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The Profound Misogyny of a Popular Defense of Sexual Harassment

I’ve been chewing over this ridiculousness for about a day. For those who haven’t seen this, Darren Kavinoky trotted out one of the most tedious but frequently cited defenses of sexual harassment you hear: That it wouldn’t be considered harassment if the harasser was handsome. Then it would just be…

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner defiant in face of recall campaign

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, in his first public statement since taking a leave of absence to enter sexual harassment therapy, refused to bow to a campaign seeking his ouster through a recall election, touting his accomplishments in office instead. “Now is not…

How courts stopped unpaid interns from filing sexual harassment lawsuits

By Blair Hickman and Christie Thompson, ProPublica In 1994, Bridget O’Connor began an internship at Rockland Psychiatric Center, where one of the doctors allegedly began to refer to her as Miss Sexual Harassment, told her that she should participate in an orgy, and suggested that she remove her clothing before…

Misogynist Trolls Have An Agenda, And It’s Not Lulz

The Twitter harassment campaign directed at women who had the nerve—the nerve!—to support putting a nobody like Jane Austen on the ten pound note has opened up another round of discourse about what to do about the trolls. I think this time it’s been particularly helpful, because losing your shit…

Four more women accuse San Diego mayor of sexual misconduct

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Four more women, including a retired U.S. Navy admiral and a college dean, came forward on Thursday to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, as local party leaders called on him to resign. The latest allegations leveled at…

Sexual Harasser Learns Same Old Excuses Don’t Work Anymore

To be fair, your modern flasher rarely wears a hat. I can’t promise I’ll be there every week, but today I’d like to start posting a weekly invitation to come to Panda Party again. Summer’s finally here! Let’s Panda Party! Some of this week’s discussions about disingenuous arguments, sexual harassment, and the tendency…

Fringe Misogynists Expose Themselves To The Houston Chronicle

  Yesterday, I mentioned as an aside the harassment campaign against feminist atheists conducted by a very small but very dedicated group of sexists whose two main complaints appear to be: 1) Sexual harassment is a holy right and conferences shouldn’t have policies banning it and 2) It should be…

Rep. Speier: Air Force awarded alleged rapist instead of punishing him

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Wednesday delivered her sixteenth speech on the House floor condemning the “epidemic” of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military. To call attention to the problem, she has been telling the stories of women who were sexually harassed and assaulted while serving in U.S…

Rep. Speier: U.S. military ‘sweeps sexual offenses under the rug’

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) delivered her fifteenth speech on the House floor condemning the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military. To call attention to the problem, she has been telling the stories of women who were sexually harassed and assaulted while serving in U.S military.…

Here, let some dudes tell you, then

As usual when women complain about sexual harassment and sexist wankery, there’s a lot of bullshit excuse-making. Todays theme is, “It’s only scary, uncomfortable and offensive to women to say sexist shit to them because women choose to feel bad!” It’s the sexism apologist’s version of “The Secret”. Lots of…

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