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In OtherWords: October 18, 2017

We can't stop sexual violence until we understand how very mundane it is.

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This week, social media feeds lit up with women saying “me too,” spreading awareness of just how pervasive sexual assault and harassment remain in our country.

In OtherWords, Jill Richardson writes that she can’t think of a single woman who hasn’t experienced one or both — a sad fact that’s probably true for most women in this country.

We often think of sexual assault as the sole preserve of men hiding in the bushes, attacking strangers at random. The truth of it, Jill notes, is that the vast majority of perpetrators look like ordinary, respectable humans, who are able to carry on simply because much of society normalizes their behavior.

And it doesn’t help, as Khalil Bendib noticed, that one boastful offender happens to occupy the White House.

Also this week, Chuck Collins gives you an authoritative guide for some extremely common myths and lies you’re likely to hear about taxes this fall. Sarah Browning reports on a field trip to James Madison’s estate — and it’s accompanying slave quarters. And Jim Hightower explains that it’s not robots that take people’s jobs, per se, it’s corporations.

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  1. An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate / Chuck Collins
    There’s a heist coming. Arm yourself with the facts!
  2. There’s No Defending Founding Fathers Who Practiced Slavery / Sarah Browning
    Men who imagined brilliant new freedoms failed to imagine them for enslaved Americans. That means we have to be revolutionary today.
  3. Me Too. And You. And You. / Jill Richardson
    We can’t stop sexual violence until we understand how very mundane it is.
  4. Robots Aren’t Taking Our Jobs. Corporations Are. / Jim Hightower
    They’re creating a robot economy with inexpensive machines that don’t demand wages or health care.
  5. Grabbing ‘Em / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of OtherWords.org.