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Sexism, USA. The 1950s were NOT “the good old days”.

Sexism, USA. The 1950s were NOT “the good old days”.


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Why should women be the ones compelled to demonstrate patience, restraint, or whatever, in response to street harassment? If she wants to yell, “Fuck You!” really loud, then so be it. But to condescend to tell her that such a response is “inappropriate,” “unbecoming,” or “ineffective” to me betrays an utter failure to grasp the very nature of such experiences.


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“Repeat Rape: How do they get away with it?”, Part 1 of 2. (link to Part 2)

Sources:

  1. College Men: Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending Among Undetected Rapists,Lisak and Miller, 2002 [PDF, 12 pages]
  2. Navy Men: Lisak and Miller’s results were essentially duplicated in an even larger study (2,925 men): Reports of Rape Reperpetration by Newly Enlisted Male Navy Personnel, McWhorter, 2009 [PDF, 16 pages]

By dark-side-of-the-room, who writes:

These infogifs are provided RIGHTS-FREE for noncommercial purposes. Repost them anywhere. In fact, repost them EVERYWHERE. No need to credit. Link to the L&M study if possible.

Knowledge is a seed; sow it.

Reblogging because I mentioned this study in a post the other day and someone reblogged & replied insinuating that I’d made it up, but I didn’t have the citation on hand right then. As I said then: rape culture is what teaches rapists that they aren’t rapists.

^ bolded for emphasis


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I’ve never been told to die in quite so many ways….

… I stand for every woman who has ever been tormented for being sexual — for every woman who has been harassed, ostracized and called a slut for exerting her sexual autonomy — and for every woman who has been the victim of The Double Standard.

 … You want to see me naked. And then you want to judge me for letting you see me naked.


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This year’s Oscars showed strides toward greater diversity, but the film industry has a long way to go toward women’s equality.

 … 12 Years a Slave took home well-deserved Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars, and Lupita Nyong’o became only the seventh Black actress to win an Oscar, for her powerhouse performance as Patsey, a fellow slave whom protagonist Solomon Northrup must leave behind when he regains his freedom.

12 Years a Slave is the first American film about slavery based directly on a slave narrative, and Nyong’o, screenwriter John Ridley and director Steve McQueen all found ways to honor the real people on whom the story is based in their acceptance speeches. Brad Pitt, whose production company partially financed the film, made the best statement possible for him by stepping out of the way and giving most of the Best Picture acceptance speech time to McQueen.

The night was mostly a wash for the other political films of note. The documentary category featured three superb political films: the Egyptian revolution doc The Square; Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars, about U.S. covert operations and drone strikes; and The Act of Killing, a surreal exploration of the mass slaughter that accompanied a U.S.-backed coup in Indonesia.

All lost out to 20 Feet from Stardom—almost an exact repeat of last year, when Academy voters picked Searching for Sugar Man over four similarly excellent political documentaries.

 … The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film has been tracking women’s participation in the film industry for 16 years.

In reviewing the 250 top-grossing U.S. films in 2013, it found that women comprised a mere 6 percent of directors, 10 percent of writers and 3 percent of cinematographers. (For a point of comparison, women make up about 15 percent of active-duty U.S. military personnel.)

Women were 25 percent of producers—but only 15 percent of executive producers, usually the people who have control over the film’s budget.


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As my friend wrote: “Apparently you can only legally “stand your ground” in Florida if you are murdering an unarmed Black boy, but if you are a Black woman showing your abusive ex that he needs to back the fuck off, you deserve 60 years in prison.”

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The only time the police and ruling class politicians ostentatiously posture as being anti-rape warriors is when they can do it in a way that further victimizes and scapegoats people of color, disabled people, etc. Meanwhile, sexual assault remains an utter epidemic across U.S. college campuses, in the military (the biggest employer in the country), and among known intimates throughout society. Yet on this latter score, the powers-that-be claim to be powerless to really do anything about it!

The police and politicians who rule over a society rife with misogyny, violence, poverty, repression, racism, and inequality, and then try to deflect the blame for all social ill onto the various broken, oppressed individuals compelled to live in these dystopias, are like Doctor Frankenstein blaming the “monster” which he himself has created for any and all outrages the latter may commit. (h/t Mary Shelley).

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"WE’RE GOING to make sure that we catch this monster,’" Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told the crowd gathered at a public meeting to discuss the brutal rape of a 15-year-old girl in the Northwest Side Chicago neighborhood of Belmont Cragin.

 … Weeks later, the “monster” was found: Luis Alberto Pantoja. Every time the story was told, by the Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post, ABC News and other media outlets, it was noted that Pantoja, the alleged rapist, is deaf and mute. The same photo appeared again and again with every news story, reinforcing the image of a “monster.”

What has actually taken place is this: With community outcry at a fever pitch, police and elected officials have used residents’ concerns to deepen discrimination against people of color and people with disabilities and to shield the systemic injustices that enable such a tragedy to occur.

