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The one thing we all want to know after a sexual assault accusation: Did he do it?

You’re asking the wrong question.


The #MeToo movement has been accused—fairly—of ignoring the needs of the women it was started to help.

Here’s how to do better.


Allegations of sexual abuse against R. Kelly go back decades, but nobody cared because the hits kept coming.


R. Kelly is a monster. But we’re all to blame.

Brett Kavanaugh, white women, Republicans, popularity, popular

Brett Kavanuagh is spectacularly unpopular with people of color.

Brett Kavanaugh, Rape, Justice, Sexual Predator, Supreme Court

“Boys will be boys,” they say.

In other words, “Men gotta rape. They can’t help it. It’s their nature.”

Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court, Rapist, Sexual Predator, Women, Rage

My sexual assault is not your free pass.

What makes a good sexual encounter, Sexual coercion, Azis Ansari, Louis C.K.

It can be difficult to know what makes a good sexual encounter, in the age of pickup artists who instruct men to push past no and box office hits that belittle women’s anger and normalize abuse.

Here are a few things you should look for in every hook-up.

how to protect yourself from sexual coercion

Sex should be a joyful act. But you can’t really say “yes” if you are unwilling or unable to say “no.” Here’s how to defend your boundaries.

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