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feminist friday: sexual assault in the military

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This week, there was one bright example of a positive, important piece of journalism that, while not “happy,” like many of the things I put in these Feminist Friday posts, is definitely worth reading. It’s a story in this month’s issue of GQ that seems to have just started making the rounds online this week, in which Nathaniel Penn delves into the military’s sexual assault problem. It focuses on men, because the men who are raped while serving in our country’s armed forces far outnumber the women who are (though we often hear that the percentage is higher for women), and the culture of the military is far from supportive, and in some ways encouraging of these crimes.

I love this piece because it gets at some clearly very important issues that do not get enough attention, and also because it does so without diminishing issues facing women. It’s not about…

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