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THREAD: I want to tell you a story that is relevant to these random women defending Kavanaugh. This happens all of the time. Women defend men who they consider to be friends from allegations all the time. This happened to me IRL....
My rapist was a "friend." He was the boyfriend of one of my roommates. We had a lot of mutual friends and when he raped me everyone took sides. There is even a well known person #ONHERE who gives talks on rape culture who has NEVER called me ever and took a side...it wasn't mine
if you love a man or if a dude is a friend of yours it can be hard to believe they could rape someone but that's because we fail to understand that it's about CONSENT and not whether that guy is nice to YOU personally.
The question isn't whether Kavanaugh is a nice guy or that he coaches softball it's whether he violated consent and held this woman down. That's the question we need answered. He denies it. She says it happened. RANDOM WOMEN WHO WOULDN'T KNOW ARE DEFENDING HIM BUT SO WHAT?
there are probably plenty of people who were say my rapist is a great guy but that doesn't make him not a rapist. he violated consent so he's a rapist.

thanks for coming to my ted talk.

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May 29, 2018
If you are a white journalist and you are using "racially charged" to describe an incident where a white woman called a black woman an ape you should probably seek out a new profession. Words aren't your thing.
I sometimes wonder what white people would consider racism because we're always told [insert description of the incident] isn't racist and that Black people are overreacting.
And I always say we aren't overreacting or being too sensitive it's that your privilege is allowing you to under-react because YOU CAN
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Thread: It’s important to understand sexual abuse and harassment as a spectrum of behavior.
everyday Harassment (ie catcalling) on one end and Harvey/Cosby on the other end.
Toxic masculinity and the idea that men are *entitled* to women’s time, attention & bodies is at the core.
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