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Doddering Old Man Blames Miley Cyrus For The Steubenville Rape, Basically

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Richard Cohen is a columnist for the Washington Post. He’s also a Roman Polanski apologist, a Clarence Thomas apologist, and a man who’s been personally called out for lewd behavior in front of a 23-year-old aide. So it’s no surprise that Cohen has absolutely nothing good to say about Miley Cyrus and her much ballyhooed twerk-happy VMA performance. In fact, says Cohen, he was so perturbed by the performance that he had to look up the definition of “twerk” in ye olde spellcheck. (We picture him doing this with the help of the Microsoft Office talking paper clip, Clippy, natch.)

Of the performance, Cohen said. “She’s a cheap act, no doubt about it, but for me her performance was an opportunity to discuss one of the summer’s most arresting pieces of journalism — a long New Yorker account [by Ariel Levy] of what became known as the Steubenville Rape. Cyrus should read it.”

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Washington Post Op-Ed Argues That Teachers Shouldn’t Be Jailed For Having Sex With Underage Students

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Judge says the victim, 14, was "older than her chronological age." Read More »
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Last week, we told you about an appalling case in which Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced convicted statutory rapist Stacey Rambold to a mere 30 days in jail for raping a then-14-year-old student (who subsequently committed suicide). Judge Baugh justified his lenient sentencing, saying that the victim was ”older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold. People were understandably appalled and Judge Baugh has since apologized (though Rambold’s puny sentence stands). But writer and former lawyer Betsy Karasik (above) found herself “troubled” by this case for other reasons and wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post arguing that she doesn’t believe “that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized.”

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Sean Kingston Sued For Alleged 2010 Gang Rape

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  • Rapper Sean Kingston and two members of his entourage are being sued by a woman who says she was gang raped by them in 2010, when she was 22. [TMZ]
  • The backlash against Ben Affleck as Batman has already begun, but at least one person has his back — his BFF Matt Damon. But Damon also wants to make it clear he won’t be playing Robin. [People]
  • Lindsay Lohan’s first post-rehab gig? Hosting the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live”! [Radar Online] Keep reading »

Etsy Offers Tasteful, Rape-Positive “You’ve Just Been Roofied” Glass

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  • Ain’t nothing like a date-rape joke, especially when it involves dishware, right? Etsy seller ThatGlassStore is selling a customized sandblast-etched drinking glass that reads “you’ve just been roofied” on its bottom. Because, as the store explains in its product description, “This glass holds a surprise for the unexpected person drinking from it.” Yes, rape certainly is a “surprise.” Ugh. [Huffington Post]
  • The “Today in 1963″ project gives a minute-by-minute account of Martin Luther King’s historic march on Washington. [Twitter]
  • Read about amazing female African-American civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Rapist Gets 30-Day Sentence Because 14-Year-Old Victim “Seemed Older Than Her Chronological Age”

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"It is outlandish in a way that I cannot describe."

Yesterday, we told you about a story coming out of Yellowstone County, Montana: A teacher who’d repeatedly raped his 14-year-old student received a 15-year suspended sentence and was ordered to spend just 31 days in prison. Why? Because, ruled Judge G. Todd Baugh, the victim “seemed older than her chronological age.” At the time of the crimes, Stacey Dean Rambold was 49, and an authority figure in the girl’s high school.

According to Judge Baugh, that didn’t matter, though, because the way the girl — whom Baugh had never even met or interviewed — acted was much more mature (i.e. slutty) than what Baugh considers an average 14-year-old to be. Now the judge is coming under fire for not only the insanely light sentence he gave to Rambold, but also for comments he made regarding the sexual and emotional status of the victim. Not only did Judge Baugh say that he believed the victim was much older than her age, he also asserted in his ruling that the victim was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist.

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Kate Bornstein Pens A Moving Open Letter To Chelsea Manning

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  • Trans activist and self-described gender outlaw Kate Bornstein penned a powerful letter in support of Chelsea Manning, who recently came out as trans. Bornstein notes: “Remember that you have brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles all around the world who are so proud of you.” [Out]
  • Speaking of: How do people changing genders choose their new names? [BBC News]
  • So, Fast Company put together a list of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter and — I’m sure you know where this is going since this shit is so damn predictable these days — there wasn’t a single Black woman on the list (though there were a couple women of color). So Twitter user @FeministaJones responded with a hashtag, #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter — which is already trending — drawing attention to the many women Fast Company overlooked. [Fast Company; Madame Noire] Keep reading »
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