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

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After suffering a string of setbacks in 2018, the #MeToo movement is back in the spotlight where it started—with women of color, thanks to an explosive new docuseries detailing shocking allegations of abuse by singer R. Kelly.

The series, Surviving R. Kelly, centers around the infamous “pee tape,” in which R&B megastar R. Kelly allegedly urinates into the mouth of a 14-year-old girl, and the subsequent child pornography trial where he was found not guilty on all charges.

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

Why White Women Love Donald Trump

Nearly two years into the Trump administration, it’s clear to all except the willfully blind what the modern Republican Party stands for: racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. 

Positioned at the intersection of privilege and oppression, Democrats had reason to believe white women, particularly those with college degrees, would be repulsed by the GOP’s naked hate.

It was disappointing but ultimately unsurprising when white women continued their decades long love affair with the  Republican Party on Nov. 6. One question remains. Why?

young men. declining labor force participation. unemployment.

What’s wrong with American men? It’s been a decade since the Great Recession and labor participation rates—people who are employed or actively seeking work—still hasn’t recovered among men under 55. 

A slew of media reports have attempted to explain the problem. These men are young. In their prime, we are told. And they’re getting left behind.

The media doesn’t have an answer. Either do economists. But one thing is clear: White male employment is the only number that matters.

testosterone, men, myth, aggression

Violence in men, we are told, is inevitable. Testosterone makes men bad—violent, aggressive, willing to take foolish risks for sex and other animalistic pleasures.

The narrative is repeated endlessly in newspapers and on TV. Perhaps it rings true because it fits so neatly with original sin, a Christian doctrine that says you are tainted by birth and only through constant struggle can attain a state of grace

There’s only one problem. Everything you know about testosterone is wrong.

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