“Make Rape Legal” Dude Plans Worldwide Straight-Guy Meetups, Cancels Them

It’s been widely reported that followers of Daryush Valizadeh, the anti-feminist, homophobic and misogynistic writer behind Return of Kings—who has also advocated for the legalization of rape on private property—would be gathering in secret locations around the globe for a series of meetups. On Wednesday, however, Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V or Roosh Vorek, announced on the Return of Kings […]

Rape: It’s Not About “Miscommunication”

*The author of this piece wishes to remain anonymous. “I was raped many years ago, by someone that at the time I considered a close friend,” I was surprised to hear myself say. I was talking to a group of friends when our conversation drifted to the latest sexual scandal; was it the Rabbi in […]

Domestic Violence Is a Human Rights Issue

I spent more than a decade of my life, nights and days, thinking and writing about violence against women. It all started in the late ‘70s in Lima, Peru. We, the inexperienced but resolute primeval feminists in the group Alimuper (acronym for Alliance for the Liberation of Peruvian Women), had been battling to stop, punish […]

Former Police Officer Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting 13 Black Women

After 45 hours of deliberations, a jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery, for assaulting 13 black women over the course of seven months while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on five counts of first- and second-degree rape, six counts of sexual battery, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]