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On April 3rd, the New York Times hosted their famed #TimesTalks series at New York's BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. The series pairs famed public figures and celebrities alike with renowned NYT writers, covering both broad topics and personal stories. April 3rd's event included Gloria Steinem, Chelsea Handler, and NYT economics writer Patricia Cohen. The talk was also live webcasted via the Times Talks website. If you've ever caught an interview between Chelsea Handler and Gloria Steinem (Steinem was featured on Handler's E! nighttime talk show...
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Mel B – aka Scary Spice – has released a number of disturbing and shocking claims in legal documents filed against her husband, Stephen Belafonte. After just 5 months of dating, the couple married in 2007. However, this week, Mel B. revealed the extent of Belafonte's domestic violence in court filings. She writes, “At the time, I was vulnerable. I was giving birth as a single mother, my self-esteem was very low, and my hormones were out of balance due to the pregnancy.' The documents say that...
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It's common knowledge that the internet can be a cesspool of bigoted beliefs. The image that comes to mind is usually of an overgrown kid trolling people from his parent's basement, but that is only one small piece of the puzzle. Meet Ayla, also known as @apurposefulwife. She is a Mormon mom of 6 and self-described #altRightPosterGirl. Increasingly, these alt-right voices are not coming from anonymous sources, but from carefully curated social media entities. Her blog, Nordic Sunrise, is focused on preserving 'traditional European values.' Arguing that there...
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Image via Flickr Just as International Women's Day has slowly been encroached upon by International "What About The Men?" Day, today's Equal Pay Day has been blighted by the annual "The Gender Pay Gap is a Myth!" Day. Alternatively known as "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" Day Equal Pay Day marks the day on which women, taking into account the gender pay gap, finally earn the equivalent of what men earned the previous year. That is, after having worked an additional 94 days (although as Mathew...
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A whistling noise comes flying across the street. You keep walking, praying to yourself that wasn't for you. He yells. Of course it was for you. You ignore it and keep walking, but this time much faster, as you get called petty names for being afraid. Afraid, because you know if you keep walking, he will eventually give up.  If you stop, you're giving into his objectifying ways, as he catcalls you. It's supposed to be flattering and a compliment, right? So when girls ignore it,...
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  Two home tests, a urine test, and a blood test. Positive."So you want to keep it, right?" The lovely female doctor looked at me with endearing eyes, ready to help me start my pregnancy and my new life."No," I said, "I want an abortion." The look in her eyes changed from my own to the floor. She only looked back at me once before leaving the doctor's office to make a condescending cut I wouldn't forget: "And please, next time, use contraception.' She slammed the door. The...
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Noted child rapist Roman Polanski is back in the news. Yesterday, a Los Angeles County judge denied Polanski's request that his 1977 case be resolved in his absence so he can return to the US. "There is no sufficient or compelling basis for reconsideration of these issues," Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled, according to the New York Times. Let's catch up: Back in 1977, Roman Polanski was arrested and charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl. He pled guilty to statutory rape, though not to...
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At a discussion with the American Civil Liberties Union, Tina Fey brought up a point that is worth discussing post-election: College-educated white women, who by and large were the driving force behind Trump's win, are eager to tune out the messy reality they've caused, but they shouldn't. In her brief interview, Fey said, 'The thing that I kinda keep focusing on is the idea that we sort of need to hold the edges, that it's sort of like a lot of this election was turned by...
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  Yesterday, President Trump officially signed the legislation that will cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The legislation overturned protection for Title X, the only federal grant program dedicated to family planning and related preventive health services. Now, because of the restriction-lifting legislation, states have the power to withhold funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. We knew this was bound to happen after Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote that allowed the Senate to roll back protections on funding to Planned Parenthood two weeks ago. The legislation signed also rolled...
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Today, after nearly two hours of discussion, the Iowa House Republicans adopted a 20-week abortion ban amendment, approving the bill 11-8. Along with cutting off access to an abortion after 20 weeks, the amendment states that life begins at fertilization, allows an exemption for the life and health of the mother, and would subject physicians who violate the law to medical board discipline. While this is a set-back to reproductive rights, it could have been worse. Not even 24 hours ago, the Iowa Republicans originally backed...
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