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Postracial America, my ass. The KKK has a kids show now.

Do not miss Anna Deavere Smith’s performance of “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

In the gaming community, doing away with damsels in distress.

Should character matter in pro sports? Gee, I don’t know guys, should we let rapists be held up as heroes to boys and men?

Ann Friedman on how to travel alone as a woman.

On “All In With Chris Hayes,” The Prospect‘s Jamelle Bouie talks about what happened when he got one of his racist internet trolls on the phone.

You mean the women on the Supreme Court DON’T make judicial decisions with their vaginas?

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    “Should character matter in pro sports? Gee, I don’t know guys, should we let rapists be held up as heroes to boys and men?”

    I think it’s easy for some to isolate pro sports because it’s participants are mostly men, but why would you limit the discussion to just men and male heroes? Should we allow ex porn stars to teach? Who gets to define good character and what is the standard of proof? Should an accusation destroy a career? Would you be prepared to apply this standard in a gender and ideologically neutral manner or should women and progressive / liberal men get a pass? Where do we draw the line on employers making employment decisions based on personal behavior?

    Even in the example cited if a rapist has paid their debt to society, should they be banned from participating in the public discourse? If they can’t be redeemed and I don’t mean to suggest that they can, why do we let them out? From a logical standpoint, it doesn’t make sense, but then ask yourself why should this standard not be applied to anyone who commits the same crime twice. They obviously weren’t rehabilitated the first time.