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WTF of the Day: How Reporting on Rape Can Actually Perpetuate Rape Culture

We know that reporting on sexual violence can increase awareness of the violence so many of us face. But a  recent report written by Joanna Jolly and released by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center demonstrates that it’s not just whether media reports on sexual violence that matters — it’s how.

We know that reporting on sexual violence can increase awareness of the violence so many of us face. But a  recent report written by Joanna Jolly and released by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center ...

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The Feministing Five: Britt Julious

Britt Julious is a journalist, essayist, and oral storyteller. Her work spans various media, styles, and themes–ranging from music columns to podcasts –featuring original stories from women of color. We were so thrilled to chat with her about her work, hustle, and style for this week’s Feministing Five.

Britt Julious is a journalist, essayist, and oral storyteller. Her work spans various media, styles, and themes–ranging from music columns to podcasts –featuring original stories from women of color. We were so thrilled to chat ...

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May we have this dance? On learning and writing as a trans woman of color

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I don’t find them, but if I do, I flip to the listed pages with newly crossed fingers praying I don’t find something dehumanizing.

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I ...

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On Rolling Stone, lessons from fact-checking, and the limits of journalism

It was as both a feminist and former fact-checker that I watched with rage on Friday as Rolling Stone distanced themselves from the account of a gang rape at UVA they published last month, covering for their own journalistic missteps by throwing Jackie, the rape survivor at the center of the piece, under the bus. And the rage is only growing as many of the journalists now rushing to condemn Rolling Stone are starting to spin a tale of how a “Believe the Victims” mentality got in the way of good journalism in this case.

It was as both a feminist and former fact-checker that I watched with rage on Friday as Rolling Stone distanced themselves from the account of a gang rape at UVA they published last month, ...

Renisha McBride’s killer is convicted — and the AP blames the victim

Yesterday, Theodore Wafer, the man who shot Renisha McBride, was found guilty on all three charge brought against him, including second degree murder. There was no question that Wafer killed McBride, who knocked on his door after surviving a car crash. The defendant claimed, though, that the shooting was self-defense: Wafer insisted he thought McBride, who was not armed, was trying to break into his house because (he claims) she knocked very loudly.

The jury didn’t buy it. Cheering on a prison sentence is always an uncomfortable position, but it’s hard not to take some small amount of comfort when a system can at least recognize one form of overlooked violence, if not its own. ...

Yesterday, Theodore Wafer, the man who shot Renisha McBride, was found guilty on all three charge brought against him, including second degree murder. There was no question that Wafer killed McBride, who knocked ...

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