Jenny Kutner

Men’s Rights Activists Rush to Defend Iowa Gun Nut Who Murdered Woman for Sexual Harassment Complaint

Over the weekend, an Iowa man who identified himself as “a born free, gun toting, Constitution loving American” shot and killed a woman with whom he worked after she reportedly filed a sexual harassment claim against him. According to one local radio station, Alexander Kozak was fired from his job on Friday because of the harassment complaint, prompting him to get his gun and murder Iowa Children’s Museum employee Andrea Farrington. Farrington appears to have been the latest in a line of women to report Kozak’s harassing behavior.

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Former Homeschooler Says Duggar Family’s Fundamentalist Education Teaches 'Rape Culture'

Almost as soon as it was revealed last month that Josh Duggar sexually assaulted his younger sisters when he was a teenager — and that his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, did what they could to cover it up — the Internet erupted with speculation about how the family’s intensive fundamentalist Christian homeschooling program may or may not have contributed to the abuse.

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Former Member of Extremist Christian Group Unloads on How Fundamentalism Turns Men Into 'A**holes'

A former “Quiverfull” adherent who managed to escape the movement against her husband’s wishes has developed some pretty cogent thoughts about evangelical extremism and Christian patriarchy: Both lines of thinking turn men into “assholes.”

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Jewish Teacher Sues Colorado School District Over Evangelical Events on School Grounds

A Colorado teacher has filed a federal lawsuit against the school district where he works, alleging the district’s only high school illegally promotes Christianity in conjunction with a nearby evangelical church.

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Waco Biker Gang Killings -- Funny How the Corporate Media Won't Call It a Riot When White People Are Involved

Nine people have died after a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco on Sunday, when gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in the central Texas city.

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Judge Reduces Sentence of Child Rapist, Says He Didn't "Intend" to Harm 3-Year-Old He Sodomized

A California judge decided last week to reduce the prison sentence for a man who raped a three-year-old girl, because, in the jurist’s view, the defendant didn’t show “callous disregard for [the victim’s] well-being” when he sodomized her in his garage. 

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Crisis Pregnancy Center Tells Woman Her IUD Is Her 'Baby,' Plus Countless Other Lies

Today in totally surprising news that we have never, ever heard before: Crisis pregnancy centers, which are often funded by taxpayer money and have been found time and time again to lie to women, are still lying to women. New results of a yearlong investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice America indicate a disturbing trend among CPCs in California (replicated nationwide) of using whatever means necessary — slut-shaming, fear-mongering, misinformation and straight-up manipulation — to prevent pregnant women from having abortions. Surprise, surprise. 

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Black Girls Are Suspended from School Six Times More Often Than White Girls

The harsh disciplinary penalties young black men encounter in school and in society compared to their white counterparts is a center point of efforts to eradicate the “school-to-prison pipeline” and meet the so often overlooked needs of communities of color. It’s a necessary focus manifested in initiatives such as the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper, but it’s not an intersectional one — and that often results in the neglect of young black women, who are subject to many of the same disciplinary disparities that can have devastating, long-lasting consequences for their lives.

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Check out the Device That Will Convince You to Start Doing Kegels

Last Thursday, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go grab drinks after work. “I can’t,” I texted in response. “I have to go meet some people about kegels.” I got the sort of reply I expected: “Lol. What.”

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Republican Puts $2,500 Bounty on Transgender People

This week in transphobic bathroom panic: A Kentucky Republican has introduced a bill that would force students to use school restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their “biological” sex in order to “protect” cisgender students — but wait, there’s more. State Sen. C.B. Embry’s so-called Kentucky Student Privacy Act would also actively punish schools that attempt to accommodate transgender students, forcing them to pay students who encounter trans people in the “wrong” bathroom.

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What Is Genetic Sexual Attraction? Woman Describes Sexual Relationship With Her Father

Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) is a term used to describe intense, almost obsessive romantic and sexual feelings that estranged relatives often feel for each other upon reunion — yes, I said “often.” According to the Guardian, “50% of reunions between siblings, or parents and offspring, separated at birth” result in GSA — a much higher proportion than one might expect, especially given the dearth of research on these relationships. Science of Us notes that the most underreported of all GSA relationships is between biological fathers and daughters, which are often scrutinized for power dynamics similar to many abusive relationships. So, naturally, the blog went ahead and found a young woman who is “dating her dad” to hear her side of things.

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Science Says Men Are More Likely To Die Doing Stupid Things

Men are stupid idiots. (And no, I am not just typing these words to secure my misandrist card for life.) According to a new report in the British Medical Journal, which releases a silly edition every year just in time for the holidays, men are actually stupid idiots. Science says.

