Posts Tagged domestic violence

Why teaching “respect” won’t end violence against women

Another professional athlete has been arrested for hitting a woman. This time it’s NBA player Greg Oden, who punched his former girlfriend in the face. The police report described “blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area” on the woman’s the face. Oden was apparently calm and cooperative, telling the police “I was wrong, and I know what has to happen.” And blah blah blah, blah blah blah.

Look. The details change, but the story remains the same: violence against women is an epidemic we refuse to take seriously. Sure, Oden is “taking responsibility” for what he did. Congratulations to him. But he still did it. He still punched a woman in the ...

Another professional athlete has been arrested for hitting a woman. This time it’s NBA player Greg Oden, who punched his former girlfriend in the face. The police report described “blood, swelling to the ...

Why do we still insist women share responsibility for “provoking” their abuse?

There’s a particular kind of irony when Whoopi Goldberg, who 29 years ago starred in a film that featured intergenerational domestic violence, makes comments in support of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith regarding the very lenient two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice for knocking his then fiancee unconscious and dragging her into an elevator.

On Monday, Goldberg offered her two cents: “If you make the choice as a woman who’s 4 foot 3 and you decide to hit a guy who’s 6 feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!” Then added, “I know I’m going ...

There’s a particular kind of irony when Whoopi Goldberg, who 29 years ago starred in a film that featured intergenerational domestic violence, makes comments in support of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith ...

Infographic: How gun background checks save women’s lives

Everytown, an organization which advocates for gun safety, published this infographic, as well as a report on how the US’s weak gun laws put domestic violence victims at risk. It found that:

Federal law does not keep guns out of the hands of abusive dating partners or convicted stalkers. Many state gun laws fail to protect domestic violence victims. Federal law and the law in most states, allows domestic abusers and stalkers to easily evade gun prohibitions by purchasing guns from unlicensed, private sellers. Forty-one states do not require all prohibited domestic abusers to relinquish guns they already own.

Check out the full infographic after the jump. 

Everytown, an organization which advocates for gun safety, published this infographic, as well as a report on how the US’s weak gun laws put domestic violence victims at risk. It found that:

Federal law does not ...

The Academic Feminist Presents: Marisa Irabli and Feministing’s Student Series!

Here at Feministing, two of our great loves are academic feminism and young feminists. Now we’re bringing the two together: today’s Academic Feminist column kicks off a series of interviews with students about their college theses or final projects that explore topics related to gender and sexuality. The first interview in our series comes from Marisa Irabli.

Marisa Irabli is a recent Rutgers University and Douglass Residential College graduate (May 2014), having received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with additional concentrations in Women’s and Gender Studies and Women’s Leadership. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts/Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology at Alfred University.

Here at Feministing, two of our great loves are academic feminism and young feminists. Now we’re bringing the two together: today’s Academic Feminist column kicks off a series of interviews with students about their ...

How the value put on two-parent families is dangerous for domestic violence survivors

After studying domestic violence services for a couple years, public health researcher Sara Shoener realized that one of the biggest barriers to survivors safety is the widespread cultural belief that two-parent homes are best–no matter what. She writes the New York Times:

I began my research in 2011, the year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than one-third of American women are assaulted by an intimate partner during their lives. I talked to women in communities that ranged from a small rural mining town to a large global city, in police stations, criminal courts, emergency shelters, job placement centers and custody proceedings. I found that almost all of the women with ...

After studying domestic violence services for a couple years, public health researcher Sara Shoener realized that one of the biggest barriers to survivors safety is the widespread cultural belief that two-parent homes are best–no matter what. ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Who has the right to self-defense?

On the decriminalization of condoms as evidence of prostitution in NYC, and why it really matters.

Lupita Nyong’o is only the 9th black woman to be on the cover of Vogue.

The Obama administration has no plans for leniency for unaccompanied migrant children.

On Sally Ride: “To be first is to relinquish the complicated specifics of your story and become a caricature, a stand-in for the ideals of a movement or for the hope and pain of a moment in history.”

Who has the right to self-defense?

On the decriminalization of condoms as evidence of prostitution in NYC, and why it really matters.

Lupita Nyong’o is only the 9th black woman to be on ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Remembering Freedom Summer.

A woman died in jail while serving a sentence for her kids’ unpaid school fines.

Native victims in Alaskan rural communities lack access to domestic violence shelters.

Hillary Clinton’s perspective on same-sex marriage has shifted, as it has for many Americans.

“Telling girls to ‘cover up’ just as puberty hits teaches them that their bodies are inappropriate, dangerous, violable, subject to constant scrutiny and judgment, including by the adults they trust.”

Remembering Freedom Summer.

A woman died in jail while serving a sentence for her kids’ unpaid school fines.

Native victims in Alaskan rural communities lack access to domestic violence shelters.

Hillary Clinton’s ...

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