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Wedding ring

Research says yes. So why are conservative policy makers pushing marriage as a panacea for poverty?

Buffer zone

At oral argument, members of the Supreme Court seemed suspicious that a thirty-five-foot buffer was necessary for safe entrance to reproductive health facilities.

Preventing further sexual and economic violence will require a more equitable distribution of resources within the country and the hemisphere.

Gay rights protest

An alliance is born between anti-gay, anti-abortion American groups and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Amid the bad news for women, the year had its bright moments.

With Duck Dynasty, A&E has a golden opportunity to get real.

When Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly and capitalism killed sexual liberation.

Islamic feminists

Muslim women are fighting for their rights from within Islamic tradition, rather than against it.


Although pundits galore like to do it—a lot—it makes no sense to lump the sexes into undifferentiated groups.

July 1, 2010

Proposition 8, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Civil Unions? Nation Senior Editor Richard Kim and writer Reihan Salam talk it all out on

June 24, 2010

Who’d have thought a celebrated Ivy League medical center would be practicing genital cutting on small children?

June 21, 2010

The organization that funded research bashing donor conception fights against marriage rights for same-sex couples. Should what they say about non-traditional families be trusted?

June 18, 2010

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Melissa Harris-Lacewell join host Laura Flanders in studio to kick off The Nation on Grit TV. 

June 14, 2010

The abortion rights cause has suffered by being cut off from the larger story of reproductive and sexual life, which is much more complex than can be captured by either "choice" or “freedom.”

June 2, 2010

An Indiana congressman had a lot to say about how others should have sex, until he got caught having sex with someone other than his wife.

May 22, 2010

The Kentucky crackpot wants less regulation on businesses, but more regulation on women's health.

May 22, 2010

A nun in Phoenix has been ex-communicated after approving a life-saving abortion. What?

May 21, 2010

On the eve of Tuesday's primaries, the metaphors for powerful women are getting downright ferocious.

May 17, 2010