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The Ivy Style Primer — Gentleman's Gazette

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‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen By Noreen Malone and Portfolio By Amanda Demme More has changed in the past few years for women who allege rape than in all the decades since the women’s movement began. Consider the evidence of October 2014, when an audience member at a Hannibal Buress show in Philadelphia uploaded a clip of the comedian talking about Bill Cosby: “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Showreruns. Dude’s image, for the most part, it’s fucking public Teflon image. I’ve done this bit onstage and people think I’m making it up … That shit is upsetting.” The bit went viral swiftly, with irreversible, calamitous consequences for Cosby’s reputation. Perhaps the most shocking thing wasn’t that Buress had called Cosby a rapist; it was that the world had actually heard him. A decade earlier, 14 women had accused Cosby of rape. In 2005, a former basketball star named Andrea Constand, who met Cosby when she was working in the athletic department at Temple University, where he served on the board of trustees, alleged to authorities that he had drugged her to a state of semi-consciousness and then groped and digitally penetrated her. After her allegations were made public, a California lawyer named Tamara Green appeared on the Today show and said that, 30 years earlier, Cosby had drugged and assaulted her as well. Eventually, 12 Jane Does signed up to tell their own stories of being assaulted by Cosby in support of Constand’s case. Several of them eventually made their names public. But they were met, mostly, with skepticism, threats, and attacks on their character. In Cosby’s deposition for the Constand case, revealed to the public just last week, the comedian admitted pursuing sex with young women with the aid of Quaaludes, which can render a person functionally immobile. “I used them,” he said, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’ ” He asked a modeling agent to connect him with young women who were new in town and “financially not doing well.” In the deposition, Cosby seemed confident that his behavior did not constitute rape; he apparently saw little difference between buying someone dinner in pursuit of sex and drugging them to reach the same goal. As for consent, he said, “I think that I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things.” If these women agreed to meet up, his deposition suggested, he felt that he had a right to them. And part of what took the accusations against Cosby so long to surface is that this belief extended to many of the women themselves (as well as the staff and lawyers and friends and others who helped keep the incidents secret). Months after his depositions, Cosby settled the case with Constand. The accusations quickly faded from the public’s memory, if they registered at all. No one wanted to believe the TV dad in a cardigan was capable of such things, and so they didn’t. The National Enquirer had planned to run a big story detailing one of the women’s accounts, but the magazine pulled it when Cosby agreed to give them a two-page exclusive telling his side (essentially that these were instances that had been “misinterpreted”).People ran a story alleging that several of the women had taken money in exchange for their silence, implying that this was nothing more than an elaborate shakedown. Cosby’s career rolled on: In 2014 alone, there was a stand-up special, plans for a new family comedy on NBC, and a high-profile biography by Mark Whitaker that glossed over the accusations. The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study — both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period. In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger; acquaintance rape didn’t register as such, even for the women experiencing it. A few of Cosby’s accusers claim that he molested or raped them multiple times; one remained in his orbit, in and out of a drugged state, for years. In the ’70s and ’80s, campus movements like Take Back the Night and “No Means No” helped raise awareness of the reality that 80 to 90 percent of victims know their attacker. Still, the culture of silence and shame lingered, especially when the men accused had any kind of status. The first assumption was that women who accused famous men were after money or attention. As Cosby allegedly told some of his victims: No one would believe you. So why speak up? But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape. Emma Sulkowicz, carrying her mattress around Columbia in a performance-art protest of her alleged rape, is an extreme practitioner of this idea. This is a generation that’s been radicalized, in just the past few years, by horrific examples of rape and reactions to rape — like the 2012 Steubenville incident, in which high-school football players brutally violated a passed-out teenage girl at a party and photographed and braggingly circulated the evidence. That same year, when a 14-year-old Missouri cheerleader accused a popular older boy at her school of sexual assault, her classmates shamed her on social media and the family’s house was burned down. The whole world watched online. How could this kind of thing still be happening? These cases felt unignorable, unforgettable, Old Testament biblical. Would anyone have believed the girls, or cared, had the evidence not been digitizable? And: How could you be a young woman and not care deeply about trying to fix this? This generation will probably be further galvanized by the allegations that a national cultural icon may have been allowed to drug and rape women for decades, with no repercussions. But these younger women have given something to Cosby’s accusers as well: a model for how to speak up, and a megaphone in the form of social media. Facebook and Twitter, the forums that helped circulate the Buress clip, were full of rage at Cosby’s perceived cruelty. Barbara Bowman, who’d come forward during the Constand case, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about her frustration that no one had believed her for all those years. Three days after Bowman’s op-ed, another woman, Joan Tarshis, came forward to say Cosby had drugged and raped her in 1969. By the end of November, 16 more women had come forward. Cosby resigned from Temple’s board of trustees and sought monetary damages from one of his accusers; he also told “Page Six” that he wanted “the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism [and] go in with a neutral mind.” (Cosby, through representatives, has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and hasn’t been charged with any crimes. Emails to four of his lawyers and press reps went unanswered, although his team has begun a media tour to deny that his admission of offering Quaaludes to women was tantamount to admitting he’d raped anyone.) By February, there were another 12 accusers. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked about it at the Golden Globes: “Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.” Attorney Gloria Allred got involved, representing more than a dozen of the women. Even President Obama said it was clear to him: “If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.” There are now 46 women who have come forward publicly to accuse Cosby of rape or sexual assault; the 35 women here are the accusers who were willing to be photographed and interviewed by New York. The group, at present, ranges in age from early 20s to 80 and includes supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson alongside waitresses and Playboy bunnies and journalists and a host of women who formerly worked in show business. Many of the women say they know of others still out there who’ve chosen to remain silent. This project began six months ago, when we started contacting the then-30 women who had publicly claimed Cosby assaulted them, and it snowballed in the same way that the initial accusations did: First two women signed on, then others heard about it and joined in, and so on. Just a few days before the story was published, we photographed the final two women, bringing our total to 35. “I’m no longer afraid,” said Chelan Lasha, who came forward late last year to say that Cosby had drugged her when she was 17. “I feel more powerful than him.” Accompanying this photo essay is a compilation of the interviews with these women, a record of trauma and survival — the memories that remain of the decades-old incidents. All 35 were interviewed separately, and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath. Each story is awful in its own right. But the horror is multiplied by the sheer volume of seeing them together, reading them together, considering their shared experience. The women have found solace in their number — discovering that they hadn’t been alone, that there were others out there who believed them implicitly, with whom they didn’t need to be afraid of sharing the darkest details of their lives. They are scattered all over the country — ten different states are represented — and most of them had no contact with their fellow accusers until recently. But since reading about each other’s stories in the news, or finding one another on social media, or meeting in person at the photo shoots arranged by New York, many of the women have forged a bond. It is, as Tarshis calls it, “a sorrowful sisterhood.” ■Their stories, in their own words: Rebecca Lynn Neal Barbara Bowman Beth Ferrier Helen Hayes Chelan Lasha Margie Shapiro Patricia Leary Steuer Marcella Tate Heidi Thomas Sunni Welles Jewel Allison Linda Brown Sarita Butterfield Helen Gumpel “Kacey pj masten joan tarshis kaya thompson sammie mays victoria valentino kathy mckee lise-lotte lublin linda kirkpatrick autumn burns louisa moritz lili bernard therese serignese janice dickinson linda joy traitz janice baker-kinney joyce emmons tamara green beverly johnson carla ferrigno cindra

