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The Fluidity of the Politician

I live in a town where Bernie Sanders merchandise adorns front yards and backpacks, school clubs like the GTSA (Gay-Trans-Straight Alliance) and Students Against Human Trafficking have the largest followings, introducing yourself with pronouns is required, and discussions on issues like the refugee crisis and racial inequality are held in both the classroom and the cafeteria. It’s a liberal bubble in a world with increasingly pervasive conservatism, and while many members of my town are wonderfully open about acceptance of liberal issues, kids at school are ostracized for identifying as Republican. 

Care No Matter What

Recently, American women came under attack. And I’m not talking about a dozen women, or even a hundred women. Earlier this year, each and every one of the estimated 160 million women living in the United States of America was threatened by an attack which, had it succeeded, would have set women’s rights back to the early 1900s. 

SlutWalk Sign, 2015

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Sign from SlutWalk 2015 in Washington, D.C., one of the many SlutWalk rallies to raise awareness for the rights of rape victims.
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Sign from SlutWalk 2015 in Washington, D.C., one of the many SlutWalk rallies to raise awareness for the rights of rape victims.

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Anti-Pornography Values Are Patriarchal

Andrea Dworkin was one of the greatest feminist minds of the 20th century, and a huge influence on second wave feminism, the dominant feminist ideology of the 1960s and 70s.  Second wave feminism held that sex work and sexual entertainment were harmful and degrading to women, and should be abolished. 

Miriam Cantor-Stone on the First National Women's Conference in 1977

This Week in History: On November 18, 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug convened the first National Women's Conference. Miriam Cantor-Stone discusses the impact of bringing people from grassroots feminist groups across the country together to decide on a national agenda.
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This Week in History: On November 18, 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug convened the first National Women's Conference. Miriam Cantor-Stone discusses the impact of bringing people from grassroots feminist groups across the country together to decide on a national agenda.

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This Week in History: On November 18, 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug convened the first National Women's Conference. Miriam Cantor-Stone discusses the impact of bringing people from grassroots feminist groups across the country together to decide on a national agenda.
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This Week in History: On November 18, 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug convened the first National Women's Conference. Miriam Cantor-Stone discusses the impact of bringing people from grassroots feminist groups across the country together to decide on a national agenda.

"My Life on the Road" by Gloria Steinem Book Cover, 2015

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The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

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Joyce Antler

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Joyce Antler.
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Joyce Antler.

Melissa Benoist, June 30, 2015

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Melissa Benoist, of CBS' Supergirl, at the 6th Annual Thirst Project Thirst Gala, June 30, 2015.
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Melissa Benoist, of CBS' Supergirl, at the 6th Annual Thirst Project Thirst Gala, June 30, 2015.

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Jennifer Lawrence, 2014

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Jennifer Lawrence at 2014 Comicon.
Courtesy of Gage Skidmore.
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Jennifer Lawrence at 2014 Comicon.

Courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

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