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Pictured: the face I'm making right now.  Guys, we need to talk about this episode. Real talk. Help me work this through, because whoa, Nelly, am I having trouble doing it on my own.   Shoshanna confesses her misdeeds to Ray. Kinda. “I held hands with a doorman!” she exclaims. SURE, Shosh. We’ve all held hands with a doorman, ifyaknowwhaddamean. Ray thinks it’s cute and kisses her patronizingly on the forehead. Shoshanna is still filled with ... Read More
India, in the midst of grappling with the aftermath of the December New Delhi gang rape, has been rocked by the news of yet another horrific sex crime. On February 16th, the bodies of three sisters aged 7, 9, 11, were found in a well in Maharashtra, a region south of New Delhi. According to an Associated Press report, the local police dismissed the deaths as accidental, and refused to investigate. After two days of police inaction, “Enraged villagers forced ... Read More
On February 15th, the Harvard College Women’s Center announced a new initiative, the “Beyond Gender Equality” Policy Task Force. According to a HCWC statement, the Task Force’s “principal task this semester is to produce a working paper that advises on the implementation of the recommendations from the Verma Committee,” offering “recommendations to India and other South Asian countries in the wake of the New Delhi gang ... Read More
No means no. Really? Okay, so what about when she doesn't say no? What about when she doesn't say anything? That's a loophole, right? It's a get out of jail free card, isn't it?  Sadly, it frequently is. Blaming the victim of a crime is ridiculous, but when the victim is unconscious? Yet we see cases where rape of an unconcious girl is downgraded to aggravated assault, and with the Big Red Steubenville rape, in the eyes of the ... Read More
A new ad campaign released by “Who Are You?” focuses on bystander intervention when it comes to sexual assault.  The video released by the New Zealand organization shows the story of a woman and her friend getting ready to party, and shows other people such as her roommate, a bartender, and a regular guy going about their nights.  As the video progresses, the girl drinks more and more, and a guy starts hanging around her.  There are ... Read More
  Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of assault. Is it rape if you don’t put up a fight? Well, according to Orange County judge Derek G. Johnson, no, not really.  To be clear, he believes that if a woman doesn’t put up a fight when attacked, then technically, yes, it is rape, but not “a real, live criminal case.”Let me explain. Back in 2008 Judge ... Read More
International tabloids have long since spun the story of Nafissatou Diallo into so much gossip gold. Diallo, an African immigrant working as a maid at the Sofitel in Manhattan, was thrust into the glaring media spotlight after an unfortunate encounter with Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Diallo attests that DSK assaulted her in his hotel room while she was on the clock, forcing her to perform oral sex on him. As one of the most powerful men in France (if not the world) ... Read More
  Trigger Warning In an extremely personal and honest new song, Angel Haze comes clean: she raps about being repeatedly sexually abused as a child by more than one attacker. Distressingly, when she told others about it, they either wouldn’t believe her or placed the blame on her.  The assault she dealt with during her upbringing obviously caused a lot of pain -  both physical and mental. “I was afraid of myself, I had no love for ... Read More
  For the latest in college rape news, we turn to Amherst College in Massachusetts. On Wednesday, Angie Epifano, a former Amherst student, published a heartbreaking 5,000-word account of her on-campus rape and its aftermath. After Epifano was raped on May 25, 2011, the Amherst administration completely failed her. Epifano was not allowed to change dorms and was pressured to not press charges. When she went to the counseling center to talk about how scared she ... Read More
We all know the famous 1945 photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, celebrating the end of WWII. But though we’ve seen it on countless posters and T-shirts and purses and mousepads, it is not what it appears to be.     Feminist blog Crates & Ribbons posted a piece titled "The Kissing Sailor, or, 'The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture,'" in which the author observes that what the photo really shows is not romance but sexual ... Read More
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