 … It’s apparent that people like [Chicago Police Supt. Garry] McCarthy and the politicians who joined them are in the game of passing things off as solutions to avoid a challenge to the status quo. They intervene during moments of crisis and suffocate any potential community resistance with plain misdirection—by alternatively scapegoating people of color, people with disabilities or women—which hides the real monsters among us.

Those real monsters are Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his 1 Percent friends who wield control of the resources that could alleviate gang violence, homelessness, poverty and joblessness in Chicago. Instead, they’ve overseen sustained social strife for so many to advance their own personal gain.


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Blowing the Whistle on Campus Rape | Ms. Magazine

During her second weekend as a freshman on a California campus, Kerri accepted an offer from Mitch, a popular senior who held student office, to walk her back to her dorm from an off-campus party. When they reached Kerri’s room, Mitch raped her.

A few months later, Kerri—who had not reported the assault—learned that Mitch had raped yet another woman after walking her home from a party. And the previous year, the university had found him responsible for a prior sexual crime. His punishment? Watch a 23-minute educational video on sexual violence and write a two-page reflection paper.

This is a true story (with names and identifying details altered), and similar ones are unspooling on virtually every college campus across the U.S. According to the 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Study [PDF] funded by the National Institute of Justice,at least 1 in 5 women will experience a rape or an attempted rape at some point during college, and 90 percent of these rapes will be perpetrated by acquaintances. However, only 12 percent of college rape survivors will report their experience to law enforcement authorities.

That low percentage is no surprise. We have heard hundreds of eerily similar stories from survivors about how their schools “manage” this problem: Investigations and disciplinary reviews are bungled; only light sanctions are administered; and schools lack support services for those who have been victimized. Many schools discourage official reports through onerous reporting processes and not-so-subtle victim-blaming. Like the administrator who asked Amherst College’s Angie Epifano, “Are you sure it was rape?” …


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The Women’s Media Center has released its third annual report on the status of gender and racial diversity in the media. The conclusion reached, yet again, is that “the American media have exceedingly more distance to travel on the road to gender-blind parity.”

How far exactly? After the jump are six charts that illustrate just how white and male the US media remain.

Women make up just 36 percent of newsroom staffs–and that hasn’t really changed since 1999.


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Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. 
If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!

Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg 

Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?
No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?

(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)


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With the Supreme Court due to decide on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law, Madeline Burrows looks at clinic “buffer zones” and the fight for reproductive rights.

"IT’S A slaughterhouse in there! You’ll regret this all your life!"

A group of anti-abortion activists are huddled outside of Planned Parenthood. Some are praying. Others are approaching women as they enter the clinic.

"Don’t be the mother of a dead baby."

A busload of high school students from a nearby Catholic high school stand nearby, holding signs that read, “Women do regret abortion.”

Then, as if the preceding statements weren’t traumatic enough, a priest yells out at a woman entering the clinic “Happy Mother’s Day!”

This is a typical day outside an abortion clinic in 2014. As clinic escort and pro-choice activist Paul Valette describes, “Many sidewalk counselors will continue to shout at patients who have entered the private property, until they enter the building, and sometimes continue to shout at the closed doors.”

Valette has volunteered as a clinic escort since he retired from the U.S. Army in the mid-1990s. While the more aggressive era of anti-abortion tactics—like blockading clinic entrances, gluing locks and chaining themselves to doors—was largely over when he began volunteering at the Washington, D.C., area clinic nearly 20 years ago, the chaotic, intimidating and emotionally manipulative environment created by anti-abortion protesters remains the same.

He described the scene:

When patients arrive by car, [anti-abortion protesters] will often stand next to the car, making it difficult for the patient to exit the vehicle. On one occasion, a female anti-abortion protester—about 70 years old, but tall and sturdy-looking—stood in a position where it was impossible for the patient to open the door. And they routinely attempt to slide leaflets into the car through the windows.

Sometimes, protesters go even further.

"On one occasion, a patient arrived by cab. She opened the door, then leaned back away from the door, still inside the cab, to pay the drivers," Valette said. An elderly male anti-abortion protester then "entered the cab and began talking to the woman," pleading with her not to go inside for her scheduled procedure.

 … In the pages of the New York Times, anti-abortion protesters like McCullen become “sidewalk counselors” who merely want to engage patients in polite conversations, and give women facing unplanned pregnancies their full range of choices.

USA Today’s Mary Ann Glendon, for example, portrayed McCullen as a compassionate victim of an outrageous attack on free speech:

Unfortunately, Massachusetts has relegated McCullen to the margins. She is now often forced to call out her compassionate and loving message from behind lines painted on the ground, like a child put in the corner for bad behavior…Moreover, the lines suggest to incoming women that McCullen and persons like her are somehow dangerous or suspicious.

In Glendon’s view, it is the faint yellow lines of a buffer zone and not anti-abortion protesters themselves who create a sense of danger outside of abortion clinics.


