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Students stage walkout over Oklahoma high school’s treatment of three rape survivors

In an inspiring show of solidarity — and a depressing indictment of both their fellow students and their school’s administration — a group of students is staging a walkout at a Norman, Oklahoma high school this morning to protest the way the community has treated three girls who were raped by a classmate.

In an inspiring show of solidarity — and a depressing indictment of both their fellow students and their school’s administration — a group of students is staging a walkout at a Norman, Oklahoma high school this morning to protest ...

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UChicago students speak out against institutional failures with trending #LiabilityoftheMind hashtag

University of Chicago students took to Twitter last night, calling out widespread misogyny, Title IX violations, queerphobia, transphobia, racism (including these Halloween costumes), ableism, lack of mental health services, lack of support for low-income students — and institutional tolerance of it all.

The #LiabilityoftheMind hashtag, started by UChicago student Olivia Ortiz, quickly trended on Twitter in Chicago. (“Liability of the mind” plays on a common UChicago slogan, “Life of the mind.”) Says Ortiz, “As a student of color and sexual assault survivor on campus, I’ve constantly felt like a liability in the eyes of my university. Instead of condemning and disciplining the real liabilities (students and administrators who violate the law and further marginalize minorities on campus) the University ...

University of Chicago students took to Twitter last night, calling out widespread misogyny, Title IX violations, queerphobia, transphobia, racism (including these Halloween costumes), ableism, lack of mental health services, lack of support for low-income students — ...

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CNN host mansplains to Bill Cosby accuser how she could have avoided being raped

Today in victim-blaming wrapped up in an outrageous load of mansplaining: In an interview with Joan Tarshis, one of the latest women to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby, CNN’s Don Lemon had some advice for how she could have avoided the whole thing: just use your teeth as a weapon.

I thought that hearing a dude mansplain street harassment to a woman was the most infuriating thing ever, but I take it back — hearing a dude mansplain how a rape survivor should have responded to her own assault is worse. 

Today in victim-blaming wrapped up in an outrageous load of mansplaining: In an interview with Joan Tarshis, one of the latest women to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby, CNN’s Don Lemon had ...

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Yale law students respond to their professor’s op-ed on campus sexual violence

Yesterday’s New York Times includes an op-ed by Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld on how to solve the campus sexual assault crisis, in which he claims that a “yes means yes” standard “redefines” consent and “encourages people to think of themselves as sexual assault victims when there was no assault.” More than 75 students at Yale Law School, including our own Alexandra, have signed an open letter setting their professor straight.

Yesterday’s New York Times includes an op-ed by Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld on how to solve the campus sexual assault crisis, in which he claims that a “yes means yes” standard “redefines” consent and “encourages people to ...

We’ll believe almost anything rather than believe our favorite male celebrities committed sexual violence

As more women–up to at least eight now, perhaps ten-come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Canadian radio personality Jian Ghomeshi, who preemptively tried to make himself out to be the victim of some vengeful ex conspiracy twinged with anti-BDSM bias, please read this great piece by Kate Harding.

She explores, in infuriating detail, the long history of male celebrities–from Woody Allen to Julian Assange–being accused of sexual violence and “people eagerly latch[ing] onto any bonkers theory that might explain away the allegations, while ignoring the simplest explanation: They’re probably true.” 

As more women–up to at least eight now, perhaps ten-come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Canadian radio personality Jian Ghomeshi, who preemptively tried to make himself out to be the victim of some ...

Comedian Hannibal Buress: “You raped women, Bill Cosby.”

At his stand-up show in Philadelphia last week, comedian and Broad City star Hannibal Buress got super real about the fact that Bill Cosby has been accused of drugging and assaulting over a dozen women.

Calling out Cosby’s “fucking smuggest old black man public persona,” Buress says, “Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches.” He suggests the audience go google ‘Bill Cosby rape’ after the set and concludes: “It’s not funny.” (Transcript here.)

At his stand-up show in Philadelphia last week, comedian and Broad City star Hannibal Buress got super real about the fact that Bill Cosby has been accused of drugging and assaulting over a dozen women.

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No, California’s new affirmative consent law will not redefine most sex as rape

Rape is when you have sex with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with you.

I feel compelled to offer that reminder because after reading Jonathan Chait’s dire warning about California colleges’ “radical” new affirmative consent standard, you might find yourself confused. He claims that the new law will legally redefine “most, and possibly nearly all, sexual encounters” as rape.

It will not. Rape is defined by an absence of consent. I would argue–and I don’t think Chait would disagree–that, ethically, that has always been the case. And thanks to decades of feminist efforts to reform rape laws, that’s increasingly the legal standard too.

Rape is when you have sex with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with you.

I feel compelled to offer that reminder because after reading Jonathan Chait’s dire warning about California colleges’ “radical” new affirmative ...

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