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Lauren Camp: Still Life with Extinctions

Almost no one else heard it, the bitch, bitch  thrown from the line  next to me. It was Thursday, and the voice offered  its etceteras without saying much else. But what … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · 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

Steven Singer: Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos

Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m more misunderstood than anything. . … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: From Lack of Paid Maternity Leave to ‘Hell’ of Student Debt, North Korea Catalog of US Rights Violations Makes Convincing Case

US “can never camouflage its true identity as the gross violator of human rights,” Pyongyang says. Just as U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to lambast North Korea as “a … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Out With Monstrous Men

Sometimes I wonder what school I went to. I mean, I know perfectly well. I attended a place I never wanted to go: Yale.  But when I was 17 years … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ann Jones: The Fempire Strikes Back

#MeToo First, for the record, let me tell you my story about another of those perversely creepy Hollywood predators, a sort of cut-rate Harvey Weinstein: the screenwriter and film director … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · Leave a 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

Video: “Will we make their abuser a US senator?” Powerful new ad rebukes Moore and Trump

Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones has released a searing political ad putting names and faces to Roy Moore’s victims. . . There is seemingly no end to the horror … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Men’s Awful Tweets To Women Sportscasters

“One of the Players Should Beat You to Death With Their Hockey Stick Like the Whore You Are.” In an often hateful and misogynistic culture, there’s likely not much worse … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: The Barber’s Chair

got the Sunday morning haircut at the neighborhood barber shop.talkin pittsburgh.weather.where you from and are your kids ok.the barber man speaks to the atmosphere of my heart and my eyelashes.he … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

In Effort to Combat Campus Sexual Assault, California ‘Yes Means Yes’ Signed into Law

“Affirmative consent” law shifts burden of proof in campus sexual assault cases. Supporters say the California law shifts the burden of proof from the alleged victim to the accused. (Photo: … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Street Harassment of Women

  “Street harassment is almost never about sex. It’s about power. Which is the same way we view rape. So saying street harassment is not a big deal is opening … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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