On Women Developing a Capacity for Violence

Women everywhere developing a capacity for violence does not mean we can prevent all violence, or that we can always effectively defend against it. But it does mean that we are better prepared for it when it comes.

The 2016 Election: Sexism and the Failure of Men on the Left

I trusted the polls because I believed that men on the Left were with us in this struggle, but in the end, too many left us to vote for a racist, sexist, xenophobic, hyper-masculine demagogue. This was not a victory on the Right, but a failure of the Left.

How Survivor Activists Changed the 2016 Presidential Election

This new awakening did not happen overnight, it did not happen for everyone, and our country still has a long way to go to truly reform our rape culture. But it is fair to say that survivor activists have made electoral politics a hostile environment for sexual predators.

Five Ways Trump Lost A Debate He Was Supposed to Win

Clinton won the first debate last night, according to scientific polls, focus groups, and my Grandma Lois. Trump should have won the debate. His bar was set quite low — perhaps the lowest in presidential history — but he didn’t bother to prepare, and it was apparent. History favored Trump in that first debates boost the… Continue reading Five Ways Trump Lost A Debate He Was Supposed to Win

Unwanted Sex

Over the course of their lifetime, girls and women have a lot of unwanted sex. The term “unwanted sex” is used in many different ways. I’m using it to refer to sexual activities that are seemingly consensual but unwanted. It is so common that in a recent study of sexual pleasure, researchers changed their focus… Continue reading Unwanted Sex

Panicked About a Trump Win? Relax, and vote.

Many of my progressive friends are panicking about the possibility of Donald Trump winning the White House. This post lays out why Hillary Clinton is heavily favored to win in November. I begin with an overview of the data and then respond to three questions that were recently posed by my skeptical Grandma Lois. The Odds are… Continue reading Panicked About a Trump Win? Relax, and vote.


I have a distinct memory of being a kid and witnessing my mother face sexism at a car dealership in the mid-1980s. She had recently learned to drive and gotten her license at the age of 41. On our way home from Clark College (which we attended together), she pulled into a used car lot… Continue reading #sexismdoesntsell

How to Spot Sexual Objectification: The CHIPS Test

The CHIPS Test is an easy way to identify sexual objectification. If the answer is “yes” to any of the following questions, the image you are looking at is sexually objectifying. 1) Commodity: Does the image show a sexualized person as a commodity, for example, as something that can be bought and sold? 2) Harmed: Does the… Continue reading How to Spot Sexual Objectification: The CHIPS Test

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