The answer to the question “If women knew how to behave, there would be less rape: agree or disagree?” seems painfully obvious, but in a world dominated in part by victim-blaming and rampant rape culture, a tragic number or global citizens are inclined to select “agree.” A recent survey by the Institute of Applied Economic Research in Brazil revealed that 58.5% percent of those interviewed (both male and female) agreed with the ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg in Feminizzle on Mar 26, 2014 |
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
BY Abigail Nutter in Feminizzle on Mar 24, 2014 |
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
“Before it happened, I thought about going to the Peace Corps. I wanted to be somewhere, get somewhere bigger. I wanted to grow.” “Every part of me was altered.” Rochester, NY - 2013
Trigger warning: This post contains references to and descriptions of sexual assault.
A few months ago, we featured some images and stories of survivors of rape and sexual assault through the lens of the incredible photographer Lydia Billings’ series ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Blog Leads on Feb 24, 2014 |
Conor Oberst, known mostly for his crooning as lead singer of Bright Eyes and star of our teenage angst, is pursuing a lawsuit regarding comments on a xoJane article that directed allegations of rape and sexual assault at Oberst. The XO Jane article told the story of a woman who was abused by a rock-star boyfriend, and author of the comments felt comfortable sharing her alleged experience with Oberst, claiming she was raped by the singer at the age of 16. ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter in Feminizzle on Feb 17, 2014 |
An Australian film school, Media Arts Productions Skills (MAPS) showcases student work on their website and YouTube channel. As I browsed through the many thoughtful and well done student pieces, one film in particular stood out, as it hauntingly tackling the heavy topic of rape and sexual assault.
DAMSELS is a short but poignant film that tells the story of rape culture from the viewpoint of a young girl experiencing the lasting effects of sexual ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual assault
In the past year, courageous artists and activists of all genders have addressed rape culture and the topic of sexual assault, coming forward about their own experiences and giving voice to those who have been silenced. Lindsay Bottos, the artist responsible for last week’s viral series Anonymous, is one of those voices; in her powerful series Get Over It, she addresses her own assault and the ... Read More
"People take our experiences, they take our trauma and they turn it into something trivial or meaningless. They turn it into some kind of joke” explains rape survivor Taylor Malone upon seeing a drink titled “Date Grape Koolaid” at a new local bar, the Daiquiri Factory in Spokane, Washington. And sadly, she’s right; the bar, which just opened, not only chose this name but refused to rename the beverage after feminists and survivors ... Read More
BY Emma Pacchiana in Feminizzle on Dec 18, 2013 |
Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse.
What's behind the different ways we view celebrities' actions? What makes one person a monster and another a talented person who's done some awful things? This is the central question behind Brooklyn Magazine columnist Kristin Iversen's new piece on R. Kelly, Terry Richardson, and the ultimate impact of some widely-discussed recent information about people in the public eye. Iversen ... Read More
“Imagine if someone erased your personality at age twenty. You have to figure out what kind of person you are without the first twenty years.” Ithaca, NY - 2012
Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of rape and sexual assault that may be triggering to survivors.
After her close friend was raped in college, the photographer Lydia Billings was devastated by the geographical distance between them, and she confronted her own feelings with ... Read More