Posts Tagged Violence Against Women

New report claims that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may not have committed suicide

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may not have committed suicide after all.  Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell last month after being sent to prison for life after holding three women hostage for nearly a decade.

Via ABC News:

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide, and two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of him in the hours before he died, the state said Thursday.

Castro’s pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found, leading the state to forward those facts to the state highway patrol to consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, according to the report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The ...

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may not have committed suicide after all.  Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell last month after being sent to prison for life after holding three women hostage for nearly a decade.

Via ...

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 ...

We have a long way to go for transgender liberation

We’ve seen important action on trans rights and challenging bigotry against trans folks in recent years. But the past week or so has been a sobering reminder for me of how much work still needs to be done to get the broader population to treat trans women like people.

I’ve spent years now trying to get the media to cover stories of trans folks with respect, to at least get names and pronouns right, and I am by no means alone in this work. So the media reaction to Chelsea Manning’s very straightforward announcement of her name and pronouns was heartbreaking. After so many years of this being explained to mainstream media, when the big media organizations already ...

We’ve seen important action on trans rights and challenging bigotry against trans folks in recent years. But the past week or so has been a sobering reminder for me of how much work still needs ...

Finally! A Republican video game lets you to slap Hillary Clinton in the face

Proving that Republicans are (justifiably) scared shitless about a potential Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run, a Republican anti-Clinton Super PAC brings you a game where you are encouraged to slap the former Secretary of State (who has not even announced that she’s running) across the face. But before getting to the game, let’s discuss the Super PAC, whose treasurer is Christopher M. Marston, a former member of the Bush administration and a Republican campaign finance consultant. The Super PAC is called The Hillary Project  and rocks the catchy motto “The Only Thing Standing Between Hillary and the White House.” I’ve provided a screenshot, so you can appreciate the artwork; the urgency of the red and the spookiness ...
Proving that Republicans are (justifiably) scared shitless about a potential Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run, a Republican anti-Clinton Super PAC brings you a game where you are encouraged to slap the former Secretary of State (who ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

The feminist “Blurred Lines” remakes continue: “No way to know I want it unless I say I want it.” (Potentially NSFW, depending your W)

We pardon Spitzer, but not sex workers.

Yesterday, “Guero,” a California prisoner held in solitary confinement, died. According to friends he was “strong, was a good person, a good soldier.” Reports regarding his participation (or lack thereof) in the current hunger strike vary.

Why do all pop culture heroines look the same?

Police officers won’t allow food delivery to the Dream Defenders.

RH Reality Check talks to male clinic escorts.

Real women don’t wear jeans?

In case you needed a financial reason to fight ...

The feminist “Blurred Lines” remakes continue: “No way to know I want it unless I say I want it.” (Potentially NSFW, depending your W)

We pardon Spitzer, but not sex workers.

Yesterday, “Guero,” a ...

Violence against women is a global “epidemic”

The World Health Organization has declared violence against women an epidemic global health problem. They base this on the fact that one in three woman has faced sexual or intimate partner violence. Think Progress reports:

“After analyzing the mental, sexual, reproductive, and physical health consequences faced by victims of violence, the report characterized this issue as a global health epidemic.

…The report focused on health consequences of violence against women, finding that victims of intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence were twice as likely to face depression and almost twice as likely to develop alcohol use disorders. They are also more likely to have low birth-weight babies and to contract sexually transmitted infections, and 42 percent of them suffer ...

The World Health Organization has declared violence against women an epidemic global health problem. They base this on the fact that one in three woman has faced sexual or intimate partner violence. Think Progress reports:

“After ...

Defining violence, contextualizing military sexual trauma

Which forms of violence are the U.S. military willing to recognize? An Air Force veteran and survivor of military sexual trauma (MST) has raised the question in an interview with USA Today.  Twenty years ago, an airman raped recent enlistee Lisa Wilken in her dorm room. When she reported the assault, though, military prosecutors discouraged her from pursuing a case against her assailant because, as they said, the attack hadn’t been “violent enough.”

Restricting the definition of violence is a powerful weapon of the violent. Within an honest discussion of harm and coercion, the violence of sexual assault–regardless of the physical specifics–is indisputable. Yet the ability to declare authoritatively which forms of injury deserve the label allows the military ...

Which forms of violence are the U.S. military willing to recognize? An Air Force veteran and survivor of military sexual trauma (MST) has raised the question in an interview with USA Today.  Twenty years ago, ...

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