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A fascinating history of abortifacients.

The MTA is launching an awareness campaign aimed at all the dudes taking up too much space on the subway.

“The names of trans women of color will be in the mouths of the queer community after they’ve been murdered, but support for us while we are still alive is sporadic at best.” 

A fascinating history of abortifacients.

The MTA is launching an awareness campaign aimed at all the dudes taking up too much space on the subway.

“The names of trans women of color will be in the mouths ...

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Ferguson & Guatemala: Fighting the same enemy?

Last week I wrote about 1,000 indigenous Kaqchikel women in Guatemala who risked their safety to protest the militarization of their community. For years, their rural community has been fighting the development of a cement factory and dealing with threats and violence from the factory owners. After a particularly violent attack by factory workers, the Guatemalan government put their town of San Juan Sacatepequez under a “State of Prevention,” or a military occupation. And this week, protestors in Ferguson, Missouri are facing a similar “State of Emergency.” Could these two vastly different communities be facing a common enemy? 

Last week I wrote about 1,000 indigenous Kaqchikel women in Guatemala who risked their safety to protest the militarization of their community. For years, their rural community has been fighting the development of a cement factory and ...

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Busting myths and calming fears: A doctor answers questions about the IUD

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve had other friends say “Ew… something foreign in my body? No way!” As an obstetrician/gynecologist, I hear a lot of truths, but also a lot of misconceptions about this birth control method. So what is the real deal with IUDs? 

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve ...

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UChicago students speak out against institutional failures with trending #LiabilityoftheMind hashtag

University of Chicago students took to Twitter last night, calling out widespread misogyny, Title IX violations, queerphobia, transphobia, racism (including these Halloween costumes), ableism, lack of mental health services, lack of support for low-income students — and institutional tolerance of it all.

The #LiabilityoftheMind hashtag, started by UChicago student Olivia Ortiz, quickly trended on Twitter in Chicago. (“Liability of the mind” plays on a common UChicago slogan, “Life of the mind.”) Says Ortiz, “As a student of color and sexual assault survivor on campus, I’ve constantly felt like a liability in the eyes of my university. Instead of condemning and disciplining the real liabilities (students and administrators who violate the law and further marginalize minorities on campus) the University ...

University of Chicago students took to Twitter last night, calling out widespread misogyny, Title IX violations, queerphobia, transphobia, racism (including these Halloween costumes), ableism, lack of mental health services, lack of support for low-income students — ...

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CNN host mansplains to Bill Cosby accuser how she could have avoided being raped

Today in victim-blaming wrapped up in an outrageous load of mansplaining: In an interview with Joan Tarshis, one of the latest women to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby, CNN’s Don Lemon had some advice for how she could have avoided the whole thing: just use your teeth as a weapon.

I thought that hearing a dude mansplain street harassment to a woman was the most infuriating thing ever, but I take it back — hearing a dude mansplain how a rape survivor should have responded to her own assault is worse. 

Today in victim-blaming wrapped up in an outrageous load of mansplaining: In an interview with Joan Tarshis, one of the latest women to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby, CNN’s Don Lemon had ...

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A top Uber executive suggested hiring opposition researchers specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. Related: Here’s how to cancel an Uber account

A top Uber executive suggested hiring opposition researchers specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. Related: Here’s how to cancel an Uber account

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New Favorite Tumblr: Lady Parts highlights sexist casting calls

The Lady Parts Tumblr features actual casting notices for female roles. At HelloGiggles, the actress behind the blog, Katrina P. Day, explained that after years of seeing sexist, stereotypical calls for auditions, she decided to highlight the worst of the worst as a “kind of community service” for all actresses. 

The Lady Parts Tumblr features actual casting notices for female roles. At HelloGiggles, the actress behind the blog, Katrina P. Day, explained that after years of seeing sexist, stereotypical calls for auditions, she decided ...

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