Conservatives Are Obsessed With Debunking the 1-in-5 Rape Statistic. They're Wrong, Too.
A report from the Independent Women's Forum, where facts are stupid things
June 27, 2014

A report from the Independent Women's Forum, where facts are stupid things.

There's a Legal War Over the Definition of Rape
And Tiger Mom's husband has waded right into it
May 06, 2014

A Yale Law professor wades into a decades-long fight over what we mean when we say "rape."

The White House Is Publishing a Map of Schools That Mishandle Sexual Assault
April 29, 2014

The White House has unprecedented guidelines for schools on sexual assault. 

Claire McCaskill Defends Her Controversial Stance on Military Sexual Assault
March 06, 2014

Senator Claire McCaskill on the gender politics of squaring off against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, her days as a sex crimes prosecutor, and why she believes her bill will work.

When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script
February 23, 2014

There's a long history of using imagined black-on-white rape to justify real white-on-black killing. It says a lot more about the race and gender politics of the killer than of the victim. 

The Most Glaring Omission in Obama's State of the Union Address
January 28, 2014

In a State of the Union address with a few glaring omissions, perhaps the most surprising was President Barack Obama’s failure to devote even an aside to the issue of sexual assault in the military.

What Obama's New Task Force Should Do to Fight College Rape
January 23, 2014

Experts suggest the administration's way forward on campus sexual assault.

Downton Abbey's Cheap Embrace of Rape as a Plot Device
Depictions of violence against women are all over highbrow TV. This was the worst example yet.
January 12, 2014

 After three years of forgotten plot twists and casually discarded characters, “Downton Abbey” has lost my trust in its ability to treat a storyline like this with anything approaching nuance. 

Rape in India Goes Unpunished and Ignored
December 31, 2013

As is so depressingly common with depressing news from India, crimes and tragedies lay bare massive political and administrative dysfunction and corruption.