How do you create an impromptu campaign against sexual violence? Just ask Alyssa Milano.
“If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” read a photo tweeted by the actress last Sunday. The hashtag drew responses from stars like Viola Davis and Lily Allen, and after just two days, #MeToo generated 13 million Facebook and Twitter posts.
Believe it or not, some dermatologists don’t like to refer to hormonal contraceptives as “birth control.” Take Katharine O’Connell White, MD, MPH, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine and the director of the Family Planning Fellowship at Boston Medical Center, who explains that preventing pregnancy is just one of the countless ways reproductive health specialists use birth control to help their patients.
As a middle schooler, when you pictured your upcoming years of high school, did you ever imagine suing your administration for discriminating against you and your friends?
The West Bend High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) existed for years, but was unrecognized by their school. They had an advisor and regular meetings, but official recognition from administration would allow them to advertise their events around campus, have a photo in the yearbook, and request funding if they ever needed it (they didn’t, they just wanted to hang posters).
It happens every time news breaks of a mass shooting. While large majorities of the public call for sensible new restrictions on guns, the organized gun lobby may offer their “thoughts and prayers,” but insist there is no legislation that possibly could have made a difference in preventing--or even limiting the scale of--the most recent carnage. Conservative commentators derail talks of common-sense gun laws with calls for the public to refrain from “politicizing a tragedy,” when in reality, these tragedies cry out for public policy responses.
Let’s be real: going through puberty is hard. Your body goes through tons of physical changes, plus your hormones are raging, which only makes things worse. You’ve got irregular periods, way more hair than you ever thought possible, probably some weight gain, and horrible acne. Sometimes this is just a phase that teens and pre-teens ride out while leaning on good friends, Advil, and a strong heating pad.
Presidential candidate Rand Paul pointedly opened a University of New Hampshire forum Monday by suggesting that former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s opposition to the decriminalization of marijuana is hypocritical.
Speaking to about 100 people at a Students for Rand rally, the US senator from Kentucky said he “didn’t necessarily” have a problem with Bush’s admission that he used marijuana as a young man.
But he added, “What I do have a problem with is that he’s still for laws to put people in jail for that, and I think the hypocrisy is that in general wealthy kids don’t go to jail for marijuana. Poor kids do.”
Trump Administration Threatens Reproductive Health, Personal Choice and Economic Security Through Birth Control Coverage Mandate Rollback
Just recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed off on legislation safeguarding access to contraceptive care for Massachusetts residents. While most of the protections codified under this legislation are enshrined in the Affordable Care Act, recent executive actions by the Trump administration have significantly undermined these guarantees, placing the onus on states to protect their constituents’ rights to access contraceptive services.
Renewing a call for “sensible gun safety measures,” Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton chastised congressional Republicans Thursday for blocking a vote on a plan that she said would ban those on the federal government’s No Fly List from buying guns.
“On this issue, where people who are too dangerous to fly in America can still buy guns in America, there should be no debate,” said Clinton, speaking to more than 400 at a town hall meeting here. “We’re not violating anybody’s rights.”
Less than nine weeks from the “first in the nation” New Hampshire Primary in the 2016 presidential race, plenty of candidates and their supporters are exercising their First Amendment rights to speak out.
Free speech and a free press are two core values in the country’s Bill of Rights. And yet when journalists use their rights as citizens to speak out for or send contributions to candidates, ethical lines blur between their responsibilities to their professional and their desire to be engaged citizens.
Matt McGorry ’08—of Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder fame—says feminism and social justice “prov[ide] a framework” for him to be the best version of himself.
McGorry visited his alma mater on October 25 alongside national BuzzFeed reporter and former Huffington Post senior editor Tyler Kingkade for an event titled “Activists and Allies: A Conversation About Dismantling Power-Based Violence on College Campuses” at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Social justice activist and political scholar Angela Davis received a standing ovation before she even reached the podium as she walked onto the stage at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theater on September 21. She received two more before the conclusion of her keynote speaking event.
Davis spoke about activism, popular music, and culture, as part of an event co-hosted by Emerson and Berklee College of Music and inspired by students’ protests last year against racism on college campuses. The day before, Berklee honored Davis at the Black Lives Matter: Meaning of Freedom concert at the Berklee Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Kristyn Brandi, a family planning specialist with Physicians for Reproductive Health, has treated patients with endometriosis in her years practicing medicine. She described treating the disease as a sort of “trial and error” process and said she’s seen her patients face several barriers—including lack of adequate insurance coverage—that prevent them from accessing certain medications and surgeries that may relieve some of their symptoms. Brandi described birth control methods—namely hormonal contraceptive pills and intrauterine devices (IUDs)—as the “front line treatment” for endometriosis, and described the obstacles endometriosis patients faced before their private insurance was required to cover contraceptives.
I had high hopes for this movie. Tomorrowland is an alternate dimension where the most creative and intelligent minds – starting with Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla – could invent without political pressures. After learning that Earth’s apocalypse is coming, a child robot named Athena (Raffey Cassidy) brings Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) to Tomorrowland to try and stop it.
Last month, two Super PACs supporting Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson announced they would coordinate their efforts to maximize productivity and cost-effectiveness in promoting Carson’s campaign.
John Sousa, spokesman for The 2016 Committee, said that PAC and Our Children’s Future would work together to ensure their messages are consistent, and share law and publicity firms in order to save money. The difference in the PACs’ efforts, according to Sousa, is in their target demographics. While The 2016 Committee focuses on building a volunteer force and running television advertisements, Sousa says Our Children’s Future’s mission exists to solicit larger donations. Both have the goal of electing Carson, a surgeon.
If you needed another reason to believe Bad Timing Records is one of the only record labels you should even bother paying attention to right now, Pentimento’s got you covered. Grab your credit card and make some room in your vinyl collection, because the band is set to release their second full-length album I, No Longer later this month, and it’s already making itself out to be a fall favorite.