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The Government Shutdown Is About You: That Happened

ColumnThe government shutdown has a lot to do with your reproductive health. The effects of this week’s government shutdown are massive. Kids aren’t receiving access to cancer trials. The agency that certifies that organically labeled food is actually grown organically isn’t functioning. Have a civil liberty complaint? Hope it can […]

The Bachelor Is a Homophobe: That Happened

The Bachelor’s hateful comments about gay people are just one more example of the power of words—and the danger of hate speech. You know what I’m not doing right now? Watching “The Bachelor.” As some of you know, I love the terrible franchise and have spent way too many Monday nights […]

That Happened: The Steubenville Rape

ColumnAccording to the media, women’s bodies are less important than pigskin. On August 11, 2012, a 16-year-old girl was raped by two teenage football players in Steubenville, Ohio. The judge chose to try the two young men as juveniles. On March 17, 2013, Trent Mays was sentenced to a minimum […]

Gratitude and Feminism: That Happened

Gratitude is a big deal this time of year. Here are five things that have happened this year (so far!) that I am grateful for. 1. Wendy Davis Secured her Spot as a National Figure My personal Superbowl took place June 27 when Wendy Davis tied on her pink sneakers […]

Gay Stuff: That Happened

That Happened gets back to one of its core causes: gay stuff! This week in homophobia… Meet South Dakota State Rep. Steve Hickey — the leader in the campaign to educate people about the dangers of gay anal sex. Hickey wrote a letter to his local paper called, “A One […]

Did Lily Allen Just Make A Racist Music Video?: That Happened

ColumnLily Allen’s “Hard Out Here” video blurs the lines between satire and racism. Much like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Miley Cyrus’ live twerk debacle, both of which Lily Allen openly mocks in her video, “Hard Out Here,” there’s nothing subtle about the message in her new song. The difference […]

‘Lean In’ and the Work-Life Balance: That Happened

“Lean In” continues to divide women on issues related to work, privilege and balance. Is my decision to go freelance leaning in or leaning out? Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In brand have suffered a few blows recently. Sandberg threw her big name behind Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a congressional candidate who […]

The NYT Fired Jill Abramson: That Happened

Jill Abramson, The New York Times’ top dog, and first female executive editor, was fired. We should have seen this coming. Jill ABRAmson. Bra is right there in her name! As the scandal started to unfold, it seemed like a clear case of sexism at work. The New Yorker reported […]

Marlise Munoz, Woman or Incubator? That Happened

Marlise Munoz is being kept alive—against her family’s wishes—to incubate a fetus. Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a blood clot and was declared brain dead just after Thanksgiving. Texas, where Munoz lived with her husband Erick, is one of 12 states that automatically invalidate a pregnant […]

Legalizing Hate in Arizona: That Happened

In Arizona, a bunch of lawmakers agreed that a “No Gays Allowed” sign would be totally cool. You guys, breaking news: Legislators in Arizona have worked out time travel! They have dubbed their new machine: SB 1062. There are a few kinks to be worked out. First, it only goes […]

Slut-Shaming Is The Status Quo: That Happened

ColumnWhy is slut-shaming the default stance when it comes to women and sexual assault? [Editor’s note: Libby Lowe, our usual ‘That Happened’ columnist is out this week, so this post comes to us from writer Heather Kenny.] Last week the internet was in an uproar about a story by a […]

That Happened: Slut-Shaming

ColumnFrom Amanda Knox to a kindergarten girl’s short skirt, the message is clear: You should be ashamed. Last night I watched Chris Cuomo interview, if you can call it that, Amanda Knox on CNN. Throughout the interview, he interrogated her, called her a sexually perverse deviant, berated her for pausing to […]

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What Is Date Rape? That Happened

  What is date rape? It’s rape. If only that was all that needed to be said. I really feel like the question, “what is date rape?” was answered very effectively in a number of after school specials and very special episodes of TV shows back in the ‘80s and […]

‘The Fosters’ Takes on Late-Term Abortion: That Happened

ABC Family’s “The Fosters” tackles late-term abortion—and gets it right. A recent episode of “The Fosters” featuring a character getting a late-term abortion has me rethinking my regular viewing habits—unless “Stick It”,  the classic Missy Peregrym/Jeff Bridges movie about a non-conformist gymnast is on, you’ll rarely find me watching ABC […]

Women Against Feminism: That Happened

Women Against Feminism is proof that feminism has a branding problem. Back in the ‘60s, it was often assumed that if you identified as a feminist, you hated men, loved armpit hair and liked to sleep with the ladies. Fast forward to 2014 and the stereotypes are largely the same. […]

Carleigh’s Ass Rules: That Happened

What’s the best way to fight back against body-shaming bullies? Put your ass into it! The fastest way to make a girl feel bad is to make fun of her body. Forty-seven percent of girls in 5th-12th grade say they want to lose weight because of magazine pictures, according to […]

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