How The Anti-Rape Movement Can Learn From The Rolling Stone/UVA Debacle


Rolling Stone’s massively botched UVA gang rape story is hardly has led many feminists to rightfully worry over the story’s devastating long-term impact on rape victims, but also feminism as a whole. But while it’s obvious that misogynists will use this as supporting “evidence” that all rape victims are lying liars who lie, I wholeheartedly agree with Amanda Hess at Slate when she writes that this disaster “cannot possibly undermine a social justice movement because any understanding of justice must accommodate the truth.” After all, there have been and there will always be false rape claims, although they are rare, and anti-rape activists must be prepared to deal with them, not wish for them to go away. “Perhaps the sort of self-examination that journalists and UVA administrators are going through now could also serve activists and feminists,” Hess writes in closing. “Big ideological narratives about sexism and rape culture don’t need to fit neatly with every incident in order to remain compelling. In fact, they are strengthened when they are accepting of nuances and aware of their own limitations.” [Slate]


Gawker has a fantastic piece by an analytical chemist about why the “Food Babe,” aka Vani Hani, a popular blogger — who has apparently decided that every chemical with a name she can’t pronounce is a “toxin” that is killing you — is full of shit. From claims about being “allergic” to refined sugar, to completely scientifically inaccurate statements like “There is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever,” Hani is making a killing by urging her scientifically ignorant followers to “break free of the hidden toxins in your life.” Except it seems like the only thing that’s really toxic is her. [Gawker]


In a win for those who prefer the passive aggressive breakup approach, a judge has issue a ruling that allows divorce papers to be served via Facebook messages. UNSUBSCRIBE. [NY Daily News]