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Robert Redford Tells UN General Assembly to “Save the World Before It’s Too Late”

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Robert Redford told the United Nations at a general assembly yesterday, “This may be our last chance” to curb the damage of greenhouse gases on the planet. Redford was responding to this December’s climate conference in Paris, where environmentalists hoped an agreement would be reached by developing and developed nations to rein in greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet.
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Accused Student Suing Emma Sulkowicz for Misandry

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Misandry, or the man-hating equivalent of misogyny, has gone from a far-out accusation leveled by Men’s Rights Activist types to an ironic, re-appropriated feminist inside joke, and now it has come back out the other side. In a lawsuit against Columbia University, counsel for the male student Emma Sulkowicz has accused of rape are using language that usually connotes anti-female harassment.
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St. Louis Paper Uses Political Affair to Slut-Shame, Out Possible Rape Victim

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Here’s a primer on how to use “journalism” to perpetuate rape culture: write a salacious story about a night of drinking that ended in a halted sexual assault investigation, name the accuser — and then connect her to a political sex scandal in order to claim that publishing her bar tab was “newsworthy.” Then pat your back, safe in the knowledge that many other rape victims will probably see your article and be too intimidated to come forward.
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Charleston and White Supremacy: A Reading List

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As many of us continue to reel from this week’s mass murder at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, there are many broader issues and histories we need to reflect on — to make sense of this crime and to help us see a better future ahead. We’ve curated a weekend reading list that offers context for everything from the history of the targeted church and Charleston, to media criticism, to an in-depth look at the faces of today’s organized white supremacy movement.
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Watching a Speculative Novel Come to Life in Rachel Dolezal’s Story

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Late last Thursday night, filing out of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park after a performance of The Tempest, I glanced down at my phone and saw that a well-known comedian, a friend of a friend, had tweeted something about my novel. “This #RachelDolezal story feels like the prequel to the book Your Face in Mine,” he wrote.

A version of my novel was leaving the realm of the imaginary and becoming news.
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