In the 1970s, women students invented the term sexual harassment to describe what was happening to them in summer jobs, and Ms. magazine wrote a cover story about it that was banned in supermarkets. Then the great feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon incorporated the concept into sex-discrimination law. And Anita Hill educated the country while facing down an all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee.

The really bad guys are still trying to destroy their accusers—Google 'darvo'—but the not-so-bad guys are saying they’re sorry and changing.

Since democracy begins with power over our own bodies, this moment could be huge. If we keep talking and listening and acting, we just might restore the truth that human beings are linked, not ranked.


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