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For those of you who haven’t been following one of the largest military sexual abuse cases in recent years, here’s the low-down: General Jeffrey Sinclair seems like a real skeezeball. Maybe you wouldn’t see the General as such a gross guy at first glance. Before this scandal broke, he was perceived as a strong leader among his armed forces peers – despite making several (documented!) unwanted advances towards women. It later emerged that ... 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
“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
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
Trigger warning: this post features a video that stages sexual violence.  Posted for only a week, Eléonore Pourriat's 2010 short film Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée) has reached over 3.3 million views for its English-subtitled version on YouTube. Oppressed Majority is a detailed and poignant look at sexual harassment and violence that Pourriat achieves by turning the tables: "On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is ... 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
  The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.  V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
  2014 may just be the year in which our favorite pop divas start working together instead of trying to tear each other apart, or at least I hope it is! While you were primping for your New Year’s Eve party, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera made a major power play. After their epic duet on The Voice (see below), Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera released a studio version of “Do What U Want” at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Lady Gaga ... Read More
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
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