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  Add this to your Christmas wish-list: Women’s Reproductive Rights Bandanas. Jen Maravillas has created these intricately-detailed, hand-dyed bandanas depicting women's rights and the struggle to acquire them. If you look closely, you will see many symbols for woman and the vagina, surrounded by traditional contraceptive plants and women protestors from around the world in communal struggle.   According to the description: "This is the first in a series of unique hand-dyed bandanas depicting social movements and revolutions. Jennifer Maravillas began this scarf in reaction to the U.S. presidential election of...

President-elect Trump's cabinet is shaping up to be a majority male, white, mega-rich crew of business leaders-turned-lawmakers. But there is no doubt that the winners of a Trump presidency are white women. The takeover and rise of power of the conservative right puts this class of women in a seat of unauthorized approval. The fact that 53% of white women voted for President-elect Trump inadvertently positions white privilege back into the White House. Trump advances and sources elitism further into the white family, re-surging the...
Straight from the ad pages of your favorite magazines, here’s your guide to being a girl in December. Take notes. 1. Stay cozy. Wear a baby. If you play your cards right, your sensitive, goateed dad/boyfriend/professor will reward you with a pair of socks made out of his extra sweater sleeves. 2. Flaunt your complexity. Show off all your many dimensions at once. When planning outfits for your holiday soirées, think: “I’m an heiress and an Italian professor at this upscale tropical funeral.” 3. Represent feminine softness in a hard...
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...