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Pray Tell: What The Brooklyn Hasidic Rape Trial Tells Us About Religion Colliding With The Modern World

In Brooklyn, a 17-year-old girl just testified against the man accused of sexually assaulting her. On the surface, this case is sadly too familiar: she and her accused rapist are both members of a strict right wing sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, known as the Satmar Hasidim.

Extreme groups exist in every religion, and Judaism is no exception. However, the Satmar Hasidim are a fringe group within a fringe group. Though they are ultra-Orthodox Jews (meaning that they keep kosher, observe the Sabbath, and follow all the other rules), they differ from other super-religious Jews in that they don’t support the nation of Israel. Like other ultra-Orthodox Jews (this isn’t really a thing in the more liberal branches of Judaism), they keep strict gender segregation, sending boys and girls to different schools that teach different subjects and keeping men and women separated in synagogue. But the rape case currently happening in Brooklyn could blow the roof of the place. Keep reading »

“Sleep Sex” Is Not A Real Thing, But Raping Someone While They Sleep Is

"Don't Get Raped!"
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »
It Was Rape
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Help fund a documentary about sexual assault survivors. Read More »

Advice columns bring out the worst in journalism outlets, I have found, and Nerve.com is no exception. Today, the website asked readers to play “advice columnist” and dish out advice to a woman who had written asking what to do about her boyfriend who raped her while she was sleeping. She had taken a sleeping pill while drunk, after coming home alone, and was so deeply asleep she didn’t even hear her boyfriend come home that night. But when she woke up in the morning, she realized he had raped her during the night. “Did we have sex last night?” she asked him. “Well, one of us did,” the boyfriend said, laughing. The woman then wrote in to Nerve.com saying she no longer trusts him and asks for advice on what to do.

And Nerve, for some reason, chose to title this post, “Please Advice: My Boyfriend Had Sex With Me While I Was Asleep.” Uh, come again? “Had sex” wit hher? FACT: a person who is asleep — not to mention drunk and on a sleeping pill — cannot consent to sex. Her boyfriend didn’t “have sex” with her. Her boyfriend raped her. Keep reading »

Catelynn Lowell From “16 & Pregnant” Is An Anti-Abortion Extremist

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Tyler and Catelynn from "Teen Mom" set a date. Read More »
Get Off "Teen Mom"
Catelynn gave her baby up for adoption. Why is she on the show? Read More »
Catfight: College Fund
Is Jezebel's college fund for Tyler and Catelynn a sucky idea? Read More »
Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra

Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra from MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” have been, surprisingly, one of the more controversial couples on the two shows. Catelynn was the only teen mom in the first season to carry her pregnancy to term and put the child up for adoption; the little girl, Carly, is now a toddler and the adoptive family is still in touch with the birth parents. Over the years, some people have wondered why Catelynn and Tyler are even on “Teen Mom” anymore, since she is not a day-to-day parent like the others on the show. Some have even suggested MTV might be exploitatively harming these two for keeping them on a show that’s sole focus is the child they gave up for adoption.

Catelynn and Tyler are in the news less now that younger casts of “Teen Mom” are in the limelight. To their credit, they haven’t had public battles with drug abuse, domestic violence and mental illness quite like Amber Portwood, another teen mom from the first season. They seem like basically good kids with solid heads on their shoulders; last year the two even got engaged and set a date for 2013.

But lately Catelynn’s been making headlines recently for another reason: she’s an anti-abortion extremist. Keep reading »

What Do You Do To Avoid Sexual Assault And Harassment?

Rape Is "God's Will"
Or so says douchebag Richard Mourdock. Read More »
"Don't Get Raped!"
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
Rapist Blames Four Loko
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An accused rapist blames his vicious attack on too much Four Loko. Read More »
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What Do You Do To Not Get Raped?
  • Wow, everyone: Project Unspoken at Emory University put together this amazing video in which it asked both men and women on camera what actions they take on a daily basis to avoid sexual assault and harassment. Not surprisingly, the men say they do nothing … and the women go on and on and on and on.  Seriously, watch this video. It’s very powerful. [Feministing]
  • INTERPOL has elected its first-ever female president, Mireille Ballestrazzi. [The Mary Sue]
  • I don’t talk as much about “intersectionalism” as I probably should — that is, recognizing that oppression is all intersectional and that feminist activism must never ignore class, race, sexual orientation, etc. — so this “Intersectionalism 101″ blog post is probably a good place to start if you want to learn more about it. [Nerdy Feminist]
  • On the wide poverty gap between women and men. [The Atlantic]
  • Four ways in which women won the 2012 election. [TIME] Keep reading »

