· · · · · 

When Words Become Bullets: Elliot Rodger and the Patriarchal Id

Elliot Rodger

Rodger’s actions have a chilling rationality to them in the terms of our gendered society, which makes objects and possessions of women, and rapacious, status-conscious animals of men. Whatever else Rodger’s crimes are, they are not unintelligible; they merely wrote in blood what too many of us hear, see, and say every day.

· · · · · 

Surviving Wedding Season, Testing Rape Kits, and Conservative Fear-Mongering

On this episode of Reality Cast, author Jen Doll walks us through her adventures in the wedding-industrial complex, just in time for wedding season. I also have a segment on the backlog of untested rape kits, and another one on the increasing weirdness of conservative fear-mongering.

· · · · · 

Mass Murderer Elliot Rodger Was More Than a ‘Madman’

Laci Green breaks from her regular lessons in sex education to discuss Elliot Rodger, the mass murderer who shot and killed seven women near a Santa Barbara University campus on May 23, in the context of violent masculinity and misogyny. Green reminds us that misogyny actually kills people, a fact that has been ignored by those mainstream media outlets who have reported on Rodger as a lone, sex-deprived “madman.”

· · · · · 

Beyond the Hashtags: Nigerians Seek Lasting Solution to Boko Haram Insurgency

Spaces for Change, a human rights advocacy group in Nigeria, recently organized a citizens' forum titled #BeyondTheHashtags "to generate a data bank of [citizens'] concerns" about the abduction of hundreds of the nation's girls as well as the "rising insurgency in the northern part of the country."

Spaces for Change, a human rights advocacy group in Nigeria, recently organized a citizens’ forum titled #BeyondTheHashtags “to generate a data bank of [citizens'] concerns” about the abduction of hundreds of the nation’s girls as well as the “rising insurgency in the northern part of the country.”

· · · · · 

Brown University Takes on Sexual Assault… Again

Brown University

Administrators at the Ivy League school are scrambling to deal with negative publicity stemming from the mishandling of a sexual assault case—just as they did in the early ’90s, when the university made promises to improve its practices surrounding cases of sexual assault. It’s been 25 years; has Brown not made any progress?

· · · · · 

School Officials Accused of Covering Up Sex Assaults Appear to Have Resigned or Been Removed

Burch Middle School, which is at the center of the explosive allegations.

A job posting on West Virginia’s Mingo County Board of Education website lists two available positions at Burch Middle School, which is at the center of explosive allegations that school officials conspired to cover up allegations of sexual assault of minors on school grounds and on school buses in order to protect the perpetrators, who were allegedly related to officials at the board of education.

· · · · · 

West Virginia Authorities Allege Conspiracy to Cover Up Middle School Sexual Assaults (Updated)

While this filing seeks civil, not criminal, remedies, arrests are expected to follow.

Authorities in West Virginia have alleged that “multiple” girls at Burch Middle School in Delbarton, in the western part of the state, were sexually abused and assaulted by two male students, and that school authorities threatened and retaliated against the girls when they attempted to pursue punishment for the offenders.

· · · · · 

‘Bring These Girls Back’: Nigerians Criticize Government’s Handling of Boko Haram Insurgency

On Monday, hundreds of women marched in protest to the Lagos state government house to register their displeasure over the seeming inaction of the government to bring back the hundreds of girls who were abducted weeks ago.

On Monday, hundreds of women marched in protest to the Lagos state government house to register their displeasure over the seeming inaction of the government to bring back the hundreds of girls who were abducted weeks ago.

· · · · · 

Advocates Respond to White House Report on College Sexual Assault

This week that activism bore fruit in the form of "Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault."

Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault is just that—an initial step in an ongoing process. But it’s substantial enough to have provoked a considerable response, both positive and negative, from advocates for survivors of sexual assault.

· · · · · 

At UN, Vatican Continues to Claim Limited Jurisdiction on Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests

Vatican officials appeared Monday before the UN Committee on Torture to discuss the sexual abuse of children by priests, claiming the Holy See lacks juridical power to combat the problem on an international basis.

Vatican officials appeared Monday before the United Nations Committee on Torture to discuss the sexual abuse of children by priests, claiming the Holy See lacks juridical power to combat the problem on an international basis.

· · · · ·