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Are you still paying for your birth control? That might be illegal

Women rights advocates declared a victory for women and their reproductive rights this week when the Obama administration clarified that all insurers must cover a full range of birth control without a co-pay or other out-of-pocket expenses.

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We've gone too far with 'trigger warnings'

Trigger Warning: this piece discusses trigger warnings. It may also look askance at college students who are now asking that trigger warnings be applied to their course materials.

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Kansas' anti-gay bill another attempt to force warped Christianity on others

Conservatives keep trying to use America's religious freedom as a way to limit everyone else's rights, especially women and LGBT

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Liberals should also be upset by Coke's 'America the Beautiful' ad

Coke's Super Bowl ad tugged at our heartstrings with its diverse US portrait, but the goal is to get minorities hooked on soda

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The nuns' Obamacare contraception lawsuit isn't about religious freedom

Does religious liberty extend to the right to not have to fill out paperwork? That's the latest position religious organizations are taking against the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's crazy, yes. But, welcome to the future of "religious freedom" litigation.

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Memo to conservatives: The First Amendment does not entitle you to a reality TV show

The right to free speech isn't just a fundamental American value; it's enshrined in the first amendment to our constitution. If only the most loud-mouthed among us actually understood what it says. Here's what the First Amendment offers: you can say, write or publish pretty much whatever you want, no matter how offensive (with a few exceptions), and the government can't step in and censor you or put you in jail. Here's what the first amendment doesn't do: allow you to say, write or publish whatever you want, no matter how offensive, and also entitle you to a giant pay check from your starring role on a cable reality TV show.

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Obsessing over cultural gender norms: What's the problem if girls act masculine?

A few weeks back, I went to my first baby shower. My friends have only recently started getting married and having babies – although not necessarily in that order – and I was psyched to pick out a set of adorable baby clothes for the twins to whom my friend had only weeks earlier given birth. I popped into a cutesy Brooklyn baby shop and said I was looking for a baby shower gift for new twins. Her first question: "Girls or boys?" One of each, I said. She pointed me to the section of girls' clothes, all pink, and boys' clothes, all blue.

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The stereotype of the 'horrible female boss' is still a problem

Even in 2013, many people still prefer men in charge. It's a bias problem that doesn't have any objective reality

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New Jersey's ban on ex-gay therapy is a victory over religious nuts

As of this week, gay conversation therapy is outlawed in the state of New Jersey. Kids who are either gay or suspected of being gay cannot be forced by their parents to endure homophobic corrective therapy, which assemblyman and bill sponsor Tim Eustice correctly calls "an insidious form of child abuse".

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America's private prison system is a national disgrace

An ACLU lawsuit against a prison in Mississippi is the latest to detail flagrant abuses at a private correctional facility

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'Purity' culture: bad for women, worse for survivors of sexual assault

Virginity has no bearing on a person's worth, yet 'purity balls' and shaming victims make our culture more medieval than modern

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Let's be honest about Kermit Gosnell's abortion 'house of horrors'

The only cover up happening about Gosnell's abortions is how pro-life activists deserve some of the blame

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No, women shouldn't change their names when they get married. Let men change theirs.

Your name is your identity. The reasons women give for changing their names after marrying don't make much sense

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