By Noreen Malone and Portfolio By Amanda Demme

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Anti-NYC hacker takes New York Magazine offline

On Sunday night, New York Magazine released a groundbreaking new cover featuring 35 victims of alleged assault from Bill Cosby.

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All Brands Can Now Buy Hour-Long Sponsored Listening on Pandora

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Instagram Mobile Ad Revenues to Reach $2.81 Billion Worldwide in 2017

Instagram will surpass Google, Twitter in US mobile display ad revenues by 2017

July 27, 2015 | Media Buying

Instagram will bring in $595 million in …


China’s Baidu, With Uber in Tow, Takes Search to the Offline World (Q&A)

In many ways, Baidu went through the same existential crisis three years ago that Google faces now. China’s population was coming online in droves, primarily through mobile phones. And on their phones, they came online with apps — stepping around the nation’s dominant search engine, Baidu.

Baidu CEO …


Google is dropping its Google+ requirement across all products, starting with YouTube

Google has finally announced the Google+ news that everyone has been waiting for: Your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all Google products. This change will be trickling out “in the coming months,” and the first product to enjoy the change will be the one that was most negatively …


YouTube Creates Stars. Can It Keep Them?

YouTube created a new kind of celebrity. Now it has to treat them like stars or risk losing them.

At the annual VidCon gathering of Internet video personalities, a battle of pitches is being waged this week between Google Inc.’s incumbent service and new rivals looking to lure away top online video …


Uber can't be stopped. So what happens next?