It Turns Out Declaring War On Women Is Not Such A Successful Election Strategy

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All the pro-choice women victorious in last night's election. Read More »
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Who’d've thunk?! Suggesting that pregnancy from rape is “God’s will,” that some rape is “legitimate” while other rape is not, and saying a woman’s body has “a way of shutting the whole thing down” so pregnancy does not occur from rape DOES NOT MAKE WOMEN WANT TO VOTE FOR YOU. Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin may have found two women — including one who was raped and had an abortion — to appear in a campaign ad proclaiming him the second coming of Gloria Steinem, but the rest of us ladies were not buying it. Keep reading »

School District Calls Tween Rape Victim “Careless,” “Responsible” In Her Own Sexual Abuse

Rape Is "God's Will"
Or so says douchebag Richard Mourdock. Read More »
"Get Away With Rape"
Miami University of Ohio flyers offer "10 ways to get away with rape." Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »

A California school district is defending itself in the sleaziest way possible from a lawsuit by a former student who was allegedly sexually abused by two of its teachers. Yup, Moraga School District says it’s her own damn fault. Keep reading »

Sexual Assault Accusations Against Cee Lo Green Are Kinda Horrible

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Cee Lo has been accused of sexual battery. Read More »
Cee Lo's Pussy
I'm referring to his cat, of course. Read More »
Morning Quickies
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Amanda Bynes supposedly walked around nude in a tanning salon. Read More »
  • The sexual assault accusations against “The Voice” host Cee Lo Green have gotten more awful: the woman claimed he allegedly slipped Ecstacy in her drink and brought her home, where she woke up next to him, confused and naked, the following day. On the advice of police, the woman allegedly called Cee Lo and secretly recorded him apologizing to her. [PopCrush, Celebrity Cafe]
  • NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed that he is canceling the New York Marathon on Sunday, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • Remember how the Kardashian household was paid a visit by Child Protective Services? It turns out some prankster called in to claim she was beating Kylie with a belt. [TMZ]

Todd Akin Political Ad Features Woman Who Was Raped & Had Abortion

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
"Legitimate Rape" Song
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Find out if you've been raped according to Todd Akin with this song. Read More »
Todd Akin's New Ad

Three months ago, Missouri’s Senate candidate Todd Akin said that “pregnancy from rape is really rare” and “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut the whole thing down.” Instead of dropping out of the race for some desperately-needed basic biology lessons, the Republican candidate pressed on with his campaign. Yesterday, he released a campaign ad starring two women, one whom was born in Russia and extols the freedoms of America and another who says she was raped and had an abortion. Keep reading »

Cee Lo Green Accused Of Sexual Battery

Cee Lo Has Lotsa Sex
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What a braggart this one is! Read More »
Cee Lo's Pussy
I'm referring to his cat, of course. Read More »
"Cry Baby" Video
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The video for Cee Lo's song "Cry Baby" is adorable. Read More »
  • Cee Lo Green has been accused of sexual battery against a woman at a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The “Voice” judge denies any wrongdoing. [Evil Beet Gossip]
  • Tina Simpson allegedly found out about Joe Simpson’s rumored 21-year-old boyfriend by discovering pictures of the two together that had been taken in the Simpson’s California home. The Simpsons recently filed for divorce. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are supposedly planning three weddings: one for Los Angeles, one for Tennessee, and one for Australia. [Crushable]

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NYPD Officer Arrested For Plot To Kidnap, Rape & Cook Women

Rape Is "God's Will"
Or so says douchebag Richard Mourdock. Read More »
Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »

New York City Police Department officer Gilberto Valle was arrested today for a failed plot to kidnap, rape, torture, and cook women. COOK them. This is so disturbing and disgusting that I almost don’t know what to say. Warning: Some of the details after the jump are graphic. Keep reading »

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