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The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

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The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

I never thought I’d write an article under that title but here goes.

Earlier this week, Dr. Phil asked over Twitter: “If a girl is drunk, is it alright to have sex with her?” The Twittersphere overwhelmingly answered “No,” calling Dr. Phil a “moron,” “asshole” and “rape apologist,” among other things. I don’t doubt the possibility that Dr. Phil (or whichever lackey mans his Twitter account) may have posed that question for lecherous or self-serving reasons. Yet as a feminist, this reaction left me honestly dismayed. Were we saying that a drunk girl can never consent to sex? That sex with someone who’s been drinking is always, necessarily, rape? Sure, Dr. Phil’s a total butthead, but I don’t think we want to make the argument that drunk sex necessarily means rape, do we?

And yet this is the exact argument being made by Carmen Rios, a former college sexual assault activist, who was so “shocked and appalled” that Dr. Phil (whose real name is Phil McGraw) had asked such a question that she started a Change.org petition encouraging supporters to call on McGraw to host a show educating his viewers on assault prevention. “Lesson 101 in my courses,” says Rios, “was that sexual contact without verbal, sober, conscious consent is rape.”

But, it’s not — not legally speaking, and not in practice. Keep reading »

Fifth Vanderbilt Student Arrested For Alleged Role In Gang Rape

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  • A fifth Vanderbilt football player has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the gang rape of a 21-year-old female student in a college dorm this past June. Chris Boyd has been charged with taking part in attempting to cover up the sexual assault by giving advice to his four teammates who have already been arrested and charged with rape. Vanderbilt has suspended Boyd from the football team pending further investigation. Additionally, two California men not affiliated with the team were arrested for tampering with evidence. [ABC News, CBS News] Keep reading »

New Measures To Prevent Military Sexual Assault Are Released

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  • Today the Defense Department released its new measures to prevent military sexual assault and to better aid survivors. [USA TodayGuardian UK]
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s lady-centric organization Lean In, which encourages young women to be bolder in the workplace, wants to hire an intern. An unpaid intern. Huh? [Change.org]
  • Conservatives in Ohio plan to introduce an anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” bill, which would criminalize pregnancy termination as soon early as six weeks into a pregnancy. [Columbus Dispatch]
  • Vogue‘s September issue will feature an interview with Texas State Senator/pro-choice warrior Wendy Davis. [Politico]
  • California’s Spreme Court rejected a bid to revive Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage. [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

London Taxi Ad Depicts Woman Who Was Either Just Raped Or Caught In A Rainstorm

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There are less obtuse ways of explaining the concept of a “rainstorm” in an advertisement, Data Cars. Because this one is looking a liiiiitle rapey, according to some anti-rape activists.

The London taxi company distributed 200,000 postcards which depicted this image — a woman in the rain, wearing a strapless dress and clutching something close to her chest while she looks unhappy — around London. While the image doesn’t explicitly depict a sexual assault, that association is easily conjured up by the fact the woman is showing so much bare skin and clutching clothes in her arms. Keep reading »

“Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” Parody Posted To Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital YouTube Page, Is Removed Following Backlash

Hell No.

If you’ve been on Twitter in the last 24 hours, you might have noticed something interesting — “Harriet Tubman” is trending. Why? The famous abolitionist, who escaped from slavery and then helped over 300 other slaves escape using the Underground Railroad, was the subject of a “spoof” video that was posted to Russell Simmons’ new All Def Digital YouTube channel yesterday. “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” features YouTube actress Shanna Malcolm, as Tubman, having sex with her white “Massa” (master) while a fellow slave records the encounter to use as blackmail, so that Tubman can run the Underground Railroad.

“This our only chance to getting freedoms,” Malcolm, as Tubman, tells her fellow slave.

Yesterday, Simmons promoted the video on Twitter, describing it as “the funniest thing I’ve ever seen,” but the backlash was swift and fierce, and Tubman’s name started to trend as critics expressed their outrage that the video desecrated the abolitionist’s memory, and made light of the rampant rape and sexual abuse that went on during slavery. Eventually Simmons pulled the video from YouTube and posted an apology of sorts to his website Global Grind. Critics, including the NAACP, said the video  Keep reading »

Four Former Vanderbilt Football Players Indicted For Alleged Rape Of Unconscious Woman

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Four former players for the Vanderbilt University football team were indicted on Friday for the alleged rape of an unconscious female student this past June. The Nashville college dismissed the four young men and barred them from campus while the investigation is underway. Keep reading »

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