Awareness | Posted by Shauna Gold on 06/21/2017

Destigmatizing HPV and Cervical Cancer

No shame in preventing HPV

No shame in learning about sexual health

The most obvious reason why abstinence-only education is terrible is the unintended pregnancies that frequently occur as a result from it. But there are actually even more serious potential consequences of denying people information about how to take care of their sexual health: When people aren’t taught how to protect themselves against easily preventable diseases, like cervical cancer, their lives are threatened, the health care system is strained, and we socially regress.

President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget includes $277 million for abstinence-only sex ed. If it passes, students will be even less likely than they already are to learn about things like their risk of contracting STIs. Instead, they’ll primarily be inundated with warnings about how dangerous and terrible sex is (spoiler: …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Kadin Burnett on 06/19/2017

Why The Rihanna-Lupita-Ava-Issa Buddy Comedy Is So Important

We can't wait for their buddy comedy

We can’t wait for their buddy comedy

It started as an innocent, clever, and creative tweet. A picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting next to one another at a fashion show in 2014 was making its rounds on the Internet. The duo look as if they could be on the catwalk themselves: Both were clad in big sunglasses, and Rihanna sported a furry coat while Nyong’o wore a white-collared burgundy sweater. One imaginative Twitter user, @1800SADGAL, responded to the picture: “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans.”

Spelling mistakes aside, the reply was retweeted almost 10,000 times, and garnered over 200,000 likes. It even got the attention of both Rihanna and Nyong’o. The actress responded …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 06/16/2017

Why We Must Stop The Texas Bathroom Ban

These bans are about so much more than bathrooms.

Talking to people in my home state of Texas about policies related to gender identity often feels like screaming at a solid wall of concrete—especially when it comes to policies that curb the rights of transgender individuals. Yet this issue is a dire one: Members of the Texas legislature are currently trying to pass a bathroom bill (House Bill 2899) that would prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. This bill was already debated throughout the regular legislative session, but on June 6, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called a special session to revisit it in July.

This bill is nonsensical for many reasons. First, it protects people’s right to discriminate against transgender people based on

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 06/14/2017

How Trumpcare Will Hurt Women’s Health

We can’t let him legislate our bodies.

May was not a good month for women’s health care. On May 4, a Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which proposes to tighten existing regulations on contraceptive access and maternity care and to cut Planned Parenthood from the federal budget. On the same day, Trump signed a “religious liberty” executive order that allows organizations to limit their employees’ access to contraception and abortion based on the organization’s faith. Then, on May 23, the administration released its 2018 budget proposal, which Dawn Leguens, the vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the “worst budget for women and women’s health in a generation.”

Under Trumpcare, simply being a woman is considered a pre-existing condition.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Farha Khalidi on 06/12/2017

How Hailee Steinfeld’s “Most Girls” Pushes Back On Toxic Female Competition

Credit: Vevo/YouTube

Credit: Vevo/YouTube

“You’re not like most girls,” a boy tells Hailee Steinfeld in the music video for her latest single, “Most Girls.” He tells her this sincerely, but ignorantly; Hailee gets visibly uncomfortable by this “compliment” and tells him that she has to go. She rushes away from the unnamed, now irrelevant man.

The man, like so many other men who have uttered this classic backhanded compliment, doesn’t understand why it would make women cringe. They don’t see the hidden bitterness in those words because on the surface it seems sweet to tell a girl she is unique. But this “compliment” perpetuates the toxicity of female competition. It maintains that in order for a woman to be great, she must be distanced from every other woman—specifically elevated above …

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Feminism | Posted by Carolyn Luby on 05/24/2017

Experiencing Online Misogyny As A Sexual Assault Survivor

Credit: Carolyn Luby

Credit: Carolyn Luby

I am a woman, a sexual assault survivor, and a feminist—and I am all of these things publicly, on the Internet. A basic Google search will turn up articles I’ve written related to my activism, photos taken of me at activist events and press conferences, and other evidence of my fight against the deliberate indifference universities across the U.S. display towards sexual assault and sexual harassment. That search will also reveal the onslaught of harassment, rape threats, and death threats I have received as a consequence for speaking out.

Many of the top hits for my name are from years back. Perhaps this would suggest that the public assertion of my political views, my personal lived experiences of trauma, my identity, and the massive backlash of harassment …

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Feminism | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 05/16/2017

Learning To Love Myself As A Black Woman

Credit: Faatimah Solomon

Credit: Faatimah Solomon

“Why are you so fat?”

I froze for a second, confused. “What do you mean?” I asked, puzzled.

“I mean you’re fat and ugly,” she said, as if that were the most obvious thing in the world.

I was in seventh grade, a twelve-year-old pudgy, buck-toothed, frizzy-haired, acne-prone girl totally oblivious to my supposed physical flaws and shortcomings. I lived in my own sheltered bubble. I went to school, did homework when I got back home, and then played in the backyard with our neighbor’s kid. I went to the library with my mother a lot. Perhaps most informatively, though, I lacked exposure to most media. I watched TV only once a week and seldom watched movies (except for the occasional viewing of Dumbo). This fostered

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 05/12/2017

Did The Election Narrow the Leadership Ambition Gap for Women in Politics?

A new wave of women are running for office.

In the months since Trump’s election, people across the country (and world) have been galvanized to take action. Thousands marched in support of women, science, and the environment. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union saw spikes in donations. Late-night comedians like Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Chelsea Handler have focused monologue after monologue on the absurdity of Donald Trump’s presidency. And over 11,000 women want to run for office.

As of this past April, that’s how many women had reached out to Emily’s List, a progressive organization dedicated to electing Democratic women, to let them know that they were interested in running for office. To put that in perspective, Emily’s List received just 900 such requests in …

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