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People Show Us the Outfits That Helped Them Embrace Their Inner Femme

"It feels good to think about trying to express my true self for the first time again."
Christopher Bethell
Zing Tsjeng
3.23.18
roe v. wade

6 Women Share Their Harrowing Stories of Illegal Abortion Before Roe v. Wade

These stories—of waking up in pools of blood, of coat hanger abortions performed at home, of serious and agonizing medical complications—show what's at stake in the fight to keep abortion legal.
Melissa Madera
1.22.18
sexual assault

Amid Reports of Widespread Rape by Police, Kenyan Women Seek Justice

Sixty-five Kenyan women say they experienced sexual violence at the hands of state security agents last fall. Now, survivors are turning to activists for help in the harrowing task of reporting the police to the police.
April Zhu
1.17.18
On Edge

I Visited a Forest-Dwelling Witch to Cure My Crushing Existential Dread

I have been drinking Susun Weed's calming herbal tinctures for months in an attempt to stave off my impending mental breakdown. But I knew it was not enough; I needed to meet the wood witch to receive her blessings directly.
Callie Beusman
12.8.17
reproductive rights

'I Wanted to Die': How Pregnant Women Suffer in ICE Detention

Jennye Pagoada Lopez says she was four months into a high-risk pregnancy when she miscarried while in ICE custody. But ICE officials insist she was never pregnant in their care.
Chris Gelardi
Yemile Bucay
11.29.17
sexual assault

After Reporting Her Rape, a Teen Girl Says She Was Pushed Out of High School

DarbiAnne Goodwin says she was raped off campus during her sophomore year—and when administrators failed to offer her meaningful support following the incident, she felt her only choice was to enroll in an "alternative school."
Rebecca Grant
11.22.17
sexual assault

Public Hospitals in NYC Have Destroyed Over 800 Rape Kits Since 2012

New York has no statute of limitations for reporting rape—but public hospitals are only required to keep rape kits for 30 days. Because of this loophole, advocates say, victims still have an unfairly small window for seeking justice.
Vanessa Nason
11.13.17
Film

It's Time to Rewatch 'Grindhouse,' Rose McGowan's 'F-U' to Harvey Weinstein

Ten years after "Planet Terror," director Robert Rodriguez revealed he'd cast Rose McGowan in the Weinstein-produced film after learning about the producer's efforts to blacklist her. The subversive double-feature truly stands the test of time.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
11.5.17
politics

Women Share Their Stories of Sexual Harassment and Sexism in Parliament

"He would get drunk and lunge at me."
Sirin Kale
11.2.17
Opinion

When a Fetus Is a 'Child' Who Needs Protection, But a Pregnant Teen Isn't

For weeks, a pregnant, undocumented 17-year-old has been held hostage by the government and denied an abortion. She was finally allowed to get one this morning—but that doesn't change the horrific injustice she endured.
Callie Beusman
10.25.17
tv

Megyn Kelly's Horrible Show Is Perversely Gratifying to Watch

The tone-deaf gaffes and unrelenting chaos on 'Megyn Kelly Today,' coupled with the host's history of racist, anti-women rhetoric, will likely secure the show's destiny as a camp classic.
Judy Berman
10.3.17
reproductive rights

What It's Like to Get an Abortion When You're Six Months Pregnant

Rachel was 25 weeks pregnant when she learned her fetus had a severe, likely lethal abnormality that also put her health at risk. She had to drive 12 hours and pay $10,000 to get a potentially life-saving abortion.
Callie Beusman
10.2.17