Does anybody else have a weird junk drawer in their house that serves as a graveyard for retired, once-loved electronics? I do, and my pink Motorola Razr is chillin’ in there collecting dust next to the Nokia my mom got me in middle school that I treasured back in the day. Turns out, my old phones could save somebody’s life. This month, Safety Net, a program that aims to educate victims of domestic violence on using technology to escape their abusers, is collecting old phones from junk drawers across the country. The phones will be recycled for their parts or sold, with the proceeds going toward empowering victims. The Safety Net Project was created by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), and they’re partnering with DoSomething.org and MTV to amp up awareness with the Cell Phones For Survivors campaign. Keep reading »
Marissa Alexander, a Florida mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May after firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband, will get a new trial.
In August 2010, Alexander’s ex-husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became angry, strangled her and threatened to kill her. After the broke free, the 31-year-old mom of three fired a handgun into the air in an attempt to scare him off. Note: she didn’t actually injure him or anyone else.
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50 Shades Of Grey is still a thing people are talking about, I guess? But the latest news isn’t casting rumors for the big screen adaption of E.L. James’ kinky sex trilogy — it’s a pearl-clutching new study that warns 50 Shades “perpetuates” abusive relationships.
The Journal of Women’s Health published a study earlier this week entitled “Double Crap! Abuse And Harmed Identity In 50 Shades Of Grey” by professor Amy Bonomi of Michigan State University and two other professors. The study, which focused on the first eight chapters of the first book in the series, found, according to Bonomi, that “50 Shades Of Grey perpetuates dangerous abuse patterns.” Keep reading »
“In real life, [Linda Lovelance's experience in porn] was much more violent. I don’t think people could have watched. For instance, there’s a gang-rape scene, in which [Lovelace’s husband] Chuck Traynor takes her into a room and she’s gang-raped. It’s portrayed as if this happened to her later. That was the first thing that happened to her. They really didn’t have a relationship. She always called him Mr. Traynor. She was terrified of him. I’m not sure anybody would have been able to sit in a theater and watch what really happened. I think [the filmmakers] did the best they could.”
– Hollywood didn’t get Linda Lovelace’s personal story quite right. That’s according to iconic feminist activist Gloria Steinem, who attended a screening of “Lovelace,” a new film about the infamous “Deep Throat” adult film actress. Lovelace later renounced pornography and came public about the abuse she suffered in the industry (notably at the hands of her husband, who effectively acted as a pimp). “Lovelace,” which stars Amanda Seyfried, apparently makes the sexual violence and physical abuse in her story less heinous and popcorn-friendly for movie-going audiences. Steinem penned an article for Ms. magazine called “The Real Linda Lovelace,” so she should know. While I haven’t seen “Lovelace” yet, I can recommend the 2005 documentary “Inside Deep Throat” as a realistic portrayal of what occurred. [NYMag.com]