Hollywood, the Sexual Violence Factory

“The statement that the primary function of movies is entertainment is clearly not the end of the question. All entertainment is education in some way, many times more effective than schools because of the appeal to the emotions rather than to the intellect.” — Hortense Powdermaker, Hollywood, the Dream Factory As of this writing, more […]

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

The Supreme Court announced today that it will review a Texas anti-abortion law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion. “Today, my heart is filled with hope,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and president of Whole Woman’s Health, […]

The Institutionalization of Rape on Campus

Editors’ note: We wanted to address the controversy surrounding the op-ed below, and note that we have changed the title and one asterisk-marked sentence in order to more accurately represent the position of the author. We are extremely concerned about the horrors of ISIS’ terrorist campaign of rape, grotesque violence and murder and want to […]

Houston Voters Reject Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

A non-discrimination measure endorsed by President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton failed to garner support from voters in Houston yesterday, winning just 39 percent approval from the city’s electorate. Dubbed Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) by supporters, Prop 1 would have extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBT individuals—protections not yet enshrined in federal law—”in city employment, city services, […]

On Spring Valley High, Police Violence, Rape Culture and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

When video surfaced recently of Deputy Ben Fields assaulting a young black female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, I was still absorbing the details of a disturbing conversation I’d had with young, black, college-age women about rape culture and campus sexual violence. Despite the traumatic experiences relating to sexual assault that they or their […]

Silenced by the Pain of a Tumultuous Life

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. In 2011, I was released from prison after serving more than two decades―I am finally free! However, freedom isn’t free. Every day, in small ways, I am […]

Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence

Domestic violence takes place in up to a staggering 40 percent of law enforcement families, but police departments mostly ignore the problem or let it slide, write ex-police wife Susanna Hope and award-winning investigative journalist Alex Roslin in their new book, Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence. The following excerpt is adapted […]

Pregnant Behind Bars: How Expectant Mothers’ Lives are Under Threat

Imagine being pregnant and hungry. Always hungry. Now imagine being hungry and locked in a room, unable to access food, for eight to 12 hours. Imagine opening a carton of milk and being hit in the face with a rancid smell that makes your stomach turn. Now imagine that that is the only carton of […]

Listening to Domestic Violence Through a Wall

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. “Bitch, I’m gonna kill you!” he yelled, so loudly that it woke us up in the apartment next door. There were no more words after that. The […]

An Evening in May

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. In the midst of an argument, I see the glass fly through the air at 24 frames a second. While sitting on our bed, my vision slows, […]