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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