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Report: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner To Resign After 18th Woman Accuses Him Of Sexual Harassment

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment
San Diego mayor Bob Filner admits to "intimidation" of women. Read More »
Filner Enters Counseling
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Can counseling fix a mayor who sexually harasses and assaults? Read More »
"Blurred Lines" Parody
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News station parodies "Blurred Lines" asking Filner to resign. Read More »
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment

Eighteen is the magic number! It took 18 different women to accuse San Diego’s mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault and sexual harassment before his eventual resignation, according to NBC San Diego sources. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

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Intent isn't everything, but it does matter. Read More »
Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »
Too Drunk?
If you're a drunk woman who gets raped, will you be taken seriously? Read More »
The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

I never thought I’d write an article under that title but here goes.

Earlier this week, Dr. Phil asked over Twitter: “If a girl is drunk, is it alright to have sex with her?” The Twittersphere overwhelmingly answered “No,” calling Dr. Phil a “moron,” “asshole” and “rape apologist,” among other things. I don’t doubt the possibility that Dr. Phil (or whichever lackey mans his Twitter account) may have posed that question for lecherous or self-serving reasons. Yet as a feminist, this reaction left me honestly dismayed. Were we saying that a drunk girl can never consent to sex? That sex with someone who’s been drinking is always, necessarily, rape? Sure, Dr. Phil’s a total butthead, but I don’t think we want to make the argument that drunk sex necessarily means rape, do we?

And yet this is the exact argument being made by Carmen Rios, a former college sexual assault activist, who was so “shocked and appalled” that Dr. Phil (whose real name is Phil McGraw) had asked such a question that she started a Change.org petition encouraging supporters to call on McGraw to host a show educating his viewers on assault prevention. “Lesson 101 in my courses,” says Rios, “was that sexual contact without verbal, sober, conscious consent is rape.”

But, it’s not — not legally speaking, and not in practice. Keep reading »

We’re Done, The Onion: Humor Site Posts Story About Incest Between Girl & Her Stepfather

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It’s over, The Onion: a piece that went up today called “Adolescent Girl Reaching Age Where She Starts Exploring Stepfather’s Body” is a grenade-launch distance past the “too far” line. The humor site failed to make anything funny — like, at all — about a 13-year-old girl named Heather who is being sexually abused by her stepfather, Gary. “It will probably take time for Heather to figure out what does and doesn’t feel good to her stepfather, and she may be surprised to discover acne and hair in unexpected places on Craig’s body,” The Onion joked. “But it’s all part of growing up, and she should know that she is taking a very important step in life. It won’t be long before her childhood is gone forever.” The piece then suggests that if (if?) Heather is “confused or troubled by such experiences,” she should talk to her friends “who are going through the exact same thing.” Keep reading »

Fifth Vanderbilt Student Arrested For Alleged Role In Gang Rape

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  • A fifth Vanderbilt football player has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the gang rape of a 21-year-old female student in a college dorm this past June. Chris Boyd has been charged with taking part in attempting to cover up the sexual assault by giving advice to his four teammates who have already been arrested and charged with rape. Vanderbilt has suspended Boyd from the football team pending further investigation. Additionally, two California men not affiliated with the team were arrested for tampering with evidence. [ABC News, CBS News] Keep reading »

News Station Parodies “Blurred Lines” With Song About San Diego’s Creepy Mayor Bob Filner

Mayor's Sex Harassment
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment
San Diego mayor Bob Filner admits to "intimidation" of women. Read More »
Filner Enters Counseling
san diego mayor bob filner goes to sexual harassment counseling
Can counseling fix a mayor who sexually harasses and assaults? Read More »
Sexist Politician
Ernest Hewett 3.6.2013
"No female interns" is strike two for this sexist politician. Read More »
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Resign!

Hands down, the best part about pop songs is the inevitable parodies that follow. It’s undeniable that “Blurred Lines” is the song of the summer, so it’s without question that a San Diego news station would use the Robin Thicke song for their own parody music video. The staff of U-T TV filmed their very own “Blurred Lines” parody about San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by 16 different women, including constituents and many past employees. His most recent victim, a former employee, said Filner repeatedly asked her out on dates and one day grabbed her and kissed her on the lips. Ick. Keep reading »

New Measures To Prevent Military Sexual Assault Are Released

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  • Today the Defense Department released its new measures to prevent military sexual assault and to better aid survivors. [USA TodayGuardian UK]
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s lady-centric organization Lean In, which encourages young women to be bolder in the workplace, wants to hire an intern. An unpaid intern. Huh? [Change.org]
  • Conservatives in Ohio plan to introduce an anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” bill, which would criminalize pregnancy termination as soon early as six weeks into a pregnancy. [Columbus Dispatch]
  • Vogue‘s September issue will feature an interview with Texas State Senator/pro-choice warrior Wendy Davis. [Politico]
  • California’s Spreme Court rejected a bid to revive Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage. [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »
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