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Sexual Harassment

Editorial: Who Will Judge the Judge?

Judge Alex Kozinski has been sexually harassing his female clerks and other employees for years.

Opinion: Rep. Mary Kaptur just reinforced the victim-blaming culture

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio reportedly believes that her female colleagues should rethink their wardrobe choices if they want to protect themselves from unwanted sexual advances on Capitol Hill. Too many outfits she sees around Washington, she told colleagues this week, are "an invitation" to be harassed.

Gillibrand, Kirsten E

Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump, Champion of Women. (No, Really.)

On his watch, female politicians with White House ambitions are rising.

Egyptian singer sentenced to prison for video 'inciting debauchery'

A court in Egypt has sentenced a female pop singer to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery and immortality" in an online music video, according to reports by Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram online.


Voices From Alabama: Black Women Who Voted for Doug Jones

Exit polling shows 98 percent of female African-American voters supported Doug Jones in the Senate election in Alabama. We spoke to some of them to learn what was so important to them in this election.

It's the way you dress, Democratic congresswoman tells colleagues

At a closed-door meeting of House Democrats to discuss reforming how Congress handles sexual harassment allegations, one senior congresswoman stunned lawmakers when she suggested female lawmakers were inviting unwanted advances because of the way they dressed.


The Carpetbagger: At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, It Will Be Women First

Championing actresses and nodding at #MeToo, the industry’s biggest union will have only female presenters will hand out its acting awards.

Woman blasts ex-NFL Network hiring head

A female television sports reporter and host has shared her story following the news of NFL Network and ESPN suspending five former football players who are accused of sexual harassment while they worked for NFL Network.


IOC bans six Russian female ice hockey players for life over doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned six Russian female ice hockey players from the Olympics for life over doping allegations linked to the 2014 Sochi Games, the ruling body said on Tuesday.


Female directors snubbed, Plummer surprises at Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Women were shut out of the directors race at the 2018 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, while Ridley Scott's scramble to reshoot "All the Money in the World" led to a surprise nod for actor Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey.

Queens of the Stone Age frontman 'truly sorry' for kicking photographer

Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Josh Homme has apologized for kicking a female photographer during a concert, leaving her bruised and in tears.


Indian police file sexual assault case against airline passenger for allegedly molesting Bollywood actress

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian police have filed a sexual assault case against an airline passenger after a 17-year-old Bollywood actress said the male passenger had molested her during a late New Delhi-Mumbai flight, police said on Monday.

Race and Ethnicity

Op-Ed Columnist: An Abomination. A Monster. That’s Me?

Vilifying whiteness and maleness isn’t just illiberal. It’s bad politics.

Men and Boys

Op-Ed Contributor: Not All Men Are Monstrous

Stephen Marche addresses comments from readers about the male libido.


Rep. Franks to resign after staff members' complaints of harassment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he would resign after two female staffers complained that he had discussed surrogacy with them.

Analysis: Rep. Trent Franks' absolutely bizarre resignation letter

Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona announced Thursday night that is is resigning from Congress after being informed that the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment from two female former staffers.


House ethics panel probing Rep. Farenthold over harassment allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.


Rep. Franks resigns after staff members complain of harassment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he would resign after two female staffers complained that he had discussed surrogacy with them.


Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session was reinstated on Thursday.


House ethics panel probing Rep. Farenthold over harassment allegations: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.


The Male Animal: What’s the Deal With That Guy’s Fluffy Hair?

From Bernie Sanders to Graydon Carter, men of a certain age embrace an unruly hairstyle that suggests mad genius or regal slob.


Indiana officer suspended for 'white male privilege' remark to learn fate

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session may learn her job status on Thursday.

Women and Girls

Being a Doctor Is Hard. It’s Harder for Women.

Female medical residents and physicians endure bias and a larger burden with home duties. They also face a greater risk of depression.

Sexual harassment settlement money returns to the spotlight

Sexual harassment is back in the spotlight Thursday on Capitol Hill on the heels of a veteran congressman's dramatic resignation and as allegations of misconduct swirl around several other male lawmakers.

Former 'The Voice' contestant responds to rape allegation

A former contestant from "The Voice" is denying a rape accusation made by another female singer.

Lawmaker called out for heterosexual rant

Conservative Pennsylvania state representative Daryl Metcalfe proclaimed his heterosexuality during a committee meeting after being touched on the arm by a male colleague.


Google beats class action sex bias claims, for now

(Reuters) - A California state judge has dismissed class action claims accusing Alphabet Inc's Google of paying female employees less than men and giving them fewer opportunities for promotions.

Female Democratic senators call on Franken to resign

At least four female Democratic senators called on Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, marking the first time any senator has called on the Minnesota Democrat to leave office as allegations of sexual harassment continue to mount.


