In this BuzzFeed production, women weigh in on their thoughts and experiences walking down the street at night. The evident fear that is part of a regular—even daily—activity for women sheds light on one of the many differences between the lives of men and women and highlights that inequality is still very much intact. [via BuzzFeed]
A recent Washington Post article put fault for abuse squarely on the shoulders of “women in unhealthy, unsafe relationships [who] often lack the power to demand marriage,” as if the only thing standing between a belt and a bruised baby is a woman who didn’t ask for a ring hard enough.
Is a naked woman “asking for it,” with regards to rape? Slam poet Anna Binkovitz extends upon an argument that clothing can actually ask for something at all, by painting a picture of a world where adults ask for all things using clothing instead of words. The resulting slam poem is hilarious, while drawing attention to the truth through the absurdity of the alternative. [via UpWorthy]
Coaches and sports officials initiate predatory sexual relationships with the teenagers in their care so often that the Pennsylvania General Assembly created a new crime in order to try to address it as specifically as possible.
Five years after Dr. George Tiller’s murder, the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Kelly Baden and MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the persistence of new efforts to roll back reproductive rights. [via MSNBC]
On this episode of Reality Cast, I focus on the Elliot Rodger shooting in California, an act of misogynist violence that was specifically compelled by the killer’s belief that women owed him sex and weren’t giving it up. Josh Glasstetter of the Southern Poverty Law Center discusses Rodger’s online activities.
In the days since I heard about Elliot Rodger’s violent spree, I’ve thought a lot about the meme “not all men”—how telling ourselves that is a requirement for continuing to exist and work in a world that increasingly requires our interactions be public, observable.
Five years after the brutal murder of Dr. George Tiller, our political and legal climate has only made targeted clinic violence more likely.
Now that the Nigerian government claims that the girls have been located, doubt is growing over its ability to successfully extricate them from the clutches of the terrorist group alive, and concerns remain about the fate of the girls. But if Boko Haram makes good on its threat to sell the girls into forced marriage, will it face any consequences for its actions?
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.