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The Soapbox: The Thing That Is Funny About Rape

Tosh Is A Sexist Jerk
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Daniel Tosh joked about a woman in audience getting raped by five men. Read More »
Rapists Know...
...that the answer is 'no' when they rape. Read More »

Wouldn’t it be funny if the boys that photographed themselves assaulting Savannah Dietrich got raped right now? Also, that priest, Monsignor Lynn, who is going to serve three to six years for failing to investigate sex abuse claims against priests — wouldn’t it be hilarious if he were raped in prison? And Jerry Sandusky? Just picture him in the showers with a bunch of bigger guys! Are you laughing? No? Well, that’s because imagining someone getting raped is about as humorous as imagining someone stepping on a landmine or getting car-jacked. It’s terrifying and no one deserves it.

But using rape in a joke is another story. A couple of years ago, I taught a writing course at The New School called Humor and Controversy. The premise was that humor artists like Margaret Cho, Chris Rock, and Sarah Silverman speak with more insight and honesty about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, gender, religion, and class than most politicians, which is why comedy is important. Students were encouraged to use wit and self-deprecation to shed light on thorny issues. One prompt was to write an essay entitled “My Rape Fantasy.” Keep reading »

Male Veterans Get Job Training, Female Veterans Get Knitting Class

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  • A North Carolina ministry has been hit with a sex-discrimination complaint after it was found that it provides job training services in fields like truck driving and culinary arts only to men. The alleged job training  for women includes Bible study, yoga, art therapy — here’s the kicker —and knitting. All of these are truly helpful skills for the job search. The best part is that the Asheville Buncome Community Christian Ministry receives federal funding for this! [Think Progress]
  • A lesbian in Omaha, Nebraska, who had homophobic slurs carved into her skin by three masked men on Sunday spoke out publicly for the first time yesterday. [CNN]
  • Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has pledged $2.5 million to help pass same-sex marriage in Washington state. [New York Times] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Rapists Know The Answer Is “No”

Tweets Attackers Names
Savannah Dietrich tweeted the names of the men who sexually assaulted her. Read More »
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Victims hold signs with of words said before, during, or after the assault. Read More »
I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »

Despite endless work by anti-sexual violence activists trying to change the narrative, the myth persists that rapists —at least so-called “date rapists” — are men who got a little out of control with lust one night and accidentally went too far. It doesn’t help that this is the story that we usually hear on those very rare occasions when rapists tell their side of the story, usually to escape social consequences or even jail.

But recently a self-identified rapist went on Reddit and, for whatever reason, told a story that social research shows is much closer to the truth: Rapists rape because they like to rape. They aren’t confused about consent, nor are they overcome by lust. The pleasure is from the act of overpowering a woman and making her submit against her will. Keep reading »

Australian Newspaper Asks If Swimmer Leisel Jones Is Too Fat

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  • Australian newspaper the Herald Sun posted a poll asking whether Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones was too fat alongside pictures of Jones in her swimsuit. A caption read, “The Olympic veteran’s figure is in stark contrast to that of 2008.” The poll has since been removed from the website and her teammates, as well as other Aussie swimmers, have come to her defense. It’s your fourth time at the Olympics, girl! Be like Beyoncé and don’t give a fuck what people are saying about you on the Internet! [NY Daily NewsYahoo]
  • Could this be?! Are House Republicans softening on birth control coverage in health care reform?! [Think Progress]
  • XX Factor blogger Amanda Marcotte on how the death of Tonya Reaves is not an argument for banning abortion. [Slate] Keep reading »

Doctors Must Inform Women Of Nonexistent Abortion-Suicide Link, Court Rules

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  • Doctors in South Dakota must inform women of a nonexistent link between having an abortion and a risk of suicide, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling pertains to a 2005 law that will require doctors to tell a woman before her abortion that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” and inform her of the “statistically significant risk factors” such as the “increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.” Except that risk doesn’t exist. I believe that is called a “lie.” [Wall Street JournalRaw Story]
  • Sam’s Club is dropping its advertising support of “The Rush Limbaugh Show” following sexist comments made towards Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law Student whom Limbaugh derided as a “slut.” Over 150 businesses have also left the show. [Feminist.org]
  • 150 115 years after her birth, let’s remember Amelia Earhart as a feminist pioneer. [Christian Science Monitor] Keep reading »

Chicago Abortion Death Ruled Accidental

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  • The death of Tonya Reaves, 24, from a D&C (Dilation and Curettage) abortion during her 12th week of pregnancy at a Chicago Planned Parenthood has been ruled an accident by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. [Huffington Post]
  • Iconic feminist Gloria Steinem remembers Sally Ride, the first American woman in outer space, who died yesterday. [MAKERS]
  • Also, female space shuttle commanders remember Sally Ride. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • Here’s a kickass piece by Jezebel blogger Erin Gloria Ryan about not blaming James Holmes’ psychotic murdering spree on getting rejected by women. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
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