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Street Scene: Silence Equals Complicity in Workplace Sexism

After Ms. Fowler’s post appeared, Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and then its chief executive, announced that Ms. Huffington would join with Eric H. Holder Jr., the former United States attorney general who had returned to his previous law firm Covington & Burling, as well as two other female executives at Uber, to investigate Ms. Fowler’s charges and the Uber culture generally. Continue reading the main story Another law firm, Perkins Coie, was also hired to investigate charges of sexism at Uber. On June 6, Perkins Coie released its report, which…

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‘The Affair’ Body Double Sues Showtime for Sexual Harassment

‘The Affair’ Ruth Wilson’s Body Double Sues … I Was Humiliated, Fired EXCLUSIVE The woman who body doubled for “The Affair” star, Ruth Wilson, was objectified and humiliated in front of the crew, and then fired for complaining about it … according to her lawsuit. Ashlynn Alexander filed suit against Showtime because she believes she got canned in September 2015 after reporting what she calls sexual harassment. In docs, obtained by TMZ, she says the assistant director posted the call sheet for a scene, and referred to her as “Alison Sexytime Double”…

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State attorneys general urge Education Dept. to keep Title IX

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prepares to speak with the media after a series of listening sessions about campus sexual violence, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Washington. Alex Brandon / AP ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Attorneys general from Pennsylvania, New Mexico and more than a dozen other states are urging U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to keep in place protections for victims of sexual assault on college campuses.  The attorneys, all Democrats, sent a letter Wednesday to DeVos voicing their concerns about reports that suggest her office is preparing to roll back…

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Sung Hyun Park Wins U.S. Women’s Open, Edging an Amateur

She has the nickname Dak Gong, an informal phrase that can be translated as “Shut up and attack.” Photo Feng Shanshan of China, who led for most of the event, had a triple-bogey 8 on the 18th and fell into a tie for fifth. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times “Not like other Koreans, I am more aggressive in my game,” Park said through an interpreter. “I focus on my attack and being aggressive. And I like that name.” The triumph for Park, her first major title and her first…

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Columbia Settles With Student Cast as a Rapist in Mattress Art Project

Ms. Sulkowicz did not respond to a request for comment. The news of the settlement comes as the Trump administration is revisiting policies on campus sexual assault that the federal Department of Education put in place under President Barack Obama. The policies led the government to investigate many universities and colleges, including Columbia, over their handling of sexual assault cases under the federal law known as Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination by any school that receives federal funding. Photo Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a series of listening sessions…

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Essay: If Tech Execs Act Like Spoiled Brats, Should We Spank Them?

Not that I’m above temptation myself. Who wants to be bound by the behavioral constraints of petty mortals. As a kid, I would fold strips of aluminum foil, stick them into the wall outlet and slap them together to see the sparks: a kind of youthful nerd vandalism. Even today, I have felt the urge to run that red light, or to boisterously split infinitives. I’m a wild man! Continue reading the main story In hopes of gaining perspective, I got in touch with Heidi Roizen, a pioneering tech entrepreneur…

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DeVos looks to “hear from all sides” on campus sexual assault

In a press conference addressing sexual assault on college campuses, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos affirmed her “ongoing commitment to hear from all sides” on Thursday.  “No student should feel like there isn’t a way to seek justice and no student should feel the scales are tipped against him or her,” she said referencing both the plight of rape survivors and the worries of those accused of sexual assault. “We need to protect all students and we need to do it quickly,” she added. DeVos went on to explain that…

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DeVos Says She Will Revisit Obama-Era Sexual Assault Policies

How to enforce Title IX, the 1972 law requiring schools to protect students from rape and sexual assault, is one of Ms. DeVos’s most difficult policy tasks, and her department has been under fire for comments made this week by Candice Jackson, who leads its Office for Civil Rights. Continue reading the main story In an interview with The New York Times, Ms. Jackson said that “90 percent” of sexual assault accusations on campus “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later…

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Education official blames most campus sexual assaults on drunkenness

The top civil rights official at the Department of Education said that “90 percent” of campus sexual assault accusations occur for this  reason: “We were both drunk.” In an interview with the New York Times, Deputy Assistant Education Secretary Candice Jackson explained that investigative processes surrounding sexual assault cases in higher education have not been “fairly balanced between the accusing victim and the accused student.” “Rather, the accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later…

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Common Sense: As a Guru, Ayn Rand May Have Limits. Ask Travis Kalanick.

But lately, many Rand devotees have been running into trouble. Travis Kalanick’s abrupt departure as chief executive of Uber, the Internet-based ride-hailing service he built into a private corporation worth $50 billion or more, is the latest Icarus-like plunge of a prominent Rand follower. Photo Travis Kalanick, the former chief executive of Uber. He once used the cover art for “The Fountainhead” as his Twitter avatar. Credit Evan Agostini/Invision, via Associated Press The hedge fund manager Edward S. Lampert, who some say has applied Rand’s Objectivist principles to the management…

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