violence against women
[Content note: gendered violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment]
That it was not enough for Davies’ college roommate to know that their classmate had been murdered by an intruder to understand Davies’ fears [of walking home alone from work late at night] honestly terrifies me. That a woman had to get attacked right in front of him in order for that to sink in is horrifying. And as Davies points out, he was not some anomaly. This is common....read more
[Content Note: shootings, murder, misogyny]
Andie and Donna have both posted links in the Open Thread to news items about the Isla Vista mass shootings, and rather than let this atrocity swamp the social thread I’ve decided to give this its own post.
I ask commentors to avoid speculating about possible mental health diagnoses. What we know as facts is horrific enough....read more
Alexis Okeowo in The New Yorker: Nigeria’s stolen girls.
If this were happening anywhere else in the world, there would have been non-stop mass media coverage of the burnt school and the grieving families and relentless questioning of the relevant officials as to the inadequacy of the search and rescue operations....read more
[Trigger warning for domestic violence]
These good people, these people whom, albeit in different industries and capacities, are each individually working to make the future a better place than the present, do nothing. They, of relative privilege, watch the aforementioned horror unfold. Some are stunned. Some don’t notice. Some shake their heads. It’s a shame, they think. It’s fucked up, they think. It makes my blood boil, they think. But they do nothing. They hold their girlfriends tighter. They back their friends away from the scene. They try to break their stares. They go get more drinks. These are good people. But they do nothing. They are silent.
A few try. Three university age young women try. They do as their friends tell them. Go get security, they say. But security does nothing. This is between a husband and a wife, they say. Please go back inside, they say. The young women beg their friends and the bar security to do something. They do nothing. Get away from the car, they say. There is nothing you can do, they say. You’re going to get hurt, they say. You’re being irrational, they say. It’s not our fight, they say....read more
For Valentine’s Day, I wrote about the One Billion Rising movement that is staging actions around the world today to bring attention to the epidemic of violence against women. I was initially unconvinced; here’s why I came around:...read more
The following may be triggering for some, as it concerns the physical abuse of young girls. I can’t even. What the fuck. I’m working on the afore-mentioned “white Jewish lady” post (more accurately: I appeared on Russian TV yesterday to discuss Israel/Palestine but am having a hard time embedding the video) but in the meantime, […]...read more
Rapists, perhaps? No, silly rabbit, loose women are to blame when someone sexually assaults them. Apparently a sizable portion of the Scottish population believes that women are at least partially to blame for their own rapes if they do things like flirt, drink, wear “revealing” clothing, or have “many” sexual partners. A Scottish Executive spokesman […]...read more
Tisha b’Av, a day of fasting and mourning, began last night, and continued all day today. Jwablog has info on how the commemorative day has been used to recognize violence against women: Tonight marks the start of Tisha b’Av, a day of fasting and mourning for the Jewish community. Traditionally, Tisha b’Av commemorates the destruction […]...read more
I’m excited to join the ranks of the other guest-bloggers this summer, and I will have a more substantial post up in just a little bit but thought I would introduce myself first. I live in Kansas, otherwise known as fly-over country to many of you. I’m a student of psychology with a focus on […]...read more
De-funding anti-violence oranizations in the name of religion makes my vagina (and the Baby Jesus) cry
Shankar sent me this video of Eve Ensler talking about The Vagina Monologues, and how VDay came about. It’s worth a watch, even if you don’t love The Vagina Monologues. The first few minutes are of Ensler reciting the opening monologue of the play, but after that she discusses the epidemic of violence against women […]...read more
Garance Franke-Ruta has a piece at TAPPED refuting Christina Hoff-Summers’ claim that American feminists, like, totally ignore women in Islamic countries. Oh, I so love this claim. Just Google “Mavis Leno” or “Ms. Foundation” and “Afghanistan,” hm? Both were working for Afghan women years and years before any of the wingnuts discovered the value of […]...read more
Gun control isn’t exactly my #1 issue. I’ve never touched a gun in my entire life, but I hear they can be a lot of fun on the shooting range. I don’t really get why leaving the gun industry totally unregulated is such an important issue for folks, but I do get why folks want […]...read more