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Fifty Percent.  50%.  Half.  I hope it’s not news that women comprise fifty percent of our country- and of course our world’s- population.  This very simple fact, one should hope, would translate into the equal distribution of power.  However, this is not the case and I find it ceaselessly perplexing.  The government remains an elite and exclusive club inundated with (white) men.  Why are women a minority, when we are ... Read More
There’s been a lot of talk about rape and resulting pregnancies recently, thanks to Todd Akin’s awful and dangerously inaccurate remarks.  Shauna Prewitt, the Chicago lawyer who had her story of rape and subsequent pregnancy published by CNN, discovered some pretty terrifying news while researching.  According to RH Reality Check, 32,000 women become pregnant from rape each year.  32,000 women whose bodies were unable to “shut that ... Read More
  Jaws dropped across the world after Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's “legitimate” rape comment was made public. The outrage was palpable, and among those speaking out is Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler.   She addressed an open letter to Akin through The Huffington Post in which she wrote, “You used the expression ‘legitimate’ rape as if to imply there were such a thing as ... Read More
The Democratic National Convention Committee just announced a lineup of 10 women who'll be speaking at the event, which runs from September 3-6.  The list includes Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, who we all know as the woman who spoke to House Democrats in support of insurance coverage for contraceptives (we unfortunately also know her because of the Rush Limbaugh controversy) Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria (who is serving as an Obama ... Read More
We know that hormonal birth control doesn’t protect against STDs, but now it turns out it might actually increase the risk of infection. Whoa. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a group of researchers at the University of Washington accidentally discovered a link between hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of contracting HIV during sex with an infected partner.  In conducting a trial testing the effectiveness of a drug in preventing the ... Read More
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