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I Feel Bad for My Vagina

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Denise Vivaldo

I happen to love my vagina. We have been through thick and thin together. The great, the good, the average and the occasional nights we never speak of. Ever.

What Jessica Simpson Has to Do with You

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.11.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

When we're all preoccupied with achieving the perfect body (or getting our body back) or waxing ourselves hairless or learning how to create this season's smoky eye, who has the energy to deal with stuff that matters? Who has the time to remember there is stuff that matters?

Why "Social Issues" = Important Economic Issues

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

A "social issue" is where to seat people at a dinner table. It's code for "lady things" -- these are words whose only purpose is to trivialize ideas central to our future well-being and democracy by virtue of associating them with women.

WATCH: DeGette Makes Appeal To Women Voters

Posted 09.06.2012 | Denver

Before Sandra Fluke took the stage Wednesday for the Democratic National Convention, Colorado's U.S. Representative Diana DeGette attacked the Romney-...

The Elephant Who Loved Women

Carolita Johnson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


The War on Women Is a War Against Everyone

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.04.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

To refuse to recognize the changing times is the worst kind of denial -- one that breeds backward-looking policies and irrelevant debate. Our society and our economy need us.

Re-traumatizing Rape Survivors

Harry Knox | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Harry Knox

As a pastor, I am especially worried that women, men and children who have survived the horror of rape are re-traumatized each time a public figure suggests that some kinds of rape are less valid than others.

Dear Government: Get Out Of My Vagina

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

Why is the government so concerned about my uterus? Why do these reactionaries consider a collection of cells that are injected into the womb without consent to be a person worthy of protection under the law?

The Wide Republican Abortion Plank

Richard Geldard | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Richard Geldard

We have come a long way toward becoming a humane society and now, by virtue of group of misguided zealots, we are in grave danger of falling back into savagery.

The Todd Akin Perspective on Women's Rights: A Song (VIDEO)

Rachel Kinsey Sicks | Posted 10.29.2012 | Comedy
Rachel Kinsey Sicks

Do you, like Todd Akin, believe in the miracle of a woman's body and the beauty of the government's right to control it? Well, here's Akin's perpective on women's rights, in one minute, set to music.

Women and Rights in 2012 -- What We Stand to Lose and Why

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Kristen Houghton

Taking away women's rights is the highest, and unfortunately most legal, form of bullying.

Rape, Forced Pregnancy, Personhood, and Crimes Against Humanity

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

If Proposed Initiative 46 passes, men who rape women in Colorado will be secure in the knowledge that their efforts to humiliate and degrade those women will be backed up and reinforced by state action forcing those women to go to term -- whether they want to or not.

'No Personhood' Campaign Kicks Off In Colorado

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 08.24.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic DENVER– A rally hosted here Thursday on the steps of the capitol by this year’s “No Personhood C...

The GOP's New Fireable Offense: Talking About the Party's Platform

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If Akin's example is any guide, straying from right-wing orthodoxy in today's Republican party is less of a crime than simply calling attention to it.

Go for It, GOP -- Sperm Rights!

Martha Burk | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Protecting sperm rights would benefit society, and wouldn't really harm men. Understand -- a man's right to control his own body and life choices would not be infringed. Men could still have sex. They would merely be asked to accept a few tiny, ever-so-reasonable restrictions.

Why Would Any Woman Vote Republican This November?

Rebecca Sive | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

Will 2012's Republican women voters recognize this presidential election for what it really is for every American woman voter: a referendum on the very notion of what a woman can be in this day and age? I sure hope so.

Meet The 22-Year-Old GOPer Who Challenged Her Party On The Morning After Pill

BuzzFeed | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Florida — When delegates to the Republican National Convention gathered in a hotel room yesterday to finalize the party's unbending oppositio...

Let's Be Honest: Akin's Not Alone in His Ignorance

Leah McElrath | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Leah McElrath

Todd Akin's remark about victims of "legitimate rape" is most disturbing because he's not alone in his ignorance. But it also illustrates our stunning level of ignorance about women's bodies.

Todd Akin: One More Male Politician Clueless About Female Biology

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Lisa Belkin

Put aside for the moment the horrifying reality that Akin feels that some rapes are more "legitimate" than others. And let's focus on the fact that so many men in positions of power over women's health are so clueless about female biology.

Squawking Points: The War on Women Goes Stupid

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

It's not so much the right-wingers' war on women that pisses me off -- it's the fact that they think we're dumb enough to buy their talking points.

Paul Ryan: the 'Personhood' Crocodile?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Enacted into law, a Romney/Ryan personhood plan could remove women's reproductive rights completely.

Secularism: Where Are The Women?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

For reasons that social scientists have yet to definitively unpuzzle, atheism and agnosticism are overwhelmingly staffed by men. My guess is that women see secularism more as having to do with atheism than with gender-based church-state issues.

Paul Ryan Says America Needs Choice: Are Women American Citizens?

Gina Barreca | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Gina Barreca

In his speech Saturday morning, Paul Ryan emphasized the need for Americans to take back its right to choose. Isn't it right to assume that, if we want the government out of off our backs and out of our wallets, we'd also want the government out our wombs?

Ryan Has a Plan to Unravel Civil Liberties, Too

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The focus in the coming days will be all about Rep. Ryan's budget. Let's hope the American people also get a debate about his blueprint for LGBT equality, immigration, voting rights, reproductive freedom and other constitutional issues. Indeed, it's just as abysmal as Romney's.

Abortion, the States and the World Health Organization

Anu Kumar | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

The new WHO guidelines on abortion policy and standards of care make it painfully clear that, nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade, we're doing everything wrong here.