• WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN MAKING HISTORY

  • Game of Thrones is Still Having Girl Trouble

    I think I’ve finally figured out why Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones episode, “Beyond the Wall,” bugged me so much. As many fans will tell you, there were a lot of problems with the logistics. But what really annoyed me was its view of female relationships. Beyond the wall the former male enemies were bonding like brothers. My father tried to kill you? Well, let’s have a drink, talk about getting laid, and go kill something because we’re guys and, hey, that’s what we do. Meanwhile, the zombie apocalypse is coming and not only are Arya and Sansa Stark not sticking [...]

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    Camille Claudel: more than Rodin's muse

    I have fallen into an abyss. I live in a world so curious, so strange.  Of the dream that was my life, this is the nightmare. -- Camille Claudel to Eugène Blot, Montdevergues Asylum The late 19th century sculptor Camille Claudel is best known for her relationship to the sculptor Auguste Rodin. But whereas history has painted her as Rodin’s muse (and indeed she was), she was a top artist in her own right and many scholars believe that it is her work that shaped Rodin’s even more than she influenced his. Claudel met Rodin at the age of 19 when she was studying at the [...]

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    Statute of limitations for sexual assault

    A California bill proposing to eliminate the 10-year statute of limitations on rape and child molestation charges has passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee. That committee had, in the past, refused to move through similar bills. The new bill sponsored by Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, passed the committee on a 4-0 vote . The passage came after testimony from sexual assault survivors and others, including Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents 30 of the Bill Cosby accusers. The American Civil Liberties Union objected to the change, saying charges could be brought after [...]

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    The Bitter Fruit of Forever

    My novelette The Bitter Fruit of Forever is now available on Amazon.com. Soo-zee Wanabi and his friends are rebel soldiers fighting the oppressive regime that rules their world. But when their own commander commits an act of shocking brutality Soo-zee and his friends learn that bravery is not so easy–and that oftentimes the real enemy is the one that lies within. The Bitter Fruit of Forever is a haunting story about hard choices and the aftermath of violence. And I think it’s safe to say it’s unlike anything you’ve ever read. What readers are saying [...]

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    Rape survivor or rape victim?

    I was running through my upcoming keynote address at Carnegie Mellon’s MOSAIC conference for my niece, a recent university graduate, when she suddenly looked up from her phone, on which she had been taking notes. “You can’t say that,” she said. “Say what?” I asked. “Victim,” she told me. “You have to say ‘survivor.'” This was news to me. But a quick Google search showed me that I seem to be in the minority in preferring the V-word. “Survivor” is thought to be a more empowering term–a more [...]

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    Jian Gomeshi acquitted

    Yesterday former Canadian Broadcasting Company host Jian Gomeshi was acquitted of sexually assaulting three women. This morning one of Gomeshi’s accusers, Lucy DeCoutere, told The Guardian newspaper how the acquittal had affected her: [Gomeshi’s defense attorney, Marie Henein] told the court that I enticed him; that I had always been an attention seeker; that I was coming forward as an excuse to get interviews with the press… Henein’s barrage of questions sought to whittle away at my allegations by undermining my credibility. Her main argument was to show [...]

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    Kesha and the economics of misery

    A New York state judge has ruled against Kesha in her quest to be let out of her record deal with Sony due to sexual assault allegations against producer Dr. Luke. In the wake of the decision, some of Kesha’s fans have called for a boycott of Sony. But a consumer boycott against the industry behemoth isn’t likely to do much. For a boycott against a major entertainment distributor to have an effect, it has to be limited in time (a designated day, for instance) and well-coordinated. Even 100,000 people here and there refusing to buy Sony product will have little impact. But[...]

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