Georgia Judge Orders New Trial Because Woman With Down Syndrome “Didn’t Behave Like A Victim”

  • Fayette County, Georgia, judge Christiopher McFadden overturned a jury’s guilty verdict against a man who raped a woman with Down syndrome because she allegedly didn’t behave like a victim. In his ruling, McFadden said the woman — who doctors confirmed had been forcibly raped and who had the perpetrator’s semen in her bed — hadn’t behaved like a victim and the perpetrator had not behaved like someone who had committed “a series of violent crimes.” The perpetrator had been sentenced to 25 years for raping the woman. W.T.F. (*** Thanks to reader Tina for the links!) [Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Citizen News, ABA Journal]
  • On how Lifetime’s reality show “Preachers’ Daughters” shows that everything is wrong with purity culture. [Feministing]
  • A Republican lawmaker apologized for once suggesting that if abortion is legal then it should be legal for men to rape women. Seriously, I don’t understand how these people get elected. [Salon]
  • Adidas has withdrawn tee shirts for the World Cup in Brazil which suggestively depicted a woman’s butt. [AFP]
  • On how sexist comments about female politicians turn into fundraising booms. [New York Times]
  • Hollywood actresses aren’t paid equally to their male counterparts — what gives?!? [Reuters]
  • In praise of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of Americanah and Half A Yellow Sun whose TEDx talk was sampled in Beyoncé’s song “Flawless.” [The Hairpin]