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
Move over, Dear Abby - Australian blogger, Hilary Bowman-Smart, just might be next up for best advice column. Only this time, it’s on Twitter, and the advice is about one particular hot topic: rape prevention. In response to an article on The Punch explaining that “advocating risk management is not victim blaming,” Hilaroar came out swinging. After shaming the media for continuing to perpetuate the assumptions that women can prevent rape with better safety precautions, more “rules” and “hot tips,” Hilaroar broke it down to the basics. Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Mar 29, 2013
While Steubenville showed the world the dark undercurrent of social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, it's not the first recorded case of cyber bullying, and it certainly won't be the last. In fact, Internet victim bullying and hateful twitter campaigns seem to be the new normal, as evidenced by the sexual assault case currently unfolding in Torrington, Connecticut. The case surrounds two 18-year-old football players (and one unidentified 17-year-old) accused of an eerily familiar crime: sexually assaulting a minor. Read More
BY Teresa Lu
on Mar 22, 2013
Adria Richards, former Developer Evangelist for tech company SendGrid, recently lost her job because of the following complaint she tweeted about the men sitting behind her at a conference.
According to the detailed outline of the event in her blog, these men were incessantly cracking inappropriate sexual jokes during a presentation. The comments that ticked her off the most were sexual puns involving "forking" and "dongles". Richards felt these remarks were not only uncomfortably distracting but very unprofessional. Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Mar 21, 2013
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 general insensitivity. Read More