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

Ab Only Sex Ed Sucks
Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
Give Teens EC?
Pediatricians urged to discuss, prescribe Plan B to teenagers. Read More »
"Gateway" Sex-Ed?
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Ohio wants to ban sex-ed that might be "gateway" to sexual behavior. Read More »
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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 to call up Wellesley College to complain that Campbell had “bad character” because she refused to attend the abstinence assembly and filed a complaint with the ACLU because the public school event was hosted by a conservative religious organization.
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Nigel Hardy, 13, Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For Being A Male Cheerleader

Rehtaeh's Suicide
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Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide at age 17 after gang rape. Read More »
Anti-Bullying Vid
Jonah Mowry's anti-bullying video. Watch »
Columbia Suicide
Columbia university freshman jumps to her death on move-in day. Read More »
Nigel Hardy 4.17.2013

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.  On Monday, following the suspension, Nigel Hardy’s father went to authorities after finding a suicide note and his handgun missing.Hardy’s body was later found 20 miles from his home with a gun nearby. Keep reading »

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

John's A Dating Douche
Oh, that's why people think John Mayer is a douche. Read More »
Daniel Tosh Rape Joke
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Daniel Tosh joked about a woman in audience getting raped. Read More »
A Funny Rape Joke?
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Jamie Kilstein tells one. Read More »
Dating takes courage!
Louis CK 4.17.2013
Dating Takes Courage!

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“:

Halfway through the new special, C.K. starts talking about how dating is an act of bravery for all involved. “The male courage, traditionally speaking, is that he decided to ask” a woman out. (Note the careful caveat, “traditionally speaking.”) And if the woman says yes, “that’s her courage.” That kind of courage, he says, is beyond his imagining. “How do women still go out with guys, when you consider that there is no greater threat to women than men? We’re the number one threat to women! Globally and historically, we’re the number one cause of injury and mayhem to women.” A moment later he adds, speaking for all men, “You know what our number one threat is? Heart disease.”

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

Sexist Politician
Ernest Hewett 3.6.2013
"No female interns" is strike two for this sexist politician. Read More »
Teacher Said "Vagina"
This high school science teacher is in trouble for saying the word "vagina." Read More »
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All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »

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 (emphasis ours):

“What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina’s [sic] of course. While the tales relate the actions of a solitary male the outcome cannot relate to similar situations where children and women and mothers are the potential victims.”

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

Ladies Of Mad Men
... versus the creepy dudes of online dating site OK Cupid. Read More »
Joan Holloway On Dating
10 things Joan Holloway would say about dating. Read More »
"Mad Men" On The Frisky
All of The Frisky's posts about our fave show, "Mad Men." Read More »
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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 your TV screen: infidelity, corporate hell, violence, and mortality.

For an office drama centered around a 1960s advertising agency, “Mad Men” has tackled very nuanced issues that remain relevant topics in our day and age. Anyone who watches the show knows the terrible way that women are treated: sexual harassment, rape, sexism, domestic violence, infidelity. And as of Sunday, all of the major female characters have experienced pregnancy. Keep reading »

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

Roe Vs. Wade
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Where do abortion rights stand today? Read More »
Ellen On Abortion Rights
"I want women to be able to choose," the actress says. Read More »
No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
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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 larger discourse about reproductive rights and the next generation of women. Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement tackles the difficult issues of stigma, activism, pop culture and how to talk about abortion as not just a scary political battle but a more nuanced, personal choice for all women.

I had a chance to speak to Erdreich about the book and what she believes are the biggest issues facing the women who came after Roe and the right to choose. Keep reading »

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

Ira On Blowjobs
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Ira Glass talks blowjobs and teaches you how to make balloon animals. Read More »
Judd On Gossip
"Boys gossip" and other good advice from Ask A Grown Man. Read More »
Jon On Farting
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Jon Hamm informs Rookie Mag that everybody farts. Read More »
Thom & Nigel Talk Love
Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich 4.10.2013
Ask A Grown Man!

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 on Rookie Mag’s“Ask A Grown Man” video series. The teens’ questions are delightfully honest and the answers’ relevance reaches well beyond its target audience.  This video is a lovely antidote for anyone in a dating malaise. [Rookie Mag]

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

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Black Barbie Party Line
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A mom appeals to Mattel to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie. Read More »
  • 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, but still, it’s disappointing. [Uptown Magazine]
  • The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted to include gay teens in its “Romeo and Juliet” law which protects young heterosexual couples over the age of 14 from being charged with sex crimes.  Though the law faces a larger hurdle to pass in the main body of the Texas State Senate, the removal of “opposite sex” in the law’s language marks a big step. [Huffington Post]
  • Alaska’s state senate passed a bill narrowing who qualifies to have Medicaid cover an abortion.  Currently, the law covers all “medically necessary” procedures, but if this bill becomes law it would limit Medicaid coverage to those who have suffered rape or incest, or those who are at “serious risk” from continuing a pregnancy, according to KToo.org. [Ktoo.org] Keep reading »

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Arkansas Abortion Bill
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Arkansas advances abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest. Read More »
Free BC, Fewer Abortions
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Free birth control means fewer abortions, says study. Read More »
Funny Sex Ed
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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 is why Planned Parenthood stepped in to do HIV/AIDS and STD/STI education in the state.  A Republican health education teacher, and assistant football coach, Darrell Seward, told the Huffington Post over the phone:

“I would challenge any legislator or politician in the state of Arkansas or higher to set foot in my classroom and listen to the curriculum and walk out and say it’s a bad program.  This program has been one of the most well-received programs that our students have ever been engaged in. I am a Republican, but this is one issue I feel very strongly about, because I see the benefit for our kids.”

So why take away these funds?  Well because the bill’s sponsor doesn’t like any state funding to go to any organization that has anything to do with abortion or abortion referrals.    Keep reading »

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
Clinic Open For Now
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Judge blocks law that would have closed Mississippi's one clinic. Read More »
D.C. Abortion Ban Fails
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A bill to ban abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks has failed in the House. Read More »

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.  The foundation purchased Tiller’s old office, and after raising nearly $1 million, is ready to open the South Wind Women’s Center.

There will be some changes: unlike under Dr. Tiller, the clinic will not provide late-term abortions.  The Kansas City Star reports that despite the fact that Kansas allows abortions 22 weeks into a pregnancy, the clinic’s cutoff will be 14 weeks.  South Wind Women’s Center will also provide other women’s heath services including fertility counseling and other routine health care, like Pap smears. Keep reading »

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