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Social Media Is Protecting Men From Periods, Breast Milk, and Body Hair

In the wake of artist Rupi Kaur’s “controversial” photo of menstrual leakage, Jessica Valenti takes Instagram and its ilk to task at the Guardian, for enabling the male gaze. Now, more than ever, it’s time we take back the selfie.


Things My Male Tech Colleagues Have Actually Said to Me, Annotated

“Most girls aren’t into this stuff” is just the beginning of this appalling list of quotes on The Toast, only made palatable by Cate Burlington’s hilarious commentary.


The Future of Loneliness

A fascinating and incredibly in-depth look in the Guardian at our relationship to the Internet and, in turn, to each other. Olivia Laing leaves no keyboard unturned—an examination well worth your while. 


Ellen Pao and the Sexism You Can’t Quite Prove

In the wake of Ellen Pao’s unsuccessful gender-discrimination lawsuit, the Cut’s Annie Lowrey lays out the subtle sexism women in the workplace face on a daily basis, and just how harmful all that covertness can be. 


The Heroic and Visionary Women of Passover

The Notorious RBG, along with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, remind us of the life lessons we can learn from the oft-overlooked female heroes of Passover. Now pass the matzo.


Here’s What Happens When Pregnant Women Lose Their Rights

On Monday, Indiana woman Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years for the contradictory charges of feticide and child neglect. The ramifications, as Alex Ronan points out on the Cut, are terrifying.


Thomas Gray Lived Six Days, But his Life has Lasting Impact

At the Philadelphia Inquirer, an uplifting story of organ donation, research, lives saved, and motherhood on the five-year anniversary of the tragic death of a 6-day-old twin.


Cosmo Used White Models For “Gorgeous” Trends and Black Models for Trends That Needed to “Die

Yes, they really did that.


Guttmacher Institute’s Trends in the States: First Quarter 2015

We’re only three months into the year, but this new research shows that hundreds of anti-abortion bills have already been filed in 43 states.


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