Some California lawmakers want to make sure that students learn about sexual assault before they graduate high school. At the least, affirmative-consent education can be a good catalyst for making people think about the way rape culture permeates our daily lives.
The NFL and its teams seem to have no real plan to combat violence against women or enforce consequences against players who commit it.
Laci Green of MTV Braless details the history and stereotypes that plague rape victims and how those stereotypes often keep rapists from being convicted.
Media critic Anita Sarkeesian has been a target for online harassment for years, and it still continues today. Because of the constant death threats and insults, Sarkeesian fears going to public events, or even answering her own email. In her “What I Couldn’t Say” speech, Sarkeesian lists the ways online harassment has stopped her from expressing her emotions to the public and how deep down she is furious that such harassment is tolerated in social media.
On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte chats with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, creator of the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” art project, about her recent work in Mexico City, where she was joined by Fusion editor Anna Holmes. In another segment, Marcotte looks at the claim that the movie Frozen oppresses men.
Illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Fusion’s Anna Holmes traveled to Mexico City to “amplify the voices of Mexican women who are challenging the ways in which their communities turn a blind eye to harassment and violence against women.” [via Fusion]
Even when rapists in the military are convicted and sentenced, a loophole in the criminal justice system can leave them free to attack again.
Three Muslim students—Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha—were killed by gunman Craig Stephen Hicks in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Though the police claimed the dispute was over a parking space, Yusor and Razan’s father called the incident a hate crime. [via Democracy Now!]
Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security say they turned up no evidence of what they call “inappropriate sexual relationships” between detention officers and women detained in a privately operated family immigration detention facility in Texas, according to a report released Friday.