Members of Congress Will No Longer Be Able to Use Public Money to Pay for Sexual Harassment Settlements

On Wednesday, members of the House and Senate ended their months-long battle over whose bill to combat pervasive sexual harassment in Congress is better, by agreeing to a plan that reshapes how Congress handles harassment claims. As the Washington Post reported, one of the big changes is that members of Congress will…

How the Blacklist Shut Progressive Women Out of TV and Created a Leave It to Beaver Lie

It’s common to evoke the notion of a simpler time, as evidenced by television programs like Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best, depicting white nuclear families cozy in freshly built suburbs. But really, those shows were an imaginary universe created by a very specific set of conditions—and not by widespread…

The 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit Is Over, and Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams Owe $5 Million

The legal battle that started in 2013 over whether Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams jacked Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” in their song “Blurred Lines” is finally over. Billboard reports that a California federal judge has ruled in favor of the Gayes and entered a judgement of nearly $5 million against Thicke and…

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Still Sucks, But At Least Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks Will Be in It

Yes, voters have made strides in recent years to induct more women, historically a blind spot for the dudely Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—Sister Rosetta Tharpe was inducted last year. While that’s something to celebrate, it’s also a great reminder of how out-of-touch the institution has been; Tharpe basically invented…

Taylor Swift Fans Surveilled With Facial Recognition Technology in Search for Stalker 

The rollercoaster that is Taylor Swift’s Politics is, upon examination, more of a flat line. She refrained from discussing the 2016 election only to reveal in the midterms that she does indeed vote—Democrat in this case. She has faced down groping and stalking, and those are true injustices, but part of her team’s…

Accusers Respond to Gun Threat That Shut Down Surviving R. Kelly Screening

On December 4, a New York screening of Lifetime’s forthcoming documentary series Surviving R. Kelly—which covers the well-known abuse allegations against R. Kelly via in-depth interviews with women—had to be evacuated after someone called in a gun threat. Kelly’s accusers took the threat as a sign that the documentary…

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