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The Onion Makes Weird Domestic Violence Joke About Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel

Fake news site The Onion posted a weird story today about Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel about JT threatening his wife that no one would ever believe her if she told anyone what he really does to her because he’s so famous and beloved. Keep reading »

Most Women Have Never Been Asked About Domestic Violence By Their Doctors

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  • A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation.  My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing]
  • Here’s Jaclyn Friedman, Yes Means Yes co-editor, on how the “men’s rights” movement is hurting women — and men, too. [American Prospect]
  • More TV shows are now portraying Black women as complex, emotional human beings rather than the tired stereotype of the “strong Black woman.” [BuzzFeed]
  • Saudi Arabia is warning women who plan to break the law and drive cars on Saturday that they will be “disturbing the public peace.” Remember, ladies, driving is also bad for your ovaries. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Walmart Fires Employee For Helping Woman Being Abused By Man In Store Parking Lot

I Witnessed DV
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Jessica watched a man commit domestic violence on her street. Read More »
On Male DV Victims
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A prosecutor weighs in on male domestic violence stats. Read More »
DV Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »

If you’re going to get physically abused in a Walmart parking lot, then you are shit out of luck! The company fired employee Kristopher Oswald, 30, after he intervened when he saw a man “grabbing” a woman outside their Hartland Township, Michigan store on Sunday morning. 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 »

Very Disturbing: Girl Caught On Video Beating Her Boyfriend In Public

Very Disturbing: Girl Caught On Video Beating Her Boyfriend In Public
Not OK.

This video of a girl berating her boyfriend — both verbally and physically — on the streets of Hong Kong reminds us that men can also be the victims of domestic violence. It’s never OK to hit your partner even if he did cheat or lie or invite the “ugly” girl over to his apartment or whatever his girlfriend is accusing him of. The most disturbing part though, is that it took so long for anyone to intervene and break up the argument. Keep reading »

Your Old Nokia Brick Phone Can Save Someone’s Life

Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Color Of Domestic Abuse
On Kasandra Perkins and the color of domestic violence. Read More »
Why Abuse Victims Stay
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »
Your Old Nokia Brick Phone Can Save Someone’s Life

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, Black Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot At Abusive Ex-Husband, Will Get A New Trial

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Marissa Alexander of FL sentenced 20 years for firing warning shot. Read More »
Help Marissa Alexander
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How to help the Black woman jailed for firing a warning shot at her ex. Read More »
Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
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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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Study: 50 Shades Of Grey “Perpetuates” Abusive Relationships

"50" Causes Divorce
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Couple divorces because husband won't reenact "50 Shades." Read More »
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Five myths about kinky sex from "50 Shades Of Grey." Read More »

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 »

Florida Man Murders Wife, Posts Photo Of Her Dead Body On Facebook

I Was Abused
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Judy McGuire was physically abused by a boyfriend. Read More »
Violence Is Everywhere
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One in three women will be abused by partners in their lifetimes. Read More »
Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
jennifer alfonso murdered david medina picture posted on facebook

What the fucking fuck?! All domestic violence is horrible. This domestic violence incident has an extra layer of horribleness: Derek Medina of Miami, Florida, fatally shot his wife, Jennifer Alfonso, 26, and then posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook.  Especially terrifying is that all this happened while Alfonso’s 10-year-old daughter was in the house. Keep reading »

Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Says “Lovelace” Is Not So Realistic

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Watch the trailer for "Lovelace" about the "Deep Throat" porn actress. Read More »
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Ellen Page says "feminist porn is crucial." Read More »
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Should "porn studies" have their own academic journal? Read More »
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“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]

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