Posts tagged "rape"

Rape Victim Turns Painful Past Into Promising Future For Young Women

An article on CNN yesterday turned me on to Zimababwe native Betty Makoni, CNN hero of the week. She is a teacher, a volunteer, and the executive director of her organization, Girl Child Network (GCN), which boasts 30,000 members in Zimbabwe alone. She was also raped when she was 6 years old.

Carrie Wasterlain / June 6, 2009

Six Scary Facts About Frat Boys

OK, we know the following characterization is NOT 100 percent representative of all fraternities in this country.

But still, the stats about sexual assault and tales of misogynistic behavior in the essay, “Bros Before Hos,” published by history and gender studies professor Nicholas L. Syrett on the National Sexuality Resource Center’s web site,…

Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2009

Man Uses Craigslist To Find A Guy To Rape His Wife

I am definitely a big fan of Craigslist—it’s helped me get rid of a bunch of old crap and even led me to the cute couch that’s now sitting in my teeny apartment. But it’s another bad PR day for the site. A man in North Carolina posted an ad on Craigslist to find someone…

Daniela Guernica / June 4, 2009

Hate F**king Does Not Equal Rape

On yesterday’s episode of “The View,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck responded to the Playboy.com article written by Guy Cimbalo that listed her as one of the conservative women he’d like to “hate f**k.” I don’t blame her for being offended — I would pitch a fit if, say, Rush Limbaugh said he wanted to hate…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 4, 2009

Rapex Anti-Rape Condoms Turn Your Vagina Into A Penis Fly Trap

We’re all for rape prevention, but when you can’t stop the crime, why not score immediate payback with the help of a little latex and some barbed plastic? That’s the idea behind rape-prevention condoms by RapeX. Basically, if you feel like you may be in danger one evening — exploring a foreign city alone, getting…

Lily Q / May 21, 2009

Has The Word “Rape” Been Stripped Of Its Power?

Confession. Sometimes when I go on a really successful shopping binge at, say, a store like Charlotte Russe, where I literally pilfer the racks of all their amazing awesomeness, I’ll declare, “I totally raped the Russe today.” Yes, raped.

I am not the only person who uses the word “rape” to describe something other…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 1, 2009

Sarah Palin’s Pick For State Attorney General Allegedly Defends Marital Rape

Sarah Palin. Remember her? Despite Levi Johnston’s TV talk show circuit tour having ended, the Alaska governor is still under the microscope. Wayne Anthony Ross, Palin’s nominee for Alaska’s state attorney general, is facing accusations of supporting marital rape. Leah Burton, a veteran lobbyist on children’s issues and domestic violence, told the Alaska State Judiciary…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 13, 2009

Today In Terribleness: “Curing” Lesbians With Rape!

How’s this for an evil/nonsensical “trend” — in South Africa, the number of lesbian women who’ve reported being raped to “cure” them of their gayness is on the rise. “What we’re seeing is a spike in the numbers of women coming to us having been raped and who have been told throughout the…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 16, 2009

Video Game Allows Players To Rape And Force Abortions

Sure, we’ve seen other video games, like Grand Theft Auto, where players can sexually assault the female characters, but as offensive as that is, at least it’s not the objective of the game. But a Japanese video game called “RapeLay” has the sole purpose of allowing players to virtually rape women. The player stalks the…

Persia Ali / February 24, 2009

Is It Her Rape Fantasy Or His?

In an essay published on Nerve.com, Matt Morse writes about the time he roofied his wife to save their marriage. “Roofie” is the slang term for Rohypnol, commonly known as the date rape drug. Before getting married, Morse and his wife had an adventurous sex life filled with role-play, but after marriage, he writes, “our…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 30, 2009

Tess Of The D’Urbervilles: Rape In The Olden Days

Last night, instead of watching “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters,” I opted for slightly more intellectual but no less drama-filled fare and watched Masterpiece Classic on PBS, hosted by Laura Linney. This week, it was part one of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” based on the novel by Thomas Hardy. I was enthralled, and I…

Catherine Strawn / January 5, 2009

Anti-Palin Ad Features Rape Victim

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a story on Politico.com that reported the Obama campaign was seeking a rape victim for a campaign ad that would attack Sarah Palin’s stance on abortion. (The VP nominee is anti-choice, even in cases of rape or incest.) According to the Politico piece, the Family Violence…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 16, 2008

In Her Own Words: Sarah Palin On Abortion

Don’t forget, the Vice-Presidential debate is tonight! Get your popcorn ready! In the meantime, here’s the latest clip from Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin, in which the Alaska Governor sets the record straight on her position on abortion.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 2, 2008

Obama Camp Reportedly Seeks Rape Victim For Campaign Ad

According to an email obtained by Politico.com, the Obama campaign attempted to find a rape victim to cast in a campaign commercial that would allow the Democratic Presidential nominee to discuss his stance on related issues. According to Politico’s Jonathan Martin: The Obama campaign wouldn’t detail the strategy behind finding an individual to discuss such…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 1, 2008

The Blame Game: Intoxicated Rape Victims Deserve Less Sympathy

Peter Hitchens’ brother is writer Christopher Hitchens (who penned the book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”), so it should come as no surprise that mouthy, attention-grabbing runs in the family. Peter Hitchens just wrote an opinion piece in London’s Daily Mail entitled “How The Left Censored The Blindingly Obvious Truth About Rape”.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 19, 2008

Should A Rape Victim Be Obligated To Report Her Attacker?

One of the sites I read quite frequently is Jezebel. I wrote for them for a little while before I launched The Frisky and really respect them as a cool and smart site for women. Many of their posts I find to be laugh-out-loud funny and others make me think deeply about and even reconsider…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 7, 2008

Tuesday Quickies!

Kate Beckinsale hates her butt. Who hates Kate Beckinsale’s self-loathing? We do! [Candy Kirby]
John McCain is doing a fundraiser with a guy who compared rape to the weather saying, “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” Ick. [Feministing]
Girl-on-girl action: why chicks dig other chicks. Cause boo…

The Frisky / June 17, 2008

Young Woman Takes Her Sexual Assault Story To YouTube

CNN has a fascinating and heartbreaking story of a girl who posted a video on YouTube alleging that she was raped. In the video, a 16-year old girl cries, “Hi, my name is Crystal … I need some help. I didn’t want to do it this way, but it’s the only way I know that’…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 15, 2008

Coming Soon: Anonymous Rape Kits

Starting next year, rape victims who are reluctant to go to the police can get an anonymous emergency-room forensic rape exam, and whatever evidence is gathered will be kept on file in a sealed envelope in case they decide to press charges. This is an extremely important step, as many rape victims who don’t go…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 14, 2008

Yes, That Flair Does Make You Look Like A Rapist

One of the many stupid ways to waste your time on Facebook is by sending people “flair” — basically little icons users can put on their profile pages that represent their interests (i.e. a piece of flair of Harry Potter naked, or a piece of flair stating your love for boxed wine). But you ca…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 9, 2008
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