New Favorite Tumblr: When Women Refuse

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Usually our “New Favorite Tumblr” feature highlights cats or sandwiches, but “When Women Refuse” is proof of online community media’s ability to bear far more weight than we give it credit. The new site, started by Deanna Zandt, catalogs “stories of violence inflicted on women who reject sexual advances.” The posts contextualize the Isla Vista shooting as a particularly gruesome instance of a widespread pattern rather than an inexplicable aberration.

A trigger warning feels redundant given the Tumblr’s mission, but take care of yourself if you read: both the stories and images are graphic. You can find a few more posts after the jump.When Women Refuse 2When Women Refuse 3


Alexandra Brodsky is a Feministing editor, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

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