Greetings, citizens! It’s all still sunshine and football where I am, but the news carries on.
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.)
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 […]
[TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE]
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 […]
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 […]
[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 […]
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 […]
“What we were not prepared for was everything else. Rape was something we could identify, an act with a strict definition and two distinct scenarios. Not rape was something else entirely. Not rape was all those other little things that we experienced everyday and struggled to learn how to deal with those situations. In those […]
[Trigger Warning for Sexual Violence] Many of us remember Mukhtaran Bibi, the Pakistani woman who was brutally gang raped in 2002 at the behest of neighboring tribal elders. Her crime? Her brother was accused of indecent acts with a woman of the elite Mastoi tribe, therefore, following the logic of eye for an eye, members […]
Every one of us has one. A reason we don’t talk about what happened to us. That perfectly phrased question that could shatