Appalling New A&E Sex Worker Intervention Show ‘8 Minutes’ Met With Protests

A&E is launching a new “reality” “docudrama” series called 8 Minutes, featuring one of the more appalling concept in recent years. Set to premiere April 2, it’s basically an intervention-style TV show, except for sex workers, and under time pressure. An old interview with the producer at EW reveals that he’s also the man behind Sex Box, and this show is his bid for respectability. … Read More

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Chelsea Handler Describes How Bill Cosby “Tried to Cosby” Her

Within the dishearteningly appropriate platform of Esquire‘s special Men & Women section in their April 2015 issue, which is meant to… Read More

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Why Are Colleges So Eager to Police Speech But So Reluctant to Address the Campus Rape Epidemic?

This week, Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan took a long look at the suspension of a rugby team at the University of Mary Washington over a vulgar, sexist “pub song” sung at a celebration and surreptitiously videotaped. At first glance, the tale looks like a gendered repeat of the racist SAE Oklahoma frat story, except further digging by Ryan reveals it was not quite the same situation. … Read More

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Why Cancer Screening Is For Everyone: A Health Economist on Angelina Jolie Pitt’s ‘NY Times’ Op-Ed

On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote an op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” in The New York Times, explaining why she had “a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy” — or in layman’s terms, the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. The piece is an informative and important piece of advocacy regarding women’s health and women’s options in the fight against cancer. (For the gossips among us, it is also skillfully timed, debuting the same day as Jolie Pitt’s film Unbroken became available on DVD and streaming.) … Read More

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Beyond Mansplaining: A New Lexicon of Misogynist Trolling Behaviors

Mansplaining (verb, gerund) describes the phenomenon of someone (usually a man, but not always) behaving as though he has superior knowledge to someone else (often a woman) who actually knows more about the topic in question than he does. … Read More

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‘Rolling Stone’ Will Publish the Review of its Own Controversial Article, “A Rape on Campus”

CNNMoney reports that Rolling Stone will soon publish the official review of the controversy-igniting article, “A Rape On… Read More

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When White Dudes Name Their Bands “Black Pussy” and “Viet Cong”

Rock ‘n’ roll is all about pushing boundaries and sticking a middle finger up to “the man.” But what if white dudes’ bands attempts to be edgy are actually insensitive, even offensive — and turn them into “the man,” excluding others from their experience? … Read More

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Ashley Judd Intends to Press Charges Against Misogynist Trolls Who Threatened Her on Twitter

Actor, YouthAIDS ambassador and political activist Ashley Judd went to a basketball game between Kentucky and Arkansas teams this weekend… Read More

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A Rare Real Case of Free Speech vs. “PC” Culture: The Feminist Victimhood Wars at Northwestern

In recent months, a schism has emerged in feminist thought around issues of “victimhood.” On one side, there is a growing movement of young people who (correctly) understand how myriad forces like rape culture, trauma, and discrimination tear into a person’s, and society’s, well-being and wholeness. On the other side, a growing contingent of (mostly white) feminists — journalists, essayists, and thinkers — is pushing back against prioritizing “wounds” in feminist discourse, particularly when they say such wounds are weaponized and used to shut down discourse. Meghan Daum calls it “grievance culture.” Laura Kipnis calls it “paranoia.” Jessica Crispin calls it “emotional segregation.” And Michelle Goldberg says it’s a “politics of protection.” … Read More

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