Moogfest Shines a Spotlight on Female, Nonbinary and Transgender Musicians

The music, ideas and technology conference is showcasing its performers in a 50-hour live stream this week featuring 50 artists in 17 countries.

Balding, premature graying tied to higher heart disease risk

Male-pattern baldness and premature greying are associated with a greater risk of heart disease before the age of 40 than obesity, according to a new study from India. Does this mean that doctors should be screening our hairline alongside traditional risk factors such as our weight and blood pressure?

Trans student: This isn't about a wedding cake, it's about civil rights

Over the past few years I've learned what it means to fight for my right to be treated just like everyone else. When my high school implemented a bathroom ban that forbade me from using the men's bathroom even though I am a transgender male student, I fought back. My fight took me to the US Supreme Court and still continues today -- despite the Court sending my case back to the district court.


Final 'House of Cards' season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

(Reuters) - The final season of Netflix's political drama "House of Cards" will focus on Robin Wright's first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday.


UPDATE 2-Final 'House of Cards' season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

Dec 4 (Reuters) - The final season of Netflix's political drama "House of Cards" will focus on Robin Wright's first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday.

Fight female genital mutilation with economics

Seleiman Bishagazi never enjoyed the benefits of a university education, but he's smarter on a basic human rights issue than nearly anyone I've met in the world.


A Man Among Female Leaders: ‘The Risk of Mansplaining Is Very High’

A Times reporter shadows a male speaker at a summit meeting of female political leaders in Iceland, the most gender-egalitarian country in the world.


Killing of Mexican prosecutor of crimes against women sparks outcry

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday condemned the killing of a female Mexican prosecutor who specialized in violence against women, as the country grapples with its worst murder rate in two decades, including a spate of attacks on rights workers and reporters.

Documentary Films and Programs

A Partner in the Mad Science of Documentary Making

Recruited to film Bedouin women in a Lebanese refugee camp when the male director was barred, a sculptor finds herself at the center of the project.


NFL's Rooney Rule seen as a way to greater diversity in European coaching

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - The NFL's Rooney Rule could be a way of bringing greater racial and ethnic diversity to European soccer coaching, campaigners said, as a new survey confirmed that it remains a white, male preserve.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Is Appalled by the Allegations Against Matt Lauer

Mr. Colbert said it sounded like Mr. Lauer had given a female colleague a sex toy, and then decided to “mansplain” how to use it.

The women censored for male nude paintings

This year marks the 100th anniversary of an exhibition of paintings by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, at the Berthe Weill gallery in Paris. The exhibition, displaying a number of nude works, was too much for some and shut down within hours of its opening. The police commissioner at the time had been offended by the depiction of pubic hair.


BRIEF-Amazon pledges up to $100 million in funding for voice technology


Today (TV Program)

Lauer, O’Reilly and Rose: The Fall of Male Media Stars

Is this the long-awaited reckoning that the corporate news media needs? Our media columnist, Jim Rutenberg, explains.


UPDATE 8-NBC News fires 'Today' co-host Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) - NBC News fired Matt Lauer, the popular host of its "Today" morning show, on Wednesday after a female colleague accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior, the network said, making him the latest rich and powerful man to be felled by such accusations.

Grammys 2018: White men shut out spurs feelings

For the first time since 1999, there are no white male solo artists nominated for a best album Grammy and people have definite feelings about that.

She's the latest female anchor to find herself in a tough spot


Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar lead male-dominated Grammy nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jay-Z's soul-baring album on love, life and social fractures led the Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday with eight nods in a list that saw women sidelined in some major categories and Katy Perry excluded completely.

Analysis: Nancy Pelosi's catastrophically bad answer on John Conyers

When Nancy Pelosi sat down for an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday, she had to know that he was going to ask her about embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers. After all, allegations from a number of former female staffers that the veteran Democrat had sexually harassed them were all over the news.

Former aides defend Conyers after harassment allegations

Twelve former female staffers of Rep. John Conyers say he "never behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner" in front of them as the Michigan Democrat faces an ethics investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him.

Women and Girls

Opinion: The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido

We are attempting to hold a public conversation about male sexual misbehavior while refusing to talk about the nature of men and sex.


Japan coast guard finds body of dead male suspected from North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Coast Guard found the body of a male and parts of a wooden boat suspected to be from North Korea on the coast of one of Japan's outlying islands on Saturday, an official said.


The Culture Is Changing, With Feminist Cheese

All across America, cheese making is a great way to trot away from the male herd.

Transgender woman's husband: 'People are talking ... I don't care'

What does it mean to love someone who was born a biological male but is a woman? Lisa Ling explores what it really means to be transgender on "This is Life," Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


Female doctors adjust lives to accommodate home

(Reuters Health) - Female physicians are more likely to make professional adjustments to accommodate their responsibilities at home, according to a new study.


U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused her

(Reuters) - Three-times Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said on Tuesday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct.

