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West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school.

According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West Virginia threatened…

Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013

Nigel Hardy, 13, Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For Being A Male Cheerleader

Another bullied teen took his life on Monday: Nigel Hardy, age 13, had been bullied due to his participation in an extracurricular activity he loved, cheerleading.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Hardy punched another boy, who was harassing him about cheerleading, which led to suspension from Hillview Middle School in Palmdale, California.  O…

Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013

Louis C.K. Jokes (But Not Really) That Men Are The Biggest Threat To Women

Louis C.K. fans like myself groaned after the whole Daniel Tosh rape joke incident so we’re relieved it was a misunderstanding and that C.K. is at least slightly more feminist-minded.  In an article at Slate, David Haglund writes about Louis C.K.’s new HBO special, which includes what some people are calling C.K.’s “feminist rape joke“:…

Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

“Vaginas” Is An Appropriate Euphemism For “Women,” According To New Hampshire Republican Politician

I’m tempted to respond like a fourth-grader and refer to New Hampshire State Representative Peter Hansen as “penis” for the rest of this post.  But unlike this “fairly well-educated” man, I’m not of the mind that genitalia are acceptable substitutes for gender.  In an email sent to the New Hampshire House of Representatives list-serv Rep. Hansen wrote…

Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

The Soapbox: “Mad Men,” Pregnancy, And The Nuance Of Choice

This post contains spoilers!

Sunday nights are no longer full of Monday dread. I have something to look forward to at the very end of the weekend: a mind-bending episode of “Mad Men.” The show you love, full of characters you hate, and issues you hope to only deal with through barrier of…

Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Sarah Erdreich On Her Book Generation Roe

Forty years after the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions is still a hotbed of discussion in state legislatures and a target of lawmakers.  Outside of these state capitals, talking about abortion is still largely taboo.

Sarah Erdreich is trying to open up a…

Sarah Gray / April 14, 2013

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich Of Atoms For Peace Adorably Dole Out Relationship Advice

This morning, I opened Facebook to see that, like usual, I only had one notification and it was from my mom.  No complaints!  My mom is actually a lot cooler than me and her posts are generally worth a look.  This one was no exception. It was Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich of Atoms for Peace, appearing…

Sarah Gray / April 11, 2013

Mattel Says “No” To Harlem Mother’s Petition For A Black Barbie Party Supply Line

If I could go back in time and stop little five-year-old Sarah from supporting Mattel, I would.  The company told mother Karen Braithwaite — who had appealed to the company to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie — that they would not do so because it’s not profitable.  COME ON, MATTEL.  I guess I’m not surprised,…

Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state’s sex ed.

According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which…

Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening.

Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundation in 2010.

Sarah Gray / April 4, 2013

Wall Street Power Woman Irene Dorner On “Sticky Feet” And Glass Ceilings

I am a single, 25-year-old woman who is still in graduate school. I can hardly see down the road to my next assignment deadline, or even what I’ll make for dinner.  Yet the ongoing discourse about women in the workforce has me thinking (and generally pretty terrified) about the future.

In a New

Sarah Gray / April 3, 2013

A Picture A Day, In The Year Of A Domestic Violence Victim

There was an air of mystery surrounding the alarming video “One Photo A Day In The Worst Year Of My Life” that went viral after it was posted on Reddit. People wondered, Is it real or fake? Devastating personal story, or gripping public service announcement? One thing that we were sure of: it was powerful, upsetting, and…

Sarah Gray / April 3, 2013

Gigi Chao Responds To Dad’s Million Dollar Offer To Marry His Lesbian Daughter & Make Her Straight

Remember Gigi Chao? She’s the lesbian daughter of Chinese billionaire Cecil Chao who offered millions to a man to marry her into heterosexuality?  While many offered, all were refused.  Gigi Chao is sticking with her female partner of seven years, Sean Ev.  Chai recently appeared on the cover of Hong Kong Tatler, where she displayed…

Sarah Gray / April 2, 2013

This Doctor’s Bathroom Sign Welcomes Everyone

Last week, we uttered a collective, “UGH, ARIZONA!” over the news that the Arizona House of Representatives advanced a bill allowing businesses to ban transgender folks from using the restroom of their identified sex.  So we’re heartened by this gender-identity inclusive bathroom signage, posted on Towleroad with the caption:
Given what’s happening in Arizona now, I thought this might be…

Sarah Gray / April 2, 2013

Michigan Republican Says Being Gay “Leads To Early Death”

Michigan Republican National Committee member Dave Agema didn’t get the memo.  Support for LGBT equality is at an all time high, poll numbers show that gay marriage is widely accepted — especially by younger generations.  OH WAIT and beyond polls and numbers the LGBT community deserves to be treated like every other American with full rights,…

Sarah Gray / March 31, 2013

The Best Of The #SafetyTipsForLadies Hashtag

Last week, a woman named Hillary Bowman-Smart, of Melbourne, Australia, began the hashtag #SafetyTipsForWomen on Twitter in response to an article about victim-blaming on Australian website The Punch called “Advocating Risk Management Is Not Victim Blaming.” Since then the #hashtag has gone viral and continues to stir up some hilarious “tips” for women days after the original tweet.  Her…

Sarah Gray / March 30, 2013

HIV-Positive? You Probably Don’t Want To Be In Kansas Anymore

My college best friend and I coined the term “bipolar week.”  It was used to describe a week filled with both overwhelmingly amazing events and truly terrible moments: winning a prestigious award and then getting dumped by your boyfriend, or perhaps acing a midterm and losing a childhood pet. When reflecting on this past week, in terms

Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

Former Republican Senator Says Male Legislators “Shouldn’t Even Vote” On Abortion

Former three-term Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming is an equal opportunity critic, throwing judgement at both President Obama and his own Republican party.  He’s known to be blunt with his opinions (regardless of hate mail) and this past week was no exception. He spoke frankly to a reporter at a local Chamber of Commerce in his hometow…

Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

Teacher Murdered For Teaching At Pakistani Girls’ School

Two gunman murdered a teacher who taught at an all-girls elementary school in Pakistan this week in a drive-by shooting. Shahnaz Nazli was killed just 200 meters from where she taught, no doubt because she dared to educate girls, according to The Daily Beast. Her killing is the most recent tragedy in the battle for women’s education in Pakistan, and…

Sarah Gray / March 28, 2013

NYPD Sued By Woman For Sexual Assault, Harassment By Cop

The New York City Police Department is infamous for the controversial “stop and frisk” program, critiqued for how it is used for racial profiling.  This story, however, is more like stop and grope.

According to NYMag.com, a Brooklyn woman, Latonya Ratcliff, 39, is suing the city after Officer Joseph Jette entered an apartment, where…

Sarah Gray / March 28, 2013