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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
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
  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
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
  Normally, girls are expected to nod along to sexist dress codes and edicts, but such is not the case with Marion Mayer, a high school junior in Florida. When her principal, a Mr. Martinez of Lakeland Senior High School, admonished “Modest is hottest. Boys will be boys,” she saw flawed lines of thinking and exposed them for the global public, engaging us in a much needed conversation via The Huffington Post about rape culture and ... Read More
  House Republicans are continuing to press forward with HR 7, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” a legal step limiting abortion access, particularly to low-income women. One thing that has possibly helped the bill get so far is that it outlines an exception for rape and incest victims. This provision would in turn allow governments to decide who qualifies, putting women in the horrific position of having to prove the ... Read More
There was some concern among BUST.com readers about the posting (and subsequent removal) of a post on a new line of anti-rape activewear. Though there may be benefits to these products, we thought this issue could use a more nuanced discussion.    Rape-prevention techniques like self-defense classes and pepper-spray are often helpful; they can save lives. But ideally, they are not permanent fixtures. If we turn solely to defensive tactics that ... Read More
Marianna Taschinger, a victim of revenge porn, fights back    In a recent piece, The New York Times’s Erica Goode exposes the corrupt, disgusting world of “revenge porn.” All around the country, people are founding websites onto which angry ex-lovers can post nude images previously sent or given to them in moments of intimacy. The goal of these websites is to provide a way for disgruntled men to exact revenge on their exes. Other men ... Read More
  There are few phrases in the English language more abhorrent, more insidious, more absolutely goddamn infuriating than these five words: They were asking for it. Rape is never, ever, the victim’s fault. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks so – as everyone from assholes on social media to tennis stars to cops play into rape culture, often questioning the victim while giving the benefit of the doubt to the perpetrator. When politicians like Todd ... Read More
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