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Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bob Weinstein Show How “Nice Guys” and Hollywood Perpetuate Rape Culture

It's very easy to look at someone like Harvey Weinstein and see a monster. The decades-long history of abuses makes that crystal clear. But make no mistake, it isn't only "monsters" we have to worry about when it comes to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and the systematic sexism that plagues the entertainment industry.

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Woody Allen Seems Way More Concerned About “A Witch Hunt Atmosphere” Than the Women Harvey Weinstein Hurt

You're shocked, I know.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Woody Allen picked a BS thing to be concerned about. "You also don't want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere," he said, "a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer."

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Seth MacFarlane Made a Pointed Joke About Harvey Weinstein Back in 2013

During the announcement of 2013's Oscar nominees for Best Supporting Actress, MacFarlane took a crack at Harvey Weinstein that shows how much of an "open secret" Weinstein's behavior was.

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This Puberty Handbook for Boys Is Basically Rape Culture 101

In an attempt to 'explain and demystify to boys what girls go through at puberty,' the book reinforces the notion that women's and girls' bodies exist primarily in relation to how they're viewed by men and boys.

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While You’re Out Fighting Nazis, Don’t Forget Misogynists Like This Douche Still Exist

We had a lot of talk about Nazis yesterday, because apparently that's a thing we need to be doing now in 2017. However, lest you think that white supremacy has taken over as the oppression du jour, let's not forget that there's still sexism and misogyny to contend with. Some forms of oppression never go out of style!

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After 27 Incidents of Sexual Assault Reported, Massive Swedish Music Festival May Be Replaced by Women-Only Event

Following the festival's cancellation, one woman wrote on Twitter, "What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we’ll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?" That idea ended up having a lot of supporters.

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Juror Says Bill Cosby Had “Already Paid a Price & Suffered” as If That’s the Fair Punishment for Rape

That doesn't sound like this juror had "reasonable doubt." That sounds like he believes Bill Cosby is guilty, but didn't want to declare him guilty, because then Cosby would be punished, and this juror thinks he's been through enough. It also sounds like he doesn't understand the difference between a civil case (in 2005) and a criminal case (now).

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Bill Cosby’s Trial Ends in a Mistrial, but the District Attorney Will Retry the Case

The jury in Bill Crosby's trial for aggravated indecent assault has deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial. However, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele issued a statement that he will seek a new trial.

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As Bill Cosby’s Trial Begins, Let’s Remember That Rape Should Not Have a Statute of Limitations

Bill Cosby's trial began this morning after at least 60 women have come forward over the last few years to accuse him of rape and sexual assault. But Cosby isn't on trial for the dozens of crimes he allegedly committed. He's on trial for one.

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American Women Pay an Average of $1,000 in Medical Bills After Being Sexually Assaulted

In a study of 1,355 privately insured women who went to the hospital after being raped, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that the average victim had to pay $948 in medical bills.

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This Lyft Driver Went Viral in His Fight Against Rape Culture

One Lyft driver from Dallas, Texas named Tro'Juan Henderson went viral over the weekend with a video explaining why he won't drive intoxicated women home alone. It's not because of a fear of vomit in his car, and it's not related to any of that Mike Pence "Billy Graham rule" nonsense. It's because sexual assault doesn't exist just between the assaulter and a victim. The culture that allows this kind of behavior to be excused or ignored needs to be addressed.

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Feminism Around the World: Affluent Young Man Acquitted of Sexual Assault Because There Was No “Lascivious Intent”

A 17-year-old-girl in the affluent state of Veracruz, Mexico was attending a New Year's party with friends from her exclusive Catholic high school on the first day of 2015. As she was preparing to leave, 19-year-old Diego Cruz and three of his friends forced her into a car and allegedly sexually assaulted her.

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This Rape Culture PSA Wants Us to “Autocorrect” the Language Around Sexual Assault

It's On Us.

This week, a new PSA was released as part of the "It's On Us" campaign, which encourages everyone to "be part of the solution" to sexual assault, rather than a bystander. And as this video, titled "Autocorrect" points out, being a bystander doesn't necessarily mean literally, physically standing by and watching something happens. It extends to the complicity of not questioning how a culture that allows rape and sexual assault can be treated so casually.

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15% of Female Undergraduates Reported Being Raped in UT Austin Survey

The results are in from what the University of Texas officials called "the nation’s most comprehensive study on sexual assaults ever conducted in higher education"--and they're horrifying. 15% of all undergraduate female students at UT Austin, 9% at UT Dallas and UT San Antonio, and 10% across all UT schools reported being raped.

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Judge Declares That Kesha Should’ve Known Dr. Luke Was Going to Rape and Abuse Her, Rejects Her Lawsuit

This week, Kesha appeared in front of the New York Supreme Court, hoping against hope that Justice Shirley Kornreich, who has previously ruled in alleged rapist Dr. Luke’s favor, would reconsider an amended lawsuit. However, Kornreich sided with him again, this time with a side-helping of victim blaming.

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Feminism Around the World: Roman Polanski Shouldn’t Have Had the Chance to Decline Presiding Over France’s César Awards

Roman Polanski was asked to preside over France's César Awards. Feminist groups were not having it.

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This GOP Rep Sexually Assaulted an Employee & Truly Doesn’t Get Why We’re All So Upset Over His “Playful Gesture”

When the now-President-elect brags about sexual assault, it is powerful, tacit permission for anyone and everyone else to do the same. And if you didn't believe that was true before, here's a disturbing new example of Trump culture, from another politician flaunting his presumed privilege.

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This NYPD Captain Just Accidentally Defined Rape Culture

This NYPD Police Captain discussed the types of sexual assault and accidentally revealed some troubling and dangerous misconceptions.

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TV Showrunners Talk Rape-As-Character-Development and What Needs to Happen to Stop the Lazy Use of This Trope

In most storytelling, from films and TV to comics, the sexual assault of female characters is an oft-used plot device that is often a frustrating "shorthand" for character development. It's made even more frustrating by the fact that too often, it's used not in the interest of developing the female character to whom it happened, but to motivate the male characters around her to action. Thankfully, there are television showrunners who are just as tired of Rape-As-Plot-Device as we are!

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New Fifty Shades Darker Trailer Asks “Can Love Survive?” (No.)

“I’m not very good at this, I never wanted to try again," grimaces Christian Grey in the new Fifty Shades Darker trailer. I mean, we're not going to disagree.

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