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November 20, 2008
  Online Only: Reproductive rights: bound and gagged no longerPDF files may take a moment to load

The much-anticipated result of the Nov. 4 U.S. presidential election brought to many a great sense of hope, most notably for an end to the divisive, reactionary policies of outgoing President George W. Bush. The transitional team of President-elect Barack Obama compiled a list of several of these policies dealing with various issues with the hope they will be swiftly overturned.

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November 13, 2008
  Online Only: All I want for Christmas is a ThingamaboobPDF files may take a moment to load

The only reason I would want a Thingamaboob is so I could tell people that I have one. A Thingamaboob is an exclusive product, offered by the Canadian Cancer Society, that is not only an educational tool, but a fundraising gimmick. It's an overpriced keychain with a couple of pink beads strung together.

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October 30, 2008
  Burning with shamePDF files may take a moment to load

Unless your parents took you out of health class in grade eight and you have been living in a cave ever since, the necessity of being a sexually responsible adult is not a surprise. Education about the spread of sexually transmitted infections and their potentially life threatening consequences has moved out of the classroom and into the media, where television commercials have replaced the beloved straight-talking health nurse.

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October 23, 2008
  The truth of feminismPDF files may take a moment to load

Thanks to popular culture, the mere mention of the word "feminist" can conjure up many images. We imagine the jackboot-wearing bra-burner of the 1960s, with a profound hatred of all things masculine. We hear U.S. Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin hailed as an exemplary feminist. We think of the Spice Girls-induced "girl power" craze of the 1990s. We think of the pro-choice movement, the woman's suffrage movements and Taking Back the Night.

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October 02, 2008
  The incorrect response to HPV: jeopardizing the health of young girlsPDF files may take a moment to load

If you had the chance to save a young woman from dying from cancer, what would stop you? The Calgary Catholic School District recently passed a motion refusing to offer the human papillomavirus vaccine to young girls in their schools. The trustees voted six to one to opt out, claiming they feel it would unintentionally send a message that casual sexual activities are okayunder the advisement and guidance of Bishop Fred Henry.

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September 25, 2008
  Far beyond a bleached blondePDF files may take a moment to load

Flip through the pages of any Indian newspaper and you will find a section dedicated to matchmaking, where profiles of young, single men and women are placed in order to attract a potential husband or wife. These profiles are usually posted at the request of family members, who aim to present their children in the best way possible. One striking characteristic of these profiles is that many of them proudly describe the person as "fair," before listing their education, religion or body type.

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September 18, 2008
  Sex sellsPDF files may take a moment to load

I am not sure what upsets me more, the Back Alley advertisement on the back cover of the 2008 University of Calgary agenda or the support of women for the way female sexuality is portrayed in advertising. First of all, without question, the ad is offensive. It features a topless woman, photographed from behind and across her back is an advertisement for the Back Alley Saturday Night Sex Party. The ad demonstrates that exploiting a woman's sexuality for commercial reasons has become common-place.

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September 11, 2008
  Taking back the nightPDF files may take a moment to load

Take Back the Night is a truly amazing event that occurs internationally every year and initiates discussion about how violence specifically affects women. It began and is still run by women who feel that safely walking alone at night, without fear, should be an inalienable right and, as women, we are being denied that right due to fear of violence. The fear of rape at night, usually in a metropolitan area, is quite prominent in today's culture.

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September 04, 2008
  Take the empower backPDF files may take a moment to load

In the '60s and '70s, women in the liberation movement were fighting to change how females were viewed in the world. At the time, abortion was still illegal, men could rape their wives without penalty and the Pill was seen as central to women's sexual liberation. This was a key era in history for both women and men as sex became an issue of empowerment-- especially given that women now had more tools to prevent pregnancy.

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