Film delayed after politician offers $1.6M to behead star

Producers of a Bollywood movie have delayed its release amid fears for the safety of its female star, following death threats from prominent Hindu hardliners.

Reward offered to behead actress, director

Producers of a Bollywood movie have delayed its release amid fears for the safety of its female star and director, following death threats from prominent Hindu hardliners.

Charlie Rose played the role of dirty older man on 'CBS This Morning'

The sexual harassment and assault claims against powerful men keep rolling in, and this week, it's Charlie Rose under scrutiny after a stunning piece in The Washington Post detailed allegations of years of Rose's harassment and unwanted sexual advances toward younger female employees and prospective employees. In a statement, Rose apologized, adding, "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

Opinion: How to make #MeToo stick this time

I am having a serious case of déjà vu. Every day, when I switch on my computer, I, like everyone else, am hit by yet another exposé of a powerful male celebrity, industry leader or politician allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting women; and along with it, another slew of heartbreaking stories from the #MeToo movement.


Did You Hear the One About the Housewife Who Walks Into a Comedy Club?

In the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the creator of “Gilmore Girls” introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

Cantrell, LaToya

Who Is LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans’s First Female Mayor?

Here are a few things to know about Ms. Cantrell, in an election season in which women and minorities have won groundbreaking races across the country.


Argentina's first female submarine officer on board missing vessel

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - One of the 44 crew members on board the Argentine submarine that is missing in the South Atlantic is Eliana Maria Krawczyk, who came from a landlocked province to become the country's first female submarine officer.


Male artists win big but female singers dominate American Music Awards stage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pink, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera led female artists of pop music dominating the American Music Awards stage on Sunday with powerful performances, despite being edged out by male artists in most award categories this year.

Women's Rights

Op-Ed Contributor: Muslim Women Must Speak for Ourselves

Millions of women who face Islamophobia and male dominance now have a moment to teach the world how patriarchy breeds sexual violence against them.


New Orleans's first female mayor to lead city during its 300th anniversary

(Reuters) - A New Orleans City Council member who launched a political career after helping her neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina was elected as the city's first female mayor this weekend in a runoff that pitted her against another woman.

Vietnam War

Vietnam '67: The Women Who Covered Vietnam

There were dozens of female war correspondents and photographers. Today they are largely forgotten.


Patrick to race Daytona, Indy 500s before retiring

(Reuters) - Danica Patrick will drive in the Daytona and Indianapolis 500s next year before retiring, the world's most recognizable and successful female driver said on Friday.

Wallstrom, Margot E

The Saturday Profile: Sweden’s Proponent of ‘Feminist Foreign Policy,’ Shaped by Abuse

As foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, who broke free from a violent relationship in her 20s, is challenging assumptions in a traditionally male sphere.

'Rebel Girls' sequel celebrates more real-life female superheroes


A New ‘She’s Gotta Have It’: Spike Lee’s Feminist Breakthrough

Critics have long noted Mr. Lee’s “woman problem.” But in his new Netflix series, based on his 1986 film, he has created his most nuanced female character yet.


Critic’s Notebook: Two Operas With Nothing in Common, Except Exhausted Women

“Thaïs” at the Met and “The Mother of Us All” in Hudson, N.Y., are unlikely partners in reflecting the difficult realities of female lives.


Transgender woman sues Massachusetts for housing her in men's prison

BOSTON (Reuters) - A transgender woman on Wednesday sued the Massachusetts prison system, saying it is violating her civil rights by housing her in a facility for male prisoners, where lawyers contend she is routinely harassed by fellow inmates and prison staff.

More than 50 people describe sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices -- they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss -- it could cost you your career.

Barstool Sports Inc

Feature: Spurned by ESPN, Barstool Sports Is Staying on Offense

The insurgent media company has built a devoted following of what it sees as “average” sports fans: unruly, occasionally toxic and aggressively male.


Gymnastics: Raisman says it took time to recognize what she says was sex abuse by doctor

(Reuters) - Triple Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman has said in a interview she did not realize at first that she had been treated inappropriately by a doctor accused of having sexually assaulted female gymnasts while he was the U.S. team doctor.


Critic’s Notebook: Louis C.K. and Hollywood’s Canon of Creeps

In his new film “I Love You, Daddy,” the comic surveys male pathologies, nods at Woody Allen and reaffirms cinema’s long history of exploiting women.

State Legislatures

Silence Lifts in Statehouses as Harassment Scandals Bring Swift Penalties

The cascade of allegations has prompted broad disavowals and public calls for resignations in male-dominated legislatures.

George Takei denies sexually assaulting model in 1981

"Star Trek" star and LBGT icon George Takei is denying allegations that he groped a former male model who says he passed out while drinking at the actor's Los Angeles condo nearly 40 years ago.

