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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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Twenty Men Who Should Never Have Guns

Twenty Men Who Should Never Have Guns

Any man who has ever hit a woman or romantic partner. Any man who has ever threatened to hit a woman or romantic partner. Any man who has ever continued to pursue a woman after being told she wasn’t interested. Any man who has ever called a woman “a stupid bitch” or some equivalent insult. Any man who has ever said to a woman, “you’d be pretty if you’d just smile/lose weight/wear makeup/wear a dress.” Any man who considers the…

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Today, Hoda Kotb Deserves That Morning Cocktail

Today, Hoda Kotb Deserves That Morning Cocktail

I don’t watch morning news-tainment programs, but I’m rooting for Hoda Kotb in her new job as co-host of the Today Show. Kotb is the daughter of Egyptian immigrants. She got her start at a small news station in Greenville, Mississippi, and honed her skills in New Orleans. She is a woman joining another woman, Savannah Guthrie, as the face of a major media empire. For too long, women have been relegated to the sidekick position in the news biz,…

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Who Needs Horror Movies?

Who Needs Horror Movies?

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, my husband and I watch scary movies. We like old-fashioned ghost flicks, psychological thrillers, or anything with a genetically modified animal. We keep things campy or spooky. No hard-core slasher films or extreme torture. We usually try to view at least one classic film, something of quality. It’s meant to be fun, a nice diversion on a fall weekend. But it wasn’t as much fun this year. Not for me. This past weekend…

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Growing Up Prey in America

Growing Up Prey in America

Here is a letter that appeared in the New York Times this weekend. To the Editor I understand the upwelling of negative reaction to Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I feel the same way, absolutely disgusted. But I also believe that those famous actresses who are now stepping forward to condemn him should shoulder some of the blame. If they did not step forward and bring it to light when it happened, they are culpable in allowing it to happen to the…

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An Open Letter to Harvey Weinstein

An Open Letter to Harvey Weinstein

Dear Mr. Weinstein, No. You probably haven’t heard that much, what with being the most powerful man in Hollywood and all. But the news that you’ve spent decades inviting young women up to your hotel rooms and expecting them to watch you shower or give you a massage or stroke your ego or your genitals in exchange for a little career bump is disgusting. You are disgusting. And all I could think while reading your pathetic statement about this now-public…

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