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Rolling Stone Walks Back UVA Rape Exposé: 'We Regret the Decision Not to Contact the Alleged Assaulters'

Rolling Stone is retreating on its defense of last month’s blockbuster exposé on sexual assault at the University of Virginia, which has been criticized in recent weeks for the author’s failure to contact several men accused of gang raping a woman identified as Jackie. On Friday, Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana issued a statement in response to the fraternity where Jackie claims she was raped, which now argues that there are major discrepancies in the woman’s story:

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The Sex Acts Britain Just Banned in Porn

Porn produced in the United Kingdom quietly incurred some major restrictions on Monday, via an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act that bans a long list of sex acts from appearing in adult films. While the new restrictions do not affect porn produced outside the UK (and do not prevent people from watching such porn), they do require on-demand adult films to meet the same guidelines as adult films available on DVD in sex shops. That means eliminating all sorts of different performances, from spanking to strangulation, many of which are typically associated with female pleasure.

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“Why Would You Kill Her?”: Michigan Police Shoot Woman During Response to Domestic Dispute

The boyfriend of a Michigan woman who was shot and killed by Ann Arbor police over the weekend is speaking out about law enforcement’s’ failure to use nonlethal force to intervene in the ultimately fatal domestic dispute. Victor Stephens, whose girlfriend of nine months was living with him when she was shot in his home on Sunday, says he only called police for assistance escorting the woman (whose name has not yet been released) from the home, according to MLive.

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College Tells Female Students to Practice Facial Expressions in the Mirror to Avoid Being Raped

Another college has taken a new approach to sexual assault prevention, except it really isn’t new at all. A presentation to address campus sexual violence at Ramapo College in New Jersey was panned last week by students, faculty and the campus newspaper, which reported that the seminar included instructions for female students to practice “preventative” facial expressions in the mirror to avoid being harassed or assaulted. In short, victim blaming.

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College Tells Female Students to Practice Facial Expressions in the Mirror to Avoid Being Raped

Another college has taken a new approach to sexual assault prevention, except it really isn’t new at all. A presentation to address campus sexual violence at Ramapo College in New Jersey was panned last week by students, faculty and the campus newspaper, which reported that the seminar included instructions for female students to practice “preventative” facial expressions in the mirror to avoid being harassed or assaulted. In short, victim blaming.

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Fox News to Young Women: Don't Vote, Just Work on Your Tinder Profile

On Tuesday’s edition of “The Five,” Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle suggested that young women, who apparently lack important conservative wisdom, should just go ahead and excuse themselves from voting in the midterms. According to Guilfoyle and her co-hosts, females of a certain age just “don’t get it,” which should probably disqualify them from serving on juries, or from exercising a crucial constitutional right they gained less than a century ago.

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High School Bans Dangerous Threat to Male Students: Yoga Pants

Here is a “secret” about many people who write professionally for the Internet: They write without pants on. If they do wear “pants,” they’re probably the kind with elastic waistbands — leggings, yoga pants, etc. As I write this post, I am wearing a pair of skinny jeans, which are basically glorified lounge pants with a zipper — but that’s only because I came to my office today. If I were on my couch right now, as I usually am, I would probably be wearing a pair of leggings. Or I would be wearing no pants at all.

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German Committee Says Incest Is a “Fundamental Right”

A government-backed committee in Germany has recommended that the government abolish laws criminalizing incest between siblings, arguing that such bans impinge upon citizens’ rights to sexual self-determination. According to findings from the German Ethics Council, that right is a “fundamental” one, and carries more weight than society’s “abstract protection of the family.”

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Woman Writes Epic Open Letter to Hedge Fund Bro Who Allegedly Groped Her

Here is a quick lesson in how to treat wait staff, or simply other human beings: Don’t grope them without consent. Do not do this ever, but especially do not do this if you do not know the waiter/other human being, or if you have severely underestimated her or his intelligence and capability for seeking vengeance. If you do, you might be a) charged with sexual assault and/or harassment, or b) publicly shamed by a bright, pissed off bartender who has been treated like a toy for the last time.

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Evangelical Megachurch Begins Closing Branches After Pastor Calls Women 'Penis Homes'

The Washington-based evangelical megachurch Mars Hill is shutting (some of) its doors. Following controversy over founder Mark Driscoll’s well-documented homophobic and sexist remarks, church officials announced over the weekend that they would be closing several of Mars Hills 15 Pacific Northwest branches, citing financial difficulties caused by “negative media attention.” Several staff and clergy members have also been laid off. At the end of last month, Driscoll himself announced that he would be taking a six-week-long leave of absence.

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What Men Are Really Saying When They Harass Women on the Street [Video]

There is one phrase I find particularly grating when strangers direct it at me on the street: “Smile, baby.” It happens a lot, and I know I’m not alone in wanting to aim my fist at whoever catcalled and point my middle finger skyward — because those two small words don’t actually mean, “Look happier, strange woman on the street.” They mean, “Your autonomy makes me uncomfortable, strange woman on the street, and so I’m going to find a way to objectify you.”

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Outrageous: Young Conservatives of Texas Campus Group Launches Their Own Undocumented Immigrant 'Sting'

Updated 4:04 p.m., eastern: The YCT chapter president, Lorenzo Garcia, has created a Facebook event for the sting, which will actually be called “Catch an Illegal Immigrant.” The Facebook page also reflects information that has recently come to light about Garcia’s “nonpartisan” political affiliation with Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, for whom he works as an intern.

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