Stat of the day: 1 in 6 Australians thinks “no” means “yes”

A new national study of over 17, 000 people found that 1 in 6 of my fellow Australians believes that, when it comes to sex, when women say “no,” they sometimes mean “yes.”

The numbers in this survey are really fucking grim, and what’s more depressing is that the views on sexual and domestic violence have barely shifted since the survey was last conducted, in 2009, or since it was first conducted, in 1995. You read that right: attitudes about intoxicated women being “partly responsible” when another adult makes the decision to rape them have not progressed in my home country in almost two decades. Get it together, Australia.

It gets worse:

  • Fewer than 10% of Australians believe that you can be raped by someone if you’re in a relationship with them.
  • Almost 40% of Australians agree with the statement, “a lot of times women who say there were raped led the man on and later had regrets.”
  • Only 9% believe that “a man is less responsible for rape if drunk/affected by drugs at the time.” To be clear: 9% of Australians think you should go easy on a guy if he rapes someone while intoxicated, but 16% think that it’s partly a woman’s fault if she’s raped while intoxicated.
  • 12% Australians – that’s more than 1 in 10 – believe that “if a woman goes into a room alone with a man at a party, it is her fault if she is raped.”

The survey also reveals that, across the board, since 2009, Australians have become more likely to hold sexist views about gender roles in the public sphere. Whether they’re asked about education (“university education is more important for a boy”) or the workforce (“when jobs are scarce, men have more right to a job than women”) or about politics (“men make better political leaders”), Australians are more likely to agree with those sexist-ass statements than they were four years ago.

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

poverty-gender-age 2American inequality illustrated by three new charts from the Census.

“Self-defense is murder when you’re a transgender woman of color.”

A UNC professor tells her tale of reporting her years-ago rape to the Title IX office.

The NFL continues to be the worst, punishing Rihanna for being a victim of domestic violence.

Facebook agrees to a meeting about their new legal name policy after drag queens and trans folks in San Francisco threatened a protest.

24 famous women on being childless.

“One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences.” -Anita Sarkeesian

A NYT Magazine profile of Viola Davis.

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Watch: Lupita Nyong’o teaches Elmo about skin

The talented Lupita Nyong’o stopped by Sesame Street to chat with Elmo about skin, and how it comes in lots of beautiful shades and colors.

Just gorgeous.

(h/t The Root)

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Chart of the Day: The pay gap narrows by one whole percentage point

Readers, I am forced to humbly apologize to the Senate Republicans. Just this morning, I blamed them for, yet again, blocking legislation to address pay discrimination. But it turns out they might be on to something. According to latest data from the Census Bureau, even without the help of the Paycheck Fairness Act, the gender pay gap narrowed last year from 77 cents to the dollar to…drumroll please!…78 cents!

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Statistic of the Day: 1 in 5 American men admit to domestic violence

domestic-violence1People are justifiably outraged by Ray Rice’s treatment of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. But what’s even scarier is that one out of five men admit that they’ve committed domestic violence against a partner or spouse. A new nationally-representative study by the University of Michigan asked 500 men the following question:

 Over the course of your relationship, how often have you ever done any of these things (pushed, grabbed, or shoved; threw something; slapped or hit; kicked, bit, or hit with a fist; beat up; choked; burned or scalded; threatened with a knife or gun) to your current spouse/partner?

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