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 […]

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 […]

What Bill Cosby and the University of Virginia Can Teach Us

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As accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby mount, students, faculty and staff of the University of Virginia, meanwhile, are adding their names to a petition addressed to the college’s president, demanding that campus organizations be held accountable for sexual violence. Both cases have gained a significant amount of media attention recently for allegations that […]

We Need to Talk About Sexual Violence

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Reprinted with permission from Old Gold & Black TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the content in this column may contain triggers for individuals who have experienced various forms of sexual assault. Read at your own discretion. Rape has become normalized in college culture. It’s normal to wake up in a fellow student’s bed and not remember […]

Why I Created Bye Felipe

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I created the Instagram account @byefelipe three weeks ago in order to compile harassing and hostile messages men send to women after being rejected or ignored. Since creating Bye Felipe, it has become apparent that a standard trajectory of discourse with men online is this: Man hits on woman, woman rejects or ignores him, man […]

Federal Judge Faces Wife-Beating Charges; Refuses to Step Down

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A federal judge in Alabama was arrested in August after his wife called 911 to report domestic violence. On the 911 tape, Kelli Fuller, wife of Judge Mark Fuller, says, “Help me, please. Please help me. He’s beating on me,” while the sounds of one person striking another can be heard in the background. Judge […]

The Women in This Room

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I am not like the women in this room. There are hundreds of them, plastered to the walls of the Korean Cultural Center in the mid-city neighborhood of Los Angeles. Some are as large as ostrich eggs; others are petite and demure. They announce themselves in shimmering metallics and matte pastels; uneven clumps of glitter […]