Tweet of the Day: @xtraxtralex on skepticism of survivors


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This tweet came across my social media feed this week and I felt like I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to remind folks exactly how sexism and rape culture are working in our world.

In the midst of Bill Cosby rape allegations and debates, policies that force rape survivors to legitimate their experiences by utilizing the criminal justice system (which further victimizes and shames them), and rampant slut shaming, this tweet was so necessary. Back in July, Twitter user @xtraxtralex called out the hypocrisy present in the patriarchal policing of women’s bodies.

This is always relevant. It does not only apply to our famous TV dads and favorite Instagram model. The tweet highlights a harmful double standard that is at work in personal lives and communities everyday.

Feministing's resident "sexpert", Sesali is a published writer and professional shit talker. She is a queer Black girl, fat girl, and trainer. She was the former Training Director at the United States Student Association and later a member of the Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She received her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from Depaul University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A self identified "trap" feminist, and trained with a reproductive justice background, her interests include the intersections of feminism and: pop culture, youth culture, social media, hip hop, girlhood, sexuality, race, gender, and Beyonce. Sesali joined the team in 2010 as one of the winners of our So You Think You Can Blog contest.

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