Some Good News About Batterers (Really!): Q&A With Dr. Amie Zarling

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Frequent visitors to This Space know I talk a lot about batterers. More specifically, I complain about them: how destructive they are, how the culture sometimes tolerates or even condones their violence. But these days, what bothers me most about batterers is how poorly society deals with them. [Continue reading]

Bill Cosby, The Rapist We Made

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I never much liked Bill Cosby, but that doesn’t matter now. The fact that he's a smug, moralizing scold who made a second career of publicly shaming marginalized black people now seems like a harmless pastime, a lark, compared to what he’s allegedly … [Continue reading]

Where My Ladies At? Part 3

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Read Parts 1 and 2. So, we all know what didn’t happen after Hobby Lobby. Despite some initial outcry and a few dark predictions about the fate of women’s rights, advocacy groups never coalesced around a single, coordinated response to what was … [Continue reading]

Where My Ladies At? Part 2

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Read Part 1 here. What went wrong? Why were the major feminist movement organizations either unprepared, or simply unwilling, to organize a public show of force in the wake of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby? A generation ago such a terrible, far-reaching … [Continue reading]

Where My Ladies At? Part 1

Obamacare Contraceptive Rule To Be Decided On By Supreme Court

At the risk of repeating myself, the Roberts Court sucks. The Hobby Lobby decision, in which the Supreme Court’s majority of Catholic men determined that the “religious beliefs,” and I use those scare quotes advisedly, of corporations outweigh the … [Continue reading]

Free Radicals, Part 4

Read Parts 1, 2, and 3. It seems like an obvious point, the idea that legislation alone can't fix human problems that have roots in complex personal and environmental factors. To wit: if the sentence for a domestic violence perpetrator is … [Continue reading]

Free Radicals, Part 3

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In Parts 1 and 2, I talked about the basic differences between the radical and the liberal strains of feminist thought in this country. Now I’m going to illustrate them with an example from my own life. I’ll start by telling you about the time I got … [Continue reading]

Personal Matters: In Which I Write About Myself and Expect You to Read It

For those of you just tuning in: I like to write about politics. I bring up this rather obvious point because there's a book coming out May 3, Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God, which features an essay of mine, and said essay is not about … [Continue reading]

Partnering with Men for Feminist Change

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The American women’s movement is at a turning point. Roughly 45 years into feminism’s second wave, after decades of social change work dedicated to leveling the playing field for women, activists are coming back around to an old idea that’s been with … [Continue reading]

Reconsidering Rashida: Her Slut-Shaming is Bad, But Not “Anti-Feminist”

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Man, Rashida Jones really stepped in it, didn’t she? Following up on a series of ill-advised tweets (with the charming hashtag #stopactinglikewhores) aimed at “encouraging” female pop stars to cut it with hyper-sexual stuff already, Jones channeled … [Continue reading]