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BitchReads: The Best Black Women’s History Books of 2017

Female and nonbinary historians, scholars, and writers are pushing Black women’s stories into the canon.  Read more »

Friday's Children: Revisiting—and Rethinking—the Sex-Positive 1970s

Nancy Friday’s bestselling collection of women’s erotic fantasies contradicted the staunch conviction that women lacked the rich sexual fantasy lives enjoyed by men. Read more »

Jane, Aired: An Underground Abortion Collective Becomes a Hot Media Property

In a time before abortions were legal or safe, the Jane collective took matters into their own hands, as women before them had always done. Read more »

9 Movies That Put Trump’s Wall To Shame

We’re not going to forget our history, and we’re not going to let other people forget it either. Read more »

Busting Stereotypes: Native American Women Are More Than Princesses and Squaws

Busting myths about Indigenous women.  Read more »

Monuments and Monstrosities: Confronting the Racism Behind Reproductive Research

Experimentation on women of color to advance medical research is a common thread in reproductive history. Read more »

Free Speech: The Oldest, Whitest Magic Trick

Even if free speech incites violence, genocide, and cause for harm, when it comes to defending free speech, the powerful and privileged stand on higher ground. Read more »

The Harmful History of “Gypsy”

The Romani people are an oppressed ethnic minority currently in the midst of a centuries-long human rights crisis—one that is, in part, perpetuated by the stereotypes of the Gypsy. Read more »

What’s Better than “Wonder Woman” is Warrior Women

The failure to portray warrior women in superhero movies stems from the same failure to portray women authentically in war. Read more »

Trump Builds on Manifest Destiny with “The Wall”: FEMINISTS UNITED TO COMBAT KAKISTOCRACY IN TRUMP TIMES

The border is bearer of history, and 45 has revealed he is just another descendent of the architects of Manifest Destiny. Read more »

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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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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 »

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 »