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Mark your calendars, ladies, and get your party hats on for V to Shining V, the First Annual Day of Pride for Women! On September 27th, block parties, house parties and all sorts of festivities will be hosted nation-wide to celebrate womanhood and to inspire people to vote in this coming November’s state elections.The event was created by the group Lady Parts Justice, a politically active team of comedians, technologists and cultural influencers. ... Read More
Sadly, Photoshop exaggeration is old news. “Nobody really looks like that”, you remind yourself every time a commercial flashes an image of an airbrushed-to-“perfection” model.  Although, do we as individuals really have any power to change the marketing industry standard?  One father says “yes." Seth Matlins, a former chief marketing officer, has seen his fair share of computer-altered waistlines and falsely whitened skin. ... Read More
Is it possible to sell your body without buying into a system of exploitation?  Canadian federal legislators have recently proposed a bill called The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which decriminalizes prostitution unless it is in a public area where children might be affected.  It also decriminalizes advertising for sexual services, so long as it is the prostitute who is doing the advertising.  Both pimping and buying sex, on ... Read More
 A man named Michael Robertson was arrested in Boston for taking secret photos and videos up the skirts and dresses of multiple women on the subway last month. Hooray ! A man faced actual consequences for harassing women in public and treating female bodies as his to ogle!   Except that the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled the violations legal. Yup, he totally got away with it. The court referenced the state's Peeping Tom laws, saying ... Read More
If you live in Michigan, I suppose you'll want to add "rape insurance" to your Christmas list. Because that's a thing now. Seriously. I can't even make this stuff up anymore.  On Wednesday, Michigan legislature passed a law that prevents insurance plans from covering abortion, unless the woman's life is in danger. The "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" was created to prevent the pro-life populous from "paying for something they disagree with. So...does this ... Read More
Texas isn't exactly #1 when it comes to progressive policy-making. Recent legislation has disenfranchised lady-voters and made it nearly impossible to access a safe and legal abortion. Finally, the twinkle of hope we've been waiting for has emerged! Harris County, the jail serving the Houston area of Texas, has adopted comprehensive policy that states "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly ... Read More
  The current issue of New York Magazine features a stark white cover with the simple words "My Abortion" emblazoned across its center. This spark for discussion comes at a time when new abortion legislation is being passed constantly--leaving women with fewer and fewer options for safely and successfully ending an unwanted pregnancy. In an attempt to expose the human side of such a clinical issue, New York Magazine brings you 26 stories of abortion.  In ... Read More
It’s a major victory for same-sex marriage supporters, believers in equality, and pretty much everyone in the human race. In a 5-4, ruling, the Supreme Court deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, as it was a “deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” Here’s what you need to know about what went down:By striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court has declared that legally ... Read More
Ireland has very strong anti-abortion laws. It’s illegal. That’s it. However, new legislation has been proposed that would allow Irish women to terminate their pregnancy if there is a threat on their life—including suicidal intent. The New York Times explains that even if the bill passes, terminating a pregnancy will not straight-forward. If a woman’s life is in an emergency situation, one doctor will be able to approve an abortion. With ... Read More
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently amended a rule that prevented stay-at-home parents from obtaining credit cards.Intended to prevent people from falling into debt, the rule required credit card companies to take into account the applicant’s individual income rather than household income. It eventually garnered disapproval due to the unfair restrictions it placed on spouses who were full-time parents. Holly McCall, member of the group ... Read More
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