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Bill Cosby admitted he got drugs to rape women — now can we believe it?

We all know the pattern: Women will say something is a problem — like, say, online harassment or rape culture — and the public will bend over backwards to avoid believing it. Then, a man will say the same thing and, suddenly, we find it much more credible. 

For example: More than a dozen women had accused Bill Cosby of drugging and assaulting them before Hannibal Burgess’s comments brought the issue into the national spotlight last year. And as the list of women who’ve come forward with disturbingly similar accounts has ballooned since then — toping 25 publicly and 48 privately at this point — there’s remained a subset of resolute Cosby defenders who are holding out for “proof” — real evidence, ya know, not just the testimony of dozens of women over 40 years.

Well, now there’s this:

Bill Cosby has admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, newly released documents show.

The documents, dating back to 2005, stem from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand — one of the dozens of women who have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault. The records were made public Monday after The Associated Press went to court to compel their release.

In a sworn deposition, Cosby answered questions from Constand’s attorney, Dolores Troiani.

“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Troiani asked.

“Yes,” Cosby replied.

So what say you, misogynists? Here’s a man saying it, and that man is Bill Cosby himself. Is that finally enough?

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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