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The problem of sexual assaults on college campuses is prominent in the media, and unfortunately, it's for good reason. A new study conducted by researchers at Brown and Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine found that 18.6 percent of freshmen women at an unnamed college in upstate NY are survivors of an attempted or completed rape. This brings new light to the commonly used statistic that 1 in 5 college women experience sexual assault. ... Read More
From Rand Paul to plus sized dancers, we've got it all in this week's round up of feminist news stories. We know you've been busy running the world (or at least fighting off the patriarchy), so go ahead and take a breather. Grab a coffee, check out this blog post, and start your glorious weekend off right.  Meryl Streep Just Started A Screenwiring Lab For Hollywood Lepers (Women Over 40)  Meryl Streep is taking yet another step on the path of being ... Read More
Along the right side of your Facebook homepage—among the sponsored ads of things you don’t need and the trending topics you don’t really care about—is the often perplexing list of People You May Know. These people could include: a friend of a friend who you saw at a party, your mom’s cousin, or the neighbor’s dog. This list is the product of a complex algorithmic web, and sometimes it's no big deal. But other times, it can knock ... Read More
Feminist activists, Pankhuri Awasthi and Uppekha Jain, just performed an important rap against rape culture in India. On their YouTube page, they describe India as “a nation that is 1,000 shades of fabulous and yet there’s still 999 issues that hold us back.” The duo, who call themselves BomBaebs, speak out against India’s current antiquated mindset that accepts and condones rape and misogyny in their powerful video. In an interview ... Read More
Last Wednesday, Ohio representative, Teresa Fedor (D), spoke out against an anti-abortion bill by sharing her rape and subsequent abortion that occurred during her time in the military…and a man laughed at her. Yup, you read that right.  Ohio’s state senate were voting on the Heartbeat Bill aka House Bill 69, which basically means if you’re a woman in Ohio and you become pregnant, once the fetal heartbeat is discovered (about 6 weeks ... Read More
The weekend is coming. We're super stoked to go home and curl up in our beds with some Outlander before it comes back (shout out to BUSTies Holly and Princess), but first, here are five feminist news stories you might have been too busy being a killa' queen this week to catch:  Rihanna is Making History as the First Black Representative of Dior It's ridiculous that it took Dior seventy years to have a black representative, but we’re pretty psyched ... Read More
In a particularly blatant instance of victim blaming, Danielle Hicks-Best recently came forward to tell the story of the police’s disturbing reaction to her childhood rape: Hicks-Best was sexually assaulted twice by a group of young men when she was only 11 years old. Despite the fact that her rape kits showed evidence of assault, the rapists were never convicted. What’s worse is that weeks later, Hicks-Best was arrested herself for filing a ... Read More
Injustice takes many forms in our society, and one of its most cruel is our legal system's treatment of rape victims.  Not only is rape under prosecuted and devastatingly traumatic, the victim often seems to be offered little in terms of closure. Currently in the United States, there is an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested; that is 400,000 people (mostly women) denied the opportunity to seek out justice for the crime committed against ... Read More
A new smartphone app called MediCapt created by the New York based non-profit organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is being made accessible to doctors of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially in 2016.  The DRC has long been an area where the amount of rape victims are in shocking numbers.  In 2011, the American Journal of Public Health found that more than 400,000 Congolese women ages 15-49 had been raped between the years 2006 ... Read More
In December of 2012, a 23-year-old woman got on an off-duty bus in India with a male friend. Six men aboard the bus subsequently beat her friend, and after he was incapacitated, gang raped her. After each man assaulted her, they beat her with an iron instrument, which resulted in internal injuries so severe she passed away.  Leslee Udwin, reporting for BBC, went to Delhi to document the case and interviewed one of the rapists, Mukesh Singh. He ... Read More
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