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Elizabeth Romero: My Aunt’s Pantry

It took everything, every bit of strength I had,
To say, The others will be missing us.
He turned on his heel and left.

June 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: This is what justice looks like

Breaking down, Haley recalled her rape by Weinstein, the fear and paranoia she now lives with, and her unsteady healing process: “I showed up, not as a perfect victim, but as a human being.”

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Weinstein Enters the Courtroom

slithering through deep mud
in concentric circles of power-tied lawyers

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vanessa K. Bohns: Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn’t easy

Did the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault consent to his sexual advances of their own free will, or were they coerced?

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tamara MacLeod: Lolita understood that some sex is transactional. So did I.

It is perfectly consistent to be deeply critical of the economic and gender inequalities that give rise to sex work, and still advocate for sex workers. The way to deal with cognitive dissonance is to tilt your head a little.

September 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: On the Spectrum with Garrison Keillor

Many of the issues people have had with Keillor’s behavior through the years may have been caused by his autism.

August 11, 2019 · 19 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh

If we were sometimes silly, we were also wise enough to know that understanding and taking control of our bodies was a first step to taking control of our lives.

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: #IAmSexist

Men, listen up. In light of a year of disturbing revelations from the #MeToo movement and from last month’s profoundly troubling Brett Kavanaugh hearings and his eventual confirmation to the … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Sodden

About the Kavanaugh hearings…   Awash, amuck in gunk and mud, the slogging bile of the rain Doused and logged, the watered tier of dying garden suddenly slippery, sopping, drenched. … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Cross My Heart

  . An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Zinn and An Aroused Citizenry

A member of Code Pink protests as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak … Continue reading

September 20, 2018 · 4 Comments

David Huddle: Sex Sentence

I opine most women feel vaguely erotic almost all the time whereas men sporadically feel specifically erotic when stimulated by certain visual phenomena knowingly or unknowingly created out of the … Continue reading

September 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Julie Matthaei: Feminism and Revolution — Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Why we must reach beyond a politics that views feminism as a struggle of women against oppression by men for a solidarity politics that seeks to end all forms of oppression. Orla … Continue reading

August 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

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