The Word Is “Rape”

I recently read a rather horrific story about a teen girl held captive that brought up some serious concerns I have with the way the media covers rape. Take a look at this coverage from the Christian Science Monitor:A teenager held in captivity since early November was found Wednesday in the Missouri home of a 41-year-old man whom she had met online. The story is a chilling reminder to parents and teens that people encountered online are not always who they purport to be. Child safety … [Read more...]


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Matt Walsh, Police Brutality, and Victim Blaming

We often talk about victim blaming as it relates to rape, but victim blaming plays a similar function when it comes to police brutality as well. In both cases, we as a society look for something the victim must have done wrong, some way that they surely must have brought what happened on themselves. In the case of rape, we as a society ask whether they drank too much or send the wrong message through their clothing or behavior? In the case of police brutality, we as a society ask whether they … [Read more...]


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Bill Gothard Explains Road Safety (aka How Not to Get Raped)

Do you remember when that Saudi historian said that western women drive because they don't mind getting raped? He used the danger that occurs when a woman's car breaks down, leaving her open to sexual assault by any passerby, as a rationale for maintaining the Saudi ban on women driving. Well. Watch as this road safety module produced by Bill Gothard's Advanced Training Institute (a program for fundamentalist homeschoolers) takes a weird turn.(I was sent this module via Wende Benner of H … [Read more...]


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“It’s just common sense” versus “Victim blaming”

"All the ad does is point out that drinking leaves you more vulnerable to being raped, and that you can protect yourself by not drinking as much," he told me adamantly."But can't you see that that's victim blaming? The message it sends is 'if you get drunk and get raped, well, it's kind of your fault," I replied with both passion and exasperation."No it doesn't! You have to read that into it! All it says is that not drinking or drinking less can reduce your chance of being raped. And … [Read more...]


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