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Alleged Bill Cosby Rape Victim Asks, “Why Didn’t Anyone Believe Me?”

Alleged Bill Cosby Rape Victim Asks, "Why Didn't Anyone Believe Me?"

Over the years, I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously. So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry. When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain now that he drugged and raped me. But as a teenager, I tried to convince myself I had imagined it. I even tried to rationalize it: Bill Cosby was going to make me a star and this was part of the deal. The final incident was in Atlantic City, where we had traveled for an industry event. I was staying in a separate bedroom of Cosby’s hotel suite, but he pinned me down in his own bed while I screamed for help. I’ll never forget the clinking of his belt buckle as he struggled to pull his pants off. I furiously tried to wrestle from his grasp until he eventually gave up, angrily called me “a baby” and sent me home to Denver.

Barbara Bowman has maintained that comedian Bill Cosby raped her for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until recently, when Hannibal Burress brought renewed attention to Cosby’s history of being accused of sexual assault, that her story began to be taken seriously. Today, in The Washington Post, Bowman, now married with two children, again shares her story, detailing how a much older Cosby manipulated her into trusting him, promising her that he would make her famous, and then sexually assaulted her multiple times when she was just 17 years old. According to Bowman (pictured above, inset, at age 19), Cosby’s circle of handlers and assistants were aware and turned a blind eye. Her story is one of over a dozen other stories shared by women who claim they were raped by the “Cosby Show” star, who has managed to walk away unscathed either because the accusations were not taken seriously by the authorities or because Cosby settled the suits brought against him out of court. Bowman has been speaking out about what Cosby did to her since it happened, as have many of his other alleged victims, causing Bowman to wonder why it took a male comedian making a joke at Cosby’s expense for their to be a public outcry. Keep reading »

Why Are We Claiming The “Drunk Girl In Public” Video Is Staged?

"I Get To Rape Her, Not You"

The premise of the above “social experiment” video is to see how men would react to a visibly drunk woman in public. Spoiler: Four of five men attempt to take her to their homes. One helpfully attempts to get her to the bus stop she’s looking for.

The immediate reaction, for many people, has been to suggest that the video was staged, that the men are actors. Others have just said that it’s not necessarily staged, but it is obviously edited for content, which is true. The fact is that only a handful of the men who saw this woman actually approached her at all. Most of them went about their business. Marie Claire said, “We’re not comfortable with the way this particular ‘social experiment’ seems to suggest all men are predatory. They are not.” By focusing on the men who actually interacted with her, the video implies that roughly 80 percent of men react to drunk women in a predatory way. Say that maybe 50 or 60 men are actually present on camera in the course of the video — the vast majority just let her be. Keep reading »

10 Reasons Bill Cosby Probably Really Regrets Asking The Internet To #CosbyMeme Him

10 Reasons Bill Cosby Probably Really Regrets Asking The Internet To #CosbyMeme Him

Yesterday, Bill Cosby, or Billy Cosby’s PR team, created and posted a Cosby Meme Generator to the star’s website and then tweeted the following request: “Meme me! #CosbyMeme” And oh, did they, but not in the way the “Cosby Show” star and Jell-O spokesman expected. (Here are some examples of what they did expect — YAWN.) But maybe they should have anticipated that people would use the meme generator to draw attention to the more than a dozen women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault or rape over the years. After all, just last week, Queen Latifah canceled an interview with Cosby that was due to air on her talk show because of renewed interest in those allegations. Whoops! Here are just 10 examples of the internet blasting Cosby as a sexual predator using his own meme generator (which has since been taken down off the site, of course). [The Verge] Keep reading »

Oklahoma Cop Faces Three More Rape Accusations

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  • Three more women have come forward with rape allegations against the Oklahoma City police officer who had already been accused of raping six women. [Raw Story]
  • Read about the ties Hilary Clinton must mend with the black community if she wants to run for President in 2016. [Ebony]
  • Read this essay on why the idea that marginalized groups should “make their own” TV shows, movies, books, comics and so forth should retire. [AfroFantasy]
  • Women won big in this year’s Kitschies, one of the major sci-fi awards. [Atlantic] Keep reading »

We’ve Got You Covered In Case You Didn’t Know You Needed A Magic Rape-Prevention Facial Expression

Sheesh, I don’t know what these silly broads are so mad about. Ramapo College in New Jersey had their coordinator of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention lead a super-helpful presentation on college sexual assault. It included the completely innocent suggestion that women learn how to not invite rape with their outfits and practice rape-preventative facial expressions in the mirror at home, and both the student body and various journalistic outfits are getting all up on Ramapo’s asses about it. WOMEN, amirite?!?! Ehhh??

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Please, Please, Please Do Not Culturally Appropriate This Halloween

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  • For the last time, please stop appropriating other people’s cultures for your Halloween costume, please, please, please. [Huffington Post]
  • The Washington Post will soon only have men on its masthead. [Jezebel]
  • Karen Levy critiques an app that puts the onus on women to protect ourselves from rape. [The Atlantic] Keep reading »
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