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Katie Roiphe’s NYT Op-Ed Dismissive That Sexual Harassment Actually Exists

Street Harassment App
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A new iPhone app tracks where street harassment occurs. Read More »
Sexist Beliefs
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Sexist beliefs are passed down more from mothers than fathers, study finds. Read More »
Citibank Sex Harassment
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A banker says her employer, Citibank, told her she was "too sexy." Read More »
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As my 68-year-old, Fox News-watching, Republican-voting father tells it, once upon a time you could compliment a woman in the workplace. You were allowed say “nice dress” or “you look nice today” and it was not a big deal. Everyone would smile pleasantly and go back to clacking on their typewriters. Then the ’70s came along. Hairy-pitted fists were raised and all of a sudden you were afraid to say “nice earrings” out of fear you’d be thrown in the pokey. Or, as the tone of his voice insinuated,  you’d be accused of “sexual harassment.”

I wish I were exaggerating this narrative, but I am not: it’s a real conversation I had with my dad last weekend when we chatted about the accusations against Herman Cain. I also wish that the New York Times op-ed written by Katie Roiphe had not misrepresented sexual harassment as boneheaded-ly as my nearly-septugenarian father does. But, sadly, that really happened also. Keep reading »

Buffalo High School Football Coach Pat Lynch Resigns Over “Hurt Feelings Report”

What Not To Say
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10 things not to say to a guy watching football. Read More »
How To Watch Football
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John DeVore explains how to enjoy the most American of sports. Read More »
Depressed Men
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Threats to masculinity lead to depressed men. Read More »
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Pat Lynch, the head football coach of Buffalo High School in Wyoming, resigned recently after handing out homophobic and sexist “hurt feelings reports” to players asking them if they were a “pussy,” “a queer,” “a little bitch,” have “woman like hormones” (sic) and a litany of other puerile options. The report reads:

“We, as a company, take hurt feelings very seriously. If you don’t have a mommy that can give you a hug and make it all better, please let your supervisor know and we can provide you with a surrogate. If you need them, diapers, midol (sic) and a ‘blanky’ can also be supplied.”

At the very bottom of the report are three places for signatures which read “Name little sissy filing report,” “Girly-man signature,” and “real-man (sic) signature (person being accused).”

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Herman Cain Jokes About Anita Hill, Because That’s Appropriate

Cain Getting Handsy?
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Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two women. Read More »
"Princess Nancy"
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Herman Cain called Pelosi "Princess Nancy" during a debate. Read More »
Victim Is "Too Pretty"
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NY Post claims alleged victim is "too pretty" to be credible. Read More »
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Poor Herman Cain just can’t catch a break, can he? Why, he can’t even make a joke about Anita Hill without those screeching harpies telling him it’s inappropriate to joke about sexual harassment when you’ve been publicly accused of sexual harassment yourself! Just because at least five women have accused the wannabe GOP presidential candidate of getting handsy doesn’t mean he still can’t crack jokes about getting an endorsement from Anita Hill, the professor who famously accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. What a victim! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Male Rapper DPhill Gets In Touch With His Feminine Side

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  • The gender-bending rapper Daryll Duane Philips, who goes by the name DPhill Spanglishman, is starting an “XY movement” for male rappers who like to dress feminine. DPhill was photographed wearing red lipstick and says he is “40 percent female, basically, because of my emotions. I am very emotional.” [Clutch Magazine]
  • Frisky contributer Courtney E. Martin has an op-ed in The Christian Science Monitor about Herman Cain’s sexual harassment allegations, the abuse against Hillary Adams perpetrated by her father, and how women are speaking up about abuse that normally is kept in the dark. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • The Wall Street Journal held a video debate in response to the controversial book Is Marriage For White People?, which argues that black women would benefit by marrying outside of their race. [WSJ] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 10-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth In Mexico

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  • A 10-year-old gave birth to a baby in Mexico. The legal age of consent in Mexico is age 12 and abortions are denied to pregnancies further along than three months and to those who cannot prove sexual assault. [New York Daily News
  • Certain procedures involved in gender reassignment surgery are now tax deductible. The procedure normally costs tens of thousands of dollars, and is undergone by over 1,000 people a year. The ruling is monumental as it shows that federal courts officially recognize “general identity disorder as a serious medical condition,” rather than a cosmetic desire. [TIME]
  • In defense of the Spice Girls. [Rookie Mag]
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The Soapbox: “What If Jerry Sandusky’s Victims Had Been Girls?” Is A Misguided Question, Jezebel

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The students who are protesting need a reality check. Read More »

Earlier today, I wrote about the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the sexual abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. It is an utterly tragic case for obvious reasons; Sandusky is accused of molesting and raping eight boys over a period of 15 years and when a witness to one of his assaults reported it to his superiors, they didn’t go to the police. The case has illuminated just how far people will go to protect their “reputations” and to adhere to a chain of command rather than their own moral compass. The student protest/riot in State College, PA, following Paterno’s firing further emphasized that hero worship leaves otherwise decent people blind. The more I read, the more depressed I feel.

But I also came across one article that left me incredibly annoyed. Over at Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan has written a piece which asks the question, “What if Penn State’s coach had victimized girls?” and tries to make the point that if Sandusky’s victims had been female, the public, private, and media response to the allegations would be very different. While I wholeheartedly agree that female sexual assault victims are very often not taken seriously, and that they are somehow blamed, at least in part, for the crimes against them, etc., I have a serious problem with the Penn State scandal being used as an example of how male sexual assault victims are treated somehow “better” than female sexual assault victims. Keep reading »

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