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Category Archive: social justice

May 05 2014

On Women Who Lie About Having Boyfriends

[Content note: sexual harassment and assault] Lately one of those articles has been going around again about how women should stop saying “I have a boyfriend” to deflect unwanted male attention. I’m not going to link to it, because I don’t want to make my entire post about that one article. I’ve seen that argument …

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May 04 2014

A Review of the White House’s Report on Campus Sexual Violence

[Content note: sexual assault] I wasn’t really paying much attention to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault because I think that that kind of stuff makes a lot less of a difference than good old-fashioned grassroots activism, but I did pay attention when RAINN, an organization that I otherwise really …

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Apr 26 2014

How Young Girls Internalize Rape Culture as “Normal”

[Content note: sexual assault and harassment] My newest post at the Daily Dot is about a study showing how normalized sexual violence is for young women: They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s okay, I mean…I never think it’s a big thing …

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Apr 26 2014

On Demanding Solutions To Social Problems

One of the most frustrating and most understandable responses I encounter in the course of activism goes something like this: “Okay I get that this is a problem but what am I supposed to do about it? Should I decline a job that I supposedly got because of my privilege? What are your policy prescriptions? …

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Apr 22 2014

Individualized Feminism

Public scrutiny of individual women’s choices is a spectator sport in our society. Women’s aesthetic, sartorial, professional, parental, sexual, social, and health decisions are debated passionately whether these women are entertainers, politicians, business executives, relatives, neighbors, or fellow PTA moms. These decisions are presumed to reflect strongly on who these women are as mothers, daughters, …

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Apr 20 2014

“You Would Call It Rape”: Sexual Assault in China Mieville’s “Perdido Street Station”

Cover of Perdido Street Station

[Content note: rape, torture; spoilers for Perdido Street Station] After reading almost nothing but nonfiction for years, I finally decided to check out China Mieville’s work and have developed a bit of an obsession. As in, five books of his in a row in the past few weeks. Mieville has a talent for incorporating contemporary social …

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Apr 10 2014

18 Things Mark Saunders Seems To Not Understand (Because, Male Privilege)

I have a response up at the Daily Dot to the latest ridiculous assertion that “female privilege” exists: Mark Saunders’ recent Thought Catalog piece, “18 Things Females Seem To Not Understand (Because, Female Privilege),” announces its ignorance right from the title. The only people who still call women “females” are scientists, sexists, and Ferengi. (I …

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Apr 01 2014

I Admit It: I Was Wrong About My Sexual Orientation

On this day when so many straight people are finally realizing that they are actually queer and reaping the resulting “wow dude seriously”‘s and “LMAO”‘s and “ewww”‘s on their Facebook statuses, I have had the opposite realization: I’m straight. Yes, straight dudes who scoffed whenever I came out to you and asked how I could …

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Mar 28 2014

Disagreeing Without Delegitimizing: On That Racist Colbert Tweet and Reactions Thereto

Screenshot via Suey Park

[Content note: racist language, sexual harassment] It has all the makings of a social media firestorm: at some point last week, Stephen Colbert made a joke on his show in which he implicitly criticized Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for refusing to change the team’s racist name. The @ColbertReport Twitter account tweeted part of the …

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Mar 25 2014

It’s Okay to Lean Out of Silicon Valley

I have another Daily Dot article. This one’s about the the guy who wrote an article saying he doesn’t want his daughter to work in Silicon Valley. I talked about why he’s probably taking it too far but also why the counterargument–demanding that women sacrifice themselves to make sexism go away–is misguided. Excerpt: Arguably, you …

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