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35 Bill Cosby Accusers Tell Their Stories

35 Bill Cosby Accusers Tell Their Stories
More has changed in the past few years for women who allege rape than in all the decades since the women’s movement began. Consider the evidence of October 2014, when a Philadelphia magazine reporter at a Hannibal Buress show uploaded a clip of the comedian talking about Bill Cosby: “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. Dude’s image, for the most part, it’s fucking public Teflon image. I’ve done this bit onstage and people think I’m making it up … That shit is upsetting.” The bit went viral swiftly, with irreversible, calamitous consequences for Cosby’s reputation. Perhaps the most shocking thing wasn’t that Buress had called Cosby a rapist; it was that the world had actually heard him. Read her story Name: Beverly Johnson Age: 62 Occupation: model, actress

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Man Suing Wife for Fraud Over Her Makeup Should Be Countersued for Fraudulently Claiming to Love Her In “I can’t believe this is really happening; get me off this planet” news, a man is suing his wife for fraud after seeing her without makeup for the first time. I guess he would know a thing or two about fraud, what with clearly not really meaning any of those vows or anything. The Algerian man told the court that when he woke up next to his wife the morning after their wedding, he could hardly recognize her. Emirates 24/7 reports that the man claimed he first thought she was a “thief who came to steal his apartment” and demanded $20,000 in damages for his psychological shock at seeing that his wife is actually a human being with a real face like everyone else. If this were just an isolated incident, it’d be much easier to laugh off, but we’re all too familiar around here with the duality of expectations that society places on women. This was illustrated painfully well in a recent video showing how social media users responded to pictures of the same woman with and without makeup:

untitled VENEZUELANS are famously inventive with words. After 17 years of chavismo, the left-wing ideology of the late president, Hugo Chávez, they have plenty of material. Insults aimed at his “Bolivarian revolution” abound; the regime, now led by Nicolás Maduro, hurls its own ammunition. With parliamentary elections due on December 6th, The Economist offers a sample. Bachaquero. Derived from “bachaco”, a voracious large-bottomed leaf-cutter ant. Ronda Rousey Is Unstoppable The video clip is now a cherished part of the Ronda Rousey origin story: Head-shaven Ultimate Fighting Championship impresario Dana White, walking out of the Mr Chow restaurant in Hollywood in 2011, swamped by paparazzi, who begin grilling him about the latest gossip from the octagon. White good-naturedly trades fight talk (“That was the sickest kick in MMA history!”) and answers questions as he searches for his waiting SUV. Before he departs, there’s a final query: When are we going to see women in the UFC?

"Where's My Cut?": On Unpaid Emotional Labor Jess Zimmerman’s previous work for The Toast can be found here. I am not a big fan of psychic charlatanry, which often preys on people who are in genuine grief. So when I read about psychic fraud Priscilla Kelly Delmaro, arrested in May for second-degree grand larceny, I should have felt smug about her downfall. Delmaro had induced a male client to give her over $700,000 worth of payment and gifts, including a diamond ring and a Rolex – all in exchange for her mystic advice on how to woo a woman, Michelle, who’d made her lack of interest very clear. Technically the diamond was to “protect his energy,” the Rolex was to “go back and cleanse his past,” and some of the money was to build an 80-mile solid gold bridge into the spirit world, but that was the general formula: woman has no interest, man needs to feel hope, Delmaro is willing to provide that hope for a price. But that wasn’t my first thought when I read this story.

sans titre An Algerian man has reportedly sued his wife after waking up on the day after their marriage to find her barefaced with no makeup. Emirates 247 reported that the groom took his bride to court the day after their marriage, where he accused her of not looking as pretty as she did before the wedding. The groom, who was not identified, was seeking $20,000 in damages for "psychological suffering," according to the report. Algerian reports claimed when he first laid eyes on his au naturel wife, he didn't recognize her and even mistook her for a “thief who came to steal his apartment." “He said he was deceived by her as she used to fill up her face with make up before their marriage,” Emirates 247 reported said, quoting a court source.

Andres Oppenheimer: Venezuela’s regime is against the ropes Based on his past behavior, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is likely to try several dirty tricks — including buying off legislators and using the judiciary to curtail legislative powers — to weaken the opposition supermajority in the newly elected National Assembly. But there are three major reasons why he is not likely to succeed. First, the opposition coalition’s victory was so overwhelming that Maduro would face a social explosion if he failed to recognize the new National Assembly’s powers. Despite the most undemocratic election rules in Latin America with the exception of Cuba’s, Venezuela’s opposition won a two-thirds majority of 112 seats in the 167-seat National Assembly, which could allow it to call a national referendum that could lead to Maduro’s ouster.

What's It Like To Become A Mattress-Carrying Voice For Rape Survivors? We Asked by Brenna Ehrlich 9/4/2014 UPDATE: Columbia University sent a statement after the publication of this story. It was added at the bottom of the page at 3:48 p.m. EST. Female Novelist Learns How Far a Male Pen Name Can Take Her There is a gender bias in the publishing industry. Women’s writing often gets talked about differently, reviewed differently (if at all), and the content judged differently than writing by men. Of course, publishing is only one industry in which unconscious bias about names based on gender or race exists, and there have been studies done to explore this in other industries. In the case of publishing, a female novelist by the name of Catherine Nichols decided to try an experiment.

Which languages rule the internet? Google recognises the most languages, across its Translate and Search services – with 348 languages supported on Google Search. The following infographic from Statista explores how some of the world’s biggest websites deal with the globe’s linguistic diversity. Source: Statista

Here's What Happened When 33 Women Were Asked To Respond To The Words ‘She Was Asking For It’ by Joseph Lamour 8/7/2015 In a world where everyone disagrees on everything (including whether or not Donald Trump should become the next president), there’s one thing we all have see eye to eye on: A woman is never “asking for it.” In a compelling new video released by The Cut, women ages 18-50 are asked to react to the phrase “she was asking for it.” The women interviewed unanimously disagree with the common excuse to explain away rape by placing the blame on the victim. “Not true,” says Alexa, one of the women in the video. “It doesn’t matter what you look like, what she was wearing, nobody deserves to have the control of their body taken away from them without their consent.” sans titre A psychologist recently investigated what your facial expressions say about you, especially "resting bitch face." Psychologist Susan Krauss Whitbourne questioned why only women suffer from this condition. Men are more respected when they appear thoughtful. But women who don't smile automatically appear cold, according to the theory. If you think it's impossible to control your facial expressions, it’s partly true. While we all want to appear honest while lying, it is not easily done.

In Venezuela, the Opposition Is on the Right Side of History  A man waves the Venezuelan national flag after hearing the results of the national congressional elections in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg via Getty Images CARACAS, Venezuela -- It's October 2014 in Venezuela: sweltering heat, the sound of sirens, a noisy crowd can be heard afar. Sun rays pierce an opening crisscrossed by metal bars. A bearded man wearing shorts and a basketball jersey, with his back towards a camera, stares at the opening above his head, gets edgy and starts reaching for the bars. In the narrow space he uses his hands and feet, pressing them against the side walls like Spiderman, and climbs towards the light.