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The 2012 Attack on Reproductive Rights Will Trade on Women of Color

The 2012 Attack on Reproductive Rights Will Trade on Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on December 20 2011, 9:57AM

2011 has featured a string of hard-fought, local battles to protect poor women’s access to reproductive health care. That won’t change next year, and poor women of color will again be in the crossfire.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Who Pays the Price for DC's Morning-After Pill Decision? [Reader Forum]

Who Pays the Price for DC’s Morning-After Pill Decision? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on December 12 2011, 10:00AM

Readers discuss the morning-after pill, ruled ‘safer than aspirin’ by the FDA but scandalized by the Obama administration.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Four Ways Obama's Birth Control Fail Hurts Young Women of Color

Four Ways Obama’s Birth Control Fail Hurts Young Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on December 9 2011, 10:00AM

With president Obama’s cosign, U.S. health secretary Kathleen Sebelius just made it harder for women of color to prevent unintended pregnancies. Is this the thanks we get?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Pass the Mic: Transgender Women in Chocolate City Tell Their Stories

Pass the Mic: Transgender Women in Chocolate City Tell Their Stories

by Akiba Solomon on December 2 2011, 10:51AM

Transgender women in the nation’s capitol are catching hell. But violence and bais isn’t the sum of people’s lives, so Akiba Solomon asked trans women of color in D.C. to tell their own stories. “I’m proud of my experiences,” says Danielle King. “Most importantly, I love myself.”

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Feminism Fail: iPhone's Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

Feminism Fail: iPhone’s Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 5:21PM

As people of color lead the country in smartphones adoption, some argue that those phones discriminate in the content that’s available to users.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media

CNN's Don Lemon Talks Sex Abuse, Calls Penn State Case 'Rape'

CNN’s Don Lemon Talks Sex Abuse, Calls Penn State Case ‘Rape’

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 1:40PM

CNN’s Don Lemon says let’s just call what Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky did for what it is: rape.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

It's Not Feminism That's Ruining Romance: A Fresh Spin on Dating

It’s Not Feminism That’s Ruining Romance: A Fresh Spin on Dating

by Noelle de la Paz on November 17 2011, 10:00AM

Samhita Mukhopadhyay talks about her new book, the shift in women’s traditional roles, and what straight people can learn from the queer community when it comes to dating expectations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Help Close Ecuador's Clincis That Use Torture to 'Cure the Gay Away'

Help Close Ecuador’s Clincis That Use Torture to ‘Cure the Gay Away’

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 12:33PM

An online gay rights group wants to shut down the country’s illegal torture centers that are targeting lesbians.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

How Do We Dismantle Rape Culture? [Reader Forum]

How Do We Dismantle Rape Culture? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on November 14 2011, 9:30AM

From Penn State to Herman Cain, the hazards of patriarchy have come out in full force. Here’s what you had to say.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

All Families Can Love Their LGBT Kids--Really, There's Data to Prove It

All Families Can Love Their LGBT Kids—Really, There’s Data to Prove It

by MIchael Lavers on November 7 2011, 9:40AM

A unique research project followed LGBT youth from teens to adulthood to document how families from specific racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds dealt with their coming out—and to develop targeted tools to help other families.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Three Feminists Talk About The Media's Obsession With Unwed Black Women

Three Feminists Talk About The Media’s Obsession With Unwed Black Women

by Jamilah King, Noelle de la Paz on October 31 2011, 10:16AM

There’s a lucrative industry devoted to saying that something’s wrong with black women. Here’s what we should be talking about instead.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

ABC to Turn Tracy McMillan's Single Ladies-Hating Manifesto Into Sitcom

ABC to Turn Tracy McMillan’s Single Ladies-Hating Manifesto Into Sitcom

by Akiba Solomon on October 27 2011, 9:01AM

The biracial TV writer’s HuffPo editorial “Why You’re Not Married” will also become a book. Both should be a big hit for folks who believe that a wedding band is more important than a woman’s self-worth.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

What I Learned from Anita Hill at 20

What I Learned from Anita Hill at 20

by Akiba Solomon on October 18 2011, 11:15AM

At a major conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Anita Hill’s groundbreaking testimony, the intersection between race and gender came through loud and clear.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Showtime and Lee Daniels Developing Drama Series Set in NYC Ball Scene

Showtime and Lee Daniels Developing Drama Series Set in NYC Ball Scene

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 6:00PM

Lee Daniels, the man behind the film “Precious,” is developing a new drama series centered around New York City’s house and ball scene.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Score! A Transgender People's Victory in the State of California

Score! A Transgender People’s Victory in the State of California

by Akiba Solomon on October 12 2011, 12:22PM

New laws make it easier to get ID and clarify what should be a basic truth: You can’t discriminate against somebody because they’re transgender.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Bishop Eddie Long Wants His Settlement Money Back

Bishop Eddie Long Wants His Settlement Money Back

by Jorge Rivas on October 10 2011, 11:59AM

The young men who publicly accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual coercion may have violated the confidentiality terms of their legal settlement.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention

More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention

by Akiba Solomon on October 6 2011, 3:09PM

I was ambivalent about SlutWalk—until I saw this picture.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on October 4 2011, 9:31AM

Four more states passed laws banning the practice this legislative year, but the vast majority of state prisons still maintain the absurd idea that a woman in childbirth is a security risk.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Former Marine Evelyn Thomas on the Fight to End Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Former Marine Evelyn Thomas on the Fight to End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

by MIchael Lavers on September 27 2011, 9:34AM

Thomas was among a disproportionate number of black women who were kicked out of the military for being lesbian or bisexual. But she joined the fight that, last week, finally put an end to the practice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, National Security

Serena Williams Loses Point at U.S. Open Women's Final For Talking

Serena Williams Loses Point at U.S. Open Women’s Final For Talking

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2011, 12:50PM

Looks like you can moan and groan all you want on the tennis court, you just can’t use actual words.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality