Jill Filipovic

Does the Ivy League Have a Sexual Assault Problem?

You've heard this story before: A young woman is sexually assaulted on her college campus. She reports it to campus authorities. They take the accusations as a "he said, she said". They do nothing. She goes to therapy, maybe goes on medication, maybe drops out of school. He goes on with his life. The university stays silent in the face of criticism, or perhaps pledges to take "a new look" at its sexual assault policies.

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Student Was Forced to Perform Sexual Acts in Her Dorm, Harvard Turned a Blind Eye

You've heard this story before: A young woman is sexually assaulted on her college campus. She reports it to campus authorities. They take the accusations as a "he said, she said". They do nothing. She goes to therapy, maybe goes on medication, maybe drops out of school. He goes on with his life. The university stays silent in the face of criticism, or perhaps pledges to take "a new look" at its sexual assault policies.

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Have We Gone Too Far with 'Trigger Warnings' - Cautionary Notes that Certain Content May be Traumatic?

Trigger Warning: this piece discusses trigger warnings. It may also look askance at college students who are now asking that trigger warnings be applied to their course materials.

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Kansas' Anti-Gay Bill: Another Attempt to Force Warped Christianity on Others

Last week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill (pdf) that would have broadly legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. Luckily, after national outrage, the bill was halted. But the fight isn't over: the bill's reliance on religious freedom to justify discrimination is a sign of right-wing efforts to come.

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Boob Deodorant? The Latest Absurdity From the Beauty Industry

Ladies, I have some good news and I have some bad news. The first piece of good news is that I will never again begin a column with the word "ladies" because typing that opener makes me cringe at the thought of one too many all-female email threads organizing Sunday brunches, Girls-watching marathons and bachelorette parties. The second piece of good news is that American Apparel and Cameron Diaz say you can stop waxing all your pubic hair off.

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Lena Dunham's Nudity on 'Girls' Is Refreshing

Human beings are born naked. We have sex naked (most of the time, anyway). We bathe naked, check ourselves out in the mirror naked and relish seeing people we're attracted to get naked. If you work at home like I do, you may not be doing your job naked, but there's a reasonable probability you aren't wearing pants.

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Why Americans Are Still Scared of Female Bosses

Who would you rather work for: a man or a woman?

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The Way America Eats Is Killing Us

It will shock no one to hear that Americans are remarkably unhealthy eaters. A new American Diet Report Card (pdf) confirms it: we eat far too much cheese, sugar, starch and red meat. We don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. We consume almost 500 more calories per day than we did in the 1970s.

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The Complications of Gender and Booze: Men Drink Much More Than Women, But Still Enjoy Sexist Privileges

I like to drink. I usually have a glass of wine (or two) with dinner, or to unwind after a long day. I like a good bourbon, an interesting amaro, a creative cocktail. Most of my favorite hangouts are bars. I drink to celebrate and to socialize. I even work for a vermouth company. Drinking, for me, is one of life’s fundamental pleasures. So I was fascinated by Ann Dowsett Johnston’s “Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol,” a combination alcoholism memoir and investigation into the female world of boozing. Dowsett Johnston uses her own dawning realization that she has an alcohol problem to look at female alcoholics, and what she believes to be an under-recognized epidemic of women drinking to excess. She’s correct that female alcoholism doesn’t get the public health and media recognition it deserves, and that female problem drinkers face a different set of challenges and circumstances than men. She’s correct that the alcoholic gender gap is closing.

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Opting Out? When Are We Going to Involve Men in the Discussion of Work-Life Balance?

Is it possible to "opt out" of a lucrative career, enjoy an egalitarianmarriage and then opt back in to the workplace when you're ready? All signs point to no, and we shouldn't be surprised. If women want to be equal players in society and in our families, then we need to actually be equal players. And we need to expect men to do the same.

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Revenge Porn: How a Jilted Lover Can Destroy Your Life

In the centuries-old tradition of human beings looking at images of other human beings naked, the internet is perhaps the biggest game-changer since the film camera.

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Why God, Family and Tradition Do Not Equal Happiness

Are we living in a post-familial age? According to a new report, The Rise of Post-Familialism: Humanity's Future?, the answer is yes: the traditional family unit is slowly dying out as more people choose to forgo children and even marriage. As a result, society is economically imperilled, lacking the necessary workforce to support older generations. We're also "values-challenged", entering a brave new world of materialistic indulgence, selfishness and protracted adolescence.

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How the GOP's Real Agenda Is Revealed in Their Nasty Rape Comments

Dear GOP candidates and party members,

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"I Submit My Used Tampon As Evidence": Helping Out the Right-Wingers Who Want to Investigate My Womb

There’s a new bill in Georgia sponsored by Rep. Bobby Franklin that would require women to file police reports when they miscarry, since fetuses are Georgia citizens and their deaths are potential crimes. I’m going to write more about the bill later — it’s actually really horrific and scary and basically turns all women into potential criminals — but in the meantime, I think we should help Georgia out. Since life begins at conception, and a fertilized egg is a human being with all of the rights of any other citizen of the great state of Georgia, we need to make sure that all egg-deaths are properly accounted for, and that all zygote-Americans receive a proper burial and an investigation into whether their deaths were caused by foul play.

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Ross Douthat Wants Women to Be Walking Wombs

Ross Douthat apparently finds it paradoxical that some women want to have children but can’t, and some can have children but don’t want to, and the ones that don’t want to aren’t giving birth for the ones who can’t. Which leads me to believe that Ross Douthat has no idea what pregnancy or childbirth actually entails, since he doesn’t seem to understand that it involves significant physical and emotional difficulty.

