Gender Issues

Will the Real Virginia Johnson Please Stand Up?

03/23/2015
Will the Real Virginia Johnson Please Stand Up?

Virginia Johnson of Masters and Johnson fame was a very complicated person. She did great work but the time in which she lived was what truly influenced her character.

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Virginia Johnson: The Heart of Masters of Sex

03/18/2015
Virginia Johnson: The Heart of Masters of Sex

The team of Masters and Johnson made a big difference in our understanding of sexuality. Bill Masters played a role but Virginia Johnson was truly the driving force..

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Stop Talking about Abortion, Start Talking about Women’s Rights

11/13/2014
Stop Talking about Abortion, Start Talking about Women’s Rights

With the election finally over, it’s time we analyze what happened to women’s rights. Of all the conversations, abortion is perhaps the most important because it is the basis for women’s freedom.

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The Big Picture in the McCullen and Hobby Lobby Rulings

07/02/2014
The Big Picture in the McCullen and Hobby Lobby Rulings

The recent Supreme Court decisions of McCullen v. Coakley and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby showed a disturbing trend in limiting women’s reproductive freedom. However, if we look at the process (big picture) instead of the content (the rulings), the news is even worse.

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In the Name of All Fathers

06/15/2014
In the Name of All Fathers

Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is fraught with ridiculous generalities and silly sentiments. Instead of being beholden to advertisers’ image of dad, perhaps it’s time to examine the history of fathers and what they have to offer.

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Returning to the Roots of Mother’s Day

05/11/2014
Returning to the Roots of Mother’s Day

Before it became an ode to mothers, Mother’s Day was about promoting peace and social justice. As our world becomes increasingly difficult, perhaps it is time to return to its original meaning. By looking at what some mothers have done, we can be inspired.

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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: Abducted Girls and the Power of Mothers

05/06/2014
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: Abducted Girls and the Power of Mothers

The abduction of hundreds of Nigerian teenage girls last month is not the first of its kind. It happens a lot and governments do little to stop it. Perhaps it’s time to use the power of mothers to truly protect our children.

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The Sucker Punch of How I Met Your Mother Finale

04/01/2014
The Sucker Punch of How I Met Your Mother Finale

The How I Met Your Mother finale was a sucker punch for many fans. Although some are upset about the poor writing, it was the sad ending for all of the female characters that was truly painful.

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Why the Footloose Remake’s Anthem Was Not “Let’s Hear It for the Girl!”

03/31/2014
Why the Footloose Remake’s Anthem Was Not “Let’s Hear It for the Girl!”

The Footloose remake had the chance to make it something special, radical even — to develop a female character as something other than a mere motivation for male characters’ development — but instead took the easy way out

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The Mother of All Journeys: Becoming a Mothering Activist

02/19/2014
The Mother of All Journeys: Becoming a Mothering Activist

As a third generation ardent feminist, women’s issues have always been of the greatest importance to me. Even while attending high school in southern Missouri (not the most welcome environment for a feminist), I was very aware of issues like unequal pay, sexual harassment, dearth of female leaders, and the silencing of girls in the […]

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