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...]

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...]

Street Harassment: Is “Turning the Tables” Really the Answer?

By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Friends emailed me the link, allies posted and praised it on Twitter, and my Facebook newsfeed was overtaken by it. Just before this year’s international anti-street harassment week came to a close, the Guardian online posted a video, "‘Get your arse out, mate’: we turn the tables on everyday … [Read more...]

Female Boxing: Changing the Conversation about Women and Violence

By Lil Manger and Jenna Pettinato at Nellie’s Women’s Shelter in Toronto, Canada Imagine this: you settle in at home on any given evening to relax in front of the television. You microwave some popcorn, rearrange the cushions on the sofa, and reach for the remote. The first image you see is of a woman, or whatever remains of … [Read more...]

Disfigurement: Isolating ‘Imperfect’ Bodies

Originally published at Women’s Web. Cross-posted with permission. By Shirin Juwaley Having a facial disfigurement, according to me, is an advantage! It has sieved out the people in my life as only the significant remain. In the 13 years of surviving an acid attack by my ex-husband, I have come across all sorts of attitudes … [Read more...]

A “Monster” Success!

By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor It’s official folks, and you heard it here first: MTV and VH1 will not air Kanye West’s “Monster” video. Jeannie Kedas of MTV Networks, which also controls VH1, has recently confirmed that neither channel “has plans to air the video.” Kedas cited MTV’s voluntary standards department as a guiding … [Read more...]

Prevent Official Release of Kanye West’s Women-Hating Video

Petition by Sharon Haywood and Melinda Tankard Reist HipHopConnection.com has leaked a video teaser for the Kanye West hit song "Monster" and what we've seen is beyond disturbing. In just 30 seconds, viewers take in image after image of eroticized violence against women: Dead women, clad in lingerie, hang by chains around … [Read more...]

M.A.C. Cosmetics Want You to Look Like Death

by Pia Guerrero, Co-editor and Co-founder It’s a given that marketers use violence and sex to sell everything from cars to music, but make-up? M.A.C.’s fall/winter collection, “Juarez”, named after the Mexican city notorious for decades of rampant rape and murder of women and girls, is doing just that. It's important to note … [Read more...]