Posts tagged "violence against women"

#AllMenCan Crowdsources How Men Can Be Good Allies

"Hashtag activism" gets a bad rap. My thoughts? Hey, it can't hurt. And I like the idea behind the hashtag #AllMenCan, especially since I think it's a natural reaction for any human to feel defensive (hence the all-too-common refrain "Not all men!"). It looks to have generated yesterday from the Twitter user @PenguinGalaxy. #AllMenCan crowdsource…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2014

AnnaLynne McCord Writes Moving Essay For Cosmo About Being Sexually Assaulted

When I was 18, I moved to Los Angeles to audition for roles. My boyfriend planned to come later. One night, a guy friend called. He said he needed a good night’s sleep for a meeting, as he’d been crashing on someone’s couch. I had known him for some time, so I said to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2014

The Soapbox: “I Always Felt As If White Girls Thought Less Of Me Because I Was Half-Asian”: There Should Be More Discussion About Elliot Rodger’s Racism

It feels like the entire Internet is having one big argument about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who murdered six people near the UC Santa Barbara campus before killing himself last Friday. Did he mostly have a problem with misogyny? Did he mostly have a problem with mental illness? Did he mostly have a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

A Reading List On Elliot Rodger, Misogyny & Toxic Masculinity

There have been so many pieces analyzing UC Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger and his extreme misogyny towards women. Here are a few must-read pieces: "Let's Call The Isla Vista Killings What They Were: Misogynist Extremism," by Laurie Penny, New Statesman "Elliot Rodger And Poisonous Ideals Of Masculinity," by Noah Berlatsky,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014

Family Stones Pakistani Woman To Death In So-Called “Honor Killing” For Marrying Man She Loved [UPDATE]

[UPDATE, 5/28:] The New York Times reports that Farazana Parveen was three months pregnant when she was killed. [New York Times] A 25-year-old woman was murdered by nearly 20 family members in Pakistan today because she "dishonored" the family by marrying the man she loved. Faranza Bibi was stoned to death in a so-called…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014

Not All Men Are Dangerous, But Yes, All Women Do Live With The Fear Of Elliot Rodger’s Fury

“Life is not fair. One can either accept that fact, keeling over in defeat; or one can harness the strength to fight against it. My destiny was to fight against the unfairness of the world.” -- Elliot Rodger On Friday night a man stabbed and killed three men in his apartment, got into his car, drove…
By: Pia Glenn / May 26, 2014

#YesAllWomen: Women Tweet Stories Of Their Personhood Being Violated

Friday night, six people were killed in Isla Vista, California, near the campus of UC Santa Barbara, by Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old bent on "retribution" for his lack of success with…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 25, 2014

7 People Killed Near UC Santa Barbara, Including Gunman, Who Acted In “Retribution” For Women Rejecting His Advances [UPDATED]

Last night, six people were killed by a lone gunman, believed to be Elliot Rodger, 22, in the town of Isla Vista, California, near UC Santa Barbara. Seven more were injured and the shooter was shot and killed by police. While investigators have not officially confirmed that Rodger was the shooter, or released the name…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 24, 2014

100 Kidnapped Girls Shown In Video; Boko Haram Offers Release In Exchange For Prisoners

One hundred kidnapped Nigerian school girls have allegedly been seen for the first time since their abduction in a video acquired by the AFP news service. The video was reportedly filmed by Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group who kidnapped over 200 teenaged girls from their boarding school in Chibok on April 14.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

Malala Yousafzai: Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria “Are My Sisters”

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Pakistani teen and education advocate Malala Yousafzai said the Boko Haram kidnappers in Nigeria do not understand Islam and said the 200+ school girls who were kidnapped and possibly being sold into sex slavery "are my sisters." […
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

Maren Sanchez, 16, Stabbed To Death In Connecticut After Allegedly Turning Down Prom Invite

A 16-year-old girl named Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death by a male classmate in a Milford, Connecticut, high school today, allegedly after she turned down an invitation to the junior prom tonight. Sanchez was a junior and Honor Society student at Jonathan Law High School. Students told the Connecticut Post that she was asked to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2014

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

A Russian politician ordered his aides to "violently rape" Russia Today journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, who is six months' pregnant, when she asked him about the Ukraine. He also said pregnant women shouldn't be working and then called anyone who stood up for Dubovitskaya "lesbians." [Huffington Post, Raw Story] Whoa, what would…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Law On Domestic Violence Convictions & Gun Ownership

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the federal law that criminalizes the ownership of guns by anyone convicted of domestic violence. The Court clarified that the term"domestic violence" should be broadly interpreted to include more than just physical force. (Not surprisingly, Justice Scalia just doesn't get why.) As Vice President Joe Biden has noted,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2014

Texas Father James Cosby Investigated In Murder Of Lesbian Daughter & Her Girlfriend

A week ago today, police in Galveston County, Texas, found the bodies of two young Black lesbians. Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, both 24, had both been murdered and police suspected their sexuality may have been a factor in their killings. Now Britney's father James Larry Cosby has been arrested in connection with the death…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Melissa Gira Grant, Author Of Playing The Whore: The Work Of Sex Work

If you've done any reading on the Internet about the business of sex work, chances are you've come across Melissa Gira Grant. She's written about sex, politics, labor and tech everywhere from the UK's Guardian to The Atlantic  to Jezebel and Valleywag, making her one of the top intellectuals to turn to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

Black Lesbian Couple Murdered In Texas

A Black lesbian couple was murdered in Galveston County, Texas. The bodies of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby, both 24, were found on Friday. The women had lived together for two years and were parents to Jackson's five-year-old child. It's unclear as of right now if their sexuality was a factor in their murders. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 10, 2014

The Soapbox: Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

This post is reprinted from The Huffington Post with the permission of its authors. What's the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders. It's a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators — especially…
By: Emily May and Courtney Young / March 9, 2014

Minnesota Nursing Home Defends Rapist, Calls 89-Year-Old Victim “A Flirt”

An 89-year-old woman is suing a Minnesota nursing home for punitive damages because she was forced to spend 72 hours in a mental health unit after she reported that she was raped by 30-year-old Andrew Scott Merzwski. According to court documents, the woman was a resident at Edgewood Vista senior living facility near Duluth…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 24, 2014

Kickass Women Of The Day: The Founders of “Girl Code Movement” Are Fighting Back Against Campus Rape

Caroline Heres, Julie Gelb and Jackie Reilly are on a mission to decrease sexual assault on college campuses. Last fall, Caroline and Jackie, who are students at Syracuse University, discussed the fact that they'd both been assaulted. What started as a chat between two friends evolved into a need to take action. Together, they decided…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

You Can Watch Eve Ensler’s New Short Film Online This Weekend

"The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler  has been speaking out about violence against women and girls with her V-Day movement for years. But she took things to a whole new level on February 14 of last year:  One Billion Rising, her  call to action that made headlines all over the world…
By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014
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