Tag Archives: victim-blaming

Steubenville text messages and the confusion over consent

TweetI was on Democracy Now! this morning to talk about rape culture, Steubenville, and consent. Check out the segment below. The first two days of testimony in the Steubenville rape trial are proof positive that we need to teach young people about consent. The testimony about the text messages the defendants sent and received that [...]
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Weekly Feminist GIF

TweetWHEN A DEFENSE ATTORNEY TRIES TO ARGUE THAT AN UNCONSCIOUS RAPE VICTIM CONSENTED BECAUSE “SHE DIDN’T AFFIRMATIVELY SAY NO.” Tweet
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The radical potential and great disappointment of school sexual misconduct boards

TweetIn a development that surprised exactly no one who has been following the recent stories of mishandled sexual violence reports at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has agreed to investigate the school’s policies and practices. The investigation is prompted by a complaint filed in [...]
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This is what piling on Rihanna looks like

TweetWhen Ann Friedman recently wrote a great piece about the risk in piling on Rihanna for reconciling with Chris Brown, I nodded along, despite my own personal feelings about the case.  It’s really hard to simultaneously advocate for survivors of violence and encourage women to leave, when Rihanna and Chris Brown’s reconciliation is so high [...]
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Telling women to get a gun is not rape prevention

TweetTrigger Warning On Tuesday night, I appeared on Hannity in a segment framed around the idea that giving women guns is the solution to ending rape.  I was on with Independent Women’s Forum’s Gayle Trotter who recently made the point that women need guns for self defense from rape and gun violence prevention is infringing [...]
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