slut shaming

Misogyny Is Trump's Brand

When, as a campaign surrogate and once-powerful white man, you answer allegations that your candidate may be a sexual predator with a sex-laced attack on your female interviewer, you’re probably a misogynist. A desperate misogynist.

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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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Einstein’s Letter Defending Marie Curie Reveals How Long Trolls Have Slut-shamed Women

In 1911, nearly a decade after winning a Nobel Prize for her pioneering work on radiation, Marie Curie received a letter from Albert Einstein in which he urged her not to be beaten down by people who would, today, be called trolls.

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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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What Makes a Slut? Apparently, Just Being a Woman

Sandra Fluke heard it when she talked about insurance coverage for birth control. Sara Brown from Boston told me she was first called it at a pool party in the fifth grade because she was wearing a bikini. Courtney Caldwell in Dallas said she was tagged with it after being sexually assaulted as a freshman in high school.

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Scout Willis: This Is All I Have to Say About Walking Topless in NY Last Week

For the record, I’ve always really loved Instagram. 

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Sean Hannity Proposes 'Adopt-a-Woman Birth Control Program'

Sean Hannity, explaining his opposition to a mandate for insurers to provide contraceptive coverage, introduced some brand-new ideas on his radio show on Monday:

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Enough with the Slut-Shaming of Lauren Silverman, Simon Cowell's Lover

Lauren Silverman, the 36-year-old married socialite who is currently pregnant with the child of The X-Factor star Simon Cowell, is keeping the gossip magazines busy. Did her husband know about the affair? Did she stay in the marriage just to get four million in pre-nup money? As usual, the media didn't miss a beat in slut-shaming first and asking questions later.

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High School Students Teach Us How to Talk About Rape

Thank you, Palo Alto High School. This is how it’s done. We have had endless, frequently exasperating conversations of late about the harrowing culture of rape. We’ve dissected a climate in which college authorities are routinely, callously dismissive of students who claim sexual assault. We’ve watched as mainstream outlets like CNN and ABC News haveexpressed sympathy not for victims but convicted sex offenders. We’ve seen social commenters laughed off and criticized for merely suggesting we should talk to our boys about consent and sexual assault. And in the midst of it all, we’ve seen, again and again and again, girls being brutalized and bullied and blamed and ultimately sacrificed and boys left without direction or guidance.

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Slut-Shaming Begone: An Interview with Heather Jarvis, Cofounder of SlutWalk

These days it seems likes there’s a SlutWalk in a new city every week. The Toronto-founded movement, which zooms in on slut-shaming, (re)victimization and the language surrounding sexual assault, held its first march on April 3 -- quick galvanization in response to a police offer telling a group of university students that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” Since then more than 70 satellite events have taken place or been scheduled in cities from Mexico City to Miami, Cape Town to Sydney. But with such rapid mobilization comes a significant increase in media attention and backlash. Cofounder Heather Jarvis, a Toronto-based activist and student, discusses the nuances and difficulties behind organizing and promoting SlutWalk.

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