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Fawlty Deflowerings: UK Lawmakers Trying To Define Gay Sex

Consummation is traditionally defined as the first sexual intercourse between a man and a woman following their marriage. It has roots in the basic heterosexist idea that the purpose of marriage is to have reproductive sex, which is why in some places (Britain, for example), if a marriage has not been consummated with intercourse, it’s […]

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We Must Keep Fighting: Post World AIDS Day

I was born in 1989, while the AIDS epidemic in the US was in full force.  I’ve never lived in a world where learning about HIV/AIDS wasn’t a part of my school health classes.  I know that I’m lucky to have been taught an unbigoted view of how HIV/AIDS could happen to anyone, no matter […]

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Something Of Monumental Importance is Happening Tomorrow!

It’s here!  I can’t believe tomorrow is finally Election Day.  By now you’re probably exhausted from all of the pleas for your vote.  I know I am.  But hopefully you’ve already registered and, if you didn’t vote early or by absentee, you plan to vote tomorrow at a polling station.  Well if you’re tired of […]

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How To Help A Loved One Experiencing Domestic Violence

Trigger Warning)

Domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence – no matter how we label it’s not something we like to talk about. Or perhaps more accurately, it’s not something we know how to talk about – especially when it’s happening to someone we love.

But it’s really important we learn how to talk about it – in ways that actually help people going through it (which is far more difficult than you may think).

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5 Domestic Violence Myths I Learned Still Exist From Watching ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

Even if you don’t watch trashy reality TV, you probably know socialite Taylor Armstrong, from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH), survived domestic violence. Within the past couple weeks, RHOBH aired episodes involving an intervention with Taylor about her abusive marriage.

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No One Wins a (Tug-of) War on Women: From Uteri to Personhood, Why Feminists Must Reframe the Debate

With only 19 days before the 2012 election, the War on Women is intensifying. While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping statements on women’s health in last night’s presidential debate might suggest a truce, you can be sure that threats to women’s reproductive freedoms are still as prevalent and ludicrous as ever.

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Empathy can change the world!

What could I possible have to say about domestic violence? It’s never been perpetrated against me and but for the grace of God go I, I’ve never been in a situation in which I’ve perpetrated it against another. And to my general knowledge, none of my family or friends have been touched by it. I’m […]

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Breaking the Cycle: Standing Up Against Domestic Violence

Around the world different months have different observances and of course October is no exception.  Two of Octobers best known observances are for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence.  A vast majority of people will know the symbol associated with Breast Cancer Awareness is universally a pink ribbon but not as many will know that there […]

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Four Ways To Support Your Friend Who’s Being Slut-Shamed

Most of you have probably heard of the phrase “slut-shaming,” but for those who haven’t, allow me to educate you about this unfortunately common and very hurtful behavior.

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#Motherfkd: Economy Will Suffer If People Cannot Plan Parenthood

Social issues Female issues Women’s issues Single issue voters Can we please stop this pretense that effective birth control and safe and legal abortion did not transform society and help families by enabling women to plan their parenthoods and go to work? What purpose does it serve, except to deny reality and mislead people? So […]

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