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Review: The Invisible War

A few years ago, documentarian Kirby Dick read an article about rape among the troops and was shocked to see that no one had made a movie on the subject.
Kirby Dick's documentary on rape in the military
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012
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Was Clarence Spivey wrongfully convicted of rape 40 years ago?

The young woman, just 18 years old, was standing at the driver's side door of her blue Volkswagen in the parking lot of St. Joseph's Hospital in Providence on a clear and wintry Saturday evening when a young black man approached from behind and put a kni
‘The truth has to come out’
By JAMES ROBINSON  |  May 11, 2012
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Review: Straw Dogs

Remaking, polishing, and in effect housebreaking what should've remained untamed and feral, Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic follows the original's story beats closely, and so the devil is in the details.
Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  September 23, 2011
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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel aft
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By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 02, 2011

Pingree advocates for raped veterans, gets results

The Department of Veterans' Affairs is taking steps to ensure that military sexual-assault and rape survivors have less of a hard time getting the benefits they deserve, according to US Representative Chellie Pingree, who represents Southern Maine in W
Clearing red tape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2011

Leveling the playing field

A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 20, 2011


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A woman takes charge and learns the art of the best defense

When the first attacker grabbed my wrist; I hammer-fisted his forearm and issued a sweep-kick to his groin.
Going on offense
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 29, 2011
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Turning feminist theory into a visceral rape deterrent

In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. No longer just a revenge dream, this device — called Rape-aXe — was actually distributed for free last year at the World Cup in South Africa.
Striking back
By DENA RIEGEL  |  April 29, 2011
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Counter 'attack'

I have been on the fringe of the Penny Arcade "dickwolves" controversy, and I found a lot of the bluster as pointless, because I understood fully what the original comic was trying to say.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 18, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 25, 2011

Responses to the Dickwolves Debacle

Your article " When Dickwolves Attack " (March 4) was great — really well written, and you explain the significance of everything very well. I wasn't much of a Penny Arcade fan, so it was easy for me to forget the vast scope of their influence, for exam
Letters to the Boston editor, March 18, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 18, 2011
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Fake gays not protesting IFC-distributed rape film

Last week, I got an e-mail with a real honker of a subject line: "Most Controversial Film — More Dangerous than Wikileaks?"
Epic fail dept.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 04, 2011


Three-point stance

With Green Bay and Pittsburgh squaring off on Super Bowl Sunday, three things about the current state of pro football keep occurring to me that I'd like to share with you, gentle reader.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 28, 2011
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Unsafe Passage: The dangers of getting to and from the job

One evening in February, Sara left her State Street office building shortly after six o'clock to walk to her car. As she put the key in the lock of the car door, a man grabbed her from behind and hissed in her ear, "Get in the car."
Equal Writes
By SUSAN STOBAUGH  |  July 09, 2010
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Boston's $10 Million Boo-Boos

The bill continues to come due for the string of nine wrongful convictions discovered in Boston between 1999 and 2004 — a tab that has now topped $10 million in court settlements.
Righting a wrongful conviction
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 03, 2009
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Patriots daze

Ever heard of Eric Naposki? Probably not. He played linebacker for the Patriots in the late 1980s.
The ugly legacy of the late-'80s Pats gets even uglier
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 29, 2009
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Bad girls

People tend to make much of what they think of as Mary Gaitskill's fictional realm, a place of sexual transgression, of violence, violation, rape, and sado-masochism, and her female characters, the violated, the used, the users.
Mary Gaitskill carries on
By DANA KLETTER  |  May 01, 2009


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The Earth moves

There is an element of bare-bones pageantry in Brecht's play — which, the dramatist being a Marxist, has as much to say about knowledge and the marketplace as it does about the father of modern science's impassioned head butt to the opiate of the people
The Life of Galileo ; Spring Awakening ; Picasso at the Lapin Agile
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009