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Trigger warning: Triggering language and discussion of rape to follow. Last week I read news of another rape scandal hitting a big university. This time, however, it hit a little closer to home. My alma mater, The University of Colorado at Boulder, has come up in the news again. This time it isn't about weed on campus or Pac-12 football...This time it is about Title IX violation and covering up the culture of rape on the American College Campus. I know that my ... Read More
“Just because you regret a one night stand, doesn’t mean it wasn’t consensual." Wow. Go to hell. These are the posters that have been popping up around the University of Alberta Campus in Edmonton. A bullshit mimicry of Battered Women's Support Services "Don't Be That Guy" project. You may have seen the original brilliant campaign, which asserts that men should end their role in rape by not exploiting or taking advantage of someone ... Read More
Popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter has been all over the news this week because of their seemingly tacit endorsement of a particularly loathsome seduction book by pick-up artist Ken Hoinsky, AKA a sexual harrassment how-to. Hoinsky’s known on Reddit – an infamous Internet community that raises eyebrows online for its consistent promotion of misogyny and violence – as user TofuTofu. His tips for seduction first gained prevalence on the ... Read More
Sarah Fraunfelder was about to embark on a college tour with a group of other high school students when it happened. According to the 15-year-old, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at the security checkpoint in LAX glared, mumbled, and then said, “You’re only fifteen, COVER YOURSELF!” after she inquired about his hostile behavior. Shaken up, Sarah texted her father, Boing Boing blog co-founder Mark Fraunfelder, who recounted ... Read More
  It all started with a vagina. Earlier this spring, a Facebook support group directed towards moms posted a picture of an anatomically correct vulva. The group boasted a readership of around 22,000, and the image was clearly meant for education, empowerment, and advocacy. It fell in line with the other discussion topics on Motherwise – which writes about “breastfeeding, parenting issues, and birthing options,” as well as serving as a ... Read More
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most exposed of them all? Glasgow’s Shimmy Club is recently garnering some much-deserved criticism for installing one-way mirrors, also known as two-way mirrors, in women’s bathrooms so that male customers can receive a peep show. In order to catch a look at these unsuspecting women’s reflections, clubgoers are required to buy a private booth for the night, aptly titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” which can go up to ... Read More
Rape culture has been all over the news lately due the horrific Steubenville rape case and subsequent trial. However, rape culture has far-reaching effects across age demographics and nationalities, as proven by Australian radio host John Laws. Laws, who Salon calls “Australia’s answer to Rush Limbaugh,” has been called out for a radio interview with a victim of sexual abuse this week in which he displayed a penchant for victim blaming and ... Read More
Though the Steubenville verdict was announced just two days ago, it seems that this story is still not over.  Two teenage girls have now been charged for using Facebook and Twitter to threaten the life of the 16 year old victim of the Steubenville rape case.   The two girls, aged 16 and 15, are appearing before a juvenile court judge in Steubenville today. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stated in response, “Let me be clear, threatening a ... Read More
The case of the young physiotherapy student who was assaulted and raped last month aboard a New Delhi bus, later dying as a result of the serious injuries she sustained, will finally be debated in court today. According to their respective lawyers, the five accused men are all planning to plead not guilty to the charges of murder, rape, and kidnapping. A sixth accused man who is 17-years-old will have a separate trial in juvenile court. All of the defendants could ... Read More
As the Steubenville, Ohio rape trial draws nigh, the Internet has been abuzz with discussion of the two high school football players’ actions and the authorities’ reaction to the case. Protests and rallies have formed due to the city’s negligent conduct.  As a result, the police department and city of Steubenville have launched “Steubenville Facts” in an attempt to “disseminate the most accurate information about a recent ... Read More
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