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Purity Culture, and Male Entitlement to Women’s Bodies

Elliott Rodgers felt so entitled to women that he murdered them when he didn’t get what he felt he deserved. It is precisely this attitude of entitlement that the modern evangelical church deems holy and good.

Elliott Rodger felt so entitled to women that he murdered them when he didn’t get what he felt he deserved. It is precisely this attitude of entitlement that the modern evangelical church deems holy and good.

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Violent Online Messages Are ‘True Threats’ or Free Speech

The Supreme Court has announced it will take up a case involving Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man convicted in 2010 under federal law for posting a series of threatening messages on his Facebook page.

The Supreme Court has announced it will take up a case involving Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man convicted in 2010 under federal law for posting a series of threatening messages on his Facebook page.

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Don’t Tell Me It’s ‘Not All Men’

“Not all men” has become a meme, an in-joke among those of us who speak up in public or semi-public about feminist concerns.

In the days since I heard about Elliot Rodger’s violent spree, I’ve thought a lot about the meme “not all men”—how telling ourselves that is a requirement for continuing to exist and work in a world that increasingly requires our interactions be public, observable.

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When Words Become Bullets: Elliot Rodger and the Patriarchal Id

Elliot Rodger

Rodger’s actions have a chilling rationality to them in the terms of our gendered society, which makes objects and possessions of women, and rapacious, status-conscious animals of men. Whatever else Rodger’s crimes are, they are not unintelligible; they merely wrote in blood what too many of us hear, see, and say every day.

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Hashtag Activism and the Lie of ‘Solidarity’

Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as "toxic" and a "poisonous well." But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.

Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as “toxic” and a “poisonous well.” But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.

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Discrimination, Doxxing, and That ‘Louie’ Episode: A Q&A With the Filmmakers Behind ‘Fattitude’

Fattitude looks at the ubiquity of fat prejudice through media analyses and interviews with well-known activists.

RH Reality Check recently spoke to Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, who are crowdsourcing funds for Fattitude, their documentary about fat prejudice. The filmmakers discuss the core principles of Fattitude, the harassment they’ve experienced while making the film, and much more.

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Belligerent Masculine Posturing Is Ruining Our Political Discourse

Men with hang-ups about their own masculinity and women's power are destroying rational political discourse on many issues, most obviously when it comes to reproductive rights.

As a recent Mother Jones article about gun control shows, men with hang-ups about their own masculinity and women’s power are destroying rational political discourse on many issues, most obviously when it comes to reproductive rights.

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Leaned In, Pushed Out: Jill Abramson’s Firing Should Make Us Reconsider Sandberg’s Philosophy

Jill Abramson

The central argument in Lean In is that one can strategize their way through the patterns of structural sexism. But Abramson’s firing provides a powerful case study for the fact that we cannot win a game we are rigged to lose.

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Sorry, Anti-Choicers, But Women Aren’t Mentally Ill Just Because You Want Them To Be

Louisiana is threatening to pass a bill that would require doctors to lie to women and tell them abortion causes mental health damage. This is bad news not just for abortion doctors, but for the mental health industry as well.

Louisiana is threatening to pass a bill that would require doctors to lie to women and tell them abortion causes mental health damage. This is bad news not just for abortion doctors, but for the mental health industry as well.

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Sorry, Men’s Rights Activists, You Don’t Have Abortion ‘Rights’

Central to the political agenda of men’s rights activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a "right" to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman's right to an abortion.

Central to the political agenda of men’s rights activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a “right” to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman’s right to an abortion—an argument that highlights the intersecting bigotries embedded in the men’s rights movement.

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