Posts tagged "violence against women"

On Men As Victims Of Domestic Violence — From A Prosecutor

Last week an anonymous prosecutor who has prosecuted a domestic violence caseload explained to us, from her professional point of view, how we should respond when we have friends or family members in abusive relationships. Some of the comments objected to her use  of the pronoun "he" as the aggressor and "she" as the victim.

By: Anonymous / December 6, 2012

Afghan Man Murders Cousin, 15, After Her Family Rejects His Marriage Proposal

An Afghani man had his 15-year-old cousin Nishina killed after her family rejected his marriage proposal. A cousin and nephew slit Nishina's throat as she walked to fetch water from a well. This is what happens when violence against women is not taken seriously by a government: according to Human Rights Watch, men in Afghanista…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2012

Bangladesh Woman Forced To Remarry Husband After He Threw Acid In Her Face

As if dealing with a cheating and violent husband is not enough to endure, a Bangladeshi woman had acid thrown into her face by her husband when she dared to divorce him. Nurbanu, 36, discovered her husband with another woman and divorced him — only to find herself doused in acid by him eight day…

By: Daley Quinn / November 28, 2012

Chris Brown Posters In Stockholm Show A Beaten And Bruised Rihanna

Somebody wasn't very happy that R&B singer/domestic abuser Chris Brown was going to be performing in Stockholm, Sweden, so they took to the streets and created posters of their own to advertise the event. There is something a tad icky about exploiting Rihanna's beaten and bruised face to make a point about Brown, but I'll…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 9, 2012

Egyptian Activist Groups Now Working To Stop Street Harassment

When the Arab Spring hit in early 2011, no one could have guessed what it might have meant for women's rights in Egypt. But as the country continues to feel its way through a revolution, there is one surprising outcome -- several citizen's groups are now patrolling the streets of Cairo, and taking action against…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 6, 2012

News Anchor Takes A Powerful Stand Against Domestic Violence

After a woman in his community was murdered in a domestic violence incident, KHON News Hawaii anchor Jai Cunningham decided to take a stand. Cunningham, who admits that he himself was a victim of domestic violence, wanted to make a visceral, tangible gesture that would get people to stop and think about domestic abuse. So…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 2, 2012

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Dr. Drew (Or Why Finding Fault Is Not The Answer)

I have something to say to my lady blogger friends who write about domestic violence. Please tread more carefully with your words, and please don’t be so sure you know what you’re talking about. Unless you a) have been in an abusive relationship or b) are a professional who is trained to treat people i…

By: Anne Carlson / October 1, 2012

The Soapbox: On Wishing Rape Upon Rapists

I was horrified to read this week that a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park. Read that again, let it sink in: a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park. According to news reports, the woman goes to Central Park every day and sits on a bench, birdwatching. Last…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2012

The Gulabi Gang: Meet The Faces Of India’s Feminist Movement

Sampat Pal Devi is a mother of five and former government worker who was fed up with the high numbers of domestic violence and abuse cases in her native India. So she started a girl gang. Called the Gulabi Gang, Devi and her crew help avenge women who have been victims of violence by beating…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 13, 2012

Nuns Should Be “Pistol Whipped,” Says Radio Host

While trying to promote peace and justice throughout the United States, a Catholic social justice group called Nuns On The Bus have been threatened with a "pistol whipping." On a radio show last week, host Jan Mickelson talked about the nuns recent protest of a conservative budget plan and asked his guest Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA)  if he ha…

By: Daley Quinn / June 29, 2012

Here’s A Video Game With Sexy Nuns Being Punched And Shot For You To Be Offended About

Much like the hair and costume folks for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, the marketing folks for video games know exactly what they're doing when it comes to getting attention for their product. And as we've seen all-too-often with video games, the go-to advertising strategy is sex, sex, more sex, followed by a healthy dollop of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2012

Violence Against Women Is Oh-So-Glamorous!

It's almost too easy to get angry about fashion editorials that glorify violence against women — especially so grotesquely, as in this Bulgarian magazine 12. Six different photos depict gorgeous models staring blankly into the camera, each sporting a serious injury. Here's the black eye image, but the others are all quite graphic: one a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 7, 2012

Shirley Manson Halts Concert, Kicks Dude Out For Hitting A Woman During Show

Friday night, while playing a show in New Jersey, Shirley Manson stopped her band  midway through a song when she saw a man in the audience hit a woman. A fan's YouTube video shows Manson singing "Stupid Girl" and then suddenly starts waving at her band to stop. She yells at some guy in the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2012

Dr. Drew Is Mansplaining Your Sexual Desires For You, “50 Shades Of Grey” Fans

Dr. Drew Pinsky is utterly clueless about about bondage, dominance, and sadomascochism in relationships and has no business discussing them on national television. That is my conclusion after seeing Dr. Drew brought in as an "expert," and yes those air quotes are intentional, on "The Today Show" recently to discuss the book 50 Shades Of Grey. A…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2012

Fox News Lady Who Claimed Women Should “Expect” Rape In Military Blames Feminists, New York Times

Fox News contributer Liz Trotta would like to clear up a few things. First of all, when she spoke on the Pentagon's decision to officially open up more combat positions to women and said women in the military should "expect" to be raped by their male comrades, she "certainly did not" mean all military men.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2012

Former Marine To Fox News: Sexual Assault Should Not Be Part Of My Job

Violent sexual assaults in the military have increased by 64 percent since 2006, according to a recent Pentagon report. Let me repeat that number: 64 percent. But few days ago, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta made it clear she doesn't consider this to be a valid problem. "Now, what did they expect? These people are…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 17, 2012

18-Year-Old Woman Raped & Beaten By As Many As 6 Men In Chicago

An 18-year-old woman was raped and beaten by as many as six men on New Year's Eve in Chicago. The young woman, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a Highland Park High School senior from the suburbs, went to a concert by British DJ "Rusko" at the Congress Theater and was turned away because she had no…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

Facebook Pulls Some (But Not All) Rape Jokes

On November 2, feminist activists organized together to protest Facebook's refusal to remove pages that contained jokes about rape and violence against women from their site. Facebook’s Terms of Service bans language that is “hateful, threatening,” or contains “graphic or gratuitous violence" — which you will quickly find out if you make a "joke" about,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 10, 2011

Protest Today Against Facebook’s Rape Jokes

There's a lot of dodginess on Facebook (status "updates" from your sister's fetus, hello) but there's one thing we cannot tacitly approve by ignoring — rape jokes such as: “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina” "Whats 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? my knife"  “I know a silly little bitch that need…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 2, 2011

Quickies: Suri Cruise Has Better Shoes Than You Do & Kanye West’s Decapitated “Monster” Model Speaks

In addition to these cutie-patootie galoshes, Star magazine claims Suri Cruise, age four, has a pair of mini Louboutin heels and several pairs of Marc Jacobs shoes. Let that sink in for a sec. [DListed] Sean Penn allegedly told Scarlett Johansson she better go back to college, take a political science course, and better educate…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2011
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