BY Lindsay Harris
on Aug 19, 2013
Oh hell to the naw! These men went there, so the backlash they are about to receive will not be pretty.
Maybe not so surprisingly, comic creators Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Gerry Conway (The Punisher) have unabashedly inferred that it doesn’t matter how they portray women in their comic creations, because comic books are not for women, anyway.
Right. Because if boys and men enjoy reading unadulterated rape scenes, that’s not any of us “uninterested” females' concerns. Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 08, 2013
Trigger warning: This post references child sexual abuse, victim-blaming.
Here’s your dose of bad news in victim-blaming of the day:
A trial involving a 13-year-old girl and the 41-year-old man who had sex with her ended a few days ago amid outcry over the man’s suspended sentence - and the child’s having been called a “sexual predator” by Judge Nigel Peters. Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Aug 06, 2013
If you’re looking for good (well, good-ish) news for women in Texas, here’s something. Thanks to an 11 million dollar budget appropriation for the Texas Department of Public Safety, thousands of untested rape kits can finally be analyzed
Which is cool, for a second, until you do a double-take on that line: thousands of untested rape kits.
So this triumph is sort of marred by the fact that there was a severe backlog for so many years. The guestimate is somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000 untested rape kits. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 23, 2013
There are few phrases in the English language more abhorrent, more insidious, more absolutely goddamn infuriating than these five words: They were asking for it.
Rape is never, ever, the victim’s fault. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks so – as everyone from assholes on social media to tennis stars to cops play into rape culture, often questioning the victim while giving the benefit of the doubt to the perpetrator.
When politicians like Todd Akin utter the words “legitimate rape,” he is operating on an idea that rape exists in 50 shades of gradations. Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on Jul 22, 2013
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 experience of rape culture at an institution of higher learning isn't unique. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 10, 2013
Apparently mannequins are the reason men rape women.
I’m sorry...WHAT?! I wish this was a joke, but no - popular opinion in Mumbai is pushing the government to ban lingerie-clad mannequins from storefronts. Yes, those plastic people. They say the mannequins get men too excited and cause them to go out into the street with a need to rape and abuse women and girls.
Many people in Mumbai are absolutely furious with these accusations. Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jul 03, 2013
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. Read More
on Jun 28, 2013
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. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 07, 2013
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 arousal are scientifically interconnected. 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 dress like a whore, act like a whore, you’re probably going to get raped. Read More