Elizabeth Banks

Why Are Men Still Media’s Default “Experts” on Reproductive Rights?

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As we haltingly approach a half-century since Roe v. Wade, abortion rights activists’ notion of reproductive rights has expanded to become far more inclusive. For instance, 2016’s ideal “reproductive justice” movement fights to include transgender and queer individuals and to safeguard rights that go beyond abortion: to encompass safe, informed, consented-to, and affordable prenatal and childcare, too.
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Celebrities’ Stories Demonstrate Why Attacks on Planned Parenthood Won’t Work

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A few years ago, during the initial wave of early-2010s attacks on Planned Parenthood, I went to a rally where I heard rock icon Kathleen Hanna talk about being young and wandering into Planned Parenthood when she was sick with an infection and in need of care. It made an impression; here was a woman who had been idolized by her fans at the time and had a sort of cult fame, but who still needed Planned Parenthood to help her out of a real health jam.
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How ‘Love & Mercy’ Tells Brian Wilson’s Story and Breaks the Music Biopic Mold

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Tomorrow, director Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy hits theaters — though it seems a bit reductive to classify it as yet another music legend biopic, as the film takes such great pains to eschew the conventions of those movies and tell Wilson’s story in a unique, unexpected way. I was so taken with the film after seeing it at SXSW that I asked Flavorwire’s music editor/fellow biopic exhaustion victim Jillian Mapes to accompany me for a second viewing, and to share her thoughts on where Love & Mercy falls amid the quietly exciting reinvention of movies about the people who make music.
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