Posts tagged "stalking"

Frisky Rant: On Hollywood’s Propagation Of The “Romantic Stalker” Trope

I first saw “As Good As It Gets” with an ex-boyfriend who touted it as one of his all-time favorite movies. He defended it as a deeply hopeful romance that touched on strong emotional themes: a hermit misanthrope finds a slice of light and hope in the form of Helen Hunt, and honestly, who doesn’t…

Bronwyn Isaac / September 4, 2015

Indiana Sentences Purvi Patel To 30 Years In Prison For A Miscarriage

Plus, find out the woman responsible for making Vice suddenly great.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 1, 2015

Frisky Rant: Stop Telling Me Not To Be Rude, Asshole

Yesterday, at the farmer’s market, I encountered a man starring at me all googly-eyed and weird, who then sidled up next to me and said, all breathily, “Excuse me, what’s your name?” My instinct was to say “My name is Fuck Off And Die You Fucking Prick,” but I was so caught off-guard by a…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 23, 2014

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Last week, we published a story by Tiffanie Drayton about encountering a strange man multiple times in her neighborhood in the span of a few days, including on her own block, who then hunted her down on social media and sent her creepy and “flirtatious messages.” The experience made her feel incredibly unsafe, understandably so,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 22, 2014

The Soapbox: On Kathleen Hale & The Thick, Opaque Line Between Standing Up For Yourself And Harassing Your Detractors

Author Kathleen Hale has been in the middle of a shitstorm this weekend because of an essay she wrote for The Guardian about how she stalked a Goodreads reviewer to try to prove that she — the reviewer — wasn’t who she said she was. Why that matters, no one can really figure out. Hale’…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 20, 2014

True Story: I Was Stalked By A Random Dude And My Friends Laughed About It

Last week, I had a stalker experience that left me feeling very uneasy. I frequent a Starbucks about a mile away from my house and sometimes just spend the entire day there writing. On one particular afternoon, a young man came into the cafe. I just happened to look up at that same exact moment…

Tiffanie Drayton / October 17, 2014

Mitt Romney’s Ex-Intern Adam Savader Arrested For Stalking, Extorting 15 Women With Threats Of Nude Pics

He’s got all the makings of a future star of the Republican Party: criminality, sleaziness, and treating women like shit!
Adam Savader, 21, a former intern for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has been arrested for sexual extortion. Savader has been accused of stalking 15 women in total over the past year by emailing them saying that…

Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2013

India Enacts Tougher Rape Laws — But They’re Still Not Perfect

Over the past few months, India has been racked with high-profile gang rapes and deaths of little girls and women. From the three sisters under age 11 who were sexually assaulted and murdered to the student who was gang raped with a metal rod, which mangled her insides so badly it eventually killed her, the…

Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2013

How To Be A Creep On The Internet

Reddit is known as “the front page of the Internet.” It’s where millions of people go to discuss everything. Think of it as a web of endless message boards, each with their own community.

Recently, a user posted in the Reddit board “Ask Reddit” for help about a girl. Here is the original…

Almie Rose / April 4, 2013

Why You Should Think Twice Before Posting That Instagram Photo

I’ve decided to stop using Instagram. It only just occurred to me that maybe I don’t want people to see where I am and who I’m with at that exact moment. There are lots of other things you can use Instagram for, of course, and I can always take those photos and ‘gram ‘em later, but that…

Almie Rose / March 4, 2013

Enter The Weird World Of Angel Barta, The Woman Who Is Stalking Marc Jacobs Online

Meet Angel Barta: she’s a pretty young Hungarian woman living in Paris who writes a blog called Style Angelique. This is the introductory paragraph of her blog:
 I am Angel Barta, writer and fashion designer. Marc Jacobs has been stalking me and using my ideas without my permission for 5 years.
Say what…

Julie Gerstein / February 15, 2013

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Online Stalk An Ex Again (Never, Ever)

Ugh. Social media and Google have made online stalking the easiest thing in the world, but it’s also made letting someone go for good the absolute pits. It’s way too easy to get information or see photos of your ex happy in their new life. When you’re still burned by the whole relationship, it’s the…

The Gloss / February 4, 2013

You Know What’s Not Funny, Gawker? Stalking!

There’s nothing ladies find more hilarious than being creepily stalked by a dude with crazy penmanship, am I right? At least, that’s what New York-based media site Gawker might have you believe, based on their post over the weekend about “Joe,” a guy who lives Queens who is hilariously stalking a woman named Kelly. Joe…

Julie Gerstein / February 4, 2013

Girl Talk: My Roommate’s Boyfriend Stalked Her

A few years ago, I posted a roommate request on Craigslist. I received a handful of responses, and after weeding out the crazies, I invited a few people to come see the apartment. One afternoon, a girl I had contacted stopped by with her boyfriend. She seemed nice, respectful and she really liked the place.

Lauren Hunter / January 21, 2013

Woman’s Family Sues Online Gun Website Over Lack Of Accountability

The family of Jitka Vesel filed a lawsuit earlier this month against for illegally selling a gun to the man who murdered her. Vesel was shot as many as 12 times in the parking lot of a Chicago suburb by a stalker. Her murderer was not  supposed to be able to legally acquire…

Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2012

Where Are They Now? “The Real World: San Francisco” Edition

You may remember Puck from “The Real World San Francisco,” which aired way back in 1994, when the show didn’t take place in a hot tub and reality TV was still considered “real.” We always had really low hopes for the bike messaging, nose-picking, homophobic, anti-Semitic, hygiene hating, trash-talking bad boy of the season, which…

Ami Angelowicz / November 26, 2012

Why New “Clare’s Law” On Domestic Violence In The UK Doesn’t Have Advocates Thrilled

You might think that advocates for victims of domestic violence might be thrilled about a proposal that would, in theory, positively affect their life’s work. So why is a new pilot program called “Clare’s Law,” spearheaded by the father of a woman murdered by her abusive partner and set to go into effect this summer,…

Jessica Wakeman / March 12, 2012

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is “some slut in a bar,” the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual…

Stefanie Blejec / December 15, 2011

Evening Quickies: Selena Gomez Gets Restraining Order Against Stalker

It’s not just Beliebers going after Selena Gomez: the 19-year-old singer has gotten a restraining order against a 46-year-old man who says God has told him to kill her. Thomas Brodnicki has a history of mental illness, stalking and criminal threats and has showed up at the singer’s workplace three times already. Selena’s restraining…

Rachel Krause / October 18, 2011

5 Weird, Crazy Things I Have Done With Facebook

Facebook! I love it. I hate it. Sometimes I need a martini and a break from it. But let the record show, that Facebook has brought me many joys, sometimes cookies (more on that in a sec), and occasionally allowed me to reconnect with my 7th grade crush. Who is now an evangelical self-published author.

Julie Gerstein / July 18, 2011