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Game of Thrones: Someone explain to me what happened with Jaime and Cersei

[Trigger warning for rape]

[Potential spoilers for Game of Thrones S04 E03, as well as for A Storm of Swords]

I mean, I got what was happening — most reasonable people watched that scene and were, like, “I get what’s happening here.” But I just don’t, like… get it. So if you have insight on what’s going on there, jump on in. Continue reading

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Cleveland Kidnappings, Rapes and Torture

The horrific stories of the abuse inflicted by Ariel Castro upon his victims Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina de Jesus for a decade of imprisonment have been this week’s big news story, and I know some of you will want to discuss it. Because of the potential for triggering, I’m giving it a thread of its own so those readers who want to avoid potential PTSD triggers can do so. Continue reading

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Student speaks about her sexual assault, is threatened with expulsion

Good work, University of North Carolina! It’s worth noting, too, that the student didn’t even use her alleged rapist’s name; she just detailed her struggle with reporting the rape and stalking she experienced, and how UNC’s honor code wasn’t all that helpful. Continue reading

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The real Republican rape platform

My latest on Mourdock, Republicans and rape in the Guardian:

Some Republicans, like Mitt Romney, have tried to distance themselves from their party’s rhetorical obsession with sexual violation. What they’re hoping we won’t notice is the fact that their party is politically committed to sexual violation.

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“Some Girls Rape Easy”

That’s what Wisconsin state representative Roger Rivard thinks, anyway. But don’t worry, everyone, he’s clarified! He didn’t mean it’s actually easy to rape some girls; what he meant was, sometimes you have consensual sex with a girl and then it turns out she’s a lying slut and she claims you raped her. So it was an easy rape! Because she’s easy. And so was the rape (“rape”). And it’s not even what he said, it’s what his daddy said. He was just repeating good advice. Because that’s really good advice: Don’t have sex, because the girl you have sex with might be a dirty lying whore. I mean, you know she’s at least a dirty whore, because sex. Lying isn’t so far off. Continue reading

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Rape, Trauma, and Terrorism

Jessica Stern had an incredible op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday. Stern is a noted expert on terrorism and national security, and is a lecturer at Harvard and served on Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. But in her piece yesterday, … Continue reading

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PTSD and Healing After Sexual Trauma

This post is a part of the Feministe series on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Before I really get started, this is a piece about how you, a rape survivor, can regain a sense of wellness after the fact. This is … Continue reading

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Lots of potential, but not sitting right with me.

Here’s an article from the BBC entitled “Police team up for rape campaign”. I am doubtless not the only one to have read enough articles with similar titles to now be approaching this one with trepidation. One would hope that … Continue reading

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No More Rape By Contract

Senator Al Franken passed a major piece of legislation today, a major warning for the defense contractors hired by the U.S. government and their disregard for their female employees. It’s notable that all women in the Senate, Democrat and Republican, … Continue reading

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Getting Over It

[Trigger warning. Any and all rape apology will be deleted from this thread.] I’ve been skeptical about the efficacy of trigger warnings in the past, but after reading post after post on the Polanski case on the blogs, and seeing … Continue reading

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Stephen Moyer on Vampire Sex: Masculinity in True Blood

The following quote is from Stephen Moyer AKA vampire Bill compton in the series True Blood. Epilogue:  Stephen Moyer, on Vampire Sex: “The thing about vampirism is that it taps into a female point of view – you have an … Continue reading

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The Line: A New Doc About Consent

[Trigger warning] THE LINE trailer from Nancy Schwartzman on Vimeo. I met Nancy Schwartzman, the director of and a principal in the new short documentary The Line, last year when she was looking for resources about consent in the sex … Continue reading

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