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Recently, there’s been an all-out Twitter war between two of our favorite feminist women: Jezebel writer and comedian Lindy West, and BUST columnist and comedian Roseanne Barr.   The debate focuses on the subject of rape jokes—when it’s appropriate to tell them, and what the appropriate response to them should be.   The flames started after Lindy posted a story on Jezebel, called, “If Comedy Has No Lady Problem, Why Am I Getting ... Read More
Last summer, when Republican candidate Todd Akin was quoted saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he was, thankfully enough, met with incredulous public outrage. (Update: he regrets his foolish words!) However – as abhorrent as Akin’s comments are – they do reveal society’s general misunderstanding of how the human body, the brain, sexual assault, and ... Read More
Dean Saxton, a junior at University of Arizona, sparked controversy on Tuesday when he spoke against women while holding a sign stating, “You Deserve Rape.”  According to Saxton, women are responsible for their rapes because of how they dress and act.  Planned the same night as University of Arizona’s “Take Back the Night," an event protesting sexual violence, Saxton stated that his protest was meant to convey that “if you ... Read More
Last Tuesday, in association with V-Day, Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, hosted a panel discussion regarding sexual violence, in the light of the Steubenville rape case. The event sold out in eight minutes. Though it was exciting to know that every seat would filled with engaged listeners, there was something so annoyingly typical about the scene that greeted me: the audience was composed almost entirely of women, with a couple ... Read More
India’s parliament has passed a new law that protects women from sexual violence.  Following the horrible bus gang rape earlier in December, the rape and murder of three young sisters, and the most recent gang rape of a Swiss tourist, this piece of legislation is a much needed and an incredibly welcome change for women in India. The law, which will not be official until the president signs it into action, criminalizes stalking, voyeurism, and sexual ... Read More
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