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Abortion Rights Activists Remind Google That It’s Hurting Vulnerable Women

Abortion rights activists reminded Google that the company's search engine positions crisis pregnancy centers as actual health care providers, misleading vulnerable women.

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How I Overcame Eating Disorder Issues and Use My Comics to Make a Difference

Even today, I still feel uncomfortable using the word "anorexic" to describe my younger self. I keep saying that I had "trouble eating." I survived an incredibly risky open heart surgery when I was two months old, and grew up with the idea that I was lucky to be alive when other children didn't have that same luck—that it could have been worse.

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Ivanka Trump’s Reproductive Rights Record Perpetuates Sexism

It seems worth reminding the people who are now regarding Ivanka as a martyr of sexism that she, herself, unapologetically perpetuates misogyny through actions, as opposed to words.

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Some Defenses of Planned Parenthood Can Further Stigmatize Abortion

The Trump administration has made clear its intent to strip Planned Parenthood, and other women’s health groups that provide abortion services, of critical Title X funding, and the attack on women’s rights is hardly out of left field. So far, President Trump’s record on women’s health has consisted of pushing “natural” family planning, enforcing a global gag rule, and promoting an abstinence-only agenda of dangerous ignorance and censorship.

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The Mary Sue Is Looking for Contributing Writers!

There are only so many binge-watching hours in a day, and our contributing writers provide an invaluable way to expand what we cover and deliver great, intersectional feminist writing on the incredibly wide range of things our readers care about so deeply.

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Before She Was Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker should've been a household name long before she was cast as the thirteenth doctor. If you're just catching up on her now, here's what you missed.

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Review: Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, a Millennial Superhero Tale Looking for Identity

Cloak and Dagger is not like any Marvel series you’ve seen before. It takes place on the fringes of the Marvel universe, set in New Orleans, far from the battles of New York and the Sokovia accords. It has only the bare minimum of Easter eggs connecting it to the grand narratives of Avengers and Defenders. That’s actually good. Cloak and Dagger is concerned with a much smaller, but far more immediate and intimate story.

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Walmart Censoring and Stigmatizing Female Sexuality Is the Opposite of #MeToo’s Goal

Last week, Walmart announced it would no longer stock Cosmopolitan magazines in checkout lines, citing a recommendation from a conservative anti-porn group called the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The group released a statement claiming the removal of the magazine from its present, front-and-center location at Walmart stores is a reflection of #MeToo at work. And yet, on the contrary, such a move wholly undermines the most basic function of #MeToo.

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Why “Historical Accuracy” Is a Bad Excuse for Rampant Sexual Assault in Fantasy

The particular objectification and glorification of female sexual powerlessness is—far from historical—particular to our current era and culture. None of that means that rape wasn’t at least as prevalent in the Medieval period as it is now, but it likely did not occur in such a pervasive, malevolent manner against every woman and girl the way it does to the characters on Game of Thrones.

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Read Every Book on Your List This Year With the Award-Winning Speed Reading Bundle

It can be tough to make time to read. But don’t let that “to-read” shelf in your bookcase (or your Kindle) intimidate you. Catch up on those books and then some with a $19 lifetime subscription to the award-winning speed reading bundle at the Mary Sue Shop.

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The Magicians Recap: “Twenty-Three” Gives Us a Good Alternate Universe Episode

Star Trek may still think alternate universe characters are most interesting when they're evil and queerer, but The Magicians goes to the next level. Different circumstances have surrounded the characters we love. In timeline twenty-three, the battle of The Beast was set up and therefore played out differently. There are shocking revelations, and yet everything still makes sense.

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7 Women Inventors & Scientists Who Were Unjustly Overshadowed by Men

Cisgender, heterosexual men have been taking credit for the accomplishments of women for millennia. And thanks to improvements in how we catalogue and research history, we’re gradually busting more accreditation errors and thefts from the past.

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7 Queer Romance Movies That Don’t End in Heartbreak or Death

There are some great films that don't take advantage of shock value when telling an LGBTQIAP+ story, but they're often difficult to find. So we’ve found a handle of them for you right here.

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Let’s Play Bingo, Love: A Look at Tee Franklin’s Queer Romance Graphic Novella

Launched with a Kickstarter campaign, Tee Franklin's graphic novella was funded in only five days and closed at almost three times its original goal. While the campaign was still underway, Franklin became the recipient of the 2017 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Five months later at NYCC, Image Comics announced that it had acquired Bingo Love and was going to publish it on Valentine's Day, which seemed only appropriate for this disarmingly beautiful love story.

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Review: Treat Yourself to Twisted Romance #2 This Valentine’s Day

Twisted Romance, an Image series headlined by writer Alex de Campi, is basically an anthology series. A main, self-contained story by de Campi, drawn by a different artist in every issue, sets a theme for additional creators to contribute a short prose story and a backup comic. The first issue contained romance stories that had a supernatural twist; the second (out for Valentine’s Day!) unravels the twists and turns love can take, exploring the epistemology of love itself.

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How the Casey Affleck-Free Gone, Baby, Gone Adaptation Can Age Better in the #MeToo Era

There are notable differences between having real people and fictional characters as role models. The latter are less likely to disappoint you, but they can also feel that much harder to live up to. That may be why I didn’t really have any when I was younger, and when I found one in my late teens, he was a particularly down-to-earth, human example: Patrick Kenzie, the protagonist of six crime thrillers by Dennis Lehane. Unfortunately, the first real person to bring him to life didn't measure up.

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Satanists Argue for Religious Freedom Against Law Promoting the Idea That Life Begins at Conception

A Satanic group officially filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to challenge a Missouri law requiring women seeking abortions to receive a pamphlet stating life begins at conception. Mary Doe, the woman at the center of the lawsuit, contends that the state law violates her religious freedoms, namely “her belief that a fetus is not an independent being, were violated by the state law.”

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Why Has DreamWorks’ Dragons Franchise Been So Quiet About the T.J. Miller Allegations?

While some major players in the entertainment industry have been swift to react in response to accusations of sexual violence—with Netflix’s speedy divorce from House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, and a string of freshly-canceled Louis C.K. projects as notable examples—the industry blackballing of accused men has been uneven, to say the least.

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Freeform Summit Was a Breath of Fresh Air That Ranged From Intersectional Feminism to Mermaid Sexuality

Instead of a staid presentation and screenings, Freeform (formerly ABC Family) hosted the first ever Freeform Summit, a night of conversation between leading voices—not just from the network, but from social media and the industry in general. It was a bold choice, and it paid off in a lively night where the discussion ranged from intersectional feminism to mermaid sexuality.

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“March for Life” Set to Ignore How Their Ideology Costs Lives Again This Year

Last week, President Trump formally endorsed the 45th annual March for Life, pledging to give a live address from the Rose Garden on Friday, the day of the march. According to The Guardian, even though Trump is hardly the first anti-choice president we’ve ever had, such an emphatic endorsement is rare from the White House.

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