A Women’s Problem Is A Men’s Issue

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Years ago we used to tell a joke: What does PMS stand for? No, not Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, so often derided by men, but Putting up with Men's Shit.

Domestic violence is a story as old as time, but for the first time in history women and men around the world are positioned to change the status quo. Our 24/7 worldwide communication bequeaths a global plurality heretofore unknown. This new connectedness is finally exposing civilization's dark love affair with sexual oppression and racism to more and more people. This new clarity enables graphic symbols, both good (Michael Brown) and bad ( Read More

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Don’t Yuck Somebody’s Yum

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 (También en Español) Members of Kent State University's 40 year old Pride organization muse on some of their organized meetings focusing on fetishes -- a way for people to map their desire in a safe place and apart from their own sexual identify and/or gender orientation. How does anonymity influence our fantasies or real life experiences? Have you had similar safe, judgment-free opportunities to talk with others about your own sexuality and gender expression, at home, school, work, church, or elsewhere? And what were your impression of the results, and will you share them with us? Make a video, write a poem, ...

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Everyone Needs Examples, Including Bad Examples

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When we wrote, where Where Did All This F*cking Evil Sh%t Come From? and recently, Right-wingnuts Bless Progressives, and in other posts, including practically everything we've written about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, it was to offer a rational explanation of why we are faced, constantly bombarded, with negativity, and why this provides an array of opportunities for good. I know this sounds rather counter-intuitive, and understand why when bad things happen to good people it can become a source of frustration and helplessness, but these reactions ...

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TODAY: Actions You Can Take to Assure Net Neutrality

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We may be experiencing the last few days when we can be sure that the Internet will remain free from the control of mega-corporations at the expense of the little guy. Sites such as Comcast and AT&T could be getting fast lanes, the cost of which would be borne by you the consumer. Other websites, the ones you love, would be relegated to die on the vine in slow lanes. But there are things you can do over the next few days to make the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassifies broadband providers as common carriers under Title II ...

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Take Action On Wednesday for Net Neutrality

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One of the most consequential decisions Washington is set to make in 2014 won't come out of the White House, Congress, or any of the nation's boardrooms, but rather from a nondescript federal building along the city's southwest waterfront. It's here, in the offices of the Federal Communications Commission, that the fate of the Internet will be decided. (via The Huffingnton Post) A court ruling earlier this year throwing out earlier rules led the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) to vote 3-2 to debate the issue again, a time to put all the issues on the table but not without ...

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StrikeFastFood Protesters Walk Out, Get Arrested, Succeed

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Yesterday, we urged you to find a fast food workers walkout and show your support, even be willing to get arrested to make sure this message is heard loud and clear. Today, courtesy of strikefastfood.org, the results are in. StrikeFastFood has been working since 2012 to change the conversation about income inequality, demanding $15 per hour and the right to form unions for collective bargaining. These activists have given birth to an international movement for all minimum wage workers, spreading to 150 cities and 33 countries on 6 continents. Low wage workers in more than 150 cities ...

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Support Tomorrow’s WalkOuts To Raise Wages

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Home healthcare workers are joining fast food workers, tomorrow, for walkouts in over 100 cities across America. You can help by coming out to support these actions against mega corporations such as McDonalds and Walmart who enslave workers with poverty wages and stolen wages. Fast-food workers often have to rely on food stamps to feed their families. This means that the corporations they work for freely rely on your tax dollars to pick up the slack. These companies also notoriously steal workers' wages by such practices as making workers wait around before starting their shifts to maintain efficiency ratios and/or ...

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Billion$ Wasted by Right-Wingnuts

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"Republicans have squandered money on hubristic, base-rousing engagements and re-investigations, and forfeited money available for a wholly legitimate and beneficial expansion of health coverage for low-income families. Sadly, it’s not them who are left counting the costs." (via The Daily Kos) VenusPlusX has already defined in several posts what we mean by right-wingnuts: sexually-repressed, fear-motivated, white, theocratic oligarchs, as dangerous to the future of civilization as any gun-wielding terrorist. The phrase, right-wingnuts, has popped up elsewhere, to rightly label these knuckleheads for what they really are --  radical conservatives strangling us towards extinction, one way or another. They need stop or ...

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For Labor Day: Income Inequality Dampens Economic Growth for Rich and Poor Alike

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In tribute to American workers, over half of whom earn less than $15 per hour but deserve so much more, we are reprinting our coverage on income equality. Where the minimum wage is $15 the local economy is boosted, reason alone to join the movement to rectify income equality. See also: The Wealthy and Powerful Aid Social and Powerful Social and Economic Justice Activists and List of Organizations Working on Income Equality   The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office showed that after-tax average income ballooned 15.1% fro the top 1% of earners, but grew by less than 1% for the ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Just One Box

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(También en Español) As an activist, as you evolve your point of view, even your sexual orientation or gender identity, have you ever found or felt your position or voice compromised? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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