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The Beauty Myth ~ Naomi Wolf

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“…When we quietly go about our business as our rights are plundered, when we yield to passivity and switch on the wii and hand over our power, we are not acting like true Americans. Indeed, at those moments we are giving up our citizenship.”

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http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388197585l/39926.jpg The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity. In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth, The End of America and Give Me Liberty. She has toured the world speaking to audiences of all walks of life about gender equality, social justice, and, most recently, the defense of liberty in America and internationally. 

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Ronan Farrow Pens Op-Ed Slamming Woody Allen, Media

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"There is more work to do to build a culture where women like my sister are no longer treated as if they are invisible," filmmaker's estranged son writes.

Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

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May 11, 2016 | Ronan Farrow, the estranged son of Woody Allen, has penned an op-ed slamming both his filmmaker father as well as the media for not devoting as much press to the director's alleged sexual abuse as they do to his new films. Farrow's critical piece arrives on the same day that his father's new film Cafe Society opens the Cannes Film Festival.

Farrow's op-ed was published in The Hollywood Reporter, which last week featured a glowing cover story on his father and the director's new film. In that piece, the allegations of sexual abuse levied on Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow were never broached in the interview and limited to a parenthetical aside within the story itself.

Daniel Kreps, Contributor, Rolling Stone

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The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

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  • Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people.
  • The economic impact of discrimination as underscored by harmful legislation such as H.B. 2 is yet another reason why LGBT people need to be fully included in U.S. communities. Everyone deserves fair treatment under the law.
  • Part 1: The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2
  • Part 2: North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity.
  • Related: Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history. 

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Part 1: The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people.

Andrew Satter and Sarah McBride, Center for American Progress

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Finn%20Tells%20His%20Story.jpgMay 5, 2016 | North Carolina’s controversial law H.B. 2 forces transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate in public buildings. But Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people. Watch Finn's story.

Andrew Satter is the Director of Video at American Progress and Sarah McBride is the Campaigns and Communications Manager for LGBT Progress at American Progress.

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Part 2: North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity.

The economic impact of discrimination as underscored by harmful legislation such as H.B. 2 is yet another reason why LGBT people need to be fully included in U.S. communities. Everyone deserves fair treatment under the law.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Center for American Progress

https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/12135156/NCeconomicImpact-sharable-04.13.16-620x620.pngWednesday, April 13, 2016 | In March, the North Carolina Legislature went into special session and passed House Bill 2 in a single day. This legislation targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people for discrimination. Within hours of the bill’s passage, Gov. Patrick “Pat” McCrory (R) signed it into law, giving North Carolina the dubious distinction of enacting what some are calling the most anti-LGBT legislation ever passed.

H.B. 2 was introduced in response to the city of Charlotte’s passage of an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance, following the lead of roughly 200 other localities across the country. Specifically, H.B. 2 rescinds LGBT nondiscrimination protections passed by Charlotte and several other North Carolina cities, bans them from passing future protections, and requires all government facilities in the state, including schools, to bar transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza is a Research Assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Sarah McBride is the project’s Campaigns and Communications Manager,  and Laura E. Durso is its Senior Director.

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Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history, Parker Molloy, Upworthy

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  • It's easy to feel hopeful when the federal government, of all things, can move you to tears in the name of justice.
  • Related: The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2
  • Related: Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black

The Journalist and the Bishops: CNS Editor Fired For Tweeting Opposition to LGBT Discrimination

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Spence’s firing, and the lack of respect for both freedom of the press and individual conscience it reflects, shows just how transactional the bishops’ relationship with fundamental American freedoms really is.

Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

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http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bishopsspence.jpgApril 21, 2016 | If anyone needed more evidence of just how cynical the U.S. Catholic bishops’ manipulation of the principle of “religious freedom” is, look no further than last week’s dismissal of Tony Spence, the editor in chief of Catholic News Service, for tweeting his opposition to bills that would codify LGBT discrimination.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops built its “religious liberty” campaign, which was largely responsible for creating the broad, corrupted definition of religious liberty that has resulted in a wave of anti-LGBT bills across the country, around the idea that religious liberty is the “first, most cherished liberty”and that to deny it is a violation of core American values.

Patricia Miller, is a Washington, DC–based journalist and the author of Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church. Her work the intersection of politics, sex and religion has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, Huffington Post, RH Reality Check and Ms. Magazine.

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