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Miley Cyrus is not sexually attracted to pans, nor is she a lesbian. Despite having spoken openly about her identification as both pansexual and nonbinary for years, seven months of marriage to a straight, cisgender husband seem to have gotten the singer pegged worldwide as a happy, heterosexual housewife. In the wake of the couple’s separation, with Cyrus pictured kissing The Hills star Kaitlynn Carter at the same time that the announcement was made public, the 26-year-old’s queer identity has shot back into the limelight....
Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, a 21-year-old woman from El Salvador, had already served 33 months in jail on a charge of attempted murder after having a miscarriage in 2016. She was freed this past February when El Salvador’s supreme court overturned her 30-year sentence. But her freedom has been short lived, as she now faces another trial for the same crime.  According to The Guardian: “Hernández says she was raped in 2015, during her first year of college. On 6 April 2016, Hernandez, aged 18, entered...
Yesterday, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) tried to bedazzle a conservative club with a hot historical take on reproduction. Needless to say, we can file accuracy under King’s many weaknesses, right next to politics and being a decent human being. The Iowa representative (and not the beloved, horror author Stephen King) recently posed the question: “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world...
  After 13 arduous years, the Child Victims Act went into effect today in New York state, giving survivors of childhood sexual abuse the legal option to pursue justice they've long deserved. The act, passed this part February, implements measures that that will improve two of the state's more oppresive limitations placed on survivors. One is the permanent extension of the period of time during which survivors have the legal right to prosecute their abusers and the institutions associated with them. The other is a yearlong window in New York State, beginning...
Jameela Jamil is the realest actress and activist around; and now her back fat in a promo for the TV show “The Good Place” is too. Using her celebrity platform to empower women, promote inclusivity, destigmatize open conversations about mental health, and fight back against rampant fatphobia, the ad is a victory in Jamil’s crusade against airbrushing and unrealistic standards for women’s appearances. “As someone who had such obsessive body dysmorphia and was so fixated on the embarrassment of what we perceive as ‘flaws,’ Jamil...
  Spring convocation of undergrad came and went in a dizzy haze. Flurries of champagne silk and moving boxes seemed to swirl around me in a blur. I remember walking to receive my diploma in a kind of trance – my hyperactive, anxiety-driven brain was already thinking about the long road ahead of me. Fast-forward one month to my teary-eyed self haunting the departure lounge of Pearson International Airport. My family and I stood before the security gate in a tight circle with our shoulders...
In step with the long history of women getting blamed for things they aren't responsible for, Elizabeth Warren is the latest to be targeted — and she isn't having it.  Following the El Paso shooting, people were quick to call out how the shooter's white supremacist motivations overlap with Donald Trump’s hateful and racist rhetoric. After two long years of Trump touting white nationalist rhetoric and creating policy in line with it, there is a clear connection to not just the El Paso shooter, but multiple...
An open letter signed by more than one hundred models demands that lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret take real steps to protect its models from sexual harassment and mistreatment. Published by nonprofit Model Alliance, and addressed to Victoria’s Secret CEO John Mehas, the petition encourages VS to commit to their legally binding RESPECT program, which includes a code of conduct, education for models regarding their rights, prevention training, and established, transparent procedures for dealing with complaints. “We are writing today to express our concern for the safety...
Recently on Twitter, a photo surfaced featuring a group of young men wearing Team Mitch shirts, groping and choking a cutout of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Picture these young men in your head right now. Go on. Now look at the photo. Pictured: seven young white men in “Team Mitch” T-shirts, gathered round a distressed looking cardboard @AOC, groping and kissing her. The caption, “break me off a piece of that.”Future federal judges of America. pic.twitter.com/t877J7Pcye — feminist next door (@emrazz) August 5, 2019 Did you picture this exact group...
  Actress and activist Emma Watson has backed a free legal hotline for women dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace. With specialists provided through charity Rights of Women, the hotline will offer women across England and Whales complimentary legal advice ranging from explanations of what behavior is classified as sexual harassment to information on how to deal with settlement agreements, according to a press release. Rights of Women cites the incidence of sexual harassment in the workplace to be as high as 50%, with Senior Legal...