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Why didn’t she report it? Why didn’t she come forward sooner? Why did she stay silent? These are the questions that are inevitably raised in response to survivors making accusations of sexual harassment and assault. Women are interrogated for speaking out and for keeping quiet, grilled for ulterior motives and personal details. But the question we should be asking is: Why did this man think he could get away with it? In the latest scandal, men in Hollywood have denounced Weinstein as one bad egg, claiming...
In the wake of the avalanche of information about serial sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein, many celebrities have come forward with their own stories of support and survival. Most of those speaking out are now are calling for men to speak out against violence they see perpetuated by their male friends, family and colleagues — arguing that it’s time men step up to the plate with the women who have been fighting against sexual assault for decades. Then, Terry Crews shut everyone up. Not only did...
  In the wake of revelations in the New York Times about Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual harassment of women (from actresses to assistants) famous voices have been raised in support of the allegations. Additional reports are being published, adding more victims and detailing the increasingly disturbing frequency and intensity of sexual assaults that Weinstein has allegedly committed consistently throughout his career.  On the other hand, some prominent figures continue to defend Weinstein. Powerhouse fashion designer Donna Karan, a longtime friend of Weinstein, was asked by a reporter...

  When my mail carrier handed me the small brown envelope, I’m sure she had no idea she was handing me the means to have a safe, private abortion at home. I had ordered the pills a week and a half earlier off a somewhat sketchy website and, frankly, was wondering if they would ever appear. I say “sketchy” in that the offer seemed too good to be true — abortion pills for less than $200, no prescription needed. The “Whoa, trouble ahead!” warning from my...
 Unless you live under a literal rock, you’ve seen the Dove ad on Facebook that has the comment sections of the world blowing up. The ad has a simple layout: a black girl wearing a skin-tone matching shirt lifts her shirt and changes into a white girl with a skin-tone matching shirt, who then lifts her shirt and changes into a Hispanic girl with a skin-tone matching shirt. Obviously, no one at Dove has any idea what is going on regarding racism and sexism in...
A powerful man in a suit with a half- or fully-naked woman draped somewhere on him, or around him, has been a stereotype used in ad campaigns for as long as modern advertising has been around. From car ads to perfume ads, this kind of sexism and objectification of female bodies has become so common that we don’t even look twice at a billboard showcasing it. But this fall, a slight breeze of seemingly refreshing change is stirring up waves in the world of fashion advertising....
  In September 2008, Christopher Mirasolo, 18 years old at the time, kidnapped three 12-13 year old girls for two days in a vacant house near his families property. He now has joint legal custody of a child conceived out of that rape.  The Detroit News has been following this story, stating that one of Mirasolo’s initial victims discovered she was pregnant the same month he was convicted of rape. Mirasolo served only six months of his one year sentence for that incident, and in 2010 was later...
    On October 5th, in an exposé from The New York Times, it was uncovered that Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful men working in Hollywood, has been sexually harassing and abusing female actors, assistants and other women working alongside him for decades and has paid them off to shut them up. Weinstein resigned from his own company the next day, releasing a statement to the New York Times saying, “I am trying to do better, but I know I have a long way to go.” A...
Pointy hats, black cloaks, and face-covering veils — the anonymous activists in W.I.T.C.H.’s (Witches’ International Troublemaker Conspiracy from Hell) Portland, OR, chapter strike a macabre and powerful visual chord whenever they rally to “take down the heteronormative, cisnormative, white-supremacist patriarchy and the capitalist system.”“There’s definitely a hunger for connection to witchcraft that’s evident in pop culture and on social media,” says an unnamed source within the group. “We hope to divert some of that energy toward social justice.” Portland’s incarnation of W.I.T.C.H. formed in November...
New rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services today roll back the Affordable Care Act provisions that required birth control to be covered with no co-pay as a preventive service by an employer. According to the New York Times, many types of employers are now able to stop covering contraceptives under their health insurance plans if they have a "sincerely held religious or moral objection." These regulations will take effect immediately. A statement from Health and Human Services detailed two seperate rules which...
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