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Yes, Katie, there is sexual harassment

I almost don't want to respond to Katie Roiphe's evidence-free assertion that most sexual harassment is just a matter of over-sensitive feminists trying to destroy the male libido. It's hard for me to look at Roiphe in general, since at 43 years old, she still is playing that game where…

Half of U.S. students sexually harassed in last year: survey

WASHINGTON — Forty-eight percent of US middle and high school students suffered sexual harassment in the past school year, both in person and online, a national survey released Monday said. And 87 percent of those students said the experience had a negative impact on them, according to the survey of…

Conservatives give up the pretense of disapproval of sexual harassment

This primary season has really been remarkable, in terms of exposing the fantasies and motivations of the right, especially with regards to the strange enthusiasm for Herman Cain, even though he's probably not really running at all.  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Pokemon?…

Cain accuser stands by complaint: ‘Several instances’ of sexual harassment

The lawyer for the woman who in 1999 accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment said Friday that the then-CEO had not told the truth about his actions, but his client did not want to relive the “series of inappropriate behaviors” by coming forward. “In 1999, I was retained by a…

Cain plays the “you know how women blow everything out of proportion” card

So, after a day of floundering, Herman Cain has decided to respond to the revelations about sexual harassment complaints in the past with the "hysterical bitches" card. When outright denial isn't possible and claiming that she consented and regretted is implausible, the "you know women, always overreacting to every little…

Speaking out about OWS sexual harassment

Update: August Pollalk is the best, seriously. He remembered Greenstreet, and had this to say: So, my fun little Inside Baseball story: when Campus Progress (the nonprofit I used to work for in DC) first launched in 2004, one of the first things we did was try to promote a…

Rep. Speier delivers eighth House speech on rape in the military

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military for the eighth time on the House floor Thursday morning. “It is a black eye on this country that must be erased,” she said. “Nineteen thousand rapes a year…

Rep. Jackie Speier calls on Congress to address military rapes

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) on the House floor Wednesday called on Congress to do something about the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape that in the U.S. military. “I rise today, as I have done virtually every week, to tell a story of a man or woman in the…

There is no one reaction to harassment

I  have a piece at the Guardian's CIF about this whole Anthony Weiner business, and why, even though this is primarily about attacking Weiner because he's a fighter, this fits into a larger pattern of right wing abuse of sexy young women for the  high crime of being intellectually independent…

Sexual abuse is a cross-class phenomenon

If you want to read the most wrong-headed if well-meaning thing you'll read all week, check out Penelope Trunk's response to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrest. In it, Trunk actually argues that women with powerful and well-paid jobs are going to be facing more sexual harassment than women with low-status jobs. …

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