#womensstories: violence online: “Women are taught from an early age to try not to cause a scene” –  @AlisonLeiby

feminism - online abuse, misogyny

What made this tweet different than all my other tweets (and please read that in your best Passover Seder voice), is that in the last few weeks I’ve received hundreds of negative replies from men ranging from from the tame “You’re not funny” comments to the harder to ignore threats suggesting they should rape me with a toothbrush. […] Men were […]

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#QOTD: “They’re the Ones Who Are Supposed to Help Us”

After she was raped by a Los Angeles cop, Lindsay F. made a rare choice: to report him. So began a five year ordeal that consumed most of her 20s, powerfully documented by Katie Baker for Buzzfeed this week. Following her report, Lindsay endured invasive questioning about her HPV status, dozens of subpoenas for her employment, medical, educational, and insurance records, and depositions of […]

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#todayin: rape culture: ‘Tis the season for “don’t get raped” advice (by @Elliehutch_ on @thefworduk)

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It’s that time of year again, the Christmas lights are on, the shops are heaving and we need to start watching our drinks in pubs. Police Scotland have launched their seasonal “don’t take risks” campaign with an ad about drink spiking and protecting yourself. Sure, it doesn’t mention the R word, but it’s all about not leaving your drink unattended […]

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#inhaste: The “C” word

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Beejoli Shah asked a number of men what they think about consent. Some of it makes for very entitled reading. From medium.com: Joe, 16, Student, San Jose, CA The last time consent was mentioned at my school was when a team from Kaiser Permanente came. They did the obvious “sober yes” stuff, and I asked a question: “Can a woman […]

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Thousands pose nude in powerful protest against rape culture and victim-blaming (from @bust_magazine)

The answer to the question “If women knew how to behave, there would be less rape: agree or disagree?” seems painfully obvious, but in a world dominated in part by victim-blaming and rampant rape culture, a tragic number or global citizens are inclined to select “agree.” A recent survey by the Institute of Applied Economic Research in Brazil revealed that […]

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#todayin: misogyny: School asks girls to wear tights for ‘safeguarding’ (from @fawcettsociety)

Yesterday it emerged that a school in Hartlepool has sent letters home to parents that asked girls to wear tights to ‘protect their modesty’ and make sure they are ‘properly safeguarded on their way to and from school’. St Hild’s school specified they should be opaque tights, no less than 40 denier, and expressed concern over the length of some […]

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#womensstories: when women refuse men

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They Threw Drinks All Over Us: “It was early evening and a group of six of us (all female) were walking to a bar for a drink after work. A big black 4×4 drove past and slowed down alongside us. The windows were then rolled down and the three men inside started hitting on us, and asking us to go for […]

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#todayin: pictures: #MyBodyMyTerms. Challenging stereotypes about sexual consent

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Challenging stereotypes about sexual consent Villainesse Editor Lizzie Marvelly was tired of the public perception regarding sexual consent, revenge porn and victim-blaming, so she created the #MyBodyMyTerms campaign to challenge those stereotypes. “With the prevalence of sexual violence around the world, especially on [college] campuses, the increasing number of revenge porn cases and the continuing presence of pervasive myths that […]

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You’ve heard of rape culture, but have you heard of pedophile culture?

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Letter to self-confessed peodphile, Todd Nickerson (on feministcurrent). It does pretty much what it says on the tin. Dear Todd Nickerson, Over at Salon a few days ago, you wrote an article provocatively entitled “I’m a pedophile, but not a monster.” Presumably, a lot of people are now asking questions such as “Is pedophilia natural?” or “Can pedophilia be cured?” […]

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