Back to the Big House

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As avid fans know, the second season of Netflix’s hit show, Orange is the New Black, has been released. The series is a fictionalized version of the real-life story of Piper Kerman, an upper-middle-class white woman who was sentenced to over a year in prison for committing a drug-smuggling-related crime 10 years earlier. Piper Chapman […]

Men Sue in Campus Sexual Assault Cases

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One in five college women are sexually assaulted, and only 12 percent of college rape survivors will report their rape to the police. And yet, some men accused of such assaults are playing the victim. As covered extensively in the Spring issue of Ms. magazine, rape on college campuses is gaining widespread national attention thanks […]

Will “Right-to-Lifers” Gain Right to Lie?

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In a 9-0 ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted two anti-choice groups the right to challenge the constitutionality of Ohio’s ban on false statements made during political campaigns. The suit draws from a controversy that arose during former U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus’, D-Ohio, reelection bid in 2010. At the time of his campaign, the […]

Why #FreeTheNipple Isn’t About Fixing Tan Lines.

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When Scout Willis marched topless down the streets of New York City early last week, she was sending a clear message: it’s time to finally #FreeTheNipple. Nearly 80 years after men first won the right to go barechested, women are demanding the same level of physical freedom both in public and on social media. Willis […]

Survivors Expose George Will’s Male Privilege

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Washington Post columnist George F. Will evoked Internet scorn this week when he claimed that college women are lying about being “sexually assaulted”—the scare quotes are his—in order to gain the “coveted status that confers privileges” to victims. What are these coveted privileges that sexual assault victims gain? Besides a brief mention of trigger warnings, […]

Congress Moves Forward on Rape-Kit Funding

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The U.S. Senate subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies showed its support this week for combating the backlog of untested rape kits by including $41 million in its 2015 fiscal year spending bill as part of a community-based sexual assault response reform initiative. This announcement comes on the heels of an earlier House […]

Stop Being Surprised, Damn It

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I am not one bit surprised that a heavily-armed Elliott Rodger knocked on the door of Alpha Phi sorority at UC Santa Barbara, and when there was no response, shot and killed two Tri Delta sorority members who were outside. I am not one bit dumbfounded that when his anxious parents called police to do […]

Misogyny Kills: How the Isla Vista Shooting Proves What #YesAllWomen Already Know

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On Friday night in Isla Vista, Elliot Rodger began the “day of retribution” he promised on YouTube, killing six women and men as part of what he himself called a “war on women.” I had arrived in Isla Vista five minutes earlier. I didn’t realize that when I pulled up to join my friend for the […]

Unfairly Judged: Why Cecily McMillan Doesn’t Belong in Prison

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This story originally appeared at The Nation Pretend you have to choose a book: one is a lurid airport paperback written for people who don’t like to read, the story of a bad girl getting taken down a peg; the other is missing half its pages and it has a lot of footnotes. You’d choose […]

A Week of White House Progress on Campus Rape

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The Obama administration has been ramping up its efforts to combat campus rape this year. Just this week, the White House released a 20-page report on combating campus rape, launched a star-studded PSA on the issue and announced that 55 colleges and universities are under federal investigation for the alleged mishandling of sexual violence cases. The […]