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Olivia Pace: Policing keeps us safe? It’s a myth. Here’s why.

When you peel back the facade, police and military perpetuate violence on a personal and professional level.

December 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Why you might be interested in my new book

Donate $20 or more to your favorite progressive cause or candidate, and Red Cedar Distribution will send you a free copy of my new collection of poems American Ash.

October 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michelle Theriault Boots: Assault Was Only the Beginning of Her Trauma

Everything Mary Savage did in the hours after the attack was dissected on the witness stand, an experience so upsetting she vomited. But years later, she finds comfort knowing her testimony led to his conviction.

June 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

Goran Simić: A Scene After the War

I’d never been aware how beautiful my house is
until I saw it burning

January 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

Adrie Kusserow: Jesus, Immaculee and the Pig

Essex, Vermont This is where Jesus dumped Immaculee before wandering off  to tend another flock of clouds,  down in the psych ward, clutching her bible and scattered papers,  preaching to … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 8 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: The Pallor of Survival

                  I’m lucky: autumn is flawless today,  sidewalks freckled rust and red, and the sun  gentle. I’ll take the back streets to … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 6 Comments

Dominik W. Rettinger & Christine Skarbek: Kommando Puff

A new novel From Poland recounts the industrialization of rape at Auschwitz.  Kommando Puff is a novel that exposes the lives of two women:  Anna, the German mother of an SS-officer … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrena Zawinski: The Disappeared

for Mayra Solis, Rosanna King, Kavitha Sreeharsha, Rafia Hussain Across the sprawling green of lawn commemorating another Dias de Los Muertos, pink crosses stagger the walk for the murdered women … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lindsey Royce: #MeToo

I embrace my Indian sister of the Dalit caste sentenced to gang rape, made to walk the dirt streets naked for my brother’s crime of marrying a woman of higher caste, … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Miss Peru Beauty Queens Go Rogue

. Talk about resistance in unlikely places. Facing horrific rates of violence against women – the week before, the hashtag #PeruPaisdeVioladores (Peru Country of Rapists) was trending – the contestants … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

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