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Pope: Women have a ‘special role’ in the Church

Pope Francis on Wednesday underlined the role played by women in the Roman Catholic Church, saying they had been more willing to believe in Jesus Christ’s resurrection than his own disciples. “Women play a primary, fundamental role in the Bible,” the pope told thousands of pilgrims at an audience in…

Man in ‘sextortion’ case might have coerced 350 women

Man in 'sextortion' case might have coerced 350 women Federal agents on Tuesday took aim at a new type of scam called “sextortion,” arresting a Glendale, Calif., man on charges that he hacked into e-mail and Facebook accounts of young women and then posed as a woman to convince others…

“Girls” and the politics of the remote control

In case you were wondering, yes, I do have opinions on the show “Girls” and all the press it’s been getting. I wrote a piece that I definitely hope you check out at The American Prospect on the whole thing, were I lament how much ink is being spilled about…

Caitlin Flanagan exposes herself on the radio

Caitlin Flanagan gets a lot of attention because she’s able to write in these elliptical, obtuse ways that seem really profound, which is why it’s useful to listen to her on the radio, where she’s forced to be more concise, revealing that she’s just the same old culture warrior whose…

It’s pathetic that this is controversial

A number of people have written in and asked me to comment on this incident at Yale where a bunch of douchebag frat boys yelled a bunch of pro-rape stuff around housing where a lot of young women live. It’s obvious to me this is as classic as it gets…

Why Twilight?

You know what I really, really don’t get? The whole Twilight thing. I just don’t get it. I mean, I analyze and observe it like a good feminist critic of pop culture, but on the most basic, gut level, I just don’t get why it’s appealing to anyone, much less…

News bulletin: men have hearts that break

Conservative hand-wringing over young women having sex isn’t due to the double standard, we’re always being told. Oh no!, they say. We’d be totally indifferent to women having sex outside of our narrow confines if it wasn’t so harmful. But girls so badly want boyfriends! And of course, boys couldn’t…

No, really, the word “no” isn’t that confusing

I wish I had a more fun, cheeky thing to post on before a holiday weekend, but I can’t just let this new sex tape scandal thing slide. In the past, I’ve suggested that men who film women (with their consent) having sex and then release it (without their consent)…

False dichotomies

I didn’t initially think I had much to add to Tracy Clark-Flory refuting yet another round of trend stories suggesting that young women are suddenly embracing chastity (I’m going to pitch a story one day about young men suddenly renouncing their slutty ways and see if anyone bites), the most…

What about the men?

Every few years or even months or so, you get another alarmist article about how young women are failing their feminist foremothers. Young women don’t call themselves feminists! Young women don’t care about history! Young women are dropping out of feminism! These articles have a few flaws in common, the…

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