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Twitter Is Shutting Down Alleged Terrorist Accounts, But Still Not Tackling Threats Of Abuse

While combating terrorism might sound good, the fact that they’ve largely skirted addressing the intense issues of racist, homophobic, sexist and violently transphobic threats and abuse that occurs daily, shows that Twitter may not be as concerned with regulating violent users as they are emulating a do-gooder public image.More »


#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Exposes Non-Violent Domestic Abuse, Which Is Every Bit As Real And Destructive

The word “abuse” often brings to mind the image of battered women with black eyes and bruised thighs; however, there are multiple types of abuse, some only leaving internal scars. More »


What It’s Like To Be A Divorcée At Age 20

When I first said “I do,” I was 2 months and 13 days away from my 19th birthday. I stood as an 18-year-old girl swallowed up by an all-consuming desire to have a real home.

I left “home” as soon as I was able to move out. (Belts, paddles, and hands across a… More »


Comedian Beth Stelling Speaks Up In Instagram Post Revealing Abusive Relationship

In an unexpected act of vulnerability and bravery, yesterday Stelling took to Instagram with pictures of her bruised legs and a genuine post exposing the abuse endured during her last relationship. More »


Dr. Dre (Finally) Apologizes For Abusive Past: “I Deeply Regret What I Did”

In the wake of “Straight Outta Compton”‘s box office success and renewed attention on his past abuse of many woman, Dr. Dre has finally apologized for this behavior in a statement to The New York Times:
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no… More »


Frisky Rant: Who Says Porn Stars Can’t Be Feminists?

I always thought protecting a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body was a core tenant of feminism. But apparently, some feminists think they can dictate what choices are acceptable. More »


Check Out The Video For Meghan Trainor’s Narcissist Anthem, “Dear Future Husband!” (Or Don’t)

Maybe Meghan Trainor can come over in her PVC maid outfit and scrub the puke off my floors? More »


UN Report Finds 35 Percent Of Women Worldwide Have Experience Sexual Or Physical Violence

A new United Nations report finds that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced sexual and/or physical violence. More »


Science Says Family Secrets Can Literally Make You Sick

Back in the ’80s, Dr. Vincent Felitti was looking for ways to help obese patients lose weight when he stumbled upon a troubling correlation: most of his patients who quit treatment and gained significant amounts of weight back after losing hundreds of pounds had experienced sexual abuse as children. When he began regularly asking patients… More »


Watch President Obama’s Grammy PSA About Rape & Domestic Violence

President Obama made a digital appearance in the middle of the Grammy Awards last night to deliver a stirring PSA about abuse and assault. He urged artists to use their influence to change the way Americans think about assault and pointed viewers to the It’s On Us campaign “to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.” While it’s incredibly… More »


Our Justice System Is Sentencing Domestic Abuse Survivors To Life Without Parole

Our justice system’s misunderstandings about domestic violence are putting abuse survivors into jail for life without parole. [The Atlantic]
Clergy, priests, and monks sent their own photos to a Florida police department so that they would stop using pictures of Black youth for target practice. [Washington Post]
Read about the women who… More »


A Very Close Reading Of Meghan Trainor’s Horrorshow Regressive Narcissistic Anthem, “Dear Future Husband”

Meghan Trainor’s new album came out this month, which passed my notice because I don’t watch TV or listen to the radio or watch music videos unless specifically recommended to do so, and also because I hate Meghan Trainor. Watching the music video for “All About That Bass” made me feel-it-in-my-muscles angry. There’s something about… More »


Can Someone Please Explain To Me Why Pretending To Throw Your Kid Off A Balcony Is Funny?

Let me preface this by saying I have a dark sense of humor. I find horribly grim shit that would make most people cringe laughable. That said, I can’t find a damn reason why viral prankster Roman Atwood’s latest stunt is remotely funny. This dude pretends to “accidentally” toss his kid over a balcony to… More »


Trauma, PTSD & A Lifetime Of Loss

A note: There’s a lot of trigger-y, very heavy material in this particular essay, including descriptions of graphic fictional violence (in nightmares) and mentions of sexual violence. I included it to paint as clear a picture I could of what it feels like to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. All respect given to those who wishMore »


On The Abuse And Sexual Assault Allegations Against Oprah’s Book Club Author Gregory Sherl

This month, author Gregory Sherl’s debut novel, The Future For Curious People is being featured as an editor’s pick on Oprah.com’s book club list, a potentially career-making achievement for such a young writer (Sherl is only 29). Any other author would be ecstatic, but instead, Sherl seems to be ensconced a self-imposed exile, riding out… More »


It Gets 0.86 Percent Better For The Gays And Lesbians Every Year

Public opinion of homosexuality improves by 0.86 percent per year worldwide. [The Daily Beast]
The Ku Klux Klan says that it’s embracing racial diversity in order to work toward building a “strong America.” OK. [The Root]
The Bath Film Festival has a feminist rating for movies this year. [Marie Claire]
Nico… More »


Jian Ghomeshi Has Sent Me Into Creep Ennui

I have creep ennui. Right now it’s Jian Ghomeshi. Over the last few weeks it’s been Stephen Collins, Ray Rice (and the whole NFL), and the Alt Lit crowd — Tao Lin, Janey Smith, Stephen Tully Dierks, Ed Champion. Matt Taibbi apparently harassed a staffer at First Look Media. Dr. Luke abused Ke$ha. Would-be feminist… More »


Efforts To Ban Same-Day Registration And Early Voting Are Voter Suppression

The effort to ban same-day voter registration and early voting amounts to massive voter suppression. [Slate]
PurrVerse columnist Kitty Stryker gives a thorough, nuanced analysis of all the problems involved in Jian Ghomeshi labeling abuse as BDSM. [Guardian]
Wonder Woman has a queer, kinky, feminist history, and that makes me very happy. More »


Read The Last Words of Reyhaneh Jabbari, Who Was Hanged For Killing Her Rapist

Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran on Saturday for killing her rapist. She left her final will in the form of a voice message for her mother, which said, amongst other things, “In the court of God I will charge the inspectors…and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me… More »


CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Accusations Of Abuse

Canadian Broadcasting Company host Jian Ghomeshi was fired over allegations of abuse. Three women say that Ghomeshi was violent towards them before and during sexual encounters they say were not consensual. [Death and Taxes]
Brazilian employers are often racist and insulting toward their maids, according to a Twitter account which retweets such insults… More »


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