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The Soapbox: Facts About Rihanna And Other Abused Women

"Birthday Cake"
Chris Brown is on Rihanna's remix of her song "Birthday Cake." Read More »
Rihanna's Forgiveness
Collaborating? Rihanna takes her forgiveness of Chris Brown too far. Read More »
"American Idol" Duet?
Will Rihanna and Chris Brown perform on "American Idol"? Read More »

With Chris Brown and Rihanna releasing two remixes together and rumors of them seeing each other flying, it’s understandable to feel disappointed in Rihanna. It’s hard watching anyone step into such an obvious trap, especially when she’s been warned repeatedly of how dangerous it is. Add to that the fear that Rihanna’s choice to forgive Brown sends a signal to young fans that domestic violence is no big deal, and you have more than enough justifications to be upset with Rihanna.

But if you sincerely want to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in our society, I beg you to refrain from judging her. Strange as it may sound, judging women who return to their abusers only makes the problem worse. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Virginia Kills “Fetal Personhood” Bill

Today's Lady News
  • Virginia’s state Senate killed a “fetal personhood bill” which would have criminalized all abortions by declaring a fetus to be a human being at the moment of conception. Yesterday, Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell rescinded his intent to sign a “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally probed with an ultrasound, after it attracted nationwide and worldwide attention.  [WSLS]
  • Texas is now officially banning Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving federal women’s health funds because they are “an affiliate of an abortion provider.” At least 130,000 low-income women will lose their access to contraception and cancer screenings as a result of this decision. Frisky contributor Andrea Grimes has the story. [Hay Ladies]
  • Please read New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins’ thoughts on gender in the 2012 election. Just trust me on this. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Campus Confidential: A Feminist Rushes A Sorority

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When I thought about what my college experience would be like as a high schooler, I never for a second even slightly entertained the faintest thought of joining a sorority. As a self-identified feminist, as someone who thought Chapstick was a full face of makeup, and as someone who had about as much interest in enduring mosh pits of grinding frat boys as she did in microbial taxonomy (read: none) I had zero interest in what I, frankly, saw as an antiquated, possibly even anti-feminist and insulting tradition. Which is why when I pressed “send” on my Columbia University sorority recruitment application last December, nobody was more surprised than I was.  Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Husband And I Chose Our Own Last Name

My Open Marriage
How an open relationship works for one married couple. Read More »
What's In A Name?
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Why there's no way in hell Andrea Grimes will change her name. Read More »
Why I Got Married Young
To me, 24 seemed like the perfect age. Read More »

Each year on the first day of school, there were kids who came back as entirely new people. They’d correct the teacher during role call. 

“Erin?” the teacher would ask, scanning the room. 

“I’m Nikki now,” Erin would say, presumptively going by her middle name. 

One girl changed her name so many times that by sixth grade, the only thing left to alter was the pronunciation of her name. 

“I’m not Tabitha anymore, I am Tab-eye-tha now.” 

There was something admirable about how brave these kids were to just proclaim themselves someone new. I didn’t think I would have the courage to do that. Like most kids, I didn’t love my name but I didn’t loathe it either. I just brooded about how unfair it was to have no control over it. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Used To Be Pro-Choice

Today's Lady News
  • Huffington Post has uncovered a December 1995 issue of Philadelphia Magzine, in which vehemently anti-abortion Sen. Rick Santorum said he was pro-choice. “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” Santorum said. “But it had never been something I thought about.” You can read a scanned and highlighted image of the Philadelpha Magazine article, including Santorum’s explanation for why he changed his views, at the link. [Huffington Post
  • Marie Colvin, a reporter for the Times of London, was killed by rocket fire last night, while reporting from Syria. Only just a few hours before, Marie Colvin had appeared on CNN. [The New Yorker]
  • Jon Stewart on Virginia’s “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which he calls a “TSA-patdown of the vagina.” [The Daily Show]
  • House Democrats say they are being blocked from televising their own hearing on contraception under Obama’s health care reform by the Republican-controlled Committee on House Administration. The Dems are convening their own panel on Thursday in protest against the all-male sausagefest convened last week by Republicans. [Politico]

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One Box Of “Roe Vs. Wafers,” Please

Girl Scouts Attacked
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Indiana lawmaker accused the Girl Scouts of promoting homosexuality. Read More »
Cookie Boycott
Why bigots called for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies. Read More »
Cookie Lip Balm
ZOMG, there is Girl Scout Cookie-flavored lip balm! Read More »
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The best part about the Girl Scouts’ dramatic unmasking by a Republican lawmaker in Indiana as a “tactical arm of Planned Parenthood” is that the Scouts can now be honest about all their delicious cookie offerings.  [Team Coco]

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