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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. …

Virtual

A couple of news items were passed to me by folks, and I thought I’d put them together, because they touch on similar questions about the way that technology’s evolution towards replicating human forms for entertainment introduce whole new confusing issues about sexuality and gender and feminism. Or, to put…

The limits of anti-violence slogans

Apparently, on that show “Jersey Shore”, there was going to be a scene—highly advertised—where a dude up and punches a woman in the face. What’s unusual about this is that it happened on camera and in a situation where male-on-female violence isn’t that common (that I know of)—they’re not in…

Don’t be That Guy

For the idiots on this thread who are trying to use feminist opposition to sexual harassment and assault as a way to “prove” that feminists have some secret agenda against male lust, I offer a funny story from my college years that has always demonstrated to me why men with…

If we just start calling it “foosnoozle”, then we can declare there’s no more cancer

The wingnut version of a Zen koan: “If a woman is beaten or raped, but shuts up about it and doesn’t tell anyone, did it really happen?” I mean, no one but the abuser knows about it, right? So it’s like it didn’t happen, right? Sure, you weenie liberals might…

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