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  • January 26, 2006

    Prochoice Puritans

    As prochoicers seek to reframe their arguments, injecting more moralism into the antiabortion debate will not keep abortion legal and accessible.

    Katha Pollitt

  • January 25, 2006

    What’s Race Got to Do With It?

    Socially conservative black churches may be ripe for exploitation by the Christian right on gay marriage. But that’s only part of the story.

    Gary Younge

  • January 19, 2006

    A Is for Anti-Woman

    What’s at stake for women if Samuel Alito is confirmed to the US Supreme Court? Reproductive rights are only the tip of the iceberg.

    Sharon Lerner

  • January 6, 2006

    Is Fear the Best Way to Fight AIDS?

    Thanks to the fear tactics advocated by the Bush Administration and abetted by many health activists, gay and bisexual men have been engaged in a one-sided conversation about safe sex–all death and no life. Isn’t a sex-positive approach more realistic?

    Kai Wright

  • January 5, 2006

    Of Queers and Kong

    From Brokeback Mountain’s closeted cowboys to King Kong’s embrace of Anne Darrow, Hollywood has queered cherished icons of masculinity. But the two films paint a bleak picture: Love that falls outside the norm must struggle to be something more than self-destructive.

    Richard Goldstein


  • November 23, 2005

    Ho-Ho-Holiday Donations, Early Edition

    Tsunami. Hurricane. Earthquake. War. Poverty. Injustice. It’s been a tough year, but here’s a list of extraordinary groups who deserve a place on your holiday gift list.

    Katha Pollitt

  • November 10, 2005

    What Would Alito Do?

    If Samuel Alito is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, his impact on limiting reproductive rights would be certain and swift, due to his record and to two key abortion rights cases making their way to the Supreme Court.

    Sharon Lerner

  • November 4, 2005

    Sheryl Swoopes: Out of the Closet–and Ignored

    WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes has just come out of the closet. But why didn’t anyone care?

    Dave Zirin

  • November 3, 2005

    Genes, Genius, Genies

    The right has ushered in a moment of cult celebrity for the pre-born. But let’s not be seduced by this idea of personhood. Remember the poor and not-so-perfect post-born children of America? Aren’t they persons, too?

    Patricia J. Williams

  • November 1, 2005

    Serious Questions for Samuel A. Alito Jr.

    Questions for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.: What are the rights of an individual before the law? Are these rights any different from what Alito views as the rights of a corporation?

    Morton Mintz