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The Trump Administration Chose a Pregnant, Undocumented Minor as the Latest Target of Its Bullying

So, let’s see—the past month has seen the president of the United States repeal a policy that ensured millions of women’s access to free or affordable birth control, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement actively deny an undocumented minor access to abortion, and of course, thousands of people take to the internet to share heartbreaking tales of sexual abuse.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Illustrates How Women Survive Trauma

“You cannot overcome suffering if you refuse to look at it” is a line spoken to the titular character in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. It also serves as something of a thesis statement for the game, in which a warrior traverses the Norse mythology-based Underworld to redeem the soul of her deceased love. Hellblade gives us something sorely needed in gaming: an achingly realistic portrayal of how women experience and cope with severe trauma.

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Between The Rock and a Hard Place: When Jokes Reinforce Bad Ideas

Humor is also a slippery thing, and sometimes, the intent of a piece can get lost in the joke.

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Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein Talks Body Diversity, Partnering with Disney, and How Ravioli Helped Her Write a Book

You might know Ashley Eckstein as the voice of Ahsoka on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but these days, she lends her voice to the company she founded: Her Universe, designers of quality apparel for geeky women. Last year, then-TMS editors Carolyn Cox and Sam Riedel tested Her Universe's first line of activewear; this year, we sent Sam to New York Comic-Con to talk with Ashley about her forthcoming memoir, It's Your Universe, and what's next on her radar.

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How Bernie Sanders Helped Turn the Democratic Party Against Women

On Saturday, the organizers of the Women’s March issued a statement apologizing for the “hurt and confusion” caused by their announcement that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would headline the upcoming Women’s Convention.

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Stop Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Harvey Weinstein—Republicans Are the Ones Who Don’t Trust Women

Clinton’s response follows days of aggressively snide comments from the right, who have rallied behind Donald Trump, Jr. — suddenly a proponent of the “liberal,” “fake news” Times now that it’s published a report that can be used against Democrats — to call out the “hypocrisy” of any and every left-leaning celebrity who’s ever made a comment on politics if they have yet to formally challenge Weinstein to a duel.

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The Real-Life Importance of Happy Endings for Queer Characters

Every time a character is identified as queer and then killed—even in a fantastical setting—that depiction serves to reinforce the idea of queer people as doomed and hopeless. Even if the people watching or reading know better, this negative representation produces a kind of unconscious conditioning. Just like old Pavlov’s dogs, all of us are constantly building mental associations and strengthening them with repeated exposure. Demonstrate something again and again and it becomes ingrained.

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Anti-Abortion GOP Rep., Exposed for Pressuring Mistress to Have Abortion, Retires

Wrapping up a tale dripping with all the irony of a literary masterpiece, GOP Rep. Tim Murphy of the House Pro-life caucus announced his retirement on Wednesday after a report that he pressured his mistress to have an abortion was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The report included a couple of text messages between Murphy and Shannon Edwards, the Pittsburgh-based forensic psychologist with whom Murphy admitted earlier this year to having an affair.

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Why We Need to Care That Asian Girl Heroes are Commanding 2017 Films

Beyond superhero and small screen advancements, there are two major performances that have been missing from the conversation—Ahn Seo-Hyun in Okja and Sareum Srey Moch in First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. That’s right, while we were reveling in the delightful Hellboy switch, two young Asian girls have been quietly demanding our attention in major Hollywood films that see both of them as heroes in their own right.

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The Adventure Zone Proves Listening to Criticism Is the Way to Improve Representation, Not Avoiding It

One of a writer's biggest fears is that what they make will end up doing more harm than good in the world. This fear is strongest when it comes to writing about and for marginalized communities. It's easy to come at writing a character or storyline centered around the issues of marginalized groups with the best intentions and end up with a total mess. That potential outcome can leave creators wondering if it's worth writing about those topics if they could end up just hurting people.

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It (2017): The Surprising Subversiveness of Beverly Marsh

Going into It, my expectations weren’t high. After all, it’s an adaptation of a book whose sole female character is largely defined by sexual violence and exploitation through an adult male gaze. Yet, as well as being a surprisingly well-crafted horror movie, this new adaptation reclaims Beverly Marsh’s sexuality as something quietly subversive.

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How Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s Refusal to Stand for the National Anthem Taught Me About Racial Injustice

Twenty years before Colin Kaepernick, the NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand. The repercussions were swift.

Besides the often beautiful and often disturbing way sports reflect and re-create the society in which they’re played, there is the athlete as hero, the athlete as pop culture star, the athlete as activist.

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The Fosters Finale Hit Home in a Huge Way on the Fight to Save DACA

From the privatization of foster care to the challenges facing trans youth, The Fosters has never shied away from tackling social issues, and with the repeal of DACA underway—as well as the fight to save it—its season finale hit home in a huge way.

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So Say We All: A Look at the Awesome Science of Battlestar Galactica

It’s been over a decade since a reimagined version of a '70s cult favorite sci-fi series premiered on the Sci Fi Channel and took the world of science fiction by storm. One Peabody, two Emmys, a couple spinoffs, and 12 years later, Battlestar Galactica’s popularity still feels novel. How did what’s ostensibly a space opera about the war between humans and the Cylons—the hyper-realistic robots they created—gain so much acclaim? And why did so many non-sci-fi fans end up watching and loving it?

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“ABCs of Beth” Is One of Rick and Morty’s Most Thematically Developed Episodes This Season

We’re severely overdue for an episode focusing on Beth, and while a single episode can’t fill that void it makes a pretty good start of it.

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What Dragons: Race to the Edge Gets Right (and Wrong) About Its “Native” Women

I was thrilled by a clip from the latest season of Dragons: Race to the Edge. Were we finally getting an episode where all the girls hang out together on an all-women island? Incredible! Dragon Riders now landing in Bechdel Test City! But when the episode finally dropped, my heart sank.

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Outlander Has a Lot in Common With a Beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode

How a person mentally handles having lived so long a time in seemingly another world is what makes Outlander so interesting to watch, and every time I do, I’m reminded of a much-beloved episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation—one that touches on how its main character also deals with multiple lives and realities.

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13 Memorable Songs That Reference Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Sci-fi, fantasy, and music have always had a symbiotic relationship. In this Internet age of pop culture literacy and media remixes, that symbiosis is even more apparent. Today, we're taking a look at just a few of the memorable references to science fiction and fantasy in music.

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Why Is PewDiePie’s Fanbase Convinced That Gaming Culture Is Racist? Because It Is.

The gaming community isn't homogeneous, as much as some groups like to believe it is. There are plenty of gamers who are all about inclusivity in video games. Gamers come from all walks of life. But that doesn't mean gaming culture isn't racist.

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Rick and Morty Recap: “Morty’s Mind Blowers”

Uneven, as anthology episodes always are, but viciously pointed in its best moments.

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