Tag Archives: sexual assault

Beyond Fear and Fury – Eight Musings on #MeToo, Parts V-VIII

Liberal activists are as driven by moral instincts and emotions as any street preacher, and it is moral emotions that drive how we use the growing power associated with victimhood: Moral indignation, disgust, outrage, vindictiveness, empathic anguish, protective nurturing, love—and, of course the sweet, sweet sensation of righteous superiority; we are only human after all. Each of these gets attached to the causes we fight, and all of them get activated when we talk about sexual harassment, exploitation and assault. Continue reading

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Beyond Fear and Fury – Eight Musings on #MeToo, Parts I-IV

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I. Bring It On Like many female authors digging for material in the darker recesses of personal history, I’ve written about my experience of sexual assault.  And that of my sister, meaning actual blood sibling. And that of my sisters … Continue reading

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400,000 Rape Kits and One Determined Woman—An Interview with Julie Smolyansky of The Hunting Ground

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Swabs for wiping the lips, face, thighs, vagina and anus. A comb to collect fibers and hair. A pick for scraping debris from under fingernails. A blood sampling device and microscope slides. Baggies for underwear. Documentation forms and labels.  These … Continue reading

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Faith Leaders Seek Safe Abortion for Rape Victims in Conflict Zones

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Religious leaders to Obama: Clarify or repeal the Helms Amendment–It’s a matter of compassion! During violent unrest that followed Kenya’s 2007 election, Jaqueline Mutere, a widowed community organizer and mother of four, was raped. For women caught in conflict zones or … Continue reading

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It’s Not Rape If He’s a God — Or Thinks He Is

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Stories like the Virgin Birth lack freely given female consent. Why don’t they bother us more? Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey. Zeus comes to Danae … Continue reading

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How My Feminist Blog Became a Magnet for Pedophilic Rapist Wannabes

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It all started with an editorial titled, “Proud Mom of Two Teenage Sluts.” The piece was a tribute to Georgetown student, Sandra Fluke, whose defense of contraception had incited Rush Limbaugh to foam-at-the-mouth slut shaming rants. It was also a … Continue reading

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My Shockingly Ordinary Rape Story— and What I Want to Tell my Daughters

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In the summer of 1983, I was ambling along a beach in Ecuador talking and flirting with a local high school boy. We rounded a curve. The long open stretch we had been walking disappeared from sight and we were … Continue reading

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