Last week New York City backed down from a plan to cap the explosive growth of Uber's vehicle fleet. The mayor's office declared the deal it reached to be a win-win for both sides, and warned Uber that an eventual cap is still a possibility if it doesn’t comply. But that threat seemed hollow given …


Twitter is deleting stolen jokes on copyright grounds

Let's face it: coming up with a grade-A tweet isn't easy. That's why some people just copy good tweets from other people and act like they came up with the 140-character witticism on their own. This has been going on since the beginning of Twitter.

It now appears Twitter is using its legal authority …


Twitter has started deleting tweets that steal other people's jokes

Twitter interim CEO Jack Dorsey.

Twitter has started taking down tweets that copy the same joke that somebody else has already shared, The Verge reports.

Olga Lexell, a freelance writer from Los Angeles, spotted that one of her Twitter jokes was being reposted by other accounts without her …


Why Content Marketing is Imperative for the Future of Public Relations

Whether you’re considering media relations, brand journalism or managing corporate communications, content has always played an essential part of …

Internet Marketing

Recently Discovered 1916 Silent Film SHERLOCK HOLMES to Be Presented for One-Night Showing

Exhibits Development Group (EDG), St. Paul, MN, and Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, CA, announce the presentation of the celebrated 1916 silent film, …


What Twitter doesn't need

Ben Parr writing in TechCrunch does a great job of explaining exactly what Twitter doesn't need in its next CEO. However it's probably how Twitter's …


The Three Qualities Twitter’s Next CEO Must Have

Perhaps you’ve heard there’s a job opening over at Twitter. The blue bird is looking for its next CEO after longtime leader and all-around good guy Dick Costolo decided to step down after a successful run taking Twitter from mid-sized startup to public company.

Twitter’s next CEO faces tremendously …


The lovely cover of the Summer issue, which is at the printer now . (And off to you mailbox soon.)

The Week in Digital - July 26, 2015

An amazing week for Amazon, an unfaithful tech wizard at Ashley Madison, a real-life remote control causes Fiat Chrysler to issue a software update, …

Ashley Madison

Comcast in Talks With Multiple New-Media Firms

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The company has engaged in preliminary discussions with several online publishers including …


Amazon is now bigger than Walmart

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5 less-than-flattering traits that can make startup founders great


It’s 2015. Have you founded your startup yet? If not, it may be time to join the club. With 50 technology startups launching each day in Beijing alone, it’s clear that it’s past time to jump on the bandwagon. Accelerators, incubators, and VC funds splash around so much cash that it’s no …


Study: Brand Content Drives Massive Brand Lift — The Content Strategist

When you’re creating content for a brand, there are some obvious goals: audience share, email subscribers, lead generation, lead nurturing, revenue …


Windows 10: 6 Excellent Reasons to Upgrade Your PC

3. The upgrade is pretty easy, and you can roll back if you don’t like it.

Microsoft has been running its Windows Insider program since last fall, …

Microsoft Windows

Amazon planning drive-up grocery stores with first coming to Sunnyvale — sources - Silicon Valley Business Journal

For Amazon, a standalone drive-up store would signal a new phase in the company’s evolving grocery ambitions. AmazonFresh, Amazon’s same- and …


Amazon Expands Its On-Demand Home Services Marketplace, Adds Support For Custom Service Requests

Amazon Home Services, Amazon’s own Angie’s List competitor of sorts, which connects consumers with service professionals in their area, is expanding to more markets. According to a company announcement this morning, Amazon Home Services is today available in 15 metro regions across the U.S. The …


Ethically, is Uber a better choice than a taxi?

If you're an ethical person who recycles, buys clothes that aren't made at sweatshops and cares about your carbon footprint, there's one difficult question left to answer: what's the best way to get around that's convenient, inexpensive and doesn't exploit its workers?

Savvy professionals often pull …


How is whiskey made? The alchemy of aging bourbon

Perhaps more than any other product, bourbon whiskey is sold on the process. It's all filtering through charcoal for several epochs and wizened old …

Bourbon Whiskey

Uber sued for £198m by Canadian taxi drivers

Uber is facing a multimillion-dollar joint legal action by taxi drivers in Canada's biggest city Toronto.

The drivers are seeking C$400m ($307m; …


Death to Pageviews. All Hail Engaged Time, the New King of Content Metrics — The Content Strategist

If you’re a content marketer, you’re probably measuring your content all wrong.

It’s not just you. It’s everyone in the content marketing world—the …

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