Of Rape Culture, “Grievance Culture” and Mike Tyson


I’m lucky. I made it through my college years without being raped. I did have a couple of close calls, both times when I was alone with men I had considered friends. Fortunately, my angry bravado—which covered up my fear—proved enough to short-circuit their plans. Fortunately I hadn’t been given a spiked drink that would […]

Carolyn Maloney: Equal Rights Crusader

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has championed women’s rights since the start of her congressional career in 1992. As a […]

Duke Basketball Star Dismissed, But Not Until A Year After Rape Allegations Surface


Remember what happened to beloved Penn State football coach Joe Paterno? In 2001 he was fired from his position of 45 years after it was revealed that he hadn’t taken action upon learning that one of his assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky, was allegedly molesting boys. Take note, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Last month, Krzyzewski […]

A Plea to Those Who Love Bill Cosby


In the past week, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Lee Pryor joined the growing number of celebrities to publicly speak out about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. From Jay Leno to Roseanne Barr, the message from famous people has been resounding in its support for the now more than 30 women who have accused Cosby […]

Taking the Crime Out of Passion (And Helping the Women We Love)

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I don’t mean to be a Valentine’s Day killjoy. Let Cupid’s arrows fly where they may, because not only do I love love, I love singing about love. As a jazz and cabaret vocalist who has performed in clubs from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I relate to the haunting melodies and heartfelt sentiment in […]

#Ferguson: Six Months After the Killing of Michael Brown

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Michael Brown was gunned down by police in his Ferguson, Missouri, neighborhood six months ago today. Trayvon Martin, killed by a self-appointed “vigilante,” would have turned 20 years old last Thursday. Also last week: the 16th anniversary of the death of Amadou Diallo, who was shot at 41 times by NYPD when reaching for his […]

Abortion Law: Roe Was Right, But McRae Was Wrong


Today marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that recognized the fundamental right to abortion, and with it comes the yearly celebrations and critiques. For decades, critics of Roe have claimed that the case was a travesty of justice and wrongly decided—that the opinion prompted such fierce backlash that abortion remains, […]

Detroit Fundraises to Test Rape Kits

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In an unprecedented initiative, the cash-strapped city of Detroit has partnered with two nonprofits to raise $10 million for testing its huge backlog of rape kits and conducting further investigations of rape cases. Five years ago, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office discovered 11,000 untested kits in a Detroit police storage unit, a few of which […]

On the Docket: The Top 4 SCOTUS Cases to Follow in 2015


The Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term—which began on Oct. 6—will conclude near the end of June 2015. After a year of decisions that narrowed women’s reproductive and economic rights, the current term provides the justices ample opportunities to right their wrongs (that is, if they can see past their egregious “blind spot” for women’s rights). Below, take […]

Police Kill Black Women All The Time, Too — We Just Don’t Hear About It


Reprinted from Bustle with permission  Protestors in New York flooded the streets last week, toting signs that blazed with images and phrases about cruel injustice. Just a week after similar events in Ferguson, a grand jury ruled that Daniel Pantaleo–the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner, a 44-year-old, black, Staten Island man, in a chokehold that led to Garner’s […]