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Apoplectic about Abortion: One Woman’s Emotional Roller Coaster

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I used to be angry, now I am apoplectic. I also used to be fraulein and now I am a frau. I used to be a mademoiselle and now I am madame, a señorita and now a señora. In other words, I am a mature woman whose human rights are vanishing before her very eyes. For a long time, I have become habituated to freedom, confusing myself, apparently, with a human being—or even a man. I don’t like it when Congress treats me like a girl by hacking away at abortion rights and talking about eliminating funds for family planning.

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To Be Atheist, Feminist, and Black

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Sadly, there is still a fair amount of ignorance and bigotry toward black non-believers in African American communities due to the stereotype that atheists are immoral, rudderless, and not authentically black. This belief is especially insidious for black women. Mainstream African American culture places a high premium on black female caregiving, piety, and sacrifice. The patriarchal traditions of the Black Church, with their emphasis on charismatic black male leadership and biblical literalism, play a key role in socializing black women to be subservient and self-sacrificing.

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Beyond Adam and Eve

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When people discuss the rights of lesbians and gays in contemporary U.S. culture, and across religious denominations, the abbreviation “LGBT” is used as a shorthand: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. But are transgender people really being taken into account? What’s the state of the struggle, where…

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