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There’s a lot heat that has been shed over the last week based on what struck me as a brief comment by Rebecca Watson about getting hit on in an elevator at 4am, as part of a much longer vlog: Um, just a word to wise here, guys, uh, don’t do that. You know, I…

By way of Atrios, we come across this hideous display of victim blaming: Many of the tragedies mentioned about spring from what I see as a na├»ve faith in the power of the modern sexual revolution. Women today are technically free to do all sorts of things that were forbidden to their grandmothers, which is…

We read about “the dumbest-ass things that any state could possibly do” according to one retired New Orleans judge to prevent prostitution: In their neighborhoods, they are sometimes taunted with dirty looks and jeers. Their pictures hang on the walls of local community centers where their children and grandchildren play. And their names and addresses…

Last week, I described how the Texas Republican party proposed legislation that would require a woman who wants to have an abortion to receive a vaginal exam (two actually). Well, the Texas Democrats at least fought back (which is more than the national Dems ever do): Houston state representative Harold Dutton got the most coverage…

Movement conservative Grover Norquist is famous (or infamous) for his slogan, “Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.” (There are different versions of this saying). In response, some on the left will quip, when discussing the theopolitical right, that the theopolitical right wants to shrink…

For those who haven’t heard, CBS news reporter Lara Logan suffered a “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.” Just last week, conservative pundit Ann Coulter uttered the following while at the Conservative Political Action conference: …conservative commentator Ann…

That’s not very civil of me, but it is honest. Having said that, behavior is obviously based in biology, and it does stand to reason that some behaviors will have been influenced by natural selection. Admittedly, I’m biased against evolutionary psychology: I think, in general, the claims made are far too strong and the confounding…

Because that’s how Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was able to kill a provision that would have helped the State Department prevent child rape. No, really: Non-governmental organizations, women’s rights advocates, and lawmakers from both parties spent years developing and lobbying for the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010,” which the House…

Why Are U.S. Troops Dying to Defend Child Rape?

No doubt they hate us for our freedoms (or something), but if I were an Afghan, this might just push me over the edge: Prime among Atmar’s concerns was a party partially thrown by DynCorp for Afghan police recruits in Kunduz Province. …according to the leaked cable, that money was flowing to drug dealers and…

So my first thought upon reading that a fraternity pledge ritual involved chanting in a public place “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal” was “Frat boys are still assholes. Nice to see that some things remain constant.” Then I read that this happened at Yale, and my next thought was, “I wonder which of these…