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New Indian ad turns the spotlight on leering men

I love this simple and effective video. Created by a film school in India to mark the one year anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that sparked international attention around rape culture in the country, the ad shows men leering at women in the street. The lyrics of the song say in Hindi, “Look how you look when you’re looking at me.” And as the men gradually realize when forced to look at their own gazes in the mirror,  the answer is: really effing creepy. 

I love this simple and effective video. Created by a film school in India to mark the one year anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that sparked international attention around rape culture in the ...

India criminalizes gay sex, again

 

In a shocking decision, India’s supreme court overturned a ruling from a lower court that decriminalized “homosexual acts.” This ruling reenacts sodomy laws that make it a crime for consenting adults to engage in “intercourse against the order of nature.” My interpretation of this is: no sex that doesn’t involve vaginal penetration with a penis. Obviously this is extremely heteronormative; and according to NPR, the law–Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which isn’t often used for prosecution–is often used to target and harass LGBTQ people. Breaking this law is punishable by 10 years in prison.

 

In a shocking decision, India’s supreme court overturned a ruling from a lower court that decriminalized “homosexual acts.” This ruling reenacts sodomy laws that make it a crime for consenting adults ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

By Katie and Juliana

One pharmacist responds to rape and violence against women in India by creating a self-defense ring, which releases a chemical that causes a debilitating burning sensation.

Depressingly not surprisingly, women, especially women of color, remain underpaid.

Coincidentally, on a totally related note, a survey reveals that only 57% of women (compared to 65% of men) feel that their salary was a fair reflection of their position and responsibility.

Violence against women correlates to economic, historical and structural issues and not some innate cultural predisposition. Sorry, racists.

Meet Saudi Arabia’s first female film director.

Does more porn-viewing make people less supportive of affirmative action?

Abortion is NOT like slavery. Or the Holocaust.

HBO’s ...

By Katie and Juliana

One pharmacist responds to rape and violence against women in India by creating a self-defense ring, which releases a chemical that causes a debilitating burning sensation.

Depressingly not surprisingly, women, especially women ...

Delhi gang rapists sentenced to death

Four of the men charged with committing the gang rape that horrified the world late last year have been sentenced to death. The ABC reports:

Three days after finding them guilty, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell into the “rarest of rare category”, which justified capital punishment.

“In these times when crimes against women are on the rise, courts cannot turn a blind eye to this gruesome act,” he announced on Friday, adding in his written statement that the “ghastly” crime had “shocked the collective conscience”.

Signing his judgement, he broke the nib of his pen – a custom of judges to convey their hope that such extreme punishments will not be necessary in ...

Four of the men charged with committing the gang rape that horrified the world late last year have been sentenced to death. The ABC reports:

Three days after finding them guilty, Judge Yogesh Khanna ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The best Royal Baby newspaper front page.

Katie on why the Royal Baby should have been a girl.

What you need to know about military sexual trauma.

SURJ has released a Justice for Trayvon Martin activist toolkit for white people.

Dreamers take a huge risk to return home.

“Why I support the #BringThemHome campaign.”

Eve Ensler was wrong.

On forced sterilization in India and horror films.

USC and Dartmouth are both being investigated by the Department of Ed for mishandling sexual violence.

The War on Drugs is really the War on Blacks.

Who is the Saddest Girl in music?

Good job, team. Let’s gender losing ...

The best Royal Baby newspaper front page.

Katie on why the Royal Baby should have been a girl.

What you need to know about military sexual trauma.

SURJ has released a Justice for ...

Can an app stop rapes in India?

*Trigger warning*

It’s been another week of protests in India as the rape of a 5-year old girl is investigated. To suggest, “rape is an epidemic” would be an unjust reduction of the very complex, harrowing and difficult situation faced by sexual assault survivors and their allies in India — as they work against a system that does not have concrete legal pathways to bring perpetrators to justice and a culture that has normalized rape.

On the heels of these high profile, violent rapes in India — the PM of India, Manmohan Singh, has reiterated that women must be protected and it’s of growing concern to the country the “safety of women.” But, suggesting we protect women is a logic that ...

*Trigger warning*

It’s been another week of protests in India as the rape of a 5-year old girl is investigated. To suggest, “rape is an epidemic” would be an unjust reduction of the very complex, harrowing and ...

Potts

Weekly Feminist Reader

Three teens have been arrested for raping Audrie Potts, who killed herself in September. Check back in for more on Potts tomorrow from Maya.

Janet Mock is the Racialicious Crush of the Week!

Girls — and later women — decide not to run for office because they don’t want to be unlikeable, not because they are lacking leadership qualities.

Swiss bank punks men on “Equal Pay Day.”

Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous on “accidental” racism.

The Canadian police have reopened Rehtaeh Parsons’ rape case in the wake of her suicide. And Parsons’ dad demands change in a heartbreaking essay.

India’s anti-rape movement: redefining solidarity outside the colonial frame.

Despite protests of his “violently misogynistic ...

Three teens have been arrested for raping Audrie Potts, who killed herself in September. Check back in for more on Potts tomorrow from Maya.

Janet Mock is the Racialicious Crush of the Week!

The International Violence Against Women Act: coming soon to a Congress near you

Congress finally passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in February, despite massive opposition from House Republicans; and President Obama signed it into law in March. But the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) has yet to be passed. It is expected to be re-introduced in Congress in the next couple of weeks. But will it pass? And what does it do? To find out I called into a phone conference with three women working to raise awareness about I-VAWA: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, who is helping spearhead passage of the bill, Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, and Rupsa Mallik, of CREA, a ...

Congress finally passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in February, despite massive opposition from House Republicans; and President Obama signed it into law in March. But the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) has ...

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