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This Nail Polish Can Supposedly Prevent Date Rape

This Nail Polish Can Supposedly Prevent Date Rape

Elle reports, “Developers at N.C. State University have created a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs.” That is intense and awesome.  You’re at a party, you dip your finger in your solo cup, your fingernail changes color. Not only have you prevented something awful from happening to you, you’ve got your hands on the incriminating evidence.

As Elle notes, “instances of campus sex offenses have risen by as much as 50 percent in just the past three years.” Aye yie yie. I’m certainly aware that sexual assault on campus is a huge issue but it always hurts to hear the statistics. Read More On College Candy…

Girl Talk: On Consent & Why It’s Worth It To Keep Saying “No”

Girl Talk: On Consent & Why It's Worth It To Keep Saying "No"

When I noticed photographs in Damon’s apartment with a woman’s head cut out of them and an X drawn atop her body, I regretted not saying “no” earlier that night. I wanted him to like me and didn’t want to seem prudish and uncool. I didn’t want to limit my romantic options or life experiences. Now, I wondered if my efforts to seem easygoing would end up getting me killed.

It was 1999, the height of the swing dance craze. Every night, I went to a different Boston dance venue: Ryles jazz club, Johnny D’s, or St. Mary’s Church to be twirled and escorted to the dance floor on a bent arm. I loved time traveling to an era where gentlemen and ladies dressed up for an evening out and formally asked each other to dance. I grew up watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Roger musicals, and now I was living inside of one. Keep reading »

True Story: I Was In A Date Rape Play

True Story: I Was In A Date Rape Play

It’s freshman year of college, and Janie and Dave are best friends. They do everything together – hang out in their dorm rooms, go to the dining hall, walk around campus. Their friendship is great, until one night, they decide to head to a “fraternity party.”

At the party, Janie and Dave drink alcohol. When they decide to leave, Dave walks Janie back to her dorm room – to be sure she gets there ok, of course. Once inside, Dave confesses that he loves Janie. He starts to kiss her and gets on top of her. Janie is confused, saying that she’s not sure about this…

I’m sure you can fill in the rest.

This is the plot of a play in which I once starred, called quite aptly “The Date Rape Play.” It was the summer before my junior year of college. I was cast in the play — and, crucially, paid $200 — in order to perform it for groups of incoming freshman, who Needed to Know About Date Rape. The play was written by an adult trying desperately to be “down” with the way the kids talked and acted. Sample lines included: “Have you heard about the date rape drug, Rohypnol?,” “I don’t know, I’m worried people will be drinking alcohol there,” and “You got the look girl, work it!” My fellow theater kid friends and I thought it was the best thing we’d ever seen. Keep reading »

Princeton Faculty Wants Nothing To Do With Princeton Mom’s Statements About Rape

Princeton Mom's Warnings
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Find your husbands now, ladies, because the rest of the world is dumb. Read More »
Princeton Mom Is Lying
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Princeton Mom On "Today"
"Princeton Mom" Appears On "Today," Offers A Wide Variety Of Archaic Bullshit Advice To Women
Susan Patton came armed with a wide variety of archaic BS advice! Read More »
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We, the undersigned faculty, stand behind victims of sexual assault and want them to know that our campus is a place where they have a voice, where they will not be made to feel responsible and where they can find support and justice. If you have been the victim of unwanted sexual contact, under any circumstances, we can help you find the support you need from the campus groups listed below. As academics and members of the Princeton University community, these are the values we embrace. We encourage others to stand with us, for the integrity, health and well-being of all our students.

So reads part of a statement published in Princeton’s student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, signed by dozens of staff members including writers Anne-Marie Slaughter and Joyce Carol Oates, in response to “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton’s recent remarks about rape. (Read the full statement here.) While Patton has made a name for herself in recent months for advocating that Princeton’s female population focus on finding a man while they’re in college, she’s also used the spotlight to crow about how women are what responsible for what happens to them when they are drunk, all but rolling her eyes at the existence of date rape. This staff statement is in direct response to an interview Patton did with The Daily Princetonian, in which she said the following when asked “Why does the woman hold the responsibility in the case of rape or sexual assault?”: Keep reading »

University College London’s Student Union Bans “Blurred Lines”

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“Blurred Lines” is, like, so three months ago. But that hasn’t stopped the student union at University College London (UCLU) from banning the song from playing at school events.

Like the University of Edinburgh — another college that banned the song along with five other UK schools — the student union at UCLU believes Robin Thicke’s catchy ditty glorifies date rape and thus isn’t appropriate for the school to play. Said Susana Antubam, a campus Woman’s Officer, “[The song is] a monstrosity of phrases rapists have been known to use against victims.” In fact, according to the BCC, a DJ had to apologize recently because he played  ”Blurred Lines” at the school’s Frat Party night event. Keep reading »

Philadelphia Bar Thinks Date Rape Jokes Make For Clever Pick-Up Lines

Philadelphia Bar Thinks Date Rape Jokes Make For Clever Pick-Up Lines

You know what doesn’t turn me on or make me thirsty? Date rape jokes. Smiths Restaurant and Lounge in Philadelphia apparently thought it would be a great idea to draw attention to their establishment with this rapey pickup line. Not only is it gross, but it’s also fucking dumb. Way to drive away 50 percent of your potential customer base, Smiths. And this isn’t the first time Smiths has made violence against women part of their hilaaaaarious efforts to draw in customers. After the jump, check out another sign posted at the bar early last year. If you’re appalled, you can tweet complaints to @SmithsBarPhilly. [Philebrity] Keep reading »

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