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Why Does Alleged Sexual Predator R. Kelly Still Have a Career?

As of Thursday afternoon, 16 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the latest a nurse named Therese Serignese who says the comedian drugged and raped her in the mid-1970s. Earlier this week, model Janice Dickinson told a similar...Show More Summary

House Republicans Give 20 Out of 21 Committee Chairs to Men

The number of women in Congress may finally have cracked 100 this year, but with Republicans in charge, don't expect to see those gains reflected in leadership. As reported by both Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post and Rachel Maddow this week, Republicans announced the chairs for next year's House committees. Show More Summary

You Can Now Put Zits, Cellulite, and Bruises on Your "Normal Barbie"

Soon, kids will be able to trick out a “Normal Barbie” with stretch marks, acne, and bruises. Designer Nickolay Lamm has created an 11-inch doll of typical female proportions: no ginormous boobs stuck on a teeny frame atop permanently arched feet. Show More Summary

Don Lemon Asks Cosby Rape Accuser Why She Didn't Just Gnaw Her Way Out of Danger

Don Lemon, whose reputation for obtuseness generated the only light moment to come out of the Ferguson protests, has struck again. Tuesday night, in an interview with Joan Tarshis, the fifth named woman to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging...Show More Summary

Solange Knowles Looks Like a Telepathic Space Queen in Her Wedding Portrait

Solange Knowles’ luminous, all-white wedding photos have landed. They come from a place outside of the space-time continuum and require nothing so ordinary as context, but here it is anyway, frail mortals: Over the weekend Solange, 28, married music video director Alan Ferguson, 51, in a three-day New Orleans spectacular. Show More Summary

Publicly Shaming Bill Cosby Is the Best We Can Do

What should happen to Bill Cosby now that more than a dozen women have accused him of sexual assault? In a better world—or a world where justice was more satisfying—these women’s stories would be investigated by the police and prosecuted in court. Show More Summary

It’s Not Your Kids Holding Your Career Back. It’s Your Husband.

Almost a decade ago, the writer Linda Hirshman exhorted ambitious women to marry men with less money or social capital than they had. In articles and her book, Get to Work, she told women that they should avoid ever taking on more than half of the housework or child care. Show More Summary

Strippers Follow Cheerleaders in Suing Their Exploitative Employers—and Winning

Turns out cheerleading isn't the only job where an employer treats you like you should be paying him for the privilege of being ogled by men you'd usually ignore in your off-hours: The strip-club industry exploits loopholes in labor law to routinely underpay strippers or even charge women for the opportunity to work in a club. Show More Summary

Reddit Now Has a Female CEO. Will She Make Reddit Less Horrible to Women?

And just like that, Reddit—Reddit, of all companies—has a female CEO. Nitasha Tiku at Valleywag reports that Yishan Wong resigned as Reddit CEO, leaving Ellen Pao, the head of business and partnerships, to take over as interim CEO. Lead investor Sam Altman announced that Wong voluntarily left over a dispute over office space. Show More Summary

Rep. Tammy Duckworth Is Pregnant and Can't Travel. Democrats Won't Let Her Vote By Proxy.

Last week, in a move that seems acutely blind to basic political optics, House Democrats denied Rep. Tammy Duckworth's request to vote by proxy in this week's House Democratic Caucus leadership elections. Duckworth, who lost both her...Show More Summary

Is It Wrong to Watch the Viral Video of the Father Singing to His Dying Baby?  

A video of a father singing to his dying newborn after his wife suddenly passed away has gone viral. Chris and Ashley Picco named their son, Lennon, for John, before he was born via emergency cesarean section, and in the short film the...Show More Summary

The Bizarre Fight Over a Scientist’s Sexy Lady Shirt

On Wednesday, Matt Taylor, a scientist on the Rosetta Project, which landed a spacecraft on a comet for the first time ever earlier this week, was interviewed on TV about his amazing accomplishments while wearing a shirt. That's good. Show More Summary

School Argues in Court That a 14-Year-Old Girl Could Consent to Sex With Her Teacher

Before the 1970s, most rape victims who dared to take their cases to trial were forced to undergo humiliating and degrading experiences: The rapists’ attorneys would call up a series of witnesses to testify that the female victims were promiscuous, licentious, and immoral. Show More Summary

Anti-Abortion Protesters in Massachusetts Want Women to Stop Having Sex, Please

During arguments for the recent Supreme Court case McCullen v. Coakley, which eventually led to the court striking down Massachusetts' buffer zone protecting abortion clinics from protesters crowding the door, it was revealed that many...Show More Summary

What Cops Are Really Thinking When a Woman Claims She Was Raped

Fewer than half of rapes committed in the U.S. are reported to the police, and the vast majority of reported rapes never lead to arrests. What are these cops thinking? For a study published this month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Dr. Show More Summary

The Dangers of the Fake Sexual Assault PSA

On Tuesday, a disturbing video appeared on a site called “Total Frat Move,” and quickly racked up more than 7 million YouTube views. The video, filmed in the style of a “social experiment,” purported to show what happens when a “super...Show More Summary

The NYT Asks War Photographer Moms How They Do It All. We Asked a Dad.

The New York Times’ Lens Blog wrote this week about mothers who are conflict photographers. They interviewed several women—including Lynsey Addario, who was held prisoner in Libya in 2011 while covering the war there, and now has a 2-year-old son—about how their work and lives have changed since becoming mothers. Show More Summary

Ammunition for People Who Judge Parents for Looking at Their Phones Instead of Their Kids

As a blissfully childless person I was unaware that—along with having your own bed (and the sex life to go with it), diapers, and bottle-feeding—another modern convenience parents are supposed to give up is the use of the smartphone....Show More Summary

The Devastating Pattern of Sexual Abuse in Competitive Swimming

A heartbreaking story in Outside magazine drills deep into the scourge of sexual abuse in competitive swimming. Written by Rachel Sturtz, the piece moves from the case of Anna Strzempko, who alleges that her middle school coach raped...Show More Summary

India's Ugly History of Coerced Sterilization

India's "sterilization drives"—state-sponsored initiatives in which the government pays women to get sterilized—are an attempt to control the country's population, which is projected to become the world’s largest by 2028. As of Tuesday night in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, one of India’s poorest, 11 women had died after one such drive. Show More Summary

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