reproductive rights

The Women's Dissent

Madison residents picket their local Hobby Lobby on July 5th. Photo by Light Brigading (Creative Commons).  Well, that didn’t take long. Within days of their ... Read more »

Eight New Lobbying Hobbies That Fight Against Hobby Lobby

Thanks to today’s Supreme Court decision, Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies run by religious individuals will face no punishment... Read more »

All the Women on the Supreme Court Understand that Religion Shouldn't Control Our Birth Control Policy

The Hobby Lobby birth control case decided at the Supreme Court today hinges on a debate over freedom of religion. Five out of nine Supreme Court justices (all male) say that the... Read more »

How Pop Culture Reinforces Abortion Stigma—and Can Help End It

New film “Obvious Child” stars Jenny Slate as a 20-something in Brooklyn who gets an abortion. One in three women in the US have an abortion in their lifetimes, while nearly 40 percent of Americans claim they do not know anyone who has had an abortion. I left the latter group, not... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human Growth began to play and for 20 minutes, a fictional teacher explained the human reproductive system while animated sperm and ovum flickered... Read more »

Five Ways "Obvious Child" Rewrites Hollywood's Backward Stance on Abortion

If you’ve already seen the new, Sundance-anointed comedy Obvious Child, you’ll likely agree that it’s the... Read more »

It's a Problem When Laws Try to Protect Fetuses—But Not Pregnant Women

A Texas protester rallies against the state’s recent abortion rights restrictions. Photo by Mirsasha. Is it possible to advocate for fetuses and babies without advocating for pregnant women... Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the news that’s on my radar today: • Chelsea Manning was granted approval by a judge this week to legally change her name. In an open... 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... Read more »

When Women Take to the Sea to Provide Safe Abortions

The Women on Waves ship heads to international waters to dispense the abortion pill to women in need.  The documentary Vessel begins starkly, with the reveal of a typed plea from a woman in Morocco in 2012.... Read more »

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The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... 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 »