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Maria Bello and the Modern Family: That Happened

Maria Bello’s recent Modern Love column shows that people still don’t understand non-traditional definitions of love, sexuality and family. Many headlines about actress and activist Maria Bello’s Modern Love column in The New York Times say things like: “Maria Bello Comes Out as Gay” and “Maria Bello Is a Lesbian.” […]

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 […]

‘Obvious Child’ – an Abortion Rom-Com: That Happened

“Obvious Child” is the best abortion rom-com since… Uh, hey, it’s an abortion rom-com! PS: This column is chock-full of spoilers. Calendar item: “Wednesday 7:30 – Abortion movie with Emily.” As you can see, I have been eagerly anticipating going to see “Obvious Child” since I first heard rumblings about […]

Bring Back Our Girls: That Happened

On April 14th, approximately 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists. It took about two weeks for most of the world to notice. This was the lead headline on CNN’s U.S. homepage on May 6th: “276 Girls Were Kidnapped: Here’s Why it Matters.” The fact that we live in a […]

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 […]

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. […]

That Happened: The Princess and the Tramp

ColumnSociety pushes girls to become sexual objects, then shames them about the length of a hem. How many times have you heard someone say—usually after the “I don’t care as long as the baby is healthy” comment—that “it would be nice to have a boy, they are so much easier.” […]

Miley’s Twerk: That Happened

When it comes to how we talk about young women and sexuality, Miley’s twerk is the least of our problems. Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance took over the news cycle this week. There was outrage about slut-shaming—why was everyone disgusted by her but not by Robin Thicke? There was a gut […]

The Friend Babymoon: That Happened

The friend babymoon. A new thing we invented! I recently spent the weekend in Maine with three of my best friends, one of whom is pregnant. Without meaning to, we ended up on a friend babymoon. If that’s not a thing already, it should be. In addition to laughing until […]

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 […]

Childfree By Choice: That Happened

ColumnChildfree by choice: Society still doesn’t accept that some women don’t want to be moms. On the heels of an August cover story in Time called “The Childfree Life,” this week, HuffPo Women brought us, 23 Things You Should Never Say To A Childfree Woman. Despite the fact that, as […]

That Happened: Kaitlyn Hunt’s “Mistake”

But she’s a cheerleader! What to make of Kaitlyn Hunt. Three years ago, the people of the internet—and more importantly, the ACLU—rallied in support of a teen named Constance McMillen who wanted to take her girlfriend to the prom. Things ended well for Constance. Her school agreed to create a […]

That Happened: Kaitlyn Hunt’s “Mistake”

But she’s a cheerleader! What to make of Kaitlyn Hunt. Three years ago, the people of the internet—and more importantly, the ACLU—rallied in support of a teen named Constance McMillen who wanted to take her girlfriend to the prom. Things ended well for Constance. Her school agreed to create a […]

That Happened: Megyn Kelly Fights Back

ColumnIn the fight against sexism at work, a surprising ally emerges in Megyn Kelly. As part of a recent panel discussion about childhood literacy, Mississippi Gov. Republican Phil Bryant showed his true colors with this response to the loaded question: How did Americans get so mediocre? Bryant responded, “Want me […]

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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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