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There is No Real Security

Saying “no” won’t stop rape. Neither will self-defense classes. And both give women the false hope that they can stop men who want to hurt them.

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AA month before I left home to travel the world solo at 18, I signed up for a women’s self-defense class. My high school counselors said it would prepare me for the situation…




A new magazine from Roxane Gay offering some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. Our first quarterly is coming in June 2019. We value deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.

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Katie Simon

Katie Simon

I’m working on a book about sex after sexual assault, and a memoir about the year I got the plague bacteria. Work in NYT, The Lily, BuzzFeed, Wa Po, etc.

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