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

Carrying the Weight Together

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

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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...]

Reign’s Rape Problem

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By Anne Thériault at The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission Trigger warning: rape When I first heard about the CW show Reign, I knew that it was going to be my next guilty pleasure. A young Mary Stuart and her ladies-in-waiting living with Catherine de'Medici in Renaissance France? Yes please. Court intrigue and awkward … [Read more...]

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands with Sexual Assault Prevention Apps

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By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 By now, many schools have kicked into full gear. For freshmen it's a daunting time. Being in college is exciting. It's a place we've all heard about: a place to meet best friends, commit to our studies, and explore passions, old and new. Without a doubt, the beginning of the fall semester can … [Read more...]

Not Just Men: Expanding the Conversation on Sexual Assault

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By Caroline Catlin Originally published on HuffPost College and cross-posted with the author's permission Note: this post contains descriptions and discussion of sexual assault At first, we laughed about it. My friend and I sat at a small table in a crowded coffee shop on campus laughing about my unfortunate night. Another … [Read more...]

Violence against Indigenous Women: Fun, Sexy, and No Big Deal on the Big Screen


By Elissa Washuta This piece originally published on Tumblr and cross-posted with permission The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg on August 17. Her murder has brought about an important conversation about the widespread violence against First … [Read more...]

Rape Culture: What You Can Do To Fight Back

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By Tasha Sanders NEWSFLASH: Rape isn’t funny. It’s not something to be taken lightly. Yet our society perpetuates rape culture all the time. It’s often talked about in such a way that it is trivialized and therefore normalized, so we don’t even bat an eye when popular songs, like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, have lyrics like: … [Read more...]

The Invisible War: Sexual Assault in the Military


By Sayantani DasGupta A female soldier shows the two items she always carries on her body: a cross and a hunting knife. “You always have protection with Jesus,” she says, “but sometimes you need just a little bit more.” Similarly, another female soldier explains, “[My] knife wasn’t for the Iraqis… it was for the guys on my … [Read more...]