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 […]
During my first college Women’s Studies class, I kept thinking, “Why couldn’t I have learned this in high school?” Turns out some lucky high school students get to: Ray Salazar’s English class at Jones College Prep in Chicago brought women’s studies into the classroom when they embarked on a project inspired by a “No Comment” […]
Films with multiple narratives can be hit or miss. Producer Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2006 film Babel, for instance, left me wanting to fast-forward the other two plots to see what happened in the Japanese storyline. But González Iñárritu’s new film Mother and Child, written and directed by Rodrigo García, is a successful example of illustrating three separate […]
Okay Jason Whitlock, how many times do we feminists have to tell you that a drunk sorority girl is not an invitation for rape and sexual assault? Your argument defending Ben Roethlisberger and blaming women for not assuming all guys are sexual predators on the prowl, is insulting to both women and men.
Sex addiction has gotten a lot of media coverage lately, with VH1’s Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew and celebrities like Jesse James, David Duchovny and Tiger Woods seeking treatment. Psychologists are debating whether sex addiction is a real disease or just an excuse for chronic adultery. Little did we know that the Egyptian Lover’s 1986 ode to sex addiction, […]
Self-published zines, pamphlets and comics have a rich history of political and social activism. They provide alternative thinkers with a cheap and easy way to connect with other like-minded people. Although not as widely circulated as national publications, the underground zine and comic network materializes in the form of symposiums, workshops, snail mail correspondences, pot-luck […]
This 2008 Dewar’s ad (right) is a timeless example of how ad campaigns market to men using sexist gender stereotypes. Because we all know that men do the proposing and are deathly afraid of in-laws! There’s also the troubling suggestion that instead of experiencing real emotion, men should numb themselves with this bottle of Dewar’s […]
Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of late-abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. The murder was committed last May in Wichita, Kansas, in the foyer of Tiller’s church. Roeder shot the physician in the head at point-blank range while Tiller was handing out programs for the Sunday morning service. Roeder […]
At the risk of sounding like a crotchety old twit at age 23, I have to say: Ad campaigns for TV dramas that target teen girls seem incredibly raunchy these days. I grew up watching quirky, grungy 90’s protagonists like Angela from My So-Called Life (premiered 1994), Clarissa of Clarissa Explains it All (1991) and Spike from Degrassi […]
A defaced ‘Abortion Changes You’ ad was spotted on the NYC subway, transforming the ad’s original intent of stigmatizing abortion into a powerful new message.