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The Unique Importance of This Year's International Women's Day Photo

The Unique Importance of This Year’s International Women’s Day

by Hatty Lee on March 8 2012, 9:06AM

While Washington squabbles over the right to control female bodies, women around the globe have long been fighting back, speaking up, and creating change.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Rush Limbaugh's Lost 20 Advertisers -- But Experts Expect They'll Be Back

Rush Limbaugh’s Lost 20 Advertisers — But Experts Expect They’ll Be Back

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 11:12AM

Five more advertisers announced they will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, bringing the total number to 20.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

How Can We Help Kids Define What Is and Isn't Healthy Sexuality?

How Can We Help Kids Define What Is and Isn’t Healthy Sexuality?

by Akiba Solomon on March 5 2012, 9:52AM

In an age of free porn, rape-promoting video games and stupid advice videos from grown men, childhood sexual exploration is trickier than ever. There are no easy answers. Herewith, a few starting points.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Too $hort

Oklahoma Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre Protests Anti-Abortion Bill with F-Bomb Sign [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 4:53PM

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre of Tulsa, Oklahoma held up a sign at a protest Tuesday that said “If I wanted the government in my womb I’d fuck a senator.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

by Akiba Solomon on February 28 2012, 10:19AM

GOP presidential candidates have thrown gender dog-whistle politics into the race pot. It’s looking an awful lot like the odious 1960s Southern strategy.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, GOP Primary, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Georgia Rep. Fights Anti-Abortion Bill with 'Anti-Vasectomy Act'

Georgia Rep. Fights Anti-Abortion Bill with ‘Anti-Vasectomy Act’

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 9:00AM

Black state rep proposes vasectomy limits for men in response to anti-abortion bills sweeping the country.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Too $hort Calls XXL Video Debacle a Blessing in Disguise

by Akiba Solomon on February 23 2012, 2:20PM

Bad publicity, an enlightening conversation with activist dream hampton and “karma” produce an a-ha! moment for the rapper who instructed middle school boys to “turn out” their female classmates.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

by Akiba Solomon on February 23 2012, 11:33AM

Ways to regroup and do better after the debacle of Too $hort’s violent, rape-celebrating XXL.com video.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Too $hort

An Artist's Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

An Artist’s Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 10:06AM

A new video installation paints an intimate and engaging portrait of black masculinity by doing something a little revolutionary: asking questions. Artist Chris Johnson talks about the project’s past and present, and what it hopes to build for the future.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Female Dems Walk Out on House Contraception Hearing After GOP Silences Women

Female Dems Walk Out on House Contraception Hearing After GOP Silences Women

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 2:34PM

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the House Oversight Committee’s hearing after Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) refused to allow women to testify as witnesses on Thursday morning.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Hundreds Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor After Too Short Sparks 'Rape' Talk

Hundreds Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor After Too Short Sparks ‘Rape’ Talk

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 3:45PM

“We are appalled that this video was disseminated, further contributing to a culture of sexual violence,” say organizers calling on XXL Mag’s publisher to fire the editor.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

by Akiba Solomon on February 9 2012, 10:43AM

And poor women and women of color remain the pawns who get sacrificed.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Roland Martin Insists He's Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

Roland Martin Insists He’s Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 5:26PM

During the Superbowl game on Sunday CNN commentator Roland Martin made comments on Twitter that both GLAAD and National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) have said could be interpreted to promote violence against gays.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media, /NOW

Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 1:13PM

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

House GOP Memo: 'Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death' for Blacks

House GOP Memo: ‘Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death’ for Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 12:36PM

A new bill in the House, pushed by the GOP, would separately classify ‘black abortions’ from abortions in general.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

The Tragic, Craven Undoing of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Noble Mission

The Tragic, Craven Undoing of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Noble Mission

by Akiba Solomon on February 1 2012, 10:01AM

Whether they like it or not, defunding Planned Parenthood’s breast health programs makes Susan G. Komen Foundation look anti-choice. And of course, poor women of color will suffer most.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Anti Choicers Pressure Pink Ribbon Organization to Nix Breast Exams for Poor Women

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 6:58PM

The nation’s largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the US., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will cutoff grants made to Planned Parenthood that were mostly used for breast exams.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

New Federal Rule Makes LGBT Housing Discrimination Illegal

New Federal Rule Makes LGBT Housing Discrimination Illegal

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 11:04AM

The Obama Administration announced historic new federal rules that will strengthen housing discrimination protections for transgender and other LGBT people.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Young Activists Plot the Future of the LGBT Rights Movement

Young Activists Plot the Future of the LGBT Rights Movement

by Shani O. Hilton on January 30 2012, 9:00AM

Over 2,000 people showed up at the annual Creating Change conference in Baltimore to talk about building an inclusive agenda for queer activists and allies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Film Reveals

Film Reveals “The Invisible War” on Women in Our Military

by Rinku Sen on January 26 2012, 9:49AM

A documentary premiered at Sundance that shines light on the ugly secret of rape inside the U.S. military. It’s time we all pay attention, writes Rinku Sen.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Movement, Sundance