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Jul 20 2014

“I’m a strong woman and I don’t need help.”

A common argument against interventions that aim to decrease harassment and violence against women–conference harassment policies, stronger anti-bullying measures on social media, and so on–is made by women and goes something like this: “I’m a strong woman and I don’t need to have my hand held.” Sometimes this is served with a side of “You’re the real …

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Jun 23 2014

Why “Hipster Sexism” Fails

[Content note: sexual harassment & domestic violence] My new post at the Daily Dot is about “hipster sexism/racism” in fashion. It doesn’t surprise me at all when CEOs of major clothing retailers or famous celebrity photographers turn out to be harassing, intimidating, assaulting, or abusing women, because the same thing happens everywhere else: politics, tech companies, sports, evenscience journalism. It …

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Jun 16 2014

Not All Men™ Categorize People Into Unhelpful Categories

[Content note: sexual assault] Let’s talk about Not All Men™, and specifically about the disconnect between people who say “not all men!” and people who maintain that this is a useless thing to say. One bitterly funny and perhaps illuminating meme I’ve seen over the past few weeks goes something like this: You say not all …

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Jun 13 2014

What Is “Survivor Privilege”? I Don’t Know And Neither Does George Will

[Content note: sexual assault] At the Daily Dot, I have an analysis of George Will’s useless Washington Post column and many (but not all) of the ways in which it is wrong: George Will’s misunderstandings about sexual assault are numerous and astoundingly ignorant. He continually uses “sexual assault” in scare quotes as though its very existence is …

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Jun 04 2014

They Have To See It With Their Own Eyes: Men and Violence Against Women

[Content note: gendered violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment] It’s been about a week and a half since Elliot Rodger shot six people and himself in Isla Vista, and the discussions are starting to die down. As they always do, as I knew they would. Plenty of men have authoritatively told me that misogyny is not …

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May 14 2014

Force vs. Nonconsent: The Fight to Redefine Sexual Assault

[Content note: sexual assault] My piece at the Daily Dot today is about efforts to legally define sexual assault. Like all laws, the legal definitions of crimes have changed throughout history in response to social, cultural, scientific, and political forces.Sexual assault especially is a crime that depends on social consensus for its definition. After all, while killing …

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May 13 2014

How the Purity Myth Perpetuates Rape Culture

[Content note: sexual assault, racism] I was thinking about the source of all the problematic ways in which our society views and responds to sexual assault–the victim-blaming, the simplistic construction of “real” victims and “legitimate” rape, the erasure of certain social groups of victims–and I realized that much of it comes down to antiquated views …

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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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