Category Archives: Domestic Violence

New Legislation Would Expand Domestic Violence Laws to Include Pets

It looks like both Washington and Iowa are considering legislation that would include family pets under domestic violence protections.  In Washington, the legislation would allow courts to issue restraining orders against abusers that include pets as well as the abused party; … Continue reading

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On Aasiyah Hassan

Earlier this month, Aasiyah Hassan was murdered by her husband in Buffalo, New York. The media response has been to toss around phrases like “honor killing” and “Sharia law,” despite the fact that we haven’t heard a thing from the … Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement

On the subject of a certain very popular entertainment blog posting a photo of Rihanna after she was allegedly assaulted by Chris Brown: Not Fucking Cool. On the subject of reposting said photo on other blogs: Not Fucking Cool. On … Continue reading

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Rihanna, V-Day, and Violence Against Women

The latest from Jay Smooth is a conversation with Elizabeth Mendez Berry, who wrote an explosive Vibe magazine feature about domestic violence in hip-hop, “Love Hurts [link to pdf],” discussing the recent events between Rihanna and Chris Brown and the … Continue reading

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A Request:

Can we please stop using terms like “smacked around” when we talk about men beating up women? R&B princess Rihanna is cooperating with Los Angeles cops, who have charged her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, with smacking her around during a … Continue reading

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Fuck you Dov Charney.

I’ll admit that despite what everyone knows about Dov Charney’s creepiness and American Apparel’s child-porn-y ads, I still shop there from time to time. It’s hard to find sweatshop-free affordable clothes, and they’re good for basics like sweatpants and t-shirts. … Continue reading

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So I know we’re all tired of talking about Rick Warren…

But it’s probably worth mentioning that his church promotes a view that domestic violence isn’t grounds for divorce. It’s a more “liberal” view than some other churches — Saddleback basically says that if you’re being beaten “regularly,” you may have … Continue reading

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From Yes Means Yes: The Not-Rape Epidemic

Latoya at Racialicious posts her fabulous essay from Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape. (Full disclosure: Cara and I both contributed to the anthology). I’m really proud to have an essay in a … Continue reading

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Cop Threatens Feminist Blogger

It’s laid out in this YouTube video: Five Before Midnight has more. And it looks like the cop, Ira Peskowitz, has a history of this kind of behavior. Thanks to Amp for the links.

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The Cyber-Quilting Experiment

The other day I received an email about this great article, which contains an interview with Adele Nieves about the Cyber-Quilting Experiment, a project that aims to bring attention to violence against women of color. The project examines how the … Continue reading

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An Eye for an Eye

An Iranian woman was blinded and disfigured when a man threw acid in her face. Now, a court has held that his punishment should be to have five drops of acid dripped into each of his eyes. “At an age … Continue reading

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Information that will ruin your day:

From an Australian study: ONE in every three boys believes it is acceptable to hit girls and many children are routinely exposed to domestic violence, according to a disturbing survey. The unprecedented survey of violence and attitudes shows one third … Continue reading

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