Earlier today, Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist writer and political analyst, was inspired to start the Twitter hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen in response to both TIME magazine and RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) claiming that feminists have overhyped the existence and impact of rape culture.
Last week, RAINN made their recommendations to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and for some reason decided to make a point of deemphasizing the impact of rape culture, writing:
In the last few years, there has been an unfortunate trend towards blaming “rape culture” for the extensive problem of sexual violence on campus. While it is helpful to point out the systemic barriers to addressing the problem, it is important not to lose sight of a simple fact: Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.
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Even thought the world’s greatest scientists (and witch doctors) can’t seem figure out what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Courtney Love believes she has solved the mystery.
Of course she has, she’s Courtney Love! In true form, the rock star has been blowing up twitter with what she believes are satellite images of the missing plane. She even marked up the screenshots on Photoshop to make sure the world could see the oil slick and lost plane right near the Malaysian island of Pulau Perak. Keep reading »
Victoria Beckham is one of my favorite people in the Twittersphere, and the Spice Girls pizza she tweeted this week forever cemented her swoon-worthy status in my eyes. Apparently, her mother unearthed the pizza in the depths of her freezer with its vintage packaging intact. In what is clearly an act of culinary brilliance, every letter of the pizza is a different flavor. Excuse me while my 10-year-old self squeals with fangirl glee. I love that Victoria’s mom saves random, bizarre artifacts of her kid’s life just like the parents of we commonfolk do. The only difference is that if my mom were to pull something from my life out of our freezer, it’d be like a loaf of bake sale bread I made from canned pumpkin in 10th grade rather than, say, a licensed product from my celebrity youth. But it’s all relative right? [People] [Image via Twitter]
I feel for BuzzFeed writer Jessica Testa. While our blog may not get the massive traffic that BF does, I’ve still experienced brief bouts of hundreds of people being furious with me because I wrote something that genuinely held no ill-intent. I think that no matter how obvious it is that the Internet is full of millions of humans who disagree with you–who can and will let you know that in a heartbeat–it is still stressful when your words become a source of both brief and lengthy critical thought. Read more on The Gloss…