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We Need To Talk About Later Abortion

In the wake of the attacks on Planned Parenthood, many people have noticed that the reproductive rights movement is often in a reactive, rather than proactive position. A lot of time is spent defending rights that already exist, rather than making gains.

In the wake of the attacks on Planned Parenthood, many people have noticed that the reproductive rights movement is often in a reactive, rather than proactive position. A lot of time is spent defending rights ...

Image of women carrying signs at a protest that read "1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence"

Why Do You Want To Hit Me?

A few weeks ago, I went out for a drink with a few friends. After about an hour or so of talking politics (workplace mostly), the conversation turned to feminism. Now, I know that sometimes it’s better to stay quiet and let the conversation ride out, but I am not one to often do that (as I’m sure my friends will agree), especially since I knew that the conversation was specifically designed to antagonize me; the ‘resident office feminist’.

A few weeks ago, I went out for a drink with a few friends. After about an hour or so of talking politics (workplace mostly), the conversation turned to feminism. Now, I know that sometimes ...

Please, Let Me Be More Than My Uterus

One of the most freeing moments of my life came when my doctor announced he may have to remove my uterus.  He said it slowly, apologetically, perhaps expecting tears to come out of my newly-married twenty-something eyes.  For me, this announcement came as a relief. 

One of the most freeing moments of my life came when my doctor announced he may have to remove my uterus.  He said it slowly, apologetically, perhaps expecting tears to come out of my newly-married twenty-something eyes.  ...

What happens when feminism becomes trendy?

2015 has been a big year for feminism, you can hardly avoid online articles that spout titles like the “most feminist moments of Clueless” (or something to that effect) and online shrines that pay homage to Lena Dunham. I enjoy both Lena Dunham and Clueless, but I fear a revived social movement thats foundation rests on a fulcrum of quirky TV characters and Cher Horowitz’s garish pink pen.

2015 has been a big year for feminism, you can hardly avoid online articles that spout titles like the “most feminist moments of Clueless” (or something to that effect) and online shrines that pay homage to Lena ...

Building Consent Culture in a Temporary Autonomous Zone

I’m standing in the middle of the woods surrounded by art, music, and people dressed (or undressed) in a style of their choosing. The atmosphere has a festival feel to it, but there are no headlining bands or vendors. The roughly 2500 people around me are not spectators; they are participants.

I’m standing in the middle of the woods surrounded by art, music, and people dressed (or undressed) in a style of their choosing. The atmosphere has a festival feel to it, but there are no headlining bands ...

Helms Amendment Abandons Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya and Ethiopia

Late last month Ethiopia and Kenya welcomed President Obama, but he isn’t the only person they have hosted. Ethiopia and Kenya each host over half a million refugees, the largest refugee populations on the continent and some of the largest in the world. Many of these individuals have been displaced by the violence and unrest in Somalia or have fled the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

The use of gender-based violence, including rape and forced marriage, by various armed groups in these situations has been pervasive, with the most atrocious reports grabbing international headlines and drawing condemnation from around the globe. However, survivors need far more than just words, they need access to comprehensive post-rape care, including safe ...

Late last month Ethiopia and Kenya welcomed President Obama, but he isn’t the only person they have hosted. Ethiopia and Kenya each host over half a million refugees, the largest refugee populations on the continent and some ...

Barbie vs. Batman: The Socialization Of Children’s Toys

I grew up spending hours dressing my Barbies, agonizing over the perfect shoes and brushing their hair with that tiny comb. Hell, I had a life size playhouse dedicated to Barbies.

I also grew up yearning to play any sport that my brothers played. I remember once I was so excited to join my older brother’s soccer practice, it took getting smoked in the head THREE times before my dad could convince me to just watch the scrimmage. (I was a stubborn six year old.)

My younger years were filled with hairbands, sports, dress up, mud, dolls, and toy trucks. I was lucky to grow up in a home that promoted all types of play.

But a lot of kids don’t get the ...

I grew up spending hours dressing my Barbies, agonizing over the perfect shoes and brushing their hair with that tiny comb. Hell, I had a life size playhouse dedicated to Barbies.

I also grew up yearning to play ...

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