[Trigger warning for rape]
A University of Illinois student is facing charges for sexual assault after, he says, trying to re-enact a scene from — yup — Fifty Shades of Grey. Mohammad Hossain is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student in his dorm room Saturday night, Christian-Grey-with-a-belt-in-the-Red-Room-of-Pain style....read more
Millennials, social media and damning federal investigations are reshaping rape culture’s topography, as more women push back against a culture that loves protecting rapists and vilifying victims. One survivor of childhood slut-shaming opted to make her experience public, posting her diary from childhood online. And after hearing from other women their harrowing encounters with rape culture and victim-blaming, she decided to try making a documentary about rape culture itself. This post stems from Feministe’s interview with the accidental feminist filmmaker behind Slut: A Documentary Film…...read more
[Trigger warning for sexual violence and emotional abuse]
Valentine’s Day is coming up! That day of romance, of togetherness, of coupledom, of… domestic abuse… Valentine’s Day is the release date of 50 Shades of Grey, that sensationalistic movie based on the “How to Spot an Abuser” pamphlet in your college guidance counselor’s office. Women and men who have read the book and know perfectly well what the story is about will flock to theatres, either a) dreaming of the day that they’ll be stalked and violated by someone as dreamy as Christian, or b) hoping to score on Valentine’s night with the person they took to the movie. And while people are free to get their rocks off to whatever they want (within certain limits), it’s important to acknowledge that what may (for some reason) come across as sultry and sexy on the page would, in real life, be a Razorbacks halftime show’s worth of red flags....read more
Media attention around Bill Cosby’s fondness for drugging/raping women might be fading, but it’s not going away. Yet Woody Allen just scored a new show, despite longstanding claims of raping children from his own family. As pundits ponder why Cosby is nose-diving whilst Allen and countless others keep chugging along, it’s time to once and for all settle the question of why Cosby’s career really tumbled…...read more
Cathy Young recently added to her infamous rape-denialist oeuvre a piece at Daily Beast defending an accused rapist at Columbia (who’s obviously just being persecuted by a conspiracy of lying wimminz don’t you know). If you’ve already read it and found it any way persuasive, you really ought to read Erin Gloria Ryan’s response on Jezebel: How to Make an Accused Rapist Look Good for balance. If you’ve already consolidated the excellent habit of never reading Cathy Young, you could just read the Jezebel piece for pleasure in its thoroughness....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
“[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
[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