Monthly Archives: November 2012

This week in victim-blaming: 11-year-old gang-rape survivor as seductive “spider”

TweetTwo years ago, an 11-year-old Cleveland, Texas girl was gang-raped by 20 young men. The crime was recorded on cellphones and circulated amongst students at the local school before finally coming to the attention of the police. And since then plenty of allies have stepped forward to rally around the “real victims”: the rapists. First [...]
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What we missed

TweetCheck out this great piece by my UN Foundation colleague Jacob Tobia on the ways in which homophobia can hinder progress in global development, and why it’s so important to address LGBTQI discrimination as the UN shapes its new global development framework. Love this. Just a few days left to support APAD’s badass grassroots activism [...]
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Five insidious victim-blaming tactics being used against Halle Berry

TweetOn Thanksgiving Halle Berry’s current boyfriend apparently fought with and badly bruised the face of Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her child. If you’d like more information about the situation, here is a summary of everything that happened. As dramatic and concerning as these developments are (I feel bad for pretty much everyone [...]
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Quick hit: Nathaniel Frank on the AP’s misguided ‘homophobia’ ban

TweetYesterday the Associated Press announced that it will drop the term “homophobia” along with “Islamophobia” and “ethnic cleansing” from its Style Book.  Politico reports that the reasoning behind dropping the term is largely semantic, citing AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn’s rationale that a phobia, or “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental [...]
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New report on domestic workers exposes low pay, harsh conditions, and need for labor protections

TweetYesterday, the National Domestic Workers Alliance–led by the amazing Ai-jen Poo–released a groundbreaking report on the work conditions faced by domestic workers (nannies, maids, caregivers, etc.) nationwide. The survey of over 2,000 domestic workers revealed the effects of race and immigration status on workers’ pay. Some troubling stats: 94% of domestic workers are women. 23 percent of workers are [...]
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