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Long gone are the days of bipartisan support for important funding measures that impact the country as whole, like in 1970 when Nixon, yes, Nixon, passed the Title X Program. Under the Public Health Services Act, Title X meant to aid low-income and uninsured people gain access to family planning and health services. This included but was not limited to abortions. Planned Parenthood, which emerged as the leader of these services, also provided breast and cervical cancer screenings, pregnancy and fertility aid, and STD tests...
The war-torn city of Aleppo has been facing violence and destruction for nearly six years, but this week things took an extreme turn when pro-government troops executed over 80 innocent civilians. Thousands of citizens are still trapped in the city – either in collapsed buildings and under rubble, or by government forces. Now, Syrian rebels are reporting that women are taking their own lives in order to avoid being sexually abused by troops. Abdullah Othman, the head of one of Aleppo’s largest rebel groups said Wednesday...
One of the most common “facts” anti-choicers use to defend their positions is that abortion leads to depression and other mental illness. Well, it turns not the opposite is true. A new study shows that abortion does not lead to mental illness, but being denied an abortion might. The study, titled “Women’s Mental Health and Well-being 5 Years After Receiving Or Being Denied an Abortion” was published in JAMA Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association, and was conducted by Advancing New Standards in Reproductive...
It comes to no surprise that many of the people who voted for Trump have come to regret this decision, given the choices he has made during the last few weeks following the election. This is in all likelihood because the President-elect has revoked several campaign promises and has elected politicians to his cabinet that contradict his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington. While we predicted that a day would come when even the hardcore Trump supporters would become woke to Trump’s hypocrisy, that...
In another blow to reproductive rights in the US, Oklahoma has passed a law that requires businesses such as restaurants, public schools and hospitals to display anti-choice signage in their restrooms. It’s just one of the provisions of the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act that the Legislature passed in June “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.” The Legislature has provided $0 in funding for the signage, so the costs, an estimated $2.3 million, will fall to the businesses themselves. Several complaints from businesses...
Okay we've got good news and bad news. The good news is, on Tuesday Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed the state's "heartbeat bill," which would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Heartbeats can be heard as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which would make abortion almost entirely illegal in Ohio, and award the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. The bad news is that John Kasich is still John Kasich, and on the same day he signed into law a...

While much of the entertainment industry focuses on the accomplishments and character developments of men, few have paid attention to the ways in which masculinities negatively affect men, women, and society. However, over the past few months, films such as "American Male" and Goat have emphasized the dangers of patriarchal expectations. Both productions focus on similar subjects: young, hyper-masculine white men who hold positions of power in society. Sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel believes that when analyzing masculinity, we must first consider that there are many...
Finally, a good judge. San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser sentenced professional “pickup artist” Alex Smith to eight years in prison for gang-raping a woman in 2013. Eight years was the maximum sentence under California law, and Fraser told Smith he wished he could have sentenced him to more time. Fraser also made it clear that pickup artists are “an absolute danger to women in this community.” According to the Daily Beast, in 2013, Smith was working for a pickup artist company Efficient Pickup, which promised...
For over 30 years Madonna has used her music to challenge gender norms, expectations of sexuality, and, most recently, ageism. On Friday Madonna received the Woman of the Year Award at the Billboard Women in Music event, and she didn't waste the opportunity to use her acceptance speech to address all those things we know her best for. Madonna, who is the highest grossing female touring artist of all time, discussed the "blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse" she experienced throughout her...
Donald Trump’s degrading and objectifying language towards women is terrifying, to say the least. While some of his supporters are quick to dismiss his words as “locker room” talk, many women understand just how damaging, hurtful, and triggering his “boy chat” is. Aria Watson, a first-year college student and devoted Vlogger, wanted to explore the damaging effects of his language by painting them onto Trump’s most common target: women’s naked bodies. The result is a powerful and haunting photo series that confronts the deep-seated notion that...