“No duh” study finds giving teens access to free IUDs cuts their unintended pregnancy rate by nearly 80 percent

9945353-largeI’d love to live in a country where we don’t need studies to tell us that giving people affordable access to effective contraception is a pretty excellent way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But alas. So today’s “no duh” study finds that giving teen girls access to long-acting birth control, like IUDs and implants, at no cost cuts their abortion and unintended pregnancy rates by more than 75 percent.

The study followed 1,404 sexually active teen girls in St. Louis. After receiving counseling about their different birth control options, they were able to select any method free of charge. Nearly three-fourths of them ended up choosing an IUD or implant. Nationwide, only about 5 percent of teens use these methods. So here’s the first unsurprising finding: When young people actually know about all their options and cost isn’t a factor, they smartly tend to opt for the most effective, longest-lasting, easiest-to-use methods.  Read More »

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Facebook apologizes to drag queens for “real name” policy

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After a coaltion of drag queens, trans folks, and other community members protested Facebook’s requirement that they use their legal names on their profiles, Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, officially apologized yesterday.

“I want to apologise to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbours, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we’ve put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.”

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Feministing Jamz: Jam of the week – Trigger by Maluca

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

Maluca’s been featured in some of our previous Jamz posts, so you might have noticed that I’m a fan. It had been a bit since she’d put out new music, so when she released a teaser for Trigger this spring I anxiously awaited the full track (while listening to the tidbit provided over and over). Excited as I was to hear her perform it at a Brooklyn Pride party, I’d been itching for the full track until it was finally released in full on TuesdayRead More »

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

How to talk about complicated things like governor’s races in a way the tiny young lady brains can understand? WEDDING DRESSES! This condescending bullshit brought to you by the College Republican National Committee’s one-million dollar effort to be “culturally relevant.”

A look at the Christian “manosphere.”

Breaking down the new figures on marriage rates by race.

Not The Onion: Iceland Announces ‘Men Only’ Feminist Conference.

Jeopardy’s “What Women Want” category was predictably sexist.

In Louisiana, survivors are billed hundreds of dollars for rape kits.

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The Wednesday Weigh-In: Feminist Halloween Costumes Edition

A black and white cartoon portrays a little girl at a costume store faced with only "sexy nurse," "sexy secretary," and "sexy fairy" costumes. Next to her, a boy reaches for the "doctor" costume, right next to the "firefighter" outfit.

Happy October! Halloween is approaching quickly and for some, ’tis the season for racist, culturally appropriative costumes, or to make everyday objects into “sexy” costumes. But this year, let’s start early and generate some great feminist costume ideas! Read More »

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