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Highlights from #YesAllWomen

The Twitterstorm known as #YesAllWomen that’s blown up over the past week — in response to both the misogyny-fueled killing spree at UCSB last Friday and the misguided hashtag “NotAllMen” that took off shortly thereafter — has shined a bright light on how much more work needs to be done dismantling idealogical sexism. Here’s a […]

Dear Em & Lo
Does Enjoying Anal Play Mean You’re Gay?

Something we here an awful lot around these here parts is the concern many straight men have with receiving — and, heaven forbid, enjoying — a little backdoor attention. Just this week we got another comment on the topic: My boyfriend has recently discovered he likes me lubing him up and fingering his anus, rimming […]

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Will Roe V. Wade See Another Anniversary?

Yesterday was the 41st anniversary of Roe V. Wade. Will there be a 42nd? Since abortion has been legal in this country for the entire lifespan of progressive women under 41 years old, they — we — have perhaps come to take Roe V. Wade for granted, to assume that this right is inalienable and […]

Pop Culture
Porn & Romance: An Odd Couple?

The following is a sub-chapter about “the age of hypersexualization” from the new book “THE NEW SOFT WAR ON WOMEN: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men — and Our Economy” by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D. It’s the perfect holiday gift for anyone who says we live in a […]

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The Things We Won by Re-Electing Obama

It’s a great day to be a progressive American! So happy to know we’re moving forward in the 21st century, not backward to the 1950s. Last night, the two of us gathered with friends, ate chili, drank beer, watched the results come in, and at 11:15pm poured the champagne and played “We Are the Champions” […]

Personal Essays
Open Letter: Here’s What Romney Thinks Of Your Gay Son

Our friend Nathaniel Frank is the author of the book Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America. He was an expert witness in two Constitutional challenges to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” whose success helped end the policy. Yesterday he spoke on the phone with the parents of his best friend about how […]

Pop Culture
Rosemary’s Baby Could Have Been Made in 2012, 2016…

You hear a lot these days about Republicans rolling back women’s rights all the way to the ’50s and ’60s: vowing to defund Planned Parenthood; to allow employers to decide whether or not their female employees can have their contraception covered; to put the rights of an embryo above those of a woman via the […]

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Top 6 Reasons Your Heart & Genitals Want You to Vote for Obama

We know we may be preaching to the choir here, but just in case you need some more encouragement to register to vote (state-by-state deadlines start dropping in October!), to volunteer your time to the Obama campaign, and to actually vote on November 6th, 2012, here you go: 1. Romney represents the Republican Party, and the […]

Pop Culture
10 Reasons Why the First Marriage Still Rocks Our World

Three years ago, inspired by an article in the New York Times Magazine, we wrote a post about how we found the First Marriage both inspiring and a little chastening — let’s see you be President or First Lady and still rock hot monogamy like that. The marriage is also a little terrifying — how would […]

Pop Culture
Make Your Pro-Choice/Sex Ed/Gay Marriage/Equal Pay/Obama Ad Now!

Ad Your Voice 2012 is giving all you creative types out there a chance to create a cool political ad that could help defeat Mitt Romney in November.  Send them your ads – gut-splitting, fist-shaking, tear-jerking video shorts between 30 and 60 seconds long – in support of Obama-Biden. The deadline is October 22nd, but […]