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The Soapbox: Let’s Get Real When Discussing Complicated Sexual Experiences

The Soapbox: We Can't Limit Our Vocabulary When Discussing Complicated Sexual Experiences

There’s been a lot of talk lately in the media about sexual violence. Late last month, former CBC Broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi was fired amid allegations of sexual assault. A few weeks ago, Shia LaBeouf came forward with claims that he was raped during an art exhibition. And by now everyone’s heard of the sex abuse allegations first brought against Bill Cosby decades ago, which seem to just keep coming.

Then a little over a week ago, Rolling Stone released an editor’s note that undermined their own investigative account of a brutal gang rape that allegedly took place at a fraternity house at the University of Virginia. It was a move that The Frisky’s Beejoli Shah astutely noted as “just another example of shifting the focus away from the real issue at hand: how we talk about rape, and how hard it is for survivors to come forward.”

As a former sex worker turned sex writer I think it’s good that people are talking about sexual health. It’s unfortunate, however, that we don’t know how to talk about complicated sexual experiences without focusing on two words: consent, and rape. In certain circumstances, I wonder if these aren’t the wrong words. Certainly, they shouldn’t be the only ones. Keep reading »

Camille Cosby Compares The Over Two Dozen Sexual Assault Allegations Against Her Husband To The UVA Case AND I JUST CAN’T EVEN

You know, up until this point, I have maintained a modicum of sympathy for Camille Cosby. Maybe she’s really had no fucking clue that her husband is a serial rapist who drugs women. (Alleged-fucking-ly. EYE ROLL.) Maybe he is JUST THAT GOOD of an actor. And maybe it’s possible that we just don’t know what steps she’s taking to end her marriage now that over a dozen women have come forward sharing incredibly similar stories about how the entertainer lured them to his apartment, often under the guise of an “audition,” drugged their drinks and then sexually assaulted them. We don’t know! It’s not like Camille has had anything to say. UNTIL NOW. Please see the statement Mrs. Cosby released to CBS News above. While you read, I am going to go quietly vomit in the trash can under my desk. Keep reading »

A Woman Misidentified As UVA’s Jackie Is Taking Legal Action Against Chuck Johnson

  • A woman identified by (Living Piece Of Poop) Chuck Johnson as UVA’s Jackie isn’t Jackie, and is pressing charges. (Jezebel)
  • Bill Cosby Defender Whoopi Goldberg interviewed Bill Cosby Victim Beverly Johnson, and it was as ridiculous as you’d imagine on Whoopi’s part. (Death and Taxes)
  • Another horrifying story about a lack of justice for rape victims on university campuses has come out of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (VICE Sports)
  • Female researchers at universities are at as much of a risk as the rest of the female population of being raped, especially by their supervisors. (Atlantic) Keep reading »

Beverly Johnson: “This Is Bigger Than Bill Cosby”

Beverly Johnson: "This Is Bigger Than Bill Cosby"
"I took my power back."

“I want to stand with these women that have come out. I want to have a platform for one out of six women who are sexually assaulted. This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This is about women and violence on women. This is about women finding their voice. I feel that Cosby took my power that evening and that I took my power back.”

Beverly Johnson spoke to “The Today Show”about yesterday’s post for VanityFair.com in which the former supermodel came out as one of Bill Cosby’s (alleged, but come on) victims. In the interview, Johnson discussed how Cosby drugged her espresso drink when she was over at his apartment under the guise of auditioning for a part. While it’s safe to assume that Cosby’s intent was to sexually assault her, he became so enraged when Johnson called him out for what he had done, repeatedly calling him a motherfucker, that he threw her out of his apartment instead. Johnson said she kept quiet for years because she believed coming forward would ruin her, but made the decision to tell her story to stand in solidarity with his other victims. [via Jezebel]

Princeton Mom Calls Rape A “Learning Experience,” Says Victims Should Just Ask Their Rapists To Leave

Princeton Mom Calls Rape A "Learning Experience," Says Victims Should Just Ask Their Rapists To Leave
Warning: This Will Make You Want To Throw Things

I’m generally in a happy mood on most Fridays, but I am on the verge of throwing my laptop at the wall this morning after watching Princeton Mom‘s latest bullshit-spewing interview about her thoughts on acquaintance rape.

Susan Patton, dubbed Princeton Mom for her degree from the esteemed University and, quite frankly, weird obsession with it, has become infamous for her “alternative” views on gender and relationship issues, including her idea that date rape isn’t real. So when CNN did a segment on campus rape yesterday, they, for some reason unbeknownst to every human in America, chose to bring on Princeton Mom as their guest. The interview was held for 10 minutes and 32 seconds, and it was 10 minutes and 32 seconds of some of the most ignorant, generalized statements I’ve ever heard in my life. Amidst her claims that she is a “sympathetic ear,” Patton managed to have this mind-numbing conversation with CNN host Carol Costello about rape on campus. Keep reading »

Michigan State University Chooses Rape Apologist George Will As Commencement Speaker & Students Fight Back

Michigan State University

Michigan State University selected conservative journalist and noted rape apologist George Will to speak at the university’s commencement ceremony on Saturday and to receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. Will, who taught at the university for a brief period in the 1970s, penned a horrific op-ed in June in which he suggested that women who come forward to report campus sexual assault receive “coveted status” and “privileges.” Students, sexual assault survivors and advocates are furious at Will’s appearance at the ceremony, especially since MSU is one of several schools undergoing a federal investigation for its handling of previous cases of campus assault. As of this writing, over 800 students plan to protest on campus Saturday morning and the numbers are growing by the minute. Keep reading »

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