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Remembering When Reno Was the Divorce Capital of America

In the 1930s, the city of Reno, Nevada, shined like a beacon of hope to the unhappily married. Read more »

If You Mold It, They Will Come: How Gosnell Duncan’s Devices Changed the Feminist Sex-Toy Game Forever

It’s hard to imagine that sex toys were once controversial within the feminist movement.  Read more »

“Beloved,” Black Women, and the Limits of Freedom

Beloved is a touchstone for the complexities of today’s Black freedom struggle. Read more »

Flaunting Freedom: The History of Louisiana’s 18th-Century Tignon Laws

We cannot discount how enslaved Black women used dress as a form of resistance. Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer is often overlooked despite her staggering contributions to social change. Read more »

How Thousands of Americans Received Abortion Care Abroad Before "Roe v. Wade"

Persistent attacks on abortion access means grassroots efforts are still essential in addressing growing inequities in reproductive healthcare access, especially for underage women, women of color, and poor and rural women. Read more »

Whoa, Canada: Toronto Can’t Be Tech’s City of the Future until It Reckons with Its Past

Toronto’s rebranding efforts obscure how many of its long-term residents of color continue to experience the city. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: No One Asked for "Green Book"

Literally, no one asked for this film. Read more »

Born to Protest: Legal Trailblazer Pauli Murray Takes Her Rightful Place in History

Pauli Murray’s refusal to conform helps explain why this influential legal thinker and activist trailblazer is so little known. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: The Real Sex Lives of Historical Queens

How accurate are the sex scenes in The Favourite? Read more »

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It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. Read more »

It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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