Us Too: Cuomo’s Departure Highlights Need for Coercive Control Laws in U.S.

Andrew Cuomo went out swinging on his last day in office—insisting he’s being railroaded even as the moving vans rolled out.

I honestly don’t care about his claims. What I do care about is whether the outgoing New York governor’s sexual harassment scandal will prompt more states to finally enact laws against coercive control—a form of domestic bullying that can cause psychological trauma.

Bengali Women File Class-Action Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against N.Y. Doctor: “Like an Andrew Cuomo of Jackson Heights”

On August 13, four Bengali women from the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., filed a class-action lawsuit against Dr. Ferdous Khandker, alleging decades of sexual assault and harassment of dozens of women and girls under the auspices of providing medical care. The women sought out attorney Susan Crumiller, who calls her firm “the feminist litigation firm.”

On the day the class-action lawsuit against Khandker was filed, Ms. spoke with Susan Crumiller to learn more about how the case and what’s at stake.

Black Feminist in Public: Revisiting Pulitzer Winner Alice Walker; In Conversation with Salamishah Tillet on ‘In Search of The Color Purple’

Through archival research and interviews, academic and activist Salamishah Tillet studies Alice Walker’s life and how themes of violence emerged in her earlier work.

“It was important for me to recognize Alice’s own journey to Zora as part of my own journey to Alice. That’s one thing. The other part is that you have a generation of Black writers and scholars who self-identify as Black feminists who remember the moment or the time or the text that helped them find the language of Black feminism. This is both a recovery and an origin story.”

“Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary” Gives the Groundbreaking Feminist Her Due

Feminist activist and writer Andrea Dworkin played an important role in opposing violence against women and violent pornography that subjugated women for profit.

Finally, Martin Duberman’s new biography of Dworkin gives her justice: her life’s work, her lived experience, and the feminists and foes who attacked her are carefully stitched together in historical context and granular detail through letters, publications, and the sympathetic voice of Duberman.

It’s Been Three Years Since #MeToo. What’s Changed? What Needs to Change?

Every October since 2017, we have celebrated the continued creativity from activist Tarana Burke, who founded the Me Too Movement back in 2006, and the courage of actor Alyssa Milano, who helped the hashtag go viral by sharing her own experience on Twitter.

As a survivor, I want to share what we have achieved in establishing sexual assault awareness and supporting survivors, while educating about the work we still need to do.