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Whole Foods just fired a mom for the worst reason

Whole Foods—a company that thrives on its progressive image—just fired a woman for taking care of her special needs child during a snow storm.

But it messed with the wrong mom. When Rhiannon Broschat told her co-workers what happened, they walked off the job with her to strike in protest. Now it’s up to us to have their back and demand Whole Foods give Rhiannon her job back and change its policies so no employee has to choose between a sick child and a paycheck.

As Rhiannon fearlessly told reporters, "I’m not going to choose my job over my son." But right now, that choice is costing her family the income they depend on.

Rhiannon’s story has been all over the news in Chicago, but still, Whole Foods has refused to back down. Tomorrow, supporters in Chicago are planning a huge protest. If we all speak out right now, as the protest plans are hitting the news, we’ll create a media firestorm in the national press and convince them to do the right thing—or face a publicity nightmare.

Will you join Rhiannon in demanding Whole Foods reverse its decision to fire her and change its policy so that workers never have to choose between taking a sick day and losing a job? 

To Whole Foods CEO John Mackey:

"Nobody should have to choose their job over their son. Reinstate Rhiannon Broschat and amend your policy to make room for family leave."

http://act.weareultraviolet.org/act/WholeFoods


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Barack Obama promised to “do away” with the unequal pay that makes workplaces look like something from “a Mad Men episode.” But does he mean it?

 … IN FACT, women have experienced more poverty under the Obama administration—and the situation is unlikely to change soon.

Women like Raphael Richmond, a 41-year-old mother of six living in Anacostia in Washington, D.C., and one of the 47 million people who relies on food stamps. Because she is a woman, Richmond is twice as likely to depend on food stamps, which means she is twice as likely to feel the impact of the $5 billion in cuts to the program that went into effect on November 1, when a provision of the stimulus bill passed in early 2009 expired.

The Washington Post's Eli Saslow described monthly high-wire act Richmond attempts—or “Mama’s version of the hunger games,” as Richmond sometimes describes it:

Feeding a family on zero income always had required ingenuity; she took the lights out of their refrigerator to save money on the electric bill and locked snack foods in a plastic tub in her bedroom to ration them throughout the month.

For single mothers struggling during the Great Recession, food stamps can make all the difference. In 2010, 42 percent of single mothers relied on the food program. In rural areas, the rate rose to as high as one in two.

Yet one week after the State of the Union, Obama signed on for another round of devastating funding cuts for food stamps—about $9 billion over the next 10 years—as part of a “compromise” farm bill. Obama’s excuse: The $9 billion wasn’t as devastating as the Republicans wanted….


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Broad City Ep18 - Do The Right Thing

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I’m so confused. I mean I’m really down with the whole, “Fuck you creepy misogynist asshole dudes” message, but i can’t tell if this is a parody of “Do the Right Thing,” or a parody of a parody of “Do the Right Thing” … like, it’s kind of weird to do an “homage” to a Spike Lee movie without having a single non-white character in it … but maybe that’s the point … ???


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We are perennially told that we have to vote for the Democratic Party candidate in order to safeguard the right to abortion. Yet, the Obama years have proven to be far worse than the last 8 years of Bush in terms of attacks on this basic reproductive right.
The fight to stop the war on woman in general, and the right for any person to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, in particular, will remain a losing battle as long as people depend on career politicians in either party to lead the charge. People really need to mount a massive, grassroots movement that UPSETS the status quo — rather than relying upon it — if reproductive justice is ever to be realized.
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Planned Parenthood Action
It’s no secret that the attacks on women’s health have dramatically increased over the past few years, but that doesn’t make seeing the lineup any less breathtaking. http://bit.ly/1eT0ltQ
But there’s a solution: The Women’s Health Protection Act will stop these outrageous laws that are undermining women’s health and rights in state after state. In today’s political climate, Roe isn’t enough—and we’re not done fighting for women’s health and rights. Tell Congress to support the Women’s Health Protection Act now: http://bit.ly/1eT0ltQ

We are perennially told that we have to vote for the Democratic Party candidate in order to safeguard the right to abortion. Yet, the Obama years have proven to be far worse than the last 8 years of Bush in terms of attacks on this basic reproductive right.

The fight to stop the war on woman in general, and the right for any person to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, in particular, will remain a losing battle as long as people depend on career politicians in either party to lead the charge. People really need to mount a massive, grassroots movement that UPSETS the status quo — rather than relying upon it — if reproductive justice is ever to be realized.

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It’s no secret that the attacks on women’s health have dramatically increased over the past few years, but that doesn’t make seeing the lineup any less breathtaking. http://bit.ly/1eT0ltQ

But there’s a solution: The Women’s Health Protection Act will stop these outrageous laws that are undermining women’s health and rights in state after state. In today’s political climate, Roe isn’t enough—and we’re not done fighting for women’s health and rights. Tell Congress to support the Women’s Health Protection Act now: http://bit.ly/1eT0ltQ


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