Police Kill Black Women All The Time, Too — We Just Don’t Hear About It

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Reprinted from Bustle with permission  Protestors in New York flooded the streets last week, toting signs that blazed with images and phrases about cruel injustice. Just a week after similar events in Ferguson, a grand jury ruled that Daniel Pantaleo–the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner, a 44-year-old, black, Staten Island man, in a chokehold that led to Garner’s […]

We Don’t Need to Prove “Jackie’s” Story

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TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault By now, most people will have read, or at least heard of, the Rolling Stone article that details the alleged gang rape of Jackie, a first-year student at the University of Virginia (UVA). The day I read her story, my reaction was similar to that of my female friends: […]

Dear Governor of Virginia: Please Protect College Women

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Ms. audiences by now have likely read the Nov. 19 article by the now-embattled Rolling Stone that drew attention to the alleged mishandling of rape cases at the University of Virginia. Some Ms. readers also may have followed the outpouring of outrage against the university on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. As professors in other Virginia institutions […]

How Do YOU Respond to Street Harassment? Here Are Some Suggestions

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Earlier this month, thousands of people in Berlin held a vigil for Tugce Albayrak, a 23-year-old student who died at the hands of a street harasser. Albayrak bravely intervened when she witnessed a group of men harassing two teenage girls on November 15. In retaliation, one of the young men, an 18-year-old, turned on her, […]

What Don’t We Get After 25 Years and 14 Dead?

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I almost quit feminism this week. Seriously. I plummeted into despair over the mélange of hate that allows batterers like Ray Rice to return to the NFL, cops to kill with impunity and universities to give a pass to rapists. My intersectionality nerves were frayed by this host of racist, misogynist traumas. Feminism cannot make […]

Taming the Law Enforcement Beast: What’s Changed Since Ferguson

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Today in New York, a grand jury voted not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold (a tactic that’s banned by the NYPD). The decision comes less than two weeks after a Missouri grand jury made the same […]

California Moves to End Rape Kit Backlog

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TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT When someone is raped and wants the perpetrator caught and prosecuted, it’s essential that the victim provide forensic evidence of the assault to law enforcement. A “rape kit” is the collection of biological evidence that can lead to an identification of the perpetrator’s DNA. But tragically, rape kits are […]

The Silence Behind Rape and Sexual Assault: A Response to Victim Shaming

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Most rape and sexual assault cases go unreported largely due to three factors: shame, guilt and fear. I am saddened that we are constantly asked to explain and defend ourselves, but hopefully the discussion will lead to a more enlightened outlook on what actually mutes sexual assault. The latest surge of victim shaming against Bill […]

The Woman Who’s Making a Difference for Pregnant Workers

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When Peggy Young became pregnant in 2006, she needed her job’s health benefits at UPS the most. But instead of being given a new light-duty job or offered the chance to continue her regular job so long as she didn’t lift anything heavier than 20 pounds, Young was forced out of work. For the last six […]

Ferguson: “A Grave Injustice”

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The following is the statement of Eleanor Smeal, founder and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation: The Feminist Majority Foundation is outraged at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. This should have been a public trial. Wilson should have been charged immediately after the shooting of Michael Brown, who was shot at least six […]