Posts tagged "rape"

Read The Last Words of Reyhaneh Jabbari, Who Was Hanged For Killing Her Rapist

Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran on Saturday for killing her rapist. She left her final will in the form of a voice message for her mother, which said, amongst other things, "In the court of God I will charge the inspectors…and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 28, 2014

My Friend Dated My Rapist

Six days ago, a nicely-dressed man waiting on the platform for the 6 train zipped down his fly and exposed his penis to me. I turned around and hid behind the corner until I saw an officer and reported it. Once the subway arrived and rumbled downtown, my thoughts started to snowball. Though some may…
By: Huffington Post Women / October 25, 2014

Hannibal Buress Brings Attention To Rape Allegations Against Bill Cosby

Hannibal Buress called out the oft-buried rape allegations against Bill Cosby during one of his comedy sets. [The Daily Beast] Trans* troops in other militaries are proof that inclusive militaries can work. [Huffington Post] Read this review of Who We Be, writer Jeff Chang’s look at the war on multiculturalism. [Racialicious] Comedia…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 21, 2014

A Look At War Machine’s Suicide Note And The Mental Health Of Abusers

War Machine, or Jonathon Koppenhaver -- the MMA fighter who beat his ex-girlfriend/model/porn star Christy Mack within inches of her life in August this year -- tried to commit suicide by hanging in his jail cell last week. TMZ obtained a copy of the suicide note he left, and MMANews transcribed it (h/t…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 21, 2014

5 Things To Know About The 7,000 Yazidi Women Being Held As Sex Slaves By ISIS

Militants from ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State/ISIL (or whatever else you'd like to name the terrorist group that's been wreaking havoc on Middle Eastern society and by proxy, much of the rest of the world), has kidnapped close to 7,000 Yazidi women and children within the past two months to be kept as slaves and forced…
By: Claire Hannum / October 18, 2014

Finding A Tattoo Artist After Trauma

A few months ago, one of my friends posted on Facebook that he was looking for a new tattoo shop that was woman-friendly and queer-friendly after a bad experience with his last artist. I asked him privately who the artist was who he’d had a bad experience with and he gave me the guy's name…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014

Everyone Watch This Video About The Ways Society Enables Sexual Abusers

This video by psychologist Dr. Nina Burrowes explains the smoke screen that keeps society blind to what sexual abuse really looks like and makes it more likely for abusers to get away with what they're doing. Obviously, abuse is a horrible thing, and it is never anyone's fault but the abuser. That said, society a…
By: Claire Hannum / October 11, 2014

The Soapbox: Fear Me If You Do Not Respect My Right To Walk Down The Street In Peace

Before the movement to end street harassment really gained steam, I penned an essay about my childhood experiences as a poor, Black girl. In the piece, I detailed an interaction I had, at 11 years old with a group of men more than two time…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 10, 2014

“Gone Girl” The Movie Betrays Gone Girl The Book

How the film version of "Gone Girl" betrays the delicate relationships depicted in Gone Girl the book. [AV Club] A necessary read on how sex doesn't have to be rape to be harmful. [NY Mag] Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, and Viola Davis are appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Power…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 7, 2014

The Majority Of Americans Support Enthusiastic Consent Policies

Most Americans support “yes means yes” campus consent policies. [Huffington Post] In addition to today's decision not to hear anti-gay marriage cases from five U.S. states, here are six other Supreme Court equality cases to watch this term. [RH Reality Check] Charles Clymer,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 6, 2014

Reddit, Why Haven’t You Removed This Pro-Rape Subreddit?

Hey guys, there’s a new baby subreddit called Philosophy of Rape that advocates for raping women. Not just advocates, of course, but gushes over it, calls it “Correction”-with-a-capital-C, says that it was historically a corrective action for sluts. I’ll get to the historical accuracy of that statement in a second, because the pure outrage…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 3, 2014

On Sexism, Sexual Assault & The Threat Of The “Non-Bro”

When I was just a little bitty budding activist just starting to get involved in organizing and protesting more heavily than I had in high school, I remember this conversation I had with my mom. I excitedly told her that I had found “my people” -- people who cared about the same sort of idealistic thing…
By: Robyn Pennacchia / October 3, 2014

The US Prison System Exposes Trans* Inmates To Rape

The US prison system neglects the needs of trans* inmates and exposes them to rape. [VICE] Emily Gould writes about why ignoring online trolls isn’t enough. [Buzzfeed] Listen to Lena Dunham talk about her book and her life with…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 2, 2014

AnonIB’s Date Rape Problem

Trigger warning: rape By now we’re all familiar with the infamous celebrity photo leak of 2014, aka “The Fappening,” as it’s been dubbed by the Internet. But what most people are less familiar with is the supposed “Ground Zero” site for the leak, AnonIB. And not only is AnonIB the Internet’s worst kept secret…
By: Frances Locke / October 1, 2014

Why California’s Active Consent Law Is Not An Outrage

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s Active Consent bill yesterday, making it law in California that in order to receive state funding, universities must have policies stating that students must obtain verbal or nonverbal consent before having sex (a lack of objection or resistance does not constitute consent), provide victims' advocates, teach incoming…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 29, 2014

UChicago “Electronic Army” Responds To Rapist List With Threats

So today in Great Achievements in Academia, some really horrible students (presumably) at the University of Chicago calling themselves the “University Electronic Army” responded to the UChicago “rapist list” thusly: “The UEA decided that all of the feminists, SJWs, Tumblrfags, privilege checkers, humanities majors, and everyone else who faps to the word…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 25, 2014

The Biggest Problem With The ‘Rape Is A Snuggle’ T-Shirt Is That It Was Ever Made

There is offensive clothing that you wonder what the design team’s questionable inspiration was when they were creating a collection, and then there are garments that are so blatantly offensive that you wonder what the heck is going on at HQ and who are the horrible customers they are trying to appeal to. Buzzfeed reported…
By: The Gloss / September 24, 2014

Forbes’ Frat Douche Bill Frezza Says “The Gravest Threat To Fraternities” Are “Drunk Female Guests”

Fresh off the heels of a fraternity at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee fielding accusations that they drugged female guests with roofies, someone at Forbes.com actually decided to publish a blog post arguing "Drunk Female Guests Are The Gravest Threat To Fraternities" (cached here). It's the kind of journalism moment that the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Your Kids Need To Know About Consent Long Before They Head To College

Talking about sexual assault is never an easy thing. But as a parent, it's crucial to find ways to talk to your children about it. Lately, there's been a lot of attention focused on campus rape and sexual assault, and with good reason. Many colleges have been called out (and even sued) for…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 24, 2014

The Soapbox: Rape Doesn’t Have To Meet The Legal Standard To Have Happened

I’m on the advice panel for I Believe You, It’s Not Your Fault, a blog where adult victims of sexual assault share their stories in the hope of helping younger girls. I do believe people, automatically, when they tell me they’ve been raped. Why wouldn’t I? When I give advice, I try to focu…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 22, 2014
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