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  TW: rape, sexual assault. Anyone who has seen an episode of Law and Order: SVU knows that rape cases are complicated and victims/survivors are often the ones put on trial. And we don't need TV to tell us victim blaming happens. Even if you don’t recognize it by that name, women are constantly held accountable for being harassed or assaulted. From street harassment to sexual assault and rape, the victims and survivors are taking the blame more often than the rapists themselves.  And society at large isn’t...
OMG, this video. OMG, I love it. But really, though. Oh My Goodness is a Maine-born experimental hip-hop duo now based in Brooklyn and they've just released their latest video for "OMG OMG." It seems pretty simple: black and white film, just the two of them (Therese Workman and Tyler Wood) performing, nothing too fancy. Then the images get all warped and mirror-y and shit gets realer. The same idea can be applied to the song. It starts off with a catchy enough chorus and melody,...
I never thought getting arrested would be a positive, or preferred, outcome of any given situation, but according to these protesters, it was a relief.   Last week FEMEN activists took to a mosque in Stockholm to protest the sharia, or Islamic moral code, in Egypt. These women donned long, black robes and shed them at Stockholm’s central mosque. Phrases like, “My body is mine, not somebody’s honor” and “Gender equality” were written across their bare chests. The trio of women, who were of Egyptian, Tunisian, and Swedish nationality,...
You might remember artist Nickolay Lamm for his work removing doll's makeup to show that they looked just as lovely without that extra layer. He also created a "normal"-sized Barbie, made to show us more realistic proportions of American women. He transferred CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to make the 3-D model, then used photoshop to liken the doll to a Barbie. "If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that...
Last December, Melissa Nelson lost a case at the Iowa Supreme Court in which she had filed for gender discrimination against her ex-boss. What were the charges? She was fired because she was simply too hot, and therefore, an obvious threat to her boss’s marriage. You might find yourself asking, "Wait, WTF?" Did Nelson ever fool around with her boss, or anything else inappropriate? No. This was simply…visual. That’s right: Nelson wasn’t fired for doing anything wrong at all – except, of course, for being born a woman...