Posts tagged "rape"

Today’s Lady News: Extra-Large Condom Ad Zeroes In On Ladies Scared Of Big Penises

Big penises have us running to lock ourselves in the bathroom, don't they, ladies? That's what the ad agency behind a (real?) ad for Prudence Extra-Large Condoms wants to think. Although the idea of the ad is clever — a long, wordy rant from a guy trying to be "persuasive" — the actual text i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2012

Girl Talk: Our Drinks Were Roofied

"We have a ride to the club tonight," my friend announced. We left our dormitory and headed into the vehicle of a man my friend met a party. In the vehicle, a young man that I recognized from a nightclub we frequented was in the driver’s seat. I asked his name because, other than dancing with…
By: Lyneka Little / April 9, 2012

Actress From Rapey Belvedere Vodka Ad Files Lawsuit

Two weeks ago, Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad depicting a man pulling a surprised, open-mouthed woman down onto his lap. The headline read: "Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly." Decent people got the skeevies and called the ad out as rapey. Belvedere quickly tweeted that they were sorry "if any of our fa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

Rape Case Dismissed Against Saudi Prince (Who Also Happens To Be One Of The World’s Richest Men)

A Spanish court dismissed a rape case against a Saudi prince and billionaire, after it was decided there was not sufficient evidence to press charges. Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 57, the nephew of King Abdullah, had been accused of raping a Spanish model on a yacht owned by the Saudi royal family off the island…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. "Violence against women is as American as apple pie," Rep. Moore said. "I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Belvedere Vodka’s Rapey New Ad

Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad recently where a man pulls an open-mouthed woman down onto his lap with the headline, "Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly." The company tweeted later that they were sorry "if any of our fans were offended," although not for the actual creepy ad. The ad appears to have…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

The Soapbox: On Consent Culture

Today I'm going to fulfill a promise I made quite a while ago, and talk about what a consent culture would look like. A consent culture is one in which the prevailing narrative of sex — in fact, of human interaction — is centered around mutual consent.  It is a culture with an abhorrence…
By: Holly Pervocracy / March 22, 2012

New App “Circle Of 6″ Can Prevent Sexual Violence

I'll admit I was skeptical when I heard that the White House was holding a technology challenge for developers to create an app that would help prevent sexual violence. All of the stuff that I believe can change the prevalence of sexual violence — harsher punishments for criminals, a cultural change on what consent means,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 21, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Politician Suggests Women Lie About Rape To Get Abortions

The Idaho state senator who sponsored the bill that would force women to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound before an abortion said yesterday that there is no exception for rape or incest victims because women may lie about being raped to get an abortion. Oh, you know. Lyin' about rape. Gettin' abortions. It's stuff we…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 20, 2012

Courtney Love & 10 Other Stars Who Used The Word “Rape” Insensitively

Geez ladies, by now we should all know that referring to anything other than rape as "rape" is just a bad idea. It trivializes what rape actually is and manages to make you look like a complete buffoon. And that's exactly what Courtney Love did when she claimed the Muppets — the friggin' Muppets! —…
By: The Frisky / March 15, 2012

#IDidNotReport: A Twitter Hashtag Worth Checking Out

Occasionally, Twitter users take on a cause that isn't just posting pictures of their cats or ruminating on the injustices of waiting in line at Shake Shack. Like today's hashtag campaign, started by blogger and Twitter-er London Feminist. The #ididnotreport campaign (which definitely comes with a trigger warning for those who…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 13, 2012

Kim Novak Defends Her Comments About How Music In “The Artist” Was Like “Rape”

"It was very painful. When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn't use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012

Indonesia To Thoughtfully Ban Miniskirts So Female Lawmakers Don’t “Invite” Rape

Thank goodness female lawmakers in Indonesia have their male colleagues to look out for them. These silly women simply thought their outfits were a fashion statement, but little did they know that their "provocative" clothing invited rape. That's why members of Indonesia's parliament have drafted rules to ban female lawmakers from wearing miniskirts and other…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012

Morning Quickies: Rainn Wilson Tweets A Date Rape Joke

What the eff? Rainn Wilson — aka Dwight Shrute on "The Office" — tweeted a date rape joke. No. Just no. On Feb 12, Rainn tweeted, "If I were ever date raped I would want it to be to 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zepplin." Maybe he thought this was meta-commentary? [Twitter.com/RainnWilson]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2012

Fox News Lady Who Claimed Women Should “Expect” Rape In Military Blames Feminists, New York Times

Fox News contributer Liz Trotta would like to clear up a few things. First of all, when she spoke on the Pentagon's decision to officially open up more combat positions to women and said women in the military should "expect" to be raped by their male comrades, she "certainly did not" mean all…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2012

Former Marine To Fox News: Sexual Assault Should Not Be Part Of My Job

Violent sexual assaults in the military have increased by 64 percent since 2006, according to a recent Pentagon report. Let me repeat that number: 64 percent. But few days ago, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta made it clear she doesn't consider this to be a valid problem. "Now, what did they expect? These people…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 17, 2012

The Soapbox: Why Jezebel Was Wrong To Post Images Of A Woman Being Raped

Earlier this week, Anna North, a writer at the women's blog Jezebel, posted an article about a video uploaded to YouTube which appeared to show, in graphic detail, a woman being gang raped. Just writing that sentence made me shudder, as the thought of someone brutally raping a woman, filming it, and then putting it…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 10, 2012

British PSA About Male Rape Proves It’s Hard To Please Everybody

The issues of male rape and sexual abuse get plenty of sensationalistic air time on "Law & Order: SVU," but not so much substantive awareness in our day-to-day lives. While it is true that reported sexual abuse of girls and women is far more prevalent than male abuse, I also assume acknowledging or discussing male…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2012

Ron Paul Says Abortion Is OK If It’s An “Honest Rape”

Oh, the bounty that is What Old White Men Think You Should Be Allowed To Do With Your Uterus! This weekend, Republican presidential wannabe Ron Paul sat down with Piers Morgan and, in a departure from his usual "no abortion under any circumstances" position, said he would support abortion if the woman had been raped…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 6, 2012

Dear Prudence Advice Columnist Suggested Possibly-Date Raped Woman Is “Trying To Ruin Someone Else’s Life”

"Trying to ruin someone else's life is a poor way to address one's alcohol and self-control problems." This is true. But is this really the most intelligent — to say nothing of compassionate — thing for an advice columnist to say to someone whose friend was possibly date raped? No, Dear Prudence at Slate.com, it…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2012
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