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Avoid These Positions, Ladies

Avoid These Positions, Ladies

Harvey Weinstein’s defense lawyer Donna Rotunno said in an interview with a New York Times reporter that she’s never been sexually assaulted because she’s never put herself “in that position.” It got me thinking about all the women who put themselves in a position to be assaulted and how careless those women are. I mean, if Rotunno can avoid assault simply by avoiding a few positions, surely the rest of us can too. To that end, I’ve compiled a list…

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Not All Women

Not All Women

What will we be, after all, if men don’t chase us and whistle at us and tell us we’re pretty? What will we be if they don’t need us to cook and clean and raise their children? What will we be if they don’t call us or ask us to dance?

This is Not Fair

This is Not Fair

So, to clarify, in this country ordinary people are priced out of buying health insurance and, in many neighborhoods, prohibited from buying flood insurance, but a multi-millionaire Hollywood mogul can purchase rape insurance. This is America.

Don’t Blame Us

Don’t Blame Us

It’s sort of like a person on a diet who knows the only way he’ll be able to resist the temptation of ice cream is to avoid bringing ice cream into his home. But women are not ice cream. We’re not optional or frivolous or bad for your health. Women are like water. You actually need us to survive.

She’s Definitely Not His Type

She’s Definitely Not His Type

She’s not the victim most people want to see, which I think makes her all the more credible. A liar would work harder to meet our expectations of what she should say and how she should say it. E. Jean Carroll can’t be bothered to put on the designer cloak of victimhood. She’s telling her story in her way. You can like it or not.

When the Church is the Criminal

When the Church is the Criminal

The truth is, churches are not a safe place for children. I’m not saying children shouldn’t go to church with their parents, but I am saying that no child should ever be entrusted to a church leader. No child should ever be left alone or in small groups with a pastor or a youth pastor or a priest. The risks are too great.

Virginity Is Not Morality

Virginity Is Not Morality

I don’t know what will happen to Brett Kavanaugh over the next few days. The Supreme Court nominee continues to vigorously deny accusations that he sexually assaulted one woman and exposed himself to another while he was in high school and college. It’s possible that he could be confirmed to the court as early as the end of this week. The senators in charge of his confirmation do not seem inclined to investigate the allegations with any vigor and I…

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We Can All Do Better

We Can All Do Better

I believe Christine Blasey Ford I was a teenager in the 1980s. Back then, girls were taught to fight off the advances of boys. Boys were taught to advance. Boys seemed to believe that it was their right to try and have sex with girls. They didn’t pursue this by having conversations or by building intimacy; they pursued sex by wearing you down, by pressing against you, by grabbing and groping, by begging and even crying. No one talked about…

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