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 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...]

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...]

Reign’s Rape Problem

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...]

Maroon 5’s “Animals”—How Cultural Stereotypes Mask the Message

By Allison Epstein It would take some searching to find an American with a radio who hasn't heard a song or two off V, Maroon 5's latest album. It's packed with the kind of earworm tracks that wiggle into your head and refuse to leave. Full disclosure: "Maps" has been stuck in my head since about mid-August. But with the release … [Read more...]

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands with Sexual Assault Prevention Apps

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

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...]

Yes, All Little Girls Live in the Threat of Sexual Violence

By Pia Guerrero I lived on a tree-lined street, had a dog and a cat that I liked to put bows and hats on, and walked to my local elementary school a block away. I liked to walk to the beach holding my mom’s hand. Most of all, I loved to bike ride around the block stopping at the local store for a Klondike bar.  After school I … [Read more...]