How Some Universities are Bypassing Trump’s New Title IX Rules

If schools follow the Trump administration’s new Title IX rules, survivors no doubt will be reluctant to report sexual harassment and assault.

While some schools are accepting the rules and adopting restrictive policies, others are finding creative ways to get around the rules by designing policies that will minimize these harmful effects. We examined a few of these new policies—here’s what we found.

The Weekly Pulse, August 2-7: In the Fight Against COVID, Trump is Failing Us

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

This week, we run down recent updates on reproductive health care and policy; address the presence of coronavirus risks in reopened-schools and prisons; and provide updates on the coronavirus with a closer look at how exactly leadership is failing us in the global fight against COVID.

White Male Misogyny at Root of Recent Attacks Against Women of Color

Patriarchy and white supremacy permeate our country, inspired by the president’s violent words—words with power and real-life consequences: On August 3, we remember the deadly massacre in El Paso targeted at the Latino and immigrant community. The shooter in that case also wrote a manifesto that mirrored Trump’s language.

The Salas shooter’s violent actions, Yoho’s profane outburst, and Trump’s disruptive forces come from the same white patriarchy that enables white men to target women of color with impunity.

5 Myths About the Protests in Portland

You’ve probably seen the images on TV or social media or in the newspaper. Portland is in chaos. Portland is being destroyed nightly by rioters and looters. According to right wing media, Portland needs federal intervention because local officials have lost control of the city.

But what’s actually happening on the ground in Portland?

Two Generations of Lawyers on AG Barr’s Corruption and Incompetence

Together, a granddaughter and grandfather reflect from their very different legal perspectives on how Attorney General William Barr is damaging the reputation of the Department of Justice.

“Rather than feel camaraderie with our fellow citizens, we have splintered into seemingly irreconcilable factions that see the other side as an existential threat to the country. These rifts have been fomented by a president who has engendered domestic chaos as a political strategy while befriending dictators—and by his enforcer, Attorney General Barr, who converts his midnight tweets into action.”

A Dangerous Pattern: How Immigrants Became Central to the Battle Over Congressional Reapportionment

In the administration’s latest attempt to influence the 2020 census and redefine who gets counted, a presidential memo signed on July 21, acts to selectively exclude unauthorized immigrants from being counted in congressional reapportion—weaponizing the census in a way that would only impact the allocation of congressional seats but maintain distribution of federal funding.
This would be the first time since 1790, when the U.S. census began, that non-citizens are excluded from official population counts used to apportion House seats.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: “Trump Needs to Get His Officers Off the Streets”

Since their arrival in Portland, the federal officers deployed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have sparked national attention and outrage. The officers, along with the Trump administration, have entirely disregarded the desires of local officials, and have threatened the safety of numerous Portland protesters.

“We don’t have a secret police in this country. This is not a dictatorship” said Gov. Kate Brown (D-Ore.). “And Trump needs to get his officers off the streets.”

War on Women Report: Trump Wishes Sex Trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell Well

This week: Trump wishes Ghislaine Maxwell—a sex trafficker and close associate of Jeffrey Epstein—well. And says Epstein—a man accused of raping girls as young as 14 and operating a sex trafficking ring—is a “terrific guy” and “a lot of fun to be with.”

Republicans argue unemployment aid deters individuals from returning to work (at their jobs that no longer exist).

And Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) is retiring this year, leaving his misogynist comments as a final goodbye.