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When allegations of sexual assault came out against Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame), I was crushed. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that his music got me through some rough patches in my life, and I couldn’t believe that someone who had written such sensitive lyrics and seemed so attuned to human emotions could do something that disregarded and destroyed them so viciously. How could I ever have related to this abuser? Of course, I knew he was deeply ... Read More
Sexual assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, abuse and sexual coercion are all major problems in our society. They also happen too often, with 1 in 5 women reporting that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and 1 in 4 reporting having been beaten by a partner. What’s scary to me, though, isn’t just that statistic. It’s how many women I know who have realized what happened to them well after the fact.  In this study, the ... Read More
So Kanye West gets on stage at the Wireless Festival London 2014 and starts talking to the audience about how invasive the paparazzi is. Seems normal and totally not insensitive and non-abusive at all, right?  Well, then Mr. West compares the feeling of not wanting to be photographed in public with being raped. He says the following, "Sex is great with you and your partner. But if one of the people don't want to do that, what is that called? That's called ... Read More
Last weekend, A Voice For Men, an online male activism site which was mentioned in the 2012 Southern Poverty Law Center intelligence report about misogynistic sites, hosted the first ever International Conference on Men’s Issues. Yep. Activists of all genders gathered to talk about the oppression of males in our society.  I’m honestly not sure how to react to this. I spend all day every day blogging about the oppression that women face on a ... Read More
Darek Isaacs claims to have thought long and hard about evolutionary theory.  But then again, he also thinks that it excuses rape, a belief that pretty clearly illustrates that he should think a little harder. Isaacs, a creationist, is clearly trying legitimize his own studies of evolution when he states in an episode of “Creation Today” that he has critically examined the work of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, E.O. Wilson, and ... Read More
If there are two things I care about in this world, it’s a person’s consent to sex and Game of Thrones. Definitely in that order. That’s why I’m starting to get a little fed up with the unnecessary rape scenes thrown into Game of Thrones that were not included in the book. I’m definitely not the only one who feels this way. There has been an outcry amongst fans after last week’s episode “Breaker of Chains” included a ... Read More
We already had to stand up and support that rape culture is a real thing and not a product of "female hysteria" this week. Now, thanks to Zerlina Maxwell's #rapecultureiswhen, we've discovered there might be a few people that agree with us. "Rape culture" identifies the overwhelming normalization of sexual violence against women as a part of the cultural psyche, extending the cause of rape as an epidemic beyond individuals, to a culture that supports the ... Read More
I think I can speak for many people when I say reading the Time article "It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria" by Caroline Kitchens felt like a punch of fire to the stomach. Reducing a traumatic and life-altering crime like rape to “hysterics” is harmful and dangerous on so many levels, not to mention it is just plain insulting.  Hysteria. Hmmm, where have we heard that term before? The term “hysteria” ... Read More
  During long airport waits, I’ve often wandered to the magazine rack, my eyes pleasantly glazing over at the diverting covers. Many women’s magazines (with obvious exceptions like BUST and Ms.) are meant to distract us, to offer an escape that an be lovely, but is also generally void of any real social or personal significance. What if mainstream women’s mags like Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, and Brides addressed painful topics like sexual ... Read More
  “You have the right to choose who you love and what kind of family you want and to live free from rape and sexual violence,” explains groundbreaking painter Hikaru Cho. Renowned for her hyperrealistic, three-dimensional painted body art, Cho has joined forces with Amnesty International to create “My Body My Rights,” a set of emotionally charged and conceptual works meant to confront global issues of sexual abuse and other ... Read More
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