I have a distinct memory of being a kid and witnessing my mother face sexism at a car dealership in the mid-1980s. She had recently learned to drive and gotten her license at the age of 41. On our way home from Clark College (which […]


A Powerful Veep Audition for GOP Governor Nikki Haley

With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarded as the likely Democratic presidential nominee, 2016 is an election year where gender matters. Haley’s rebuttal looks like a test for the GOP vice presidential slot, particularly because she hails from the first Southern state to hold […]


How to Spot Sexual Objectification: The CHIPS Test

The CHIPS Test is an easy way to identify sexual objectification. If the answer is “yes” to any of the following questions, the image you are looking at is sexually objectifying. 1) Commodity: Does the image show a sexualized person as a commodity, for example, as […]


Campus Rape: Why Not Law Enforcement?

Co-authored with Baillee Brown. Cross-posted at Ms. Blog. There’s one question about campus rape that comes up again and again: Why isn’t the crime handled exclusively by law enforcement? In a perfect world, the legal system would effectively arbitrate this crime, but given law enforcement’s […]

Harvard Law

Harvard Law Professors Join the Anti-Rape Movement Backlash

On October 15th, 28 current and retired Harvard Law professors penned an op-ed calling upon the university to abandon its new sexual harassment policy on the grounds that it violates the due process rights of the accused. According to emeritus professor Alan M. Dershowitz, the new policy is “political correctness run amok.” […]

Rape Myth

Campus Rape: Reporters and Rape Myths

Crossposted at Ms. Blog. Bloomberg News took the campus sexual assault backlash to a new low last week with a piece describing how “hook-up culture” is on the decline at elite colleges now that there’s a heightened awareness of sexual assault on campuses. The focus of the article is […]

Stop Victim

Campus Rape: The Second Wave of the Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism

Much like the backlash of the 1980s and ’90s, today’s rape apologia comes in four distinct, but interconnected, forms: denying the problem exists, blaming the victim, vilifying whistleblowers and turning perpetrators into victims. Below, we outline the ways in which conservative backlashers are attempting to undermine the work of anti-rape activists—and, thankfully, how they’re failing.