Comedy and Humor

Op-Ed Contributor: The Lose-Lose Life of the Female Comedian

In the world of comedy clubs and standup gigs, women are either treated as groupies or ignored.


Sam Rockwell grapples with race and anger in 'Three Billboards'

LOS ANGELES, Nov 10 (Reuters) - As a San Francisco native, Sam Rockwell says he doesn't know why he gets offered roles to play "a lot of rednecks and country guys," but he's taking the opportunity to try to understand complex, unlovable male characters.

Comedy and Humor

Opinion: Being a Female Comic in Louis C.K.’s World

The calculated risks of a life in comedy.


Public defenders sue over masturbating Chicago jail inmates

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A group of Chicago female public defenders has sued the operator of one of the nation's largest jails and their employer in federal court over sexual harassment by inmates, including masturbation often directed at them.

Comedy and Humor

Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say

As the powerful comedian found success by talking about his hang-ups, he was also asking female comics and co-workers to watch him masturbate.


German court rules in favor of third gender category

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's highest court ruled on Wednesday in favor of the introduction of a third gender category for people who do not identify as either male or female or are born with an ambiguous sexual anatomy.


Soccer: Galaxy defender Rogers announces retirement

(Reuters) - Former U.S. international and Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay male to compete in a major North American professional sport, announced his retirement from professional soccer on Tuesday.


ATP apologize after Next Gen draw ceremony lambasted as sexist

MILAN (Reuters) - The ATP has apologized after the draw ceremony for the Next Gen Finals on Sunday was branded a "disgrace" after female models revealed groupings with letters hidden under their clothing.


Valeant to sell female libido pill business back to former owners

(Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said on Monday it will sell its female libido-pill business Sprout Pharmaceuticals back to its former owners, two years after buying the company for about $1 billion.

Pelosi backs sexual harassment legislation to address accusations in Congress

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday weighed in on the sexual harassment claims current and former female lawmakers are making against their male colleagues in Congress, saying she supports legislative action in Congress to address the issue.

‘Disaffected, Usually Disturbed Loners Have Always Been With Us’

Our top 10 comments of the week: Readers discussed criminal charges for Trump campaign figures, the truck attack in Manhattan and male mammoths.


Iowa jury returns guilty verdict in gender-identity murder case

(Reuters) - A man was found guilty on Friday of murdering an Iowa teenager who identified as both male and female, the Des Moines Register reported, in a case that had led U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to dispatch a federal civil rights prosecutor.

Genetics and Heredity

Trilobites: Male Mammoths Died in ‘Silly Ways’ More Often Than Females, Study Finds

Most preserved fossils of the beasts are male, scientists found, which offers insights into mammoth behavior.

All-female unit will protect Melania Trump

An all-female security unit has been assigned by the Tokyo police to protect Melania Trump. The unit was created in anticipation of the Trump's visit.

First lady to be protected by special all-female Japanese police squad

The Japanese police department in Tokyo has put together an all-female squad of officers for specific assignment to first lady Melania Trump and other visiting female dignitaries, including presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, according to a report. The fist lady arrives in Japan on Sunday for a two-day visit with President Donald Trump; Ivanka Trump landed in Toyko on Thursday.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Female Accusers Feel Forgotten. A Lawsuit May Change That.

During his campaign, Mr. Trump said the women who accused him of sexual misconduct were liars. A defamation suit could give them a chance to confront him again.

Sexual Harassment

Michael Fallon, U.K. Defense Secretary, Quits Over Inappropriate Conduct

Mr. Fallon admitted touching a female journalist’s knee, but there is talk that he may have committed other indiscretions.


Mexico's Puebla state implements stricter rules for Uber, Cabify

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the central Mexican state of Puebla approved new rules on Tuesday aimed at better vetting and monitoring rideshare drivers working for companies like Uber and Cabify after the recent murders of two female college students.


REFILE-Mexico's Puebla state implements stricter rules for Uber, Cabify

MEXICO CITY, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the central Mexican state of Puebla approved new rules on Tuesday aimed at better vetting and monitoring rideshare drivers working for companies like Uber and Cabify after the recent murders of two female college students.


Work-family conflict helps explain gender gap in doctors’ depression

(Reuters Health) - Female doctors in training may be more likely to become depressed than their male counterparts at least in part because of difficulties balancing work with family life, a U.S. study suggests.


Female Artists Sign Letter Against Sexual Harassment

Signed by the likes of Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman, and Lynn Nottage, the letter also condemns the publisher of Artforum, Knight Landesman.


Op-Ed Columnist: Checking My Male Privilege

Every man must work as hard as every woman to eliminate gendered violence.

Cardi B and Migos rapper are now engaged

Cardi B., the first female solo rapper to top the Billboard singles chart in 20 years, is now engaged. She showed off her 8-carat diamond ring on Instagram.