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    Bill Cosby Was Released From Prison The Same Day Britney Spears' Request To Have Her Father Removed As Conservator Was Denied — And People Aren't Happy

    "Patriarchy is thriving."

    Content warning: This post deals with mentions of sexual assault. 

    Yesterday, Bill Cosby was released from prison — the same day that Britney Spears' request to remove her father as her conservator was denied. While the two instances aren't related, they reinforce in quick succession how much the patriarchy is still thriving.

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    Cosby was released from prison after his rape conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In 2018, he was found guilty of drugging and raping Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.

    Bill Cosby in a T-shirt and his eyes closed
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    You can read more about why Cosby's conviction was overturned here, but it essentially goes back to a district attorney who announced in 2005 that Cosby wouldn’t face prosecution. 

    Although Constand's case was the only criminal case because many allegations were too old to be prosecuted, 60 women have come forward with accusations against Cosby that span decades.

    Bill Cosby wearing suspenders and looking down
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    Just hours later, Spears’ request to remove Jamie Spears as her conservator was denied by a judge in Los Angeles.

    Britney Spears smiling
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    This came after Britney Spears' powerful statement to the court last week, in which she asked for her "abusive" conservatorship to end. Her statement in part outlined how she had not been allowed to remove her IUD and have more children under the conservatorship.

    Britney Spears smiling at the Billboard Music Awards
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    Subsequently, many took to Twitter to criticize how Cosby was able to walk free — while Spears wasn't:

    Cosby being free and Britney not being free today is a wild world to be in. 💔

    Twitter: @jameelajamil

    SO BILL COSBY IS NOW FREE BUT BRITNEY ISN'T???? https://t.co/AA3nShLwjV

    Twitter: @XiranJayZhao

    Big day for women to learn for the 596298239938th time that the state will support men who violate our bodies in anyway they find fit I see https://t.co/JKs370gd0I

    Twitter: @writtenbyhanna

    Los Angeles judge has denied Britney Spears’ request to remove her father as her conservator. The courts released Bill Cosby, who more than 60 women accused of sexual assault, from prison, but opted to keep Britney in one. Why should any woman have faith in the system.

    Twitter: @borges

    Cosby walks free on the day Britney’s freedom is denied. Patriarchy is thriving out here.

    Twitter: @cache_pas

    Cosby free Britney not free Yet another great day for coercive and controlling men and shit day for women. Will our rights ever trump theirs?

    Twitter: @AngelaBarnes

    We said free Britney not Cosby

    Twitter: @treydayway

    So Bill Cosby goes free. Britney Spears does not. Donald Rumsfeld passes away peacefully in his sleep at a ripe old age. The difference between the real world and fiction is that fiction provides far more logical consequences.

    Twitter: @FondaJLee

    Cosby walks free. James Franco pays hush money so he’ll never face time. Britney Spears continues to be trapped in conservatorship Our legal system is bullshit

    Twitter: @AdamFad84

    We live in a world where Britney Spears has people controlling her uterus, but Bill Cosby is free. Got it.

    Twitter: @rmayemsinger

    You can read more about the Britney Spears decision here.

    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search your local center here

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