the South, where this course is a tradition. For countless years …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Zeilinger on 03/31/2017

Words of Wisdom From Feminist Writer Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy and Lena Dunham

Ariel Levy and Lena Dunham

Many feminists may know Ariel Levy as the author of modern feminist classic “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women And The Rise Of Raunch Culture.” A contributor to the the New Yorker as well, Levy has built an impressive career examining modern issues through an incisive feminist lens. Recently, however, the journalist created a far more intimate work: Her new memoir The Rules Do Not Apply, which covers her experiences with miscarriage, marriage, sexuality—and, essentially, the reality of enacting a feminist life.

On March 17, the writer appeared in conversation with Lena Dunham at the 92Y in New York in honor of the book’s recent release. The two talked about everything from the stigma and shame surrounding women’s bodies to their Jewish identities. The …

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Feminism | Posted by Kinder L on 03/31/2017

This Isn’t About Leggings

Women should be allowed to wear whatever they want.

United Airlines was thrust into the spotlight this week after a gate agent refused to let two female travelers board an aircraft. Their issue wasn’t concern for passengers’ security or managing inappropriate behavior: The girls were banned from boarding because they were both wearing leggings. United passenger Shannon Watts witnessed the incident at the gate and immediately shared her disappointment to Twitter. “A @united gate agent isn’t letting girls on flight… because spandex is not allowed?” Watts tweeted. The airline quickly found itself in hot water as people—including celebrities such as Patricia Arquette—expressed their disappointment and criticism of the company’s sexist dress code on social media.

United’s dress code is certainly problematic (and ridiculous) in and of itself, but this …

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Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 03/30/2017

Filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos Puts Women First in Her New HBO Documentary on Abortion

Credit: Tracy Tragos

Credit: HBO

The trailer for Abortion: Stories Women Tell, award-winning filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos’s new documentary, opens on a hall full of people with boundless energy. We catch a glimpse of a low-hanging “Missouri Right to Life” banner behind them. “We are down to one abortion clinic in this state,” a man on a stage before the audience touts to roaring applause.

Droz Tragos’ film looks at lives entangled in the fierce political battle for and against a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. Missouri, where lawmakers’ attacks on abortion access are particularly ruthless, is home for Droz Tragos. She paints intimate portraits of women who share the state with her.

The film follows several Missouri women who want abortions, provide them, defend them, and fight for them—women …

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Feminism | Posted by Helena N on 03/28/2017

What Rihanna Revealed About Humanitarian Work

Rihanna accepting her award

Rihanna accepting her award

On February 28, 2017, Rihanna walked up the creaky wooden steps of one of Cambridge’s storied halls to accept the Harvard Foundation’s 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year Award. While she is best known for her music, Rihanna was recognized that day for her less publicized humanitarian work—including her investment in a modernized oncology wing at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in her hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados, and establishing scholarships to support Caribbean students who want to attend college abroad, among other philanthropic efforts.

While accepting the honor, Rihanna made an impassioned plea for more people to become involved in humanitarian work for a simple reason: We should always strive to be in better service of others. While addressing an audience at one of the most …

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Feminism | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 03/22/2017

AMAZE and the Importance of Sex Education for Tweens

AMAZE

AMAZE

I grew up in a religious and conservative family, in the very religious and conservative country of Saudi Arabia. My parents never talked to me about sex education. At school, the topic of sex was unquestionably taboo and would never come up in discussions about health. I remember trying to piece together what exactly sex entailed when I was in the eighth grade. I had gathered little pieces of information from varying sources: movies, books intended for audiences older and more mature than I was, and of course, my friends. We would sit together on green plastic benches during lunch and put our heads together conspiringly, trying to pool together what we each knew about sex to come to a solid conclusion.

Eventually, thanks to being a voracious reader …

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Feminism | Posted by Osama on 03/20/2017

Being LGBT In The Middle East

Being LGBT in the Middle East

For the most part, I am a normal teenager in Amman, Jordan. I wake up when I hear my alarm and get ready for school. But perhaps unlike other 15-year old-boys, I have never fantasized about beautiful girls in my classes, have never imagined being with them. In fact, the idea of that has always terrified me.

At the age of 10, I became fully aware that something made me different; I was crushing on my male friend while everyone else was dying to get to know girls. I closed my eyes and pretended nothing abnormal had crossed my mind. But the idea of him touching me and feeling my skin was beyond fascinating—one I could never get out of my mind, especially when …

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