What We Missed

A cool photo history of abortion rights in America.

Laurie Penny on her rape and the recent spate of victim-blaming in the media: “Non-consensual sex is rape, real rape, and good guys do it too, all the time, every day.”

An epic #longread by Ta-Nehisi Coates on fear of a black president and Barack Obama’s conservatism about race.

Lack of funding and a hostile political environment forces pro-choicers to engage in abortion exceptionalism, too.

“To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture.”

Gawker published hundreds of documents from Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital which contradict his public statements.

Go see SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, a documentary about four Chinese-American adopted teenage girls, when it opens tomorrow!

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) continues to say ridiculous things.

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  1. Posted August 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting the Laurie Penny article. She importantly points out that we don’t want to admit how much rape is perpetrated by ordinary, “nice” guys. Men do this to distance themselves from their actions and their sexual ethics, and women (and men) who may be victims do it to protect themselves from the idea that a trusted relative, boyfriend or friend could have raped someone.

    I would share it with folks but I’ve been sharing stuff non-stop on rape for two weeks and I think I may have oversaturated my audience for the time being. The discourse on rape in US and the west is appallingly depressing, and as I look back through news stories of the past several years, this seems like par for the course.

    One profoundly painful and uplifting thing was finding the work of anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday. She has studied societies that are rape-prone and that are virtually rape-free. The idea that there are societies with almost no rape almost made me weep at my desk as I read through her articles. We are taught it’s human nature, particularly male nature, and we feel as if there is little we can do. It never occurred to me that there might be places where it was a non-issue.

    The truth is we can reduce rape as we work toward egalitarian societies that truly value women, and that do not require men to constantly prove their manhood and compete for sex. Discourse such as we’ve recently witnessed can be a setback, but as long as we keep talking back, we’ll make progress.

  2. Posted August 24, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    That Hanna Rosin article was great. Thanks for posting it.

    However, if anyone is in the unfortunate of collecting examples of mansplaining, the comment section is just…just terrible. That level of a lack of self-awareness is stunning.

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