Posts tagged "harassment"

The Telluride Association’s Silence And The Transphobic Harassment Of Meredith Talusan

It’s been almost three months since I started looking into the case of Meredith Talusan, a trans* scholar at Cornell University who had a housing scholarship through the Telluride Association, “a nonprofit organization that creates and fosters educational communities that teach leadership and service through democratic participation.” The reaction to the original piece wa…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 25, 2015

Who Knew Christmas Decorations Could Be Weaponized?

Want to hear a story about Christmas decorations that escalates very quickly? Then you’re in the right place, because we’re about to go down Bonkers Lane! In Ross Township, Pennsylvania, Fairley Road is a cul-de-sac with one house in the middle. The house in the middle of the cul-de-sac belongs to Bill Ansell, who,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 20, 2014

The Samaritans Radar App Tracks People With Emotional Disorders On Twitter (And Possibly Puts Them At Risk)

There’s a new app out called Samaritans Radar, offered by UK mental health charity Samaritans, that allows users to sign up to have their friends’ Twitter accounts monitored for words and phrases like “suicide,” “tired of being alone,” “hate myself, “depressed,” and “help me.” The app then sends the user a notification so…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 29, 2014

Debate This: Men, Why Is The Pressure To Pursue Women So Painful And Difficult For You?

Bye Felipe is an Instagram collection of Tinder creeps curated by Alexandra Tweten, an Los Angeles-based journalist inspired by her own bad experiences on Tinder. The difference between Bye Felipe (the name is inspired by the “Bye, Felicia” meme) and other blogs dedicated to exposing assholes on dating sites is the particular kind…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 27, 2014

#GamerGate Has Finally Made My Head Explode

Actress and gamer Felicia Day was doxxed by people associating themselves with #GamerGate. That’s the ostensible, timely reason that I’m writing this article. The real reason is that I’ve talked with all stripes of Gaters in the last few days and I feel like banging my head on the floor over the whole thing.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 23, 2014

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Last week, we published a story by Tiffanie Drayton about encountering a strange man multiple times in her neighborhood in the span of a few days, including on her own block, who then hunted her down on social media…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 22, 2014

What Would Women-Friendly Online Dating Really Look Like?

Samhita Mukhopadhyay asked today on Al Jazeera: Can online dating ever be women-friendly? She talks in her op-ed about the challenges of online dating after your mid-30s, the rash of gross misogynist messages you can expect to receive as a woman on online dating sites, and how Tinder was intended to be woman-friendly, but…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 30, 2014

Texas Throws Out Law Banning Creepshots

The Texas Supreme Court threw out a ban on “creepshots” this week, saying that it’s “paternalistic” for the government to “regulate the defendant’s mind” in a case in which someone takes illicit photos of another person, in public, without the subject’s consent. Jenny Kutner at Slate points out the very real fact of the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 21, 2014

15 Of The Worst Messages Women Have Received From Men They Ignored On Online Dating Sites

Online dating can be a wonderful thing, and plenty of couples -- including our own Jessica and her husband -- have met and found love through sites like OK Cupid, Tinder and Match. But it can also be a complete and utter shitshow, especially for women. While there are plenty of cool…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 19, 2014

“Hey! Listen!” Women Have Been Gaming For Decades

I was raised to play games. I was no good at being on teams and I wasn’t about to submit myself to voluntary cardiovascular activity, so it became clear early in my childhood that I wasn’t going to gain any skill for rule-following, cooperation, collaboration, brainstorming, problem-solving, or focus (much less any pleasure) from sports.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 2, 2014

The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

Let's get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to…
By: Rachel Krause / October 16, 2013

A Note About Being A Female Blogger — And The Sexual Harassment That Comes With It

This is not directed at any one person. This is something I feel I have to say on behalf of myself and possibly many other female bloggers out there. It makes my freaking day when people email me or comment or come up to me in public and tell me that they like my…
By: Almie Rose / February 19, 2013

Egyptian Activist Groups Now Working To Stop Street Harassment

When the Arab Spring hit in early 2011, no one could have guessed what it might have meant for women's rights in Egypt. But as the country continues to feel its way through a revolution, there is one surprising outcome -- several citizen's groups are now patrolling the streets of Cairo, and taking action against…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 6, 2012

I Went Camping, And All I Got Was Harassed By The Police

There is a saying by artist Barbara Krueger Jenny Holzer that "abuse of power comes as no surprise," and wow, was that true this weekend, when my friends and I went camping and got harassed by cops not once, but three times. Contrary to popular opinion, bullying isn't something that just happens to kids o…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 5, 2012

Jay Smooth Calls On Men To Challenge Anti-Feminist Internet Trolls

All feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian wanted to do was create a new project aimed at examining common tropes in video games through a feminist lens. Sarkeesian, who blogs at FeministFrequency.com, was hoping that the new web series "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games," would offer a new, in-depth view on gender representatio…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2012

Abercrombie & Fitch Force Workers To Work Out As Punishment

As if clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch wasn't already the worst, staffers at the store's Milan outpost say they were forced to work out every time their supervisors caught them making a mistake. Men were given pushups, and women were given squat thrusts, presumably so they could get ever-closer to the perfect Abercrombie…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 8, 2012

Yet Another Disappointing Harassment Case In The Finance World

Oh look, it's another sex scandal rocking the finance world. A group of 17 Irish accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers are under fire after passing around a document which ranked the top 10 most attractive women in the office. As these things go, the original email made its way out of the office and into…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 11, 2010

Attorney General Fired After Harassing Gay Student

Well, it's about time: Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvelll, who admitted to harassing the openly gay student president of the Michigan Student Assembly, was fired this past week. His boss, Attorney General Mike Cox, said he fired Shirvell after discovering he was using state resources in an inappropriate way. Cox initially defended Shirvell, on First…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 10, 2010

9 Teens Charged After Classmate Commits Suicide

Nine Massachusetts teens were charged today with statutory rape, violation of civil rights, criminal harassment and disturbing a school assembly in conjunction with a bullying incident. Back in January, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince was jumped by a group of male and female students in the school library and hallways. Phoebe was verbally harassed, physically abused, and…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 30, 2010

That’s Textual Harassment, And I Don’t Have To Take It!

A little while back, I shared why I thought text messaging was keeping romance alive, despite being more impersonal than phone calls or face-to-face contact. Text messaging is a powerful form of communication, but with great power comes...stalkers! A report by the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Statistics found that 23 percent of…
By: Catherine Strawn / March 18, 2009