Posts Tagged Gender-Based Violence

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A tipping point on gender-based violence in South Africa?

A number of recent articles have suggested that February 2013 will go down in history as the month when South Africa finally began an earnest fight against epidemic intimate partner and gender-based violence. Femicide is no rare occurrence in the country, but in the last three weeks two particularly brutal, high-profile murders have captured media attention and galvanized activists.

The two late victims, Reeva Steenkamp and Anene Booysen, represent two very different parts of South African society: Steenkamp was a white model and law school graduate famously attached to a beloved Olympic athlete; 17-year-old Booysen was black, and few had heard her name while she was still alive.

The proximity of their murders—Steenkamp posted a ...

A number of recent articles have suggested that February 2013 will go down in history as the month when South Africa finally began an earnest fight against epidemic intimate partner and ...

Quick Hit: Lidia Yuknavitch on the pervasiveness of male violence

*Trigger warning*

Lidia Yuknavitch, whose wonderful new book I just finished reading (review forthcoming), has a must-read piece at The Rumpus on how women “travel through male violence like it’s part of what living a life means.” It begins:

In a bar, with friends, listening to a man I’ve admired for years saying this: “Enough with the sob stories, ladies. We get it. If I hear one more story about some fucked up sad violent shit that happened to you, I’m going to walk. You win! You win the sad shit happened to me award! On behalf of my gender, I decree: We suck!” Laughter. The clinking of glasses. Again the secret crack in my heart. Stop telling.

The first time ...

*Trigger warning*

Lidia Yuknavitch, whose wonderful new book I just finished reading (review forthcoming), has a must-read piece at The Rumpus on how women “travel through male violence like it’s part of what living a life ...

#140reasonsdvisnotajoke

To many a decent human being’s great disappointment, #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend became a top trending topic on Twitter over the weekend. In response, here are 140 reasons to never treat domestic violence as a 140 character joke. All of these people have been killed by an intimate partner or family member.

Please feel free to tweet this out so we can counter this disturbing trend with the hashtag: #140reasonsdvisnotajoke.

Francine Hill
Anita Ross
Lori Ann Behr
Elaina Meachum
Colleen Buckley
Magdaline George
Ruth Munden
Julie Everson
May Young
Melinda Neumann

To many a decent human being’s great disappointment, #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend became a top trending topic on Twitter over the weekend. In response, here are 140 reasons to never treat domestic violence as a 140 character joke. All of ...

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