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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Essential Estrogen: Payne speaks out about his criminal charges

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen
A 22-year-old Iowa blogger is speaking out today and providing his personal reflections as to why he, a volunteer who had worked with rape and sexual assault victims, chose to photograph another woman's body without her consent. Kyle Payne, who is awaiting criminal sentencing in connection with the January 2007 incident, says that he wrote today's post as an example that he has the courage to "own" what he has done and to open himself up to criticism. "While I still wholeheartedly identify with feminism – and in fact, started a personal blog as an attempt to become more in touch with feminist principles – there is no question that my actions have grossly contradicted these principles. Furthermore, by failing to address these contradictions openly, while presenting myself as any sort of ally to women, I have not been completely honest."

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