What’s Current: R Kelly accused of sexually and physically assaulting another teenaged girl

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Another woman, Jerhonda Pace, has come forward with allegations that R Kelly sexually and physically assaulted her when she was a teenager. She says:

“I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on… I had to call him ‘daddy,’ and he would call me ‘baby.’ He wanted me to have two pigtails, and I had to go out and find little schoolgirl outfits.”

Kat Banyard delves into the research she did to write Pimp Stateincluding what she heard from johns:

“What united these men… was an overpowering sense of entitlement to sexually access women’s bodies. Some explicitly drew on the notion that they were merely consumers availing workers of their services. One complained about occasions that had been ‘poor value for money’ — which he defined as ‘them clearly not enjoying it’. Another man described having paid for sex with a woman who obviously didn’t want to be there as a ‘very bad service, very.’ He recalled over the phone: ‘We went upstairs and, how can I say, she was, like, very frigid. Very frigid. It was very disappointing in the sense I was paying … no touching in places like I would like. Even the sex was really, really crap. It was really, really disappointing.’”

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $417 million in damages to Eva Echeverria. The Los Angeles court agreed that Acheverria developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder.”

A woman’s torso has been found on an island in Copenhagen during the search for journalist Kim Wall.

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Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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