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    Samantha Geimer

    Polanski ‘Girl’ Speaks Out

    Samantha Geimer’s new memoir revisits the night when she, then 13, was coaxed into sex with director Roman Polanski.

    Before it became a 30-year international legal saga, the Roman Polanski case was a story about a powerful man and a powerless young girl. In her new memoir, The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski, Samantha Geimer, the 50-year-old woman whom Polanski had sex with in 1977, when she was only 13, tells that story, offering an intimate look at one of the biggest scandals in Hollywood history. Polanski, now 80 and living in exile in Europe, recently granted a rare interview about the case with Vanity Fair’s James Fox, in which he discussed his “persecution” by the legal system and the nature of his exile, a term he rejects, saying, “I was moving freely for 32 years.” Though Geimer is as eager as Polanski is to move on, her memoir gives the event an immediacy that the case’s many complications had long ago obscured, as she tries to rescue herself from merely being “the girl.”

    “It was rape”

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    Polanski and the Pill

    How the press—once again—failed to take the director to task.

    In case you forgot about Roman Polanski’s woman problem, he’s back with an incendiary comment. At Cannes last weekend for his film Venus in Fur, the director called gender equality “purely idiotic” and blamed it on medicine. “I think that the pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, masculinizing her. I think that it chases away the romance from our lives, and that’s a great pity.” News outlets picked up the ridiculous quote and rehashed his legal history, but that alone is not enough, says RH Reality Check, because “few actually pointed out how sexist and asinine the comments themselves really were.” Yes, the pill changed women’s lives—but for the better, and it’s time to stop excusing opponents of gender equality.