Rape or “Bondage Session Gone Haywire”? Rape Apologists Speculate.

by Cara July 20, 2011

Trigger Warning on post and links for graphic descriptions of sexual violence against sex workers, including sexual torture; rape apologism This past April, a woman who was doing sex work was picked up by one John Hauff and driven to his home to engage in a pre-negotiated sexual encounter. Hauff requested some bondage elements in [...]

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Canadian Court Overturns Ruling that Rape Victim Must Remove Niqab to Testify

by Cara October 15, 2010

In Canada in 2007, a woman who has been identified in the press as N.S. accused her uncle and cousin of molesting her as a child. The case was taken to a preliminary hearing, where N.S., a Muslim woman, was ordered to remove her niqab — a face veil that leaves the eyes visible — [...]

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Age Old Victim-Blaming Myths Win Court Case for Girls Gone Wild

by Cara July 24, 2010

Trigger Warning for descriptions of sexual assault and explicit victim-blaming and sexual assault apologism. Earlier this week, a jury ruled against a woman who sued the Girls Gone Wild franchise on the grounds that they damaged her reputation when they included footage of her being forcibly disrobed in one of their DVDs (h/t). The woman, [...]

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How Not to Critique Anti-Rape Campaigns

by Cara June 3, 2010

I’ve been known to critique quite a few government media campaigns against sexual and domestic violence. Usually, such critiques are incited by a focus on potential victims rather than perpetrators, which tells women it is their responsibility to keep themselves from being raped. And sometimes, anti-violence campaigns that are directed at men really just seem [...]

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N.J. Police Allegedly Harass Trans Woman Based on Gender Identity

by Cara March 2, 2010

Trigger Warning for discussions of police harassment and violence against trans* people. The New Jersey police department is being sued after two Newark officers allegedly harassed a trans woman on the basis of her gender identity. Diana Taylor of Newark said two officers steered their cruiser into her path as she walked down a street [...]

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13-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide After Classmates Spread Nude Photos

by Cara December 2, 2009

Trigger Warning for discussions of suicide, descriptions of non-consensual sexual conduct, victim-blaming and slut-shaming The Tampa Bay St. Petersburg Times has printed the truly gut-wrenching, tragic story of a 13-year-old girl named Hope Witsell, who committed suicide after a photograph of her breasts, which she sent to a boy’s cell phone, was forwarded all over [...]

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A Quick Note on Misogynistic Body Standards

by Cara May 19, 2009

I know way, way, way better than to waste my time analyzing tabloid magazines.  Which is why I pretty much never do it, and I’m not going to bother saying much very now.  Because of course, we pretty much see the same shit above every fucking year around this time. But I saw this magazine [...]

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Abstinence Counselor Charged With Sexual Assault of Student

by Cara May 15, 2009

A man who counsels teens on how to remain sexually abstinent has been arrested and charged with sexual assault (from further descriptions, seemingly rape) of one of his “students”: The girl told officers that Hoheb sexually assaulted her in his car in the parking lot of a Trumbull gym where he had stopped while driving [...]

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Missing the Point on Teen “Sexting” Cases

by Cara April 9, 2009

You’ve probably seen a lot of media coverage lately around the phenomenon of teenagers sending nude or otherwise sexual pictures of themselves to each other, and the fact that a lot of parents, and more notably law enforcement officials, are really freaking out about it. It wasn’t so long ago that I wrote about an [...]

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Rolling Stone Subscription = Cancelled

by Cara March 24, 2009

I said a few weeks ago that I was planning to cancel my subscription to Rolling Stone magazine, due to their repeated misogyny and other prejudice. Well, I hadn’t yet gotten around to it.  But then, this issue just landed in my mailbox: The subscription to “random misogyny mag,” as my husband just called it, [...]

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