Jasmine and Brock: A Tale of Two Convictions Against Body Autonomy

By Vanessa Leigh Content Warning: This article discusses sexual assault, police brutality, and violent hate crimes. Convicted Rapist Brock Turner You’ve probably heard of Brock Turner by now. On January 18, 2015, Carl-Frederik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, two Swedish students attending Stanford University, were riding their bikes … [Read more...]

Consensual Rape? A Feminist’s Story of Violence, Love, and Sexual Empowerment

By Birdie McNeill, guest edited by pajarolibre (PJ) Content Warning: This piece discusses sex, kink, and consensual violence, which may be triggering to some readers. “He held my hands above my head.” “Like this?” my partner said, grabbing my wrists. “Yes. I remember trying to crawl out from under him, but I was drunk … [Read more...]

5 Ways Sex Ed Promotes Shame

By Birdie McNeill Wouldn’t it be great if sex education helped students feel comfortable and informed when they (eventually) pursued healthy, sexual relationships? Unfortunately, sex education in the US often does the opposite, ignoring the most essential safety information and promoting a sense of shame around body, gender, and … [Read more...]

On Privilege, Power, and Survivor Narratives

By Kira Rakova When Sony announced that they might be dropping Dr.Luke following Kesha’s allegations against him, I was ecstatic.  Despite the fact that Kesha had previously lost in the Sony contract case, Sony’s potential decision to drop Dr. Luke seems to be indicative of the fact that Kesha might get justice after all. Given … [Read more...]

Men of Few Words: Untold Stories of Sexual Violence

By Birdie McNeill CW: This article includes personal stories of sexual violence and contains explicit language. Rape, sexual violence, sexual assault, consent violation, sexual harassment. When we hear these terms, many automatically picture a small young woman fending off some sexually aggressive man. This paradigm leaves … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round UP!

  A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News Indian Country Today Media Network reports that Gyasi Ross has a new track called White Privilege 3 available for free right now on Soundcloud. It’s a response to another Seattle hip hop artist, Mackelmore - who released the controversial, White Privilege … [Read more...]

The Problem With Consent

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece contains discussions of sexual assault and common victim-blaming allegations. Consent. We try to encourage it, require it, make it sexy and cool and fun. But the problem with our cultural outlook on consensual sex goes much deeper than we like to think about. In our legal … [Read more...]

Carrying My Weight With Emma Sulkowicz

By Maria Hanophy, Intern 2015 Trigger warning: This piece discusses issues around sexual assault. Last September, Emma Sulkowicz, a student at Columbia University in New York, began her senior thesis, Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight. As a victim of campus sexual assault, Emma decided that she would carry her mattress, … [Read more...]

Guess What, Ladies: Phyllis Schlafly Thinks You Shouldn’t Go to College

By Emma Cueto for Bustle, cross-posted with permission There are certain things in life you can count on — January is terrible, kittens are phenomenal, and any time Phyllis Schlafly is in the news, you're going to want to tear your hair out. Recently, Phyllis Schlafly has declared women should stop going to college, and that … [Read more...]

Cross-Country: On Feeling Safe

By Hayley Krischer for The Toast, cross-posted with permission Editor's Note: This piece discusses instances of sexual assault and sexual violence that may be triggering for some readers. I traveled across country just before cell phones were widely available. My cousin in Baltimore had a cell phone, so my father instructed me … [Read more...]