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“Gone Girl” The Movie Betrays Gone Girl The Book

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  • How the film version of “Gone Girl” betrays the delicate relationships depicted in Gone Girl the book. [AV Club]
  • A necessary read on how sex doesn’t have to be rape to be harmful. [NY Mag]
  • Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, and Viola Davis are appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Power of Women issue. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

The Majority Of Americans Support Enthusiastic Consent Policies

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  • Most Americans support “yes means yes” campus consent policies. [Huffington Post]
  • In addition to today’s decision not to hear anti-gay marriage cases from five U.S. states, here are six other Supreme Court equality cases to watch this term. [RH Reality Check]
  • Charles Clymer, inspiration for the feminist #StopClymer hashtag, was awarded as a “Good Guy” by the National Women’s Political Caucus, despite many reported incidents that he is anything but. LAME. [Feministing] Keep reading »

“Rape Culture In Music Videos” Report Card: “Animals” By Maroon 5

Adam or Patrick?: "Did you know I'm utterly insane?"

Literally equating women’s bodies with dead slabs of meat: A+

Frequency of camera angles reducing women’s bodies to parts-without-heads/brains/faces: A

Patrick Bateman resemblance: B+/A- Keep reading »

Tao Lin, Ed Champion & Stephen Tully Dierks: The Literary World’s F**ked Up Treatment Of Women

Everything going on with women in the literary world right now is fucked. You might have heard about Ed Champion, the now apparently abandoned book reviewer/sexist Twitter troll, sure. But have you heard about Janey Smith and Tao Lin and peterbd? Have you heard about Stephen Tully Dierks? Short version of the story: The alt lit world is riddled with dangerous misogynists who have harassed and abused women for years, and used their pull to get away with and excuse it. Dierks, at least, published a sincere apology and furthermore bowed out from his publication, Pop Serial. The rest? Eh. Keep reading »

“Teens React to Anaconda” Is Making My Head Hurt

Seriously, we can do better

The most telling part of this “Teens React to Nicki Minaj — Anaconda” video is at 9:27: “Please, Nicki, change!”

I’m not even sure how I feel about the fact that Teens React put a bunch of high schoolers in a position where they’d have to choose to engage or not engage with a hypersexual video, and therefore their own sexuality, in front of a camera. I’m probably as uncomfortable with it as they are. And I’m not sure that the conversation that resulted was worth it: Remember, these are teenaged girls who have to protect their own bodies and sexual reputations, because that’s what we tell high school-age kids to do — that it’s normal to be reckoning with your sexuality, but don’t have sex! Be attractive, but don’t flaunt anything, or else if you get hurt it’s your fault. Could any of these girls really say “Yeah, I’m OK with this video” in such a public forum with any honesty? Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Rape Doesn’t Have To Meet The Legal Standard To Have Happened

I’m on the advice panel for I Believe You, It’s Not Your Fault, a blog where adult victims of sexual assault share their stories in the hope of helping younger girls. I do believe people, automatically, when they tell me they’ve been raped. Why wouldn’t I? When I give advice, I try to focus on what the victims can do to validate themselves, to get some stability back in their lives, to show their bodies respect, to get some perspective on the psychological effects of trauma — just like everyone else on the panel does. We don’t jump to “BURN YOUR RAPIST TO THE GROUND! DESTROY HIM!” The fate of the accused is not the point of the blog; it’s the fate of the victim that matters to us. Keep reading »

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