The answer to the question “If women knew how to behave, there would be less rape: agree or disagree?” seems painfully obvious, but in a world dominated in part by victim-blaming and rampant rape culture, a tragic number or global citizens are inclined to select “agree.” A recent survey by the Institute of Applied Economic Research in Brazil revealed that 58.5% percent of those interviewed (both male and female) agreed with the aforementioned statement; a shocking 65. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual assault
In the past year, courageous artists and activists of all genders have addressed rape culture and the topic of sexual assault, coming forward about their own experiences and giving voice to those who have been silenced. Lindsay Bottos, the artist responsible for last week’s viral series Anonymous, is one of those voices; in her powerful series Get Over It, she addresses her own assault and the suffering caused by victim-blaming. Read More
BY Fatimah Hameed
on Feb 12, 2014
Trigger warning: this post features a video that stages sexual violence.
Posted for only a week, Eléonore Pourriat's 2010 short film Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée) has reached over 3.3 million views for its English-subtitled version on YouTube. Oppressed Majority is a detailed and poignant look at sexual harassment and violence that Pourriat achieves by turning the tables: "On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women. Read More
Normally, girls are expected to nod along to sexist dress codes and edicts, but such is not the case with Marion Mayer, a high school junior in Florida. When her principal, a Mr. Martinez of Lakeland Senior High School, admonished “Modest is hottest. Boys will be boys,” she saw flawed lines of thinking and exposed them for the global public, engaging us in a much needed conversation via The Huffington Post about rape culture and slut-shaming. Read More
There was some concern among BUST.com readers about the posting (and subsequent removal) of a post on a new line of anti-rape activewear. Though there may be benefits to these products, we thought this issue could use a more nuanced discussion.
Rape-prevention techniques like self-defense classes and pepper-spray are often helpful; they can save lives. But ideally, they are not permanent fixtures. If we turn solely to defensive tactics that teach us, “Don’t get raped” instead of “Don’t rape,” we’re in trouble. Read More
Marianna Taschinger, a victim of revenge porn, fights back
In a recent piece, The New York Times’s Erica Goode exposes the corrupt, disgusting world of “revenge porn.” All around the country, people are founding websites onto which angry ex-lovers can post nude images previously sent or given to them in moments of intimacy. The goal of these websites is to provide a way for disgruntled men to exact revenge on their exes. Other men are free to peruse the pictures, and with ad space sales, the website owners can make thousands. 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 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
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 25, 2013
You would think that a woman who stepped forward to protect herself from an abusive ex-husband would be supported by her community. Tragically, that often isn’t the case. Carie Charlesworth (pictured above) experienced a terrible instance of victim-blaming by the hands of her employers, Holy Trinity School. Her punishment? Losing her job.
How did this gross injustice happen? Charlesworth called the police three times after her violent and abusive ex-husband, Martin Charlesworth, showed up at the school where she teaches, sending the school into lockdown. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 20, 2013
It’s a perfect day – the glimmering sun breaks through the clouds and warms their backs as they cheerily go for their daily afternoon stroll. The loving father beams down at her when suddenly, spotting something in the road, she skitters away, and he shouts out, Stay! to his – dog? Or, uh, daughter?
This commercial from the Best Friends Animal Society disturbingly blurs the line between girl and pup.
The advertisement is for their Fix At Four campaign, which encourages pet owners to spay and neuter their animals at four months. Read More