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  • Originally published 01/17/2018

    What a medieval love saga says about modern-day sexual harassment

    Lisa Bitel

    One famous 12th-century saga involved a young philosopher, Abelard, and his teenage student Héloise. The story has many similarities with news of modern-day aggressors, with one major exception: None of today’s harassers has suffered medieval punishment.

  • Originally published 01/17/2018

    New Fox Series: Bill Clinton's Scandals

    The first seven-episode installment chronicles the events that ultimately led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton during the 1990s.

  • Originally published 01/09/2018

    Until 1975, ‘Sexual Harassment’ Was the Menace With No Name

    Thanks to journalist-turned activist Lin Farley and the consciousness-raising efforts of the 1970s women’s movement, the newly coined term would not just help women give voice to their experiences: It would change U.S. law and life in the workplace.

  • Originally published 12/26/2017

    Liberals, make some distinctions

    Jonathan Zimmerman

    ‘Zero tolerance’ didn’t work in schools and it won’t work with sexual misconduct.

  • Originally published 12/20/2017

    The Father of Modern Libraries Was a Serial Sexual Harasser

    Melvil Dewey is remembered today as an innovator who ushered American librarianship into the modern age, but his pattern of sexual harassment was so egregious that women dared to speak out against it, at a time when women were harshly judged for reporting sexual harassment.

  • Originally published 07/19/2013

    Jonathan Zimmerman: In Defense of Sex Scandals

    Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned: I cheated on my wife. I brought shame and dishonor to her, and to my children. But I have asked them to forgive me.And now I’m asking voters to forgive me, too.Welcome to our political culture of sexual confession. Pioneered by Bill Clinton, who groveled on TV after his affair with Monica Lewinsky was exposed, confession has become an invaluable weapon for leaders who are caught with their proverbial pants down.Witness the fates of Clinton’s fellow Southerners David Vitter and Mark Sanford. Vitter won re-election to his Louisiana Senate seat in 2010 after admitting a “serious sin” involving prostitutes. Earlier this year, former South Carolina Gov. Sanford captured a House seat after acknowledging an extramarital affair.