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Beyoncé Released A 'Fifty Shades' Teaser. Time For A Complete Guide To Political Takes On The Series

... for grown men, a.k.a., 98 percent of all the porn that exists, "daddy porn"? Sigh.) 5. Fifty Shades Is A Rape Fantasy Dr. Drew Pinsky, on his HLN show, Dr. Drew on Call, referred to the novel as "a rape story." Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist...

Published on July 21, 2014

College Administrators Are Going Back To School To Learn The Truth About Campus Rape

...CREDIT: Flickr As colleges across the country remain under fire for failing to adequately address rape cases on campus, Dartmouth College is trying to change the conversation. The elite school -- which has been taking measures to overhaul its own sexual...

Published on July 16, 2014

Survey Confirms Colleges Are Failing To Address Sexual Assault At Every Level

... garnered national attention over the past several months. More than 200 colleges and universities provided responses to McCaskill's survey. The responses indicate that, from campus police to university staff, few people are doing enough to ensure that rape...

Published on July 10, 2014

Fox News Advises Women To Ditch Feminism, Offers Tips To 'Keep Your Husband Happy'

... to their needs. In one particularly strange example, Patton has complained that the rape that occurs between acquaintances -- commonly referred to as "date rape" -- should be called "mistake sex" to avoid diminishing "the true horror of rape." "Good advice," Doocy...

Published on July 7, 2014

The Tinder Lawsuit: What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Women In Tech

... for their own behavior. How do we stop sexual violence? We spend an awful lot of time telling women what to do—it amounts to a level of self-defense so all-consuming that even the reality of it sounds like a satire—and not nearly enough time telling men to not rape...

Published on July 3, 2014

Sexual Assault Victim Schools George Will About The Reality Of Rape Culture

... Will's byline -- is now telling her side of the story. And Lisa Sendrow has a few things to explain to the Washington Post columnist about rape culture. In order to make the argument that college students are falsely reporting rape after engaging...

Published on July 2, 2014

Striking Posters Depict Disney Princesses As Victims Of Incest

...CREDIT: Saint Hoax A new awareness campaign about rape and incest features some unlikely stars: Disney princesses. And their dads. Saint Hoax is the pseudonym of a Middle Eastern artist whose self-proclaimed signature is "Combining pop art with tyrants...

Published on June 27, 2014

What 'Affirmative Consent' Actually Means

... hypothetical situations aren't necessarily breaches of an affirmative consent standard. If both partners were enthusiastic about the sexual encounter, there will be no reason for anyone to report a rape later. So if college students are worried about protecting...

Published on June 25, 2014

'Red Tape Won't Cover Up Rape': The Silent Protests That Are Sweeping College Graduations

... at several colleges this commencement season, where students are placing it on their mortarboards as a symbol of solidarity with rape survivors whose cases may have been mishandled by their administrators. Some students used the tape to spell out "IX" as a nod...

Published on June 18, 2014

Universities Keep Failing To Actually Punish Rapists

...? I read the charges and almost nothing was happening -- just a slap on the wrist." A petition this year at Brandeis calling for the establishment of a rape crisis center and a crisis response counselor got 2,600 signatures, but even though...

Published on June 13, 2014

Women's Groups Are Pretty Mad At The Washington Post This Week

...CREDIT: AP Photo The Washington Post has landed in hot water with several women's advocacy groups this week, after publishing two articles about rape that have been accused of failing to take sexual assault seriously. In the first piece, regular...

Published on June 12, 2014

All Of The Things Women Are Supposed To Do To Prevent Rape

...CREDIT: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Increased attention to the issue of sexual assault, both here in the United States and abroad, has led to larger conversations about how best to prevent rape. But often, those conversations have a misplaced focus. Instead...

Published on June 10, 2014

Pop Culture Scoreboard: 'But Don't Take My Word For It' Edition

... by The Sopranos (18.2 million). HBO did not reveal the number of people who only watch half of every episode because they fast-forward through all the rape and/or the boring characters and/or the torture of Theon. CREDIT: Macall B. Polay/HBO 4. Intergalactic...

Published on June 6, 2014

Seth Rogen Is Not A Victim Of The Santa Barbara Killings

....” I’m curious what the women involved in the film think about all this. Rogen’s offended reaction reminds me of the outrage surrounding the Game of Thrones rape scene; the only voices from the set were actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and episode director Alex...

Published on May 27, 2014

College Student Commits Suicide After Being Cyberbullied For Appearing In Porn

... to prevent men from being too tempted by them. That dynamic ultimately fuels the concept at the heart of rape culture: the myth that women who get raped must have been "asking for it." Unfortunately, because of the link to rape culture, even young women who...

Published on May 23, 2014

Kansas State Schools Reserve The Right To Fire Professors For Using Social Media

... said is "contrary to the best interests of the employer." Whether its using profanity in a YouTube video, writing a blog about a school's improper handling of rape cases, quoting religious text, or commenting on your personal life on Facebook, any speech...

Published on May 21, 2014

Teen's Rape Culture Artwork Banned From High School Exhibition For Being 'Inappropriate'

... Exhibition this month. She told local outlet WYFF that she was really "excited" to be part of the event. But just a few days later, 18-year-old Holtzclaw was informed that her submission, which is entitled "Rape Culture," wouldn't be permitted to appear...

Published on May 12, 2014

The College Sexual Assault Crisis Turns A Corner

...After decades of colleges sweeping rape under the rug, activists are "cautiously optimistic" that there may be a shift on the horizon. On Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden will hold a press conference with campus activists and rape survivors...

Published on April 29, 2014

How Some Christian Colleges Are Getting Around The Federal Laws That Help Address Campus Rape

... of Christian Colleges and Schools. And like many other colleges across the country, these institutions have been accused of mishandling rape cases. Pensacola Christian College came under serious scrutiny after former student Samantha Field published the events...

Published on April 24, 2014

What That Game of Thrones Scene Says About Rape Culture

...CREDIT: HBO This article discusses plot points from the latest episode of Game Of Thrones. Viewers and TV critics alike agree that Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones depicted Jaime Lannister raping his sister Cersei, in a disturbing scene...

Published on April 21, 2014