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A teenage girl took a knife to her uncle in India took action when he tried to rape her for a second time, cutting off his penis.  Trigger warning: the second paragraph of this article includes a potentially triggering description of rape.  The girl, who reports have left unnamed (likely because of the stigma associated with rape), was ill and had been sent to visit her uncle Mahendra Mehta for a cure.  Mehta, a tantrik (one who practices the ... Read More
The feminist group femifesto is part of the collaborative team bringing us this hilarious infographic entitled “How Not to Get Raped,” which pokes fun at the victim-blaming culture that runs rampant in our society. These “safety tips” are based on actual pieces of advice that buy into victim-blaming and shaming that ignore the institutional reinforcement of rape culture and the responsibility of the ... Read More
According to BuzzFeed, a woman posted on the /r/relationships subreddit with some concerning news about her marriage. While on her way to the airport for a business trip, the woman's husband emailed her a spreadsheet that detailed their sexual activity since early June. For the past month and a half, the husband was recording the response his wife would give when he asked for sex; if she responded with a no, he would provide what the excuse was for ... Read More
Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti didn’t set out to start a movement. She didn’t set out to create an iconic series of illustrations. Her project started out as something deeply personal. In fact, it doesn’t even really have a name yet— for now her illustrations remain in Facebook albums entitled “WOMEN in english!” and “Mujeres en español!”  “It has always bothered me, the world's attempts ... Read More
In 2007, Montana teacher Stacey Dean Rambold raped one of his students. The 14-year-old girl killed herself soon afterward. Rambold was tried and sentenced for his misdeeds—to 30 days in jail. Montana Public Radio’s Edward O’Brien reported in the proceedings: "District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings (seen in first image) gave Stacey Rambold just 30 days in prison after suggesting the victim also shared responsibility for the 2007 ... Read More
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
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