What a week in the feminisphere! Unless you’ve been sleeping… or maybe you don’t have Facebook, you’ll have noticed the rhetoric around the Steubenville Rape Case. A situation which for all intents and purposes seems to have illustrated everything we already knew about rape culture, victim blaming and perpetrator protectionism.
The other news is that Malala is back at school!! In Birmingham, but school none the less. So now that I’ve covered the two key events of the last week, lets see what other people have to say about them. Remembering that if you have an opinion (and we really hope you do), we’d love you to share it with us, via your very own post. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education, truth, respect, equality—these are the things that can get you from a to b very efficiently.
Henry Rollins on Steubenville taking a balanced look at the reality of what happened without getting all ranty rant rant or attacking. Lovely.
Steubenville and Rape Culture
There was only one victim at Steubenville, despite what you might have gleaned to the contrary from the media surrounding the event.
What I do want to tell you is that you need to stop using the “wives, sisters, daughters” argument when you are talking to people defending the Steubenville rapists. Or any rapists. Or anyone who commits any kind of crime, violent or otherwise, against a woman.
Steubenville is rape culture’s Abu Ghraib moment according to Laurie Penny at the New Statesman.
Susan Sontag observed of the Abu Ghraib atrocities that “the horror of what is shown in the photographs cannot be separated from the horror that the photographs were taken.
Advocating risk management is not the same as victim blaming according to Sarah Le Marquand. A challenging topic to broach but essentially, I have to agree that as long as the intent of the information is absolutely without any inkling of a sense of blame, the recognition that we KNOW as women that we are vulnerable, is a fact, not a cop-out.
We don’t, and never will, live in a utopian society where sexual violence is non existent. It’s not victim blaming to acknowledge that. It’s just common sense.
It’s not just family commitments and career choices that have caused the gender wage gap. There’s also bias, and Bryce Covert is not afraid to call it what it is.
Julia Baird talks anger and force on International Women’s Day, how we got where we are today with the help of some loud ladies.
Speaking out and suffering the consequences. A developer who reported the sexism of fellow developers at a conference which resulted in one of them being fired, has now herself been fired, for “dividing” the community she was supposed to unite… fucked.
She’s back at school! In Birmingham but none the less, the girl child who stood up against the Taliban and almost suffered the ultimate price for it is fulfilling her greatest wish. To be educated.
After being labelled “an icon of courage and hope” by the army chief of Pakistan and being put on the Talibans hit list at only 15, Malala is starting her new life in England and attending school!