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Today it’s easy to find an app to log any metric you’re interested in: calories, menstrual cycles, steps taken in a day. But back in the mid-20th century, a young woman had only pen and paper with which to keep track of daily events, be they momentous or mundane. That’s where the “Him” Book pictured above came into play. The “Him” Book was a special notebook for teenage girls to — in the rhyming words printed on the wooden cover — “keep complete/a record of all the boys I meet. Read More
Sex and Society, a European nonprofit group that provides sex education to high school students, has adjusted its curriculum as of late to include not just an emphasis on preventing pregnancy, but also being more positive about pregnancy. And as happy as we are that the shame circulating around unplanned pregnancies is slowly evaporating, we aren’t sure how we feel about all of this being a part of Europe’s less-than-subtle approach to encourage women to have more babies. Read More
Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her optimism earlier in February that the court will eventually rule in favor of gay marriage. However, the Supreme Court was still deeply divided on Tuesday when they started to hear oral arguments to the historic Obergefell v. Hodges—even though anti-gay activists are also expecting gay marriage to ultimately win out. Accepting possible defeat (and being on the wrong side of history) didn’t stop anti-gay activists from making some bogus arguments during the Court's session. Read More
Angelina Jolie attracted widespread publicity when she announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. In an op-ed for The New York Times, the actress revealed that she had made this decision after learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Of writing the essay, Jolie said, “I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. Read More
Recent Vogue cover girl and all-around American sweetheart Karlie Kloss has added a new line to her expanding resume: coding advocate. The supermodel has partnered with the NYC-based Flatiron School to establish the Kode with Karlie scholarship, which provides an intensive two-week training course where young women can learn to code. Read More