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What I Finally Realized About Breastfeeding

(174) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 12:30 PM

I never made a conscious decision to stop breastfeeding... it was a slow mental, well, wean.

At first I was intent on breastfeeding; the idea of formula even touching Layla's lips made me nauseated and anxious, as if formula would poison her (an idea that some breastfeeding proponents suggest...

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Rape Survivor Denied Treatment Because She "Appeared Intoxicated"

(87) Comments | Posted October 18, 2007 | 11:45 AM

A 19-year-old woman is suing George Washington University after being denied treatment on the night of her rape because she "appeared intoxicated."

The plaintiff, a 19-year-old sophomore, also filed suit against the District, Howard University Hospital and several local doctors. The complaint states she was given a date-rape drug...
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Full Frontal Feminism

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2007 | 10:16 AM

When I was finishing up Full Frontal Feminism and started thinking about dedications, only one name came to mind: Miss Magoo. Miss Magoo wasn't an imaginary friend from my childhood or a homage to Mr. Magoo (the crotchety old cartoon guy with the sight-problem). But Miss Magoo was someone...

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A Roe Resolution: Trust Women

(81) Comments | Posted January 22, 2007 | 9:34 AM

Today--on the 34th anniversary of Roe v Wade--I have a request. Instead of writing about the legislation, the rhetoric, or the politics surrounding reproductive rights and justice, let's keep it simple. Let's just trust women.

Seems easy enough, I know. But given that over 30 years after Roe women are...

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Bush Appoints New (Terrifying) Director of the Office on Violence Against Women

(52) Comments | Posted November 29, 2006 | 1:30 PM

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a tremendous feminist success story. The legislation, which was passed in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2006, allows for $3.9 billion in funding to help survivors of intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Feminists were the driving...

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Girl Politicians Have Cooties

(70) Comments | Posted November 12, 2006 | 6:52 PM

Tuesday's election results were a huge win for women...so why the sour grapes?

With the Dems taking control of the house, Nancy Pelosi is set to become the first female Speaker of the House--the closest a woman has ever come to the Oval Office. Hillary is frigging everywhere,...

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Conservatives: Knocking Up Teen Girls One Law at a Time

(69) Comments | Posted October 8, 2006 | 10:37 PM

Conservatives and anti-choicers sure must love pregnant teen girls. Because it seems that they're trying to create more of them at every turn.

Luckily for younger women, pro-choice senators recently blocked the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) from moving forward. CIANA, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen...

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Why Do Conservatives Hate Vaginas?

(80) Comments | Posted September 5, 2006 | 11:24 AM

Conservatives can't seem to make up their mind when it comes to feminism--is it dangerous or dead? Apparently it's both.

A new scourge of anti-feminism is blaming feminists for everything from the downfall of academia to the reason behind why men rape--while simultaneously reassuring folks that the...

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