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NY Bar Association Assembles Male Lawyers to Tell Lady Lawyers How They Can Do Better

Here’s a great idea: Invite a bunch of lawyers to an annual meeting of the Bar association. At the meeting, have two panels devoted to female attorneys: One titled "What’s Our Problem?," featuring lady-lawyers discussing "a changing legal market where competition is tougher and expectations are higher" for women who "are currently in or are looking to re-enter the legal field" (because we leave to have babies!), followed by a panel titled "Their Point of View: Tips From the Other Side," where "A distinguished panel of gentlemen from the legal field will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of women in the areas of communication, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, organization, and women's overall management of their legal work."

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George Tiller's Murderer May be Charged Only With "Voluntary Manslaughter:" What This Means for Reproductive Rights

I will write more about this later as time allows, but the judge in the Scott Roeder case — Roeder is the man who shot abortion provider George Tiller at Tiller’s church — has ruled that Roeder may present a case for voluntary manslaughter instead of murder. Voluntary manslaughter is a less serious crime than murder, and subject to softer penalties. This doesn’t mean that Roeder is only being charged with voluntary manslaughter; my best guess based on the judge’s comments here is that he doesn’t want this case to be overturned on appeal, and so he’s allowing the jury to consider voluntary manslaughter as a lesser-included offense. Which makes sense.

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Modern Mystery! Women More Likely to Sit In Passenger Seat Than Men

This shouldn’t be too surprising: Women are more likely to be passengers in vehicles than men are. That is, men are more likely to take the wheel and women are more likely to go along for the ride.

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Group Gives Up Death Penalty Work in Frustration, Concludes System Beyond Repair

The only legal organization that provided any colorable, intellectual support of the death penalty has abandoned its own cause, because the capital punishment system in the United States is so thoroughly broken that it is beyond salvaging.

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Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss Has No Idea What Roe v. Wade Actually Says

Can someone please send Saxby Chambliss a copy of Roe v. Wade? Because it does not say what he thinks it says.

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NY Times Offers "Of Color" Gift Guide, For That Non-White Person In Your Life!

The New York Times offers an "of color" gift guide, for making the holidays special for that non-white person in your life. Now, I'm all for supporting the art and work of traditionally marginalized groups. And I'm all for including gift suggestions that aren't centered on the experiences of white people. And if I were Latina, I would totally wear that last t-shirt!

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Shorter Ross Douthat: Europe Wasn't Racist Enough, So Now It Should Worry About Brown Hordes

Shorter Ross Douthat: Europe wasn't racist enough, and so now they should be worried about the brown hordes. After arguing that European nations should have done more to restrict Muslim immigration, he concludes that while the end of the West is not near, there is still much to be fearful of:

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Conservative Hypocrisy: Food Stamps Are Hand-Outs to the Lazy ... Until I Need Them

This article on increasing rates of reliance on food stamps illustrates pretty clearly the right-wing mentality when it comes to social programs -- any sort of government aid is a hand-out to the lazy until I need it. Then it's still a hand-out to the lazy, just not for me.

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Everyone's Talking About Stupak, But What About the Health Care Bill's More Insidious Features?

The Stupak amendment isn’t the only troubling intrusion into reproductive rights in the House version of the health care reform bill -- low-income women are also facing attempts at fertility control from the federal government. The bill requires that Medicaid recipients who are having their first baby or who have a child under the age of two be visited at home by nurses in order to advance certain reproductive and family goals. Sounds like a good thing, right? New parents could use some help, and a nurse should be able to give them decent tips. These kinds of visits happen all the time in countries like France and England. I’m pretty sure a similar visit was recordered in Michael Moore’s Sicko. It’s about time that we gave new parents the support that they need.

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Is Taxing Plastic Surgery Sexist?

Part of the funding for the Senate's health care bill will come from a 5% tax on cosmetic surgery. The tax would generate $5 billion over ten years, and would only tax procedures where surgery "is not necessary to ameliorate a deformity arising from, or directly related to, a congenital abnormality, a personal injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or disfiguring disease."

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So the Stupak Amendment Sucks: Here's What You Can Do About It

Saturday night, by a five-vote margin, the House of Representatives passed health care reform legislation. It's an incredible victory -- Americans desperately need health care reform, and this bill is a step in the right direction. It means that millions of uninsured and under-insured people will be able to go to the doctor when they get sick, and will be able to get treatment when they need it. It means an end to gender-based insurance ratings; it means an end to listing pregnancy, c-section, rape and domestic violence as pre-existing conditions; it means maternity coverage. Those are fantastic victories.

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You Don't Have to Dress as a Bigot or a Slut for Halloween: Here's Some Better Ideas

This round-up of ridiculous and offensive Halloween costumes is sort of amazing. And then, of course, there are all of these. Consider this post your “what not to wear” guide.

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Women Should Cut Out the "Fat Talk"

Via Kate comes this great website combating “fat talk” — the constant little comments that women make to other women about themselves.

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Patiently, Sotomayor Schools GOP Senators

If there's one thing that this week's Senate confirmation hearings made clear, it's that Judge Sotomayor is not just a great mind, but a patient and generous teacher.  Surrounded by senators who seemed primarily concerned with topping each other in condescension, Sotomayor responded with respect, nuance and a solid grounding in the law - to the point where the hearings sometimes felt like a high school civics class, with Sotomayor explaining the fundamentals of our legal system.  The biggest surprises of the hearings so far haven't come from Sotomayor herself, but from the ignorance and arrogance shown by some members of the GOP.  And the biggest pay-off won't just be from Sotomayor's confirmation - although that will certainly happen - but from the GOP's torching of any goodwill it hasn't already set aflame with women and racial minorities. 

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Gasp! New Study Reveals Mothers Drink Sometimes, and Other Scandals

Sit down, kids, because I have some terrifying news: Sometimes, women drink. And smoke. Sometimes they even smoke marijuana. To top it all off, some of those women are mothers.

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