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Sex work protest

The so-called “Swedish model” banning the purchase but not the sale of sex is catching on in Europe. But does it work? And for whom?

By failing to connect the plight of trans women to the struggles of all women, feminists overlook the same culture of male entitlement they seek to combat.

HIV billboard in Uganda

Despite the president’s promise to cut funding to discredited HIV and pregnancy prevention programs, taxpayer dollars are still bankrolling anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups.

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Systematic undercounting of sexual assaults in the US disguises a hidden rape crisis.

Billie Holiday

Joshua DuBois makes an unconvincing argument against the criticism of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

New Delhi, India, January 22, 2014

Why does the belief that women are safest when secluded still hold sway in India?

Yes, it humanizes the women held in Litchfield Penitentiary—but it laughs at the idea that they could change anything about their circumstances.

Campus

Virtually everyone agrees the system is broken. But while some feminists want colleges to deliver justice, others argue it’s just not their job. Who is right?

Somaly Mam

Why exactly did the telegenic Cambodian campaigner use fake trafficking victims to raise philanthropic cash from Westerners? And when will Nicholas Kristof ever learn?

Blogs

Decades of feminist work on rape awareness may have changed policy, but it has done little to change the culture.

March 22, 2013

When you argue that it’s impossible to stop rape, what you’re really saying is, I don’t care enough to do anything about it.

March 12, 2013

We’ve come a long way, but we’ve a long way to go in progress for women’s rights.

March 9, 2013

Tell your representatives that domestic violence victims cannot be used as bargaining chips. Demand that any deal to avert the sequester restores full funding to VAWA programs.

March 8, 2013

No joke: Much of Oz’s matriarchal leanings come straight from a radical American feminist.

March 8, 2013

As long as the ban continues, the theocracy should at least give women access to affordable transportation—but it won’t budge.

March 7, 2013

Here’s how to stay up in a downer world. 

March 1, 2013

Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) voted against both versions of VAWA reauthorization. If only he would explain why.

March 1, 2013

Too often, the defenders of sexism and racism, at the Oscars or in this world, manage to exhaust others right out of the conversation.

February 28, 2013

The PBS documentary Makers captures the heady joy of the feminism’s Second Wave and founders when trying to reckon with the movement's contemporary incarnation.

February 27, 2013