Merkel and the Populists

Here we are, Angela Merkel’s response to the right-wing populist threat is to move towards the populist right. The NYT reports this from her speech at the convention of her party, the Christian Democratic Union: In the 80-minute speech, she repeated the same catalog of beliefs in freedom and equal treatment she had made as an …

“Here’s the thing; if your plan was to stop only when I became unresponsive, then you still do not understand.”

Emily Doe, the victim of Brock Turner, wrote – and then read in court –  an incredibly powerful, clear, and moving letter during the sentencing process. Turner, a former Stanford student-athlete, was convicted by jury of a number of accounts relating to rape and sexual assault. He was sentenced to a mere 6 months in …

Beverly Johnson: Bill Cosby Drugged Me.

Top model Beverly Johnson is among the now countless women Bill Cosby lured in with his charismatic superstar persona and then drugged in order to sexually assault them. Her piece for Vanity Fair is a really important read (if you have the stomach for it: she describes the drugging in detail; discusses sexual assault.) Her …

I think women report rapes when we feel we will be believed. The rapes that have been reported, as they have been reported, are the kinds of rapes women think will be believed when we report them. MacKinnon, Catharine “A Rally against Rape (1981)" Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law. Harvard University Press (1987): 81

Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Issues Public Apology

i must admit, when I first read the news, I felt some relief (as a longtime Bright Eyes fan) but I remained cautious, weary. Did the accuser make this statement on her own volition? My mind started constructing ways in which she might have been coerced to come forward with this statement. At the beginning …

New White House Sexual Assault PSA

The White House released a pretty good PSA against sexual assault featuring some preyy big names besides the two top men at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.: Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers, and Steve Carell. I like it when famous men, especially men famous for being “macho,” speak out in this way. We …

catagator: This teen girl’s response to the DFTBA sexual abuse scandal is out of this world and needs to be watched and thought about and discussed. This is a 16-year-old girl. Her video gave me CHILLS.  It’s a great video. Some might find it tough but it’s a must-see. She – Ann/The Geeky Blonde – …