The Economy of Sex: Hugh Hefner, Harvey Weinstein, and the Marriage of Left-Right Liberalisms

The death of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner in September drew accolades as well as critiques from, shall we say, some rather strange bedfellows.  Some on the left praised his support for civil rights (that is, he objectified black women too) and his more infamous role in the sexual revolution.  From the right, an editorial in The Federalist bizarrely misnamed his sense of personal entitlement as joie de vivre…

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Why victims don’t speak

The recent news and media frenzy regarding the predatory behavior of Harvey Weinstein and other prominent Hollywood figures leaves many of us with complicated emotions. Anger, disbelief, betrayal, and triggered memories of our own sexual trauma may surface as we read accounts of woman after woman being demeaned, attacked, assaulted, and violated. These things should…

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Introducing Ana Hidalgo Stooks: The Flagship Leader of Our Flagship Center

This is the first post in a series we will be sharing about the various Guiding Star Centers.  We hope that these pieces will shine a light on the incredible work the Guiding Star Project is doing across our country and illustrate our revolutionary vision for the future of women’s healthcare.   Ana Hidalgo Stooks…

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No Still Means No

October is filled with a veritable rainbow of awareness causes, including one that is particularly near and dear to my heart: Domestic Violence Awareness. In past years, I have written about  domestic violence as it relates to pregnancy  and support for survivors. This year, I would like to take the opportunity to discuss how sexual violence can play a…

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The Importance of Consent

April 1st marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Current events (Ke$ha, Bill Cosby, and several onscreen fictional storylines even) have placed sexual assault and consent directly in the spotlight. So, what do we need to know about consent? Most of us likely have a particularly awful (yet cut and dry) image of sexual…

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For When the Time Comes

A few weeks ago I was in line at the store, checking out. This is pretty much my children’s favorite part of going to the store because they get to ask for stickers. In almost perfect harmony, they sing-song “Stickers pwease!” and the cashiers melt into puddles, and give them stacks of them. I watched…

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