rape culture
So much of women's media is focused on this idea that we can make other people do something: make him want you, make him never look at other women, make him eat his vegetables, make make make.
victim blaming
Yet another column takes the stand that the key to not getting raped is in not drinking. What's going on?
Because we believe that we’d aggressively defend ourselves when harassed, we tend to look down on those who do not, arguing that people contribute to their own victimization by not being more assertive.
Every time cases like this come up, the comments look pretty much exactly the same. A handful of people are asking why on earth a couple of adults were preying on a young girl, but the majority of the comments are trashing her parents and the girl herself.
Apparently a local church held a conference to “teach girls to respect themselves” in order to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Because this is totally about self-respect.

Sep 5, 2012 at 10:30am | 69 comments

sexual assault
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change,” the judge said. I'm sorry, what?
domestic violence
The American Bar Association notes that one in three murders of women is committed by an intimate partner.
Insisting that victims and survivors are responsible for what happened to them, of course, absolves society of responsibility when it comes to dealing with its rape problem.
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