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Sean Kingston Sued For Alleged 2010 Gang Rape

On Rape Jokes
When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Rick Ross Rape Rap
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Rick Ross rapped about drugging a woman and raping her. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »
  • Rapper Sean Kingston and two members of his entourage are being sued by a woman who says she was gang raped by them in 2010, when she was 22. [TMZ]
  • The backlash against Ben Affleck as Batman has already begun, but at least one person has his back — his BFF Matt Damon. But Damon also wants to make it clear he won’t be playing Robin. [People]
  • Lindsay Lohan’s first post-rehab gig? Hosting the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live”! [Radar Online] Keep reading »

Etsy Offers Tasteful, Rape-Positive “You’ve Just Been Roofied” Glass

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Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
On Rape Jokes
When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Don't Want To Get Raped?
Then drink less, a Hong Kong official has suggested. Read More »
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  • Ain’t nothing like a date-rape joke, especially when it involves dishware, right? Etsy seller ThatGlassStore is selling a customized sandblast-etched drinking glass that reads “you’ve just been roofied” on its bottom. Because, as the store explains in its product description, “This glass holds a surprise for the unexpected person drinking from it.” Yes, rape certainly is a “surprise.” Ugh. [Huffington Post]
  • The “Today in 1963″ project gives a minute-by-minute account of Martin Luther King’s historic march on Washington. [Twitter]
  • Read about amazing female African-American civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Rapist Gets 30-Day Sentence Because 14-Year-Old Victim “Seemed Older Than Her Chronological Age”

On Rape Jokes
When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Rape Victim Suicide
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A 17-year-old Indian gang rape victim committed suicide. Read More »
Rape Victim Slutshamed
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14-year-old pregnant rape victim is shunned by Indiana community. Read More »
"It is outlandish in a way that I cannot describe."

Yesterday, we told you about a story coming out of Yellowstone County, Montana: A teacher who’d repeatedly raped his 14-year-old student received a 15-year suspended sentence and was ordered to spend just 31 days in prison. Why? Because, ruled Judge G. Todd Baugh, the victim “seemed older than her chronological age.” At the time of the crimes, Stacey Dean Rambold was 49, and an authority figure in the girl’s high school.

According to Judge Baugh, that didn’t matter, though, because the way the girl — whom Baugh had never even met or interviewed — acted was much more mature (i.e. slutty) than what Baugh considers an average 14-year-old to be. Now the judge is coming under fire for not only the insanely light sentence he gave to Rambold, but also for comments he made regarding the sexual and emotional status of the victim. Not only did Judge Baugh say that he believed the victim was much older than her age, he also asserted in his ruling that the victim was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist.

Oh, but that’s not all! Keep reading »

Kate Bornstein Pens A Moving Open Letter To Chelsea Manning

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Chelsea Manning has the right to healthcare in prison. Read More »
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Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning has transitioned to Chelsea Manning. Read More »
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Kate Bornstein Pens A Moving Open Letter To Chelsea Manning
  • Trans activist and self-described gender outlaw Kate Bornstein penned a powerful letter in support of Chelsea Manning, who recently came out as trans. Bornstein notes: “Remember that you have brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles all around the world who are so proud of you.” [Out]
  • Speaking of: How do people changing genders choose their new names? [BBC News]
  • So, Fast Company put together a list of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter and — I’m sure you know where this is going since this shit is so damn predictable these days — there wasn’t a single Black woman on the list (though there were a couple women of color). So Twitter user @FeministaJones responded with a hashtag, #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter — which is already trending — drawing attention to the many women Fast Company overlooked. [Fast Company; Madame Noire] Keep reading »

Photojournalism Intern, 22, Gang Raped In Mumbai, India

India's New Rape Laws
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India now could have the death penalty for rape. Read More »
India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Indian Men Protest
Indian men don skirts to protest rape culture. Read More »
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A 22-year-old photojournalism intern in Mumbai (Bombay), India, was brutally gang raped by five men last night, as her male friend was violently attacked. It’s yet another shocking act of sexual violence against women in India — a country fraught with high-profile acts of sexual violence against women and girls over the past year, several of them resulting in death. Keep reading »

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

"Nice Guys" Who Rape
Intent isn't everything, but it does matter. Read More »
Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »
Too Drunk?
If you're a drunk woman who gets raped, will you be taken seriously? Read More »
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 »

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