Posts tagged "violence against women"

Don’t Want To Get Raped? Drink Less, Hong Kong Official Suggests

Gee, don't you just love that in the battle to train men to not rape, you have the security secretary of Hong Kong, Lai Tung-kwok, stomping on all our efforts by suggesting women just drink less? I do. It's my favorite. Having the government permit men to not taking responsibility for their actions and place…
By: Sarah Gray / May 15, 2013

Kelly Rowland Airs Her “Dirty Laundry” About Beyonce, Domestic Abuse, Fame

Pause your Spotify and listen to Kelly Rowland's new song "Dirty Laundry" (after the jump) — not only is it intense, but it's really good. She sings about how hard it was for her to watch her "sister"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2013

Cab Driver Allegedly Rapes Sleeping Woman, Returns Lost Wallet, Wants A Cookie

A New Orleans cab driver would much prefer that you focus on the fact he returned a man's lost wallet and didn't accept the reward and not that he covered the in-cab surveillance camera and allegedly raped a woman sleeping in the back of his taxi. [Jezebel] Surprise! White men make u…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 13, 2013

15-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Acid Attack Against London Woman

Last month a 28-year-old woman answered the door of her East London home to have a bottle of acid squirted in her face and on the pet chihuahua in her arms. She shut the door and rinsed her face with water, but her face has still been been permanently scarred by the acid; her dog…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 13, 2013

Can You Really Reverse Gender Stereotypes In Media?

A women's studies class at the University of Saskatchewan made this provocative video which questions commonly perpetuated stereotypes about gender in media. Pointing out that women are often in a subjugated position -- turned into objects themselves, along with whatever object they're supposedly selling, placed in prone, sexually provocative poses -- the video connects violent…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 10, 2013

Facebook Page Run By Active Marines Mocks Violence Against Female Troops

A Facebook page run by active Marines mocking violence against female troops has been taken down after it was publicly outed by a Congresswoman. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) penned a letter to the Secretary of Defense and the commander of the Marine Corps asking them to take action on the page, F'N Wook, which showed…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 9, 2013

Some Feminists Are Upset About The Onion’s Piece On Chris Brown Beating Rihanna To Death

Yesterday, we, and many, many others, breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Brown told a radio station that he and Rihanna had once again broken up. (They're both too young for him to be "wife"-ing her, he said.) Humor site The Onion did their spin on the story today, penning the story…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2013

The Soapbox: You Are Not A Good Guy

"It's unfortunate because he's a great guy, he just has stupid advisors around him." This is Reebok CEO Uli Becker, as tweeted by Footwear News, speaking about the rapper Rick Ross. Amongst Ross' "great guy" credentials? Rapping in a song by Rocko the following lyrics about drugging and raping…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2013

“No More Abuse” Campaign Launched In Saudi Arabia

Th anti-domestic violence campaign, "No More Abuse," has been launched in the desert of women's rights: Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is not known for it draught of gender parity.  Just last month it was considered a "victory" of sorts that women were allowed to ride bicycles.  (Granted the privilege comes with…
By: Sarah Gray / May 2, 2013

Five-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies At Indian Hospital

Last night, a five-year-old girl died in a hospital in India from cardiac arrest, succumbing to wounds suffered when she was raped. According to a hospital official, the child had been in a coma for over a week and suffered brain damage as a result of being smothered during the attack to stifle her cries.  Two…
By: Sarah Gray / April 30, 2013

University Of Arizona Is Totally Cool With Student Holding “You Deserve Rape” Sign On Campus

A University Of Arizona junior named Dean Saxton was photographed last Tuesday standing on campus holding a sign reading "You Deserve Rape" while yelling insults at students. Saxton, who fancies himself a preacher and delivers sermons on campus, told the Daily Wildcat newspaper, emphasis mine, "If you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you're…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 29, 2013

Domestic Violence Victims Screwed Over By PA Town’s “Three Strikes” Disorderly Behavior Ordinance

Most folks would be happy if their neighbors got evicted after three different "disorderly behavior" instances in less than three months. No one wants to deal with that much partying, dog barking, or loud music, right? But a "three strikes" disorderly behavior ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is now being challenged by the American Civil Libertie…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013

Louis C.K. Jokes (But Not Really) That Men Are The Biggest Threat To Women

Louis C.K. fans like myself groaned after the whole Daniel Tosh rape joke incident so we're relieved it was a misunderstanding and that C.K. is at least slightly more feminist-minded.  In an article at Slate, David Haglund writes about Louis C.K.'s new HBO special, which includes what some people are calling C.K.'…
By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013

Rick Brainard, Colorado Councilman-Elect, Slapped Girlfriend To “Shut Her Mouth”

You know those mouthy girlfriends! Sometimes they just need a good slap so she'll "shut her mouth." And throw in some hair-pulling and shoving, too. Rick Brainard, City Councilman-elect of Grand Junction, Colorado, knows all about it. In fact, he admitted to slapping, pushing and hair-pulling to a police officer last Saturday when he wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2013

A Picture A Day, In The Year Of A Domestic Violence Victim

There was an air of mystery surrounding the alarming video "One Photo A Day In The Worst Year Of My Life" that went viral after it was posted on Reddit. People wondered, Is it real or fake? Devastating personal story, or gripping public service announcement? One thing that we were sure of: it was powerful, upsetting, and…
By: Sarah Gray / April 3, 2013

Please Tell Me This Bra-Clad “Zombie Ex-Girlfriend Shooting Target” Is An April Fool’s Day Joke

I really, really, really want this to be an April Fool's Day joke. ZMB Industries, which manufactures shooting targets which all resemble zombies, has a "zombie ex-girlfriend" target of a bra-clad woman for presumably-male shooters to "kill." Put another way: practice murdering your ex-girlfriend, men! It's okay! Because she's a "zombie!" The Bleeding Ex-Girlfriend Target…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

Meet Natalie Foster, The Woman The NRA Thinks Will Make You Buy A Gun

This week, the National Rifle Association debuted Natalie Foster as the new video commentator for its website, the NRA News Network, to drum up support for the Second Amendment. Blonde and telegenic, Foster already blogs for her own site, Girls Guide To Guns, "dedicated to women who dig fashion and fire power," in which she…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013

Ford India Ads Show Kardashians & Other Women Bound, Gagged & Locked In Car Trunks

Looking at pictures of women with cartoonishly large breasts, bound and gagged in the backseat of the trunk of a car, you might think you're looking at bondage porn. But no, you would be looking at someone's idea of "advertising" for the Ford Motor Company. The tagline? "Leave Your Worries Behind."…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2013

Addressing Domestic Violence Means Addressing Gun Violence, Says Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden announced 12 grants to programs around the country to protect potential victims of domestic violence at the hands of their abusers. Noting that between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings began with a man shooting an intimate partner, Biden emphasized, "The issue of domestic violence and reducing gun violence…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2013

The Soapbox: On Abuse Within Kink (Or This One Time Some Really Bad Stuff Happened To Me)

Recently I went home with a kinky man after our first date. The experience phased in and out of being consensual throughout the night. I distinctly left his apartment feeling violated and I continued to feel violated for several days after. We found each other online because both of us were interested in dominant/submissive (D/s)…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2013