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SlutWalk Philly Changes Protest Name to ‘A March to End Rape Culture’

Half of the buttons for this year's event say, “End Rape Culture,” while the other half feature the word “slut” in a red-letter design that echoes Philadelphia’s famous Robert Indiana "LOVE" statue.

The organizers of the event, which takes place this year on September 28, have kept SlutWalk “in the background” by referring to themselves as SlutWalk Philly, while calling the event itself “A March to End Rape Culture.”

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‘Abortion Is Like Slavery’ and Other Offensive Anti-Choice Analogies

Why do anti-choicers rely so heavily on bad, offensive analogies that compare reproductive rights to slavery, the Holocaust, and drug addiction?

Why do anti-choicers rely so heavily on bad, offensive analogies that compare reproductive rights to slavery, the Holocaust, and drug addiction? In no small part, it’s because without these inaccurate and offensive analogies, their actual arguments are exposed as weak and petty.

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At Swarthmore and Other Colleges, Students Say Sexual Assault Is a Persistent—and Often Mishandled—Problem

Three months have passed since Swarthmore College introduced a centralized sexual assault and harassment reporting system.

Swarthmore is among a number of colleges and universities that are being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for violating Title IX by creating a “hostile environment” and discouraging students from reporting or pursuing disciplinary action against sexual misconduct.

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West Virginia Sexting Law Likely to Harm Already-Victimized Girls

The outcome of the law is likely to be that girls who are already suffering from a public shaming will be charged with delinquency, all for sending a picture to a boy.

The outcome of the law is likely to be that girls who are already suffering from a public shaming will be charged with delinquency, all for sending a picture to a boy.

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Rape Is Rape: Moving Rape Culture Out of Conversations About Sexual Assault

We all have a role to play in changing the conversation.

Here are some things we can all do to help change the conversation, literally, around sexual assault.

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As Steubenville Rape Trial Opens, Victim-Blaming Begins in Court of Law and Public Opinion

The Supreme Court could decide as early as Thursday whether its next term will include a major abortion-rights case.

Trial starts in the case charging two high school football players with rape, and not surprisingly, the defense is arguing consent.

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An Open Letter to Caribbean Men, From Caribbean Women

The rate of rape in the Caribbean is higher than the global average.

Dear Caribbean men: We do not have to smile for you. We do not have to answer you. We do not have to dance with you. And we do not dress for you.

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In India and Elsewhere, Laws Without Accountability Won’t End Gender Violence or Bring Justice to Its Victims

Bus in New Delhi. (nraja.freeservers.com)

The death from gang rape of a 23-year-old student has turned a spotlight on India’s gender norms. In response, Human Rights Watch has come out with a series of policy recommendations for India. But without effective enforcement, these laws won’t even move the needle on acts of violence against women.

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Legitimate Rape? A Rape Victim and Counselor Reflects on Rape Culture Myths

When Rep. Todd Akin recently brought the phrase “legitimate rape” into political discourse, I was simply stunned. Yet his horrifying and dangerously ignorant assertion is, even after all these years, merely a bald-faced acknowledgment of what our rape culture has allowed to exist: the idea that women are only rarely “rape-raped.” 

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How Governments and Individuals — Meaning Each of Us — Deny the Persistence of Racism and Abuse

I have lately become acutely aware of a depressing trend: the denial of abuse – whether the issue is torture, forced evictions, or garden-variety employment discrimination – amongst those of us who should know better. Of course, we don’t call it denial. We call it “realism.” But the mechanism is the same.

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