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Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

by Akiba Solomon on March 22 2012, 9:34AM

Native American women are three and a half times more likely to be raped in their lifetimes than those of other ethnicities. While some progress has been made since the groundbreaking Tribal Law and Order Act passed in 2010, a new report finds that they’re still fighting. This time it’s for the basic post-assault healthcare.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

by Rinku Sen on March 21 2012, 9:33AM

If we really want to stop bullying, writes Rinku Sen, we can’t just do it from the back end in criminal courts. We have to affirmatively, proactively expand the rights of LGBT people, immigrants, people of color and women.

Topics: Bullying, Gender & Sexuality, Movement, Schools & Youth

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

by Akiba Solomon on March 15 2012, 9:34AM

Black, single, childless and back in college, Delia Henry represents a population rarely visible in the so-called war on women. And she’s about to lose her health care because Rick Perry is gutting a Women’s Health Program just to hurt Planned Parenthood.

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

Arizona Law Could Allow Employers to Fire Workers for Using Birth Control

Arizona Law Could Allow Employers to Fire Workers for Using Birth Control

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 9:12AM

The ACLU worries that would violate a person’s right to privacy.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

ACLU Sues School that Outed Native Teen's Pregnancy

ACLU Sues School that Outed Native Teen’s Pregnancy

by Jorge Rivas on March 13 2012, 2:59PM

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed a lawsuit last week behalf of Shantelle Hicks, 15, who was initially kicked out of middle school and then publicly humiliated at an assembly by the school director because she was pregnant.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Artist on Anti-Woman Attacks: 'Politicians Off My Poontang!'

Artist on Anti-Woman Attacks: ‘Politicians Off My Poontang!’

by Julianne Hing on March 9 2012, 12:00PM

“My uterus is mine,” says Favianna Rodriguez.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

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