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The latest project from art activist group FORCE is crossing the country this month with the goal of upsetting rape culture. At each stop on the Monument Quilt's 13-city tour, FORCE invites survivors to share their stories on quilt squares. The Monument Quilt's final stop is in Washington, D.C., where quilt squares will be stitched together to form the message "Not Alone".    Today the Monument Quilt visits NYC! Visit the Queens Museum from 3pm to ... 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
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
Looks like sexual predators in the public eye have been getting their comeuppance lately. This time the culprit was Skyler Page, creator of the animated series Clarence on Cartoon Network. We don't often hear of big studios (television is a bit of a boy's club it seems) firing employees for committing sexual assault, but the Network surprised us by firing him after another employee, Emily Partridge, revealed that he had sexually assaulted her. Partridge is a ... Read More
Since April, the White House has focused some much needed attention on the rape and sexual assault epidemics that occur on college campuses all across America. Survivors of sexual assault are often blamed and/or ignored when they a file a case against the perpetrator, and the number of survivors who never speak up or take action after the attack is alarmingly high.  As many as 55 colleges are under investigation for the way they handle its sexual assault ... Read More
Hopefully if you are reading this, you are close to the ground, safely seated, and at low risk for heart attacks and strokes, because I have the best news since nutella French toast became an acceptable breakfast choice. This Sunday, you better scarf down your brunch, because at 3 pm, the 8 hour long Law and Order SVU marathon commences. This, however, is not the ordinary SVU run that can be commonly found on pretty much any channel at any time of the day. This ... Read More
I like nothing more than to start off my day with a cup of coffee and the news of a well-known misogynist being ousted from his retail-throne, so this morning's news was especially exciting for m American Apparel’s Dov Charney has been unceremoniously booted from the company he started due to misconduct - finally!    Charney long been known for his grody sexual deviancy, revealed by  a 2004 Jane article written by Claudine ... Read More

Unpacking Terry Richardson

BY Caelan in General |

NY Mag recently asked the question is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator? UGHHHHHH. Lets all join together to let out the biggest collective sigh over how OVER Terry Richardson we all are.  *Breathe in* *breathe out* Now lets unpack this issue. First thing’s first, we all KNOW he’s the world’s biggest creep, so none of this recent news should surprise any of us. Secondly, this subject is hella triggering so be warned. Also, ... Read More
In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:   She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex ... Read More
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