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Padma Lakshmi Responds To Gang Rapes In India

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Her Name Was Jyoti
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The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Another Gang Rape
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A 29-year-old woman was abducted by a bus driver and gang raped. Read More »

“I was saddened and I was sickened. I literally felt nauseous. I’m from India and while [the attack] didn’t surprise me, it disgusted me … And it reminded me, it brought back to me all of those feelings of when I was walking in Delhi. I used to ride the bus in India to school and I hated it. I hated going on a crowded bus because they would always pinch you or grab you and, you know, when you’re a teenager … I went to school for some years in India and it was terrible …

There is no actual word for rape. The closest word [in Hindi, India's predominant language] is I guess ‘lootna,’ which kind of means to take someone’s honour away. But to say that because a woman has been violated she no longer has her chastity or her honour is missing the point. Therein lies the problem.”

– “Top Chef”‘s Padma Lakshmi, who is Indian-American, responds to the death of Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old student in India who was gang raped with a metal rod and later from her injuries. Singh Pandey’s death was followed by another gang rape of a 29-year-old woman just this past weekend. I did not know until reading this quote from Padma that there was no actual word in Hindi for “rape,” which, as she pointed out, explains a lot. [Daily Chilli]

Military Continues To Address Sexual Assault Within The Armed Forces

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  • A former soldier and military sexual assault survivor attended Friday’s U.S. Commission On Civil Rights meeting to address sexual assault in the armed forces. Jen McClendon  said she is “cautiously optimistic” that the military will address widespread internal failures which blame the victims and protect the rapists. Presently, onely eight percent of reported military sexual assaults result in convictions. [Raw Story, NBC News]
  • Frisky columnist Andrea Grimes on how officials in Texas are completely in denial about how blocking reproductive health access to low-income women won’t actually hurt low-income women. Maybe it’s opposite day in the whole state? [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • 50 Shades Of Grey is the subject of a course at American University. [The Daily Beast]
  • Meet the folks who are pushing for an LGBT History Museum in Washington, D.C. [Arts Journal] Keep reading »

Another Woman Gang Raped On A Bus In India

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Her Name Was Jyoti
Jyoti Singh Pandey father
The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Protect With Chili Powder?
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Indian police chief offensively suggested chili powder prevents rape. Read More »

Just weeks after the death of a 23-year-old woman named Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was brutally gang raped on a bus — assaulted with a metal rod which required the removal of her intestines — another woman has been gang raped in India. Police say a 29-year-old woman was gang raped on Friday night by seven men, including a bus driver who drove past her stop, took her to a deserted area, and attacked her. Keep reading »

On Alisa Valdes’s Conflict With Feminism, Her Cowboy & Domestic Abuse

'50s Men Desirable?
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Dubiously sourced study says women find '50s-era men desirable. Read More »
Traditional Men
I'm a feminist, but I want to date a more traditional dude. Read More »
DV Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
the feminist and the cowboy

If you’ve been reading the blogosphere lately, you’ve likely heard about Alisa Valdes and her memoir, The Feminist And The Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story. Valdes is the author several romance novels and the debut novel The Dirty Girls Social Club (as Valdes-Rodriguez), which landed her all kinds of accolades. She was even named one of the top feminist writers under 30 by Ms. magazine. Then, somewhere along the way, her feminist principles started to chafe: she felt like men were emasculated (“icky ‘liberal’ men,” she calls them in the book) and she resented feeling like women wore the pants. Soon Valdes fell for a Fox News-watching, macho cowboy who exuded an alpha male sexiness and she started to submit to him in their relationship. As the Amazon.com description of The Feminist And The Cowboy says, Valdes discovered ” “when men … act like men rather than like emasculated boys, you as a woman will find not only great pleasure in submitting to them but also great growth as a person.”

Alas, it didn’t quite work out the way. In fact, following the publication of The Feminist And The Cowboy, Valdes has now come forward to say the cowboy raped and physically and emotionally abused her.   Keep reading »

Pittsburgh Steelers Player Chris Rainey Arrested For Striking Girlfriend

  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey has been arrested on one count of “simple violence,” which I guess is what they call “dating violence” in Gainsville, Florida, after hitting his girlfriend. The two allegedly fought over a cell phone and a witness saw Rainey slap the woman across the face with an open hand. She then ran off and Rainey chased her, eventually knocking both of them to the ground. Following the incident, the Steelers cut Rainey from the team. [USA Today] Keep reading »

3 Men Charged With Raping Indian Woman, Jyoti Singh Pandey, Will Plead Not Guilty

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  • Three of the six men who have been charged with raping 23-year-old Indian woman Jyoti Singh Pandey — who died from her injuries — are going to plead not guilty on the grounds that their were “lapses in the police investigation.” Oh, and also, their lawyer says, “Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.” I just can’t with this. [SMH.co.au; NY Times]
  • Authorities in Steubenville, Ohio, have a launched a website to dispel what they call the “myths” about their investigation into the gang rape of an unconscious 16-year-old girl by local high school football players. [Time] Keep reading »
India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Jyoti Singh Pandey
Jyoti Singh Pandey father
Father reveals name of his daughter, who died following gang rape in India. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »

Army Staff Sergeant Tracy Dice Refused Widower Benefits Because She Is A Lesbian

Obama On Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
Bigots "Lost" Gay Marriage
Bigots admit they've lost the gay marriage battle in our generation. Read More »
Privilege Of Marriage
Andrea Grimes knows she is privileged to be able to marry. Read More »
Infuriating!
  • Watch this absolutely infuriating interview with Army Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice, who lost her wife Sgt. Donna Johnson on October 1 when she was killed with two other soldiers by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Sgt. Dice is now being shut out of military benefits owed to her, as Johnson’s legal widow, because of the Defense Of Marriage Act. [Towelroad]
  • ESPN sportscasters drooling over Miss Alabama in the stands of the Alabama/Notre Dame football game was gross. [Viva La Feminista] Keep reading »

High Schooler Shares Heartbreaking Online Slutshaming Problem With NPR

On Slutshaming
It's about controlling women through guilt and shame. Read More »
Facebook Suicide
Teen kills herself over Facebook cyberbullying. Read More »
Bullies Of Tumblr
Against shaming guys from OK Cupid on Tumblr over their profiles. Read More »
slutshaming

Adults blame victims of sexual crimes and indiscretions, asking “Why was she dressed like that?” or “Why did she drink so much?”

Adults also use the Internet for humiliation, like stocks in the town square.

And lest you forget, children are watching us and mimicking what we do. Don’t believe me? Just read this piece by 16-year-old high school student Temitayo Fagbenle, who explains how slutshaming on Facebook is an “every day” occurrence amongst her peers. Keep reading »

Greg & Jennifer Agresta, Former Guardians Of Ma’lik Richmond, Accused Steubenville Rapist, Defend Him On “Today”

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Hacktivists threaten to release personal information of alleged rapists. Read More »
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Steubenville student jokes about the raped "dead girl." Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »
Jennifer and Greg Agresta
Watch The Matt Lauer Interview

The former guardians of Ma’lik Richmond, a teen football player who is facing sexual assault charges for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl at a high school party this summer, came to his defense on “The Today Show” this morning.

In August, members of the Steubenville High School football in Ohio team sexually abused an unconscious drunk girl, carrying her to multiple parties where she was raped and peed upon. The victim was also photographed while being violated and carried around the party and images were posted on Twitter and other social media sites.  Two football players from the team, Richmond and another student, Trenton Mays, were arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping, although many other students were at the party and witnessed the assault. Keep reading »

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Tweet Photo Of Her Sexist, Racist Hate Mail

Fired Over Hair
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Black woman fired for responding to Facebook posts about her hair. Read More »
Rhonda Lee Speaks Out
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Black meteorologist speaks out on getting fired. Read More »
Racist Joke?
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Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »
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