#womenslives: “I’ve never seen a poster giving tips to stop me being potentially run over by a motorist” – @FeministIre

feminism (rape culture) - stop blaming victims (victim-blaming)

@FeministIre (emphasis added, as always): So, with this in mind what are we teaching girls about that? Are we telling them to watch out for the man who lives next door/the older cousin/the guy you’ve been dating for 6 months/his best friend? Are we teaching them that 1 in 4 relationships are abusive and that you need to know the […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “Revenge porn so insidious and pernicious because one of the places where men still maintain power”

feminism - misogyny, rape and revenge porn

Well, men still maintain power in most places but revenge porn is an example of male violence against women at its most devious, abusive and destructive. #smashthepatriarchy @theguardian: What makes revenge porn such a sinister crime? Eva Wiseman (emphasis added, as always): Revenge porn victims say they’ve suffered “significant emotional distress” after an ex posted their nude photos online. When we all carry broadcast-quality […]

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#womenslives: Modern methods allow the Islamic State to keep up its systematic rape of captives under medieval codes

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Locked inside a room where the only furniture was a bed, the 16-year-old learned to fear the sunset, because nightfall started the countdown to her next rape. During the year she was held by the Islamic State, she spent her days dreading the smell of the ISIS fighter’s breath, the disgusting sounds he made and the pain he inflicted on her body. […]

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#womenstories: Victim: “Peace Corps did the right thing by getting rid of him so quickly, but they tried to cover it up” – by @morganmeaker

misc. - cover up, do enter, silencing (1)

It all started in August last year when Scott was approached by a local who told her about two women who were alleging that a member of the Peace Corps had assaulted them. Scott reported the allegations to Peace Corps on August 7. Soon afterwards the Peace Corps announced that the person had resigned “for personal reasons.” It was this […]

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#womenslives: confused why women don’t report sexual assault? Ask Kesha. – @emmaladyrose

From Emma Gray on the Huffpo (emphasis added): On Friday afternoon, a judge ruled against Kesha’s request to be released from her contract with Sony. That contract commits the 28-year-old pop star to making six more albums with the company, and thus links her to a producer she says sexually assaulted her. In 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against producer Dr. […]

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#womenslives: “Equally disturbing are rapidly emerging forms of misogynistic cyberhate” – @Dr_AnastasiaP

feminism - online misogyny (Illustration by Nathaniel Gold)

Anastasia Powell (Senior Research and ARC DECRA Fellow, Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University) on violence against women and technology. There are some useful stats too, for those who like/ need that sort of thing, and lots and lots of evidence. Federal MP Tim Watts spoke in parliament on Monday about the ways in which new technologies are being used to […]

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#afeministtakeon: Oscar Pistorius: shooting to kill

This is the first article of a three-part series by Ché Ramsden exploring feminist issues surrounding the Pistorius trial, how they intersect and their implications in a South African context. Read part two. Read part three. The series was first published at the time of the original trial and is republished here as the prosecution team appeals to the Supreme […]

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#todayin: I did not know that: Abortion is still (sort of) illegal in Britain, thanks to this Victorian law

women - men knowing what's best for you since 1861. patriarchy. (Paul Townsend, CC BY-ND)

The best thing about a (slight, it’s all under control) addiction to reading all of the Internet daily is that you really do learn something new every day. OK, so the headline on The Conversation is a little misleading but nevertheless: take this for example: abortion is still illegal in some circumstances in Britain because of a clause in the […]

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#womensstories: Teenage girl detainments increasing, but not because they’re criminals

criminology - prisons are a feminist issue (2)

“Girls’ behavioral reaction to sexual abuse and trauma is criminalized, reinforcing the sexual abuse to prison pipeline…. The most common crimes for which girls are arrested — including running away, substance abuse, and truancy — are also the most common symptoms of abuse.” I posted a piece about this issue the other day. Here is another. From bust: We hear […]

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#girlsstories: the sexual abuse to prison pipeline

criminology - prisons are a feminist issue (3)

From the report: Sasha was raped as a high school student. When news of the rape was circulated in social media, she was ridiculed by her classmates, making it  impossible for her to feel safe at school. Sasha immediately became truant. For six months, Sasha’s mother unsuccessfully appealed to school district administrators to transfer Sasha to a safer school environment. […]

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