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Every time a baby is born in the U.S., doctors decide whether its genitals are "normal" or not. A girl born with a big clitoris is in big trouble.
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Every time a baby is born in the United States, doctors decide whether its genitals are "normal" or not. A girl born with a big clitoris is in big trouble. By Martha Coventry MORE>>

PHOTOGRAPHS BY BARBARA ALPER
fearless feminist theatre

SARAH JONES ROCKS THE HOUSE

If you had told Sarah Jones five years ago that her one-woman show Surface Transit would attract a fan pool so diverse that Mira Sorvino, Gil Scott-Heron, and Paul Simon would seek her out, she would have scoffed.

But now, the 26-year-old poet/actor/playwright can't deny her rare success as a progressive artist in our "predominantly white, patriarchal, corporate, capitalist culture." MORE>>

Pill thrills, Pill bills, The Silence of the Bones, and HMO therapy. MORE>>
What a group of gals! The Independent Women's Forum are a slick antifeminist bunch, and they're always ready for prime time. MORE>>
What are beautiful eyes? For some women of East Asian descent the answer is having a crease in their eyelids. And it's not uncommon to hear friends and family call those born with natural folds "lucky." MORE>>
This summer I watched the Republican and Democratic political conventions and as much of the Reform party's as I could stomach. Everything was carefully staged and everyone stayed on script—all told, it was as stimulating as a glass of lukewarm skim milk, except for the Reform party's split. MORE>>
 
 
           
     

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