The Second Wave of Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism

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In the past two years, anti-rape activists have put campus sexual assault on the national policy agenda—but in recent months, the backlash against these efforts has intensified. A band of political conservatives are now openly challenging the existence of the campus rape epidemic and denigrating survivors, including talk show hosts Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham, columnists George […]

A Brief History of Sexual Violence Activism in the U.S.

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In the past year, survivor-activists and allies have effectively put sexual violence on the national agenda, spurring White House, congressional, and state-level policy action. Movement leaders have worked tirelessly to make this happen, namely, Wendy Murphy, Alexandra Brodsky, Wagatwe Wanjuki, Annie E. Clark, Laura Dunn, Andrea Pino, S. Daniel Carter, and Dana Bolger. These leaders have created awareness and momentum through hands-on survivor assistance, lobbying, petitions and the creation of new […]

Pro-Choice Battleground Shifts from New Orleans to Jackson

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Activists who spent the last week defending abortion clinics, doctors and patients against anti-choice extremists in New Orleans have moved onto the next reproductive rights battleground: Jackson, Miss. There are currently defending the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in the state, and were a presence at the courthouse Monday where the trials of  several […]

Pro-Choice Activists Hold Their Ground in New Orleans

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The battle between pro-choice activists and abortion opponents rages on in the Big Easy. Anti-choice extremists have descended on the city this week, protesting at women’s health clinics and outside of abortion doctors’ homes. On Thursday, in a peaceful response to the harassment and intimidation they’ve faced from extremist group Operation Save America, about 100 activists […]

“We Ask Justice, We Ask Equality” — Susan B. Anthony’s 4th of July speech, 1876

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After a week of frustrating, even devastating Supreme Court decisions in regards to women’s rights, it’s both instructive to realize that the suffragists of the 19th century had even more problems than we do today in terms of achieving equality and justice. Couldn’t these words of the famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony–”The judiciary above the […]

Street Harassment USA

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Hey, baby! Oh mami, come over here. Smile for me, sweetheart! Chances are, most of us have heard some variation of these catcalls. In fact, 65 percent of women and 25 percent of men in the U.S. have encountered street harassment, according to a recent study. Of the women surveyed, 57 percent experienced verbal harassment […]

Protest Saturday: Misogynistic MRA Conference in Detroit

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This Saturday, a group of protesters in Detroit will rally in Grand Circus Park and march to the Doubletree Hotel, demanding that the hotel cancel the upcoming Conference for Men’s Issues. The conference, hosted by well-known men’s right’s organization A Voice For Men (AVfM) is set to take place at the hotel from June 26th-28th, […]

#StopTheSultan: Live-Blogging the Rally Today in Beverly Hills!

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UPDATE: The rally is over, but the protest against the Sultan of Brunei’s draconian new penal code continues! Tweet with the hashtag #StopTheSultan and sign the petition here. TODAY!! At noon in Beverly Hills, in the park at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Beverly Drive! Come protest against the Sultan of Brunei and condemn […]

Why We Can’t Support Hotels Owned by the Sultan of Brunei

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Much of Hollywood’s money goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel as it’s a popular spot for conferences, galas, award ceremonies and fundraisers. However, the tony hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, dictator of the Southeast Asian nation, Brunei. It has recently come to light that the […]

10 Years Ago Today, We Marched in Numbers Too Big to Ignore!

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Ten years ago today, I marched through Washington, D.C., past the White House, with my sister (and Ms. Blogger) Melissa and my 8-year-old nephew Isaac. OK, young Isaac didn’t make it the whole way, but my sister was determined that her son’s first experience supporting women’s rights and social justice be a big one. And […]