News in Europe: Crime and Fucking Punishment

Greetings, citizens! It’s all still sunshine and football where I am, but the news carries on.  Read More News in Europe: Crime and Fucking Punishment

This Week in Misogyny

If you’re a furloughed government employee, have I got some good news for you at the end of this post! The rest of the news… not so good. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny

News in Africa: 02/07/2013

As always, there is a lot going on in Africa these days, and some of it isn’t very rosy. I wish I could bring you positive and uplifting news reports every week, but some weeks, those uplifting stories are much harder to find amid the muck and mire. [TW: discussion of sexual violence after the jump.] Read More News in Africa: 02/07/2013

News in Africa: 01/03/2013

We’re back! Wow, that break went by all fast and stuff, and here we are to a new update on news from my favorite continent! (I’m just a little partial.) In this update, we have all kinds of new developments with laudings of amazing African women as well as some hopeful developments. It’s a new year – let’s celebrate the (mostly) goodness! Read More News in Africa: 01/03/2013

Leaving My Feminist Ivory Tower

It’s official, I’ve left my ivory tower of feminism. In a way, I’ve been on my way out for years, volunteering at rape crisis centers and women’s clinics and lobbying at the Capital. Those were all situations I could walk away from, places I could go home from at the end of a shift and never deal with again. But now I can’t just compartmentalize this applied feminism, put it on a shelf and deal with it when I want to, because I’ve made it my job. Read More Leaving My Feminist Ivory Tower

Why Do People Hate the Concept of Enthusiastic Consent?

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains potentially triggering material related to sexual assault and consent.]

For the past several months, my academic research has been focused on sexual violence prevention and healthy sexual relationships. Yes, it’s a little depressing to read sky-high statistics and rape myths all day long, but I love what I do. Last month I attended a conference and presented on consent in healthy relationships to a bunch of mostly college-age feminists. A few days ago I did a class presentation on a similar topic, and next week I will be giving the same presentation for a research symposium. Based on the first two experiences, I’m not exactly looking forward to the next one. Why? Well, people seem to have a problem with that whole enthusiastic consent thing. Read More Why Do People Hate the Concept of Enthusiastic Consent?

The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence With Activist Communities

What happens when violence is enacted in deemed safe spaces? When the same partner that might hit you or not take no for an answer, is the one staffing the anti-police brutality group?  When your community’s distrust in the criminal justice and legal system means either submitting to the very same system you are working against or taking justice into your hands? Read More The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence With Activist Communities