BY Paroma Zaman
on Jul 16, 2014
When allegations of sexual assault came out against Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame), I was crushed. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that his music got me through some rough patches in my life, and I couldn’t believe that someone who had written such sensitive lyrics and seemed so attuned to human emotions could do something that disregarded and destroyed them so viciously. How could I ever have related to this abuser? Of course, I knew he was deeply flawed - anyone who listens to his lyrics must know that. Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 15, 2014
Sexual assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, abuse and sexual coercion are all major problems in our society. They also happen too often, with 1 in 5 women reporting that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and 1 in 4 reporting having been beaten by a partner. What’s scary to me, though, isn’t just that statistic. It’s how many women I know who have realized what happened to them well after the fact. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 12, 2014
So Kanye West gets on stage at the Wireless Festival London 2014 and starts talking to the audience about how invasive the paparazzi is. Seems normal and totally not insensitive and non-abusive at all, right?
Well, then Mr. West compares the feeling of not wanting to be photographed in public with being raped. He says the following, "Sex is great with you and your partner. But if one of the people don't want to do that, what is that called? That's called rape. That's called violation. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 02, 2014
Last weekend, A Voice For Men, an online male activism site which was mentioned in the 2012 Southern Poverty Law Center intelligence report about misogynistic sites, hosted the first ever International Conference on Men’s Issues. Yep. Activists of all genders gathered to talk about the oppression of males in our society.
I’m honestly not sure how to react to this. I spend all day every day blogging about the oppression that women face on a day-to-day basis, and yet there are enough people who think of women as the oppressors that they populated a conference. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jun 20, 2014
Darek Isaacs claims to have thought long and hard about evolutionary theory. But then again, he also thinks that it excuses rape, a belief that pretty clearly illustrates that he should think a little harder.
Isaacs, a creationist, is clearly trying legitimize his own studies of evolution when he states in an episode of “Creation Today” that he has critically examined the work of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, E.O. Wilson, and other “purveyors of evolutionary thought. Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Apr 29, 2014
If there are two things I care about in this world, it’s a person’s consent to sex and Game of Thrones. Definitely in that order. That’s why I’m starting to get a little fed up with the unnecessary rape scenes thrown into Game of Thrones that were not included in the book.
I’m definitely not the only one who feels this way. There has been an outcry amongst fans after last week’s episode “Breaker of Chains” included a very blunt rape scene between Jaime and Cersei Lannister (yeah, they’re brother and sister. We got over that in season one). Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Mar 26, 2014
We already had to stand up and support that rape culture is a real thing and not a product of "female hysteria" this week. Now, thanks to Zerlina Maxwell's #rapecultureiswhen, we've discovered there might be a few people that agree with us.
"Rape culture" identifies the overwhelming normalization of sexual violence against women as a part of the cultural psyche, extending the cause of rape as an epidemic beyond individuals, to a culture that supports the mentalities that lead to rape. Read More
BY Abigail Nutter
on Mar 24, 2014
I think I can speak for many people when I say reading the Time article "It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria" by Caroline Kitchens felt like a punch of fire to the stomach. Reducing a traumatic and life-altering crime like rape to “hysterics” is harmful and dangerous on so many levels, not to mention it is just plain insulting.
Hysteria. Read More
During long airport waits, I’ve often wandered to the magazine rack, my eyes pleasantly glazing over at the diverting covers. Many women’s magazines (with obvious exceptions like BUST and Ms.) are meant to distract us, to offer an escape that an be lovely, but is also generally void of any real social or personal significance. Read More
“Before it happened, I thought about going to the Peace Corps. I wanted to be somewhere, get somewhere bigger. I wanted to grow.” “Every part of me was altered.” Rochester, NY - 2013
Trigger warning: This post contains references to and descriptions of sexual assault.
A few months ago, we featured some images and stories of survivors of rape and sexual assault through the lens of the incredible photographer Lydia Billings’ series Trigger Warning, an ongoing body of work composed of portraits of survivors and their stories. Read More