Courtesy of Heroic Media, three Christian men feel they owe you an apology. In this four-minute video — aptly titled “The Apology” — each man confesses to having had an abortion. Okay, it’s not quite that interesting — what they mean is that they went halfsies on a fetus with a woman who then got an abortion. But what they have to say is actually kind of sweet, apologizing to women for the way they’ve been treated by people in the church, the condemnation that has been piled on them, and the shame and guilt they might feel for the choice they made and/or felt they had to make because of such judgement. They apologize, as men, for not being supportive of women during a difficult time.
(I even typed that with a straight face.)...read more
What are we generally thinking of when we say ‘Respect Women’?...read more
[Content note for rape]
During their opening monologue at the Golden Globes last night, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler went there: They went straight in with a series of very direct jokes about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby....read more
Content note: bad sexual experiences, like it says on the box. There’s something I’ve wanted to discuss in a feminist context for a while, and I guess now I have the platform, right? I find myself nervous, though, because discussing it involves talking about some personal experiences that I usually prefer not to publicize. […]...read more
Hello to everybody! I know I dropped out of sight for a while, not just in terms of posting but also in terms of commenting. I wasn’t ready to talk about why, but having just received good news and passed a benchmark, I am now. After years of trying to maneuver myself into a good […]...read more
“[O]ur trust in her was misplaced.” Hey guys, that rape survivor we interviewed? She’s totally, like, untrustworthy and everyone should ignore her!...read more
It’s a fascinating piece about how the rage of women at what the massacre represented in the fight for equal opportunity and professional respect was sidelined and gatekept from being part of the national and international discussion of the massacre at the time, and shines a light on everyday silencing tactics....read more
[Content note: sexual abuse, ableism]
In 2010, a 9-year-old, developmentally disabled girl at a school in Los Angeles was sexually assaulted on five different occasions by a fellow student during an after-school program. When her parents sued the LAUSD, the district’s expert witness, celebrity psychologist Dr. Stan Katz, testified that her low IQ reduced the amount of emotional stress the girl suffered, acting as a “protective factor.”...read more
[Strong trigger warnings for rape]
Jesus. This again.
Recently, in a comedy routine, stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress brought up a fact that has largely been ignored over the past eight years: that Bill Cosby has been accused of drugging and raping multiple women. Among them is Joan Tarshis, whose story of two encounters — and not just one — has some people bringing up that familiar, reprehensible speculation that of course she brought it on herself, or else she’s lying....read more
Time magazine’s annual poll of the year’s “worst words” looks for words that make you “definitely cringe,” even “exhale pointedly,” even “seek out the nearest pair of chopsticks and thrust them through your own eardrums like straws through plastic lids.” And it asks people to “vote another word off the island” (and if I never hear that phrase again, I’ll be okay). This year’s poll includes bae, basic, bossy, disrupt, I can’t even…, influencer, kale, literally, om nom nom nom, obi, said no one ever, sorry not sorry, turnout, yaaasssss, and… feminist....read more
Guest Blogger: Andie from Inspiration Strikes. In The Kneecaps.
[Content Note: sexual abuse, harassment]
I’ve been wanting to get this guest post done and finished, but every time I turn around this story just keeps unravelling.
This week both my Twitter and Facebook feeds blew up with the news that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had quite suddenly cut ties with long-time radio host Jian Ghomeshi, citing information that had come to their attention which precluded their continued relationship....read more
Is rape culture a thing? Beyond the factually challenged fringe, most normal people would agree it’s impossible for sexual violence to flourish unless society’s culture condones and promotes it – not just through laws that force women to pay for their own rape kits if authorities think their dresses or drinking contributed to their victimisation, but also through media gatekeepers who slap films with NC-17 if they depict female pleasure, but merely give an R to films depicting violent female rape. So, is rape culture in gaming equally cause for concern?...read more