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Taylor Passow tells GEN the Kansas congressional candidate attacked her in December

Aaron Coleman, the 19-year-old who exited and then quickly reentered a race for a Kansas statehouse seat amid revelations of misogynist abuse, has consistently emphasized that he committed those offenses when he was between the ages of 12 and 14, and has not repeated the behavior since.

“From the moment I won, I have endured sustained attacks,” Coleman, a progressive whose platform includes single-payer health care and legalizing cannabis, said in a statement Tuesday announcing his return to the race. The Kansas City Star reported that Coleman had engaged in revenge porn, blackmailing one 12-year-old girl and sharing naked pictures…


Power Trip

On so-called open platforms, it’s the users who silence others

Multiple testimonies before Congress, a presidential accusation, and a public apology: With all of that, there is no doubt that big tech has become the new target in a decades-old argument about the media’s supposed anti-conservative bias.

The fears may be misplaced. My own research on conservative news practices demonstrates the complexity around this issue and the ways in which voices are silenced online. In fact, conservatism abounds in media, depending on what you search. Google isn’t shaping our ideological positions: It’s the other way around.

In other words, what we believe shapes what we search, how we search, and…


Jessica Valenti

‘Horseface,’ Christine Blasey Ford, and the pleasure in causing pain

When Donald Trump called his one-time mistress Stormy Daniels a “horseface” on Twitter — the latest in a long line of attacks on women he finds threatening — the reason struck me as entirely obvious. Publicly disparaging yet another woman wasn’t part of a political strategy nor was it a defensive strike. Rather, the president of the United States appears to like hurting people, and women in particular.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about and researching the motivations of men who hate women — from sexual entitlement and white supremacy to paternalism and shame. In fact, I’m…

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