No, Richard Cohen, Appealing to “Real Men” Isn’t the Way to End Campus Rape Culture

“Where,” asked the Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen in an op-ed published earlier this week, “are the men?” If you read last week’s disturbing Rolling Stone article about the culture of rape at the University of Virginia (and the institution’s disastrously inadequate response to it), to which Cohen’s op-ed is a response, you might answer that they’re probably upstairs planning a gang rape. But no, argues Cohen, men who do such things aren’t “real men.” He writes with studied confusion, asking, “How can a rapist walk to class the next day without other men confronting him? How is the rapist or the witness allowed to feel he has exercised some masculine privilege when, in fact, he has just violated the cardinal rule of masculinity? Be respectful of women.” If only it were that simple. But the problem isn’t violation of the cardinal rule of masculinity — it’s looking to masculinity for morality in the first place. … Read More

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“How Do We Move Forward?” A Ferguson Reading List

More than three months after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed teenager Mike Brown, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has announced that Wilson will not be indicted. The news unleashed a fresh wave of frustration, anger, and sadness, some expressed in action, some expressed in words. Here is a survey of essential writing on Ferguson, from August until now — the protests, the police response, the sickening totality of American racism, the broken justice system, and what comes next.  … Read More

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Ferguson: When Social Media Changes the Conversation But Not the Power Structure

Just before he disappointed civil rights advocates — and set off a long night of marches, die-ins, and anger around the country — by announcing a “no indictment” verdict for the officer who shot unarmed teen Mike Brown to death in Ferguson Missouri, prosecutor Robert McCulloch had a message for the media. … Read More

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Exclusive: Badass Advice for Women in Media from #Bindercon

In this exclusive clip, Jessica McGlory (@emceeglory), founder of Forecastr (@TVforecast), drops some well-earned knowledge for women and… Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: The Extraordinary Life of Mike Nichols

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re paying tribute to the late Mike Nichols, the legendary director and entertainer who passed away this week. … Read More

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That Lana Del Rey/Eli Roth Rape Scene, Discussed

Editor’s note: This is a conversation between our staffers on the disturbing Eli Roth/Marilyn Manson/Lana Del Rey video that surfaced this morning, which Manson’s representatives claim he had no part in. As can be expected, it contains graphic content. … Read More

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Why So Many Women Are Accusing Bill Cosby Now, and Why They Didn’t Do It Earlier

The story of the rape allegations against Bill Cosby continues to expand and swell on a tide of considerable public support (finally!) for the alleged victims’ stories, and the sheer number of accusers. In the past two days, several more woman have stepped forward and publicly added their names to the list of accusers, which is now at 15. This new list includes, most notably, model Janice Dickinson, who also spoke of her residual trauma after the attack. … Read More

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