#womenslives: “My one minute rape story.”

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My one minute rape story (on @estblshmnt) I was raped again last night. Again. It was a small rape. Un petite râpé (it sounds so much softer, less threatening, in my mangled French). A rape with a soft small limp dick, no bigger than three inches at its height, that felt barely even there. There was no tearing, bruises, or […]

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#womenslives: Many advertisements sexualize violence against women

Images are powerful. Particularly because, as humans, we are not immune to them. Many advertisements sexualize violence against women, this, perhaps, is even more painful as it associates male sexuality with violence, reinforcing the idea that this is somehow “biological” or “inevitable.” This is how rape culture operates: it doesn’t say outright: “go and rape,” but it does make that […]

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#research: Laughing till you cry: why rape jokes are never ok

“That awkward moment when you randomly target a girl for rape and it turns out to be your sister… Christmas is going to be uncomfortable this year” Here’s a post with some findings on why rape jokes are not “just jokes” or “black humour” or “freedom of speech” or “subversion”. No, they’re enablers of wider violence against women and girls. […]

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#feminismisdead: Rape Culture is Very Real; We Are Not Hysterical

Don’t read the Time article unless you are particularly strong of stomach. I think I can speak for many people when I say reading the Time article ”It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria” by Caroline Kitchens felt like a punch of fire to the stomach. Reducing a traumatic and life-altering crime like rape to “hysterics” is harmful and dangerous […]

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RADIO 4, VICTIM-BLAMING AND RAPE MYTHS

I am determined to blog properly more often and here is as good a place to start as any. A report – It’s Wrong But You Get Used To It – on sexual violence and attitudes to sex has been compiled by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Sue Berelowitz, the deputy children’s commissioner, discussed the report with John Humphrys […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: Why everything Brendan O’Neill said about rape is wrong and offensive

Brendan O’Neill saying something offensive about women and women’s issues isn’t surprising nowadays. I think it’s how he gets his jollies. But, BoJo-esque calamaity-making or not, his comments are still incorrect, ill-informed, and very offensive. Trigger warning: contains discussion of rape and rape apologism. Disclaimer: because O’Neill, and all the discussions of rape this last few weeks, talk about men […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: Society has allowed rapists to define what resistance is…

This quote seems particularly relevant at the moment with Todd Akin’s statements about “legitimate rape”, and Assange’s rape apologists (e.g. George Galloway) claiming that Assange’s actions probably weren’t really, you know, that sort rape. “Society has allowed rapists to define what resistance is: screaming, crying, scratching, pushing, kicking, biting, punching. I didn’t resist like that. My resistance was to wriggle […]

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