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After Utah Rejects Comprehensive Sex Ed, Porn Site Offers Sex-Ed Videos to Utahns

After Utah lawmakers rejected a bill that would have provided an alternative to its abstinence-based approach to sexual education in schools on Monday, a surprising organization stepped in to fill the educational gap: a porn site.

A 1979 German Photo Book Traces Manspreading Back to Ancient Civilizations

Though the term manspreading is a recent addition to the personal-is-political feminist lexicon, the posture itself has a history that spans centuries and continents. Compare Michelangelo’s David, extending his marble leg in nude confidence, to the Venus de Milo, coyly angling her knee toward her other leg. Show More Summary

Will Saturday’s “Defund Planned Parenthood” Rallies Be Dwarfed by Pro-Choice Counterprotests?

Donald Trump’s presidency doesn’t augur well for Planned Parenthood—but his ascendancy has prompted an enthusiastic new wave of activism on its behalf. In the first month after the election, the organization received more than 315,000 donations, more than 82,000 of them given in the name of staunchly anti-abortion Vice President Mike Pence. Show More Summary

Paying Low-Income Moms to Breastfeed Might Raise Breastfeeding Rates, But Is It Ethical?

The benefits of breastfeeding are often exaggerated, but everyone can agree that women should have the resources to breastfeed their infants if they so choose. Unfortunately, many women don’t have those resources, which is part of the reason that low-income women are far less likely to breastfeed than their wealthier counterparts. Show More Summary

Russia Decriminalized Domestic Violence With Support from the Russian Orthodox Church

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Tuesday an amendment that decriminalizes domestic violence, making physical abuse of a spouse, child, or elder parent punishable by a monetary fine rather than time in prison. Both houses of Russian parliament approved the measure handily—the first reading of the amendment in the lower house passed 386 to one.

GE Publicly Commits to Hiring More Women With a Gorgeous Ad Directed by Nicole Holofcener

One reason for the dearth of female leadership in science, technology engineering, and math fields is that there aren’t enough women in the lower-level jobs that feed into those leadership roles. According to Business Insider, women occupy just 13 to 24 percent of tech-related positions at seven of the largest American tech companies.

Jill Biden’s Rate My Professors Page Is a Strangely Comforting Place in Perilous Times

Jill Biden was reportedly the first person to maintain a paying job during her tenure as second lady. By the time her husband became Barack Obama’s running mate, she had been a writing instructor at a Delaware community college for well over a decade, and she continued teaching throughout the 2008 campaign. Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell Inadvertently Coined the Latest Feminist Catchphrase: “She Persisted”

Mitch McConnell and his fellow Senate Republicans voted Tuesday evening to stop Elizabeth Warren from speaking during the debate over Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general. Warren was reading aloud from a scathing 1986 letter...Show More Summary

Why Melania Trump’s Own Lawyer Is Arguing She Would Have Made Millions Exploiting Her Role

On Monday, First Lady of the United States Melania Trump refiled a defamation suit against Mail Media, owner of the Daily Mail, over a story suggesting that she had once worked as an escort. Because she is undoubtedly a public figure,...Show More Summary

Trump’s Saturday Night Live Fixation Reveals the Cracks in His Fragile Masculinity

It’s a comforting feeling to know that even when loved ones are far away, we all gaze at the same moon. By watching Saturday Night Live on NBC, Americans can capture that same sense of closeness, knowing that their president is doing the same exact thing.

The Kylie Jenner–Kylie Minogue Trademark Dispute Was a Battle of the Old School vs. the New

No trademark dispute in recent memory has been as Kylie contentious as the one between teen reality celebrity Kylie Jenner and pop star Kylie Minogue over their shared moniker. But for now, Minogue fans have an excuse to shadily hum “Can’t Get You Outta My Head” in the presence of anyone who’s Team Jenner, because this round went to the Australian singer.

Snapchat Only Has One Woman On Its Board: Joanna Coles, Who Gets Paid the Least

Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, is giving investors the Donald Trump of initial public offerings. The company is banking on its fame to drown out criticism of its intent to deprive shareholders of voting power. Its main product enables off-the-cuff expressions of vulgarity. Show More Summary

Malia Obama in Mom Jeans, a Conundrum for These Fraught Times

In the flood of political news from last week, you may have missed this important nugget: Malia Obama wore mom jeans to her internship in New York City. Though Malia’s official reign as first teen ended last month with her father’s term...Show More Summary

All Retailers Should Drop Ivanka Trump’s Clothing and Jewelry Lines

Last week, Racked reported that Nordstrom was dropping the Ivanka Trump clothing label from its physical and online stores. As of Friday, it looked like Neiman Marcus was following suit, pulling Ivanka Trump–branded jewelry from its website and at least one store.

Arkansas Law Will Let Husbands Sue to Prevent Wives From Getting Certain Abortions

A new Arkansas law has established a ban on one specific abortion procedure, dilation and evacuation (D&E), effectively blocking medical practitioners from performing abortions after around 14 weeks gestation.

How Trump’s Muslim Ban Illegally Denies Thousands of Americans Their Marriage Rights

A government attorney announced in court on Friday that more than 100,000 visas have been revoked because of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. (The State Department later lowered that number to 60,000.) The attorney also acknowledged that these visas were permanently canceled, not temporarily suspended. Show More Summary

Women in Swedish Government Troll Trump With All-Female Signing Session

The best part about men crusading for control over women’s bodies is how ridiculous they look doing it. At last Friday’s anti-abortion March for Life, where the turnout was about half male, I saw caravans from all-boys schools unloading...Show More Summary

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Strategy Is Spectacularly Mismatched to a President Trump

Sheryl Sandberg, I’ve been known to observe, is the ultimate conciliator. Her 2013 cri de coeur Lean In was less feminist jeremiad than soothing you-go-girl manual, offering an explanation of corporate etiquette for the woman who wants to get ahead.

It’s OK if Melania Isn’t a Traditional First Lady. But Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay for Her Choices.

In the seemingly endless first two weeks of the Trump presidency, Melania Trump made clear what many already suspected from her appearance on the campaign trail: She has no interest in being first lady. Melania has yet to appoint a social...Show More Summary

Rep. Stephanie Murphy Joins Unofficial Team of Women Against Trump With Anti-Bannon Bill

A brand-new congresswoman from Florida is trying to keep white nationalist Steve Bannon off the National Security Council. On Wednesday, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat who was elected in November, proposed legislation that would help prevent political operatives from steering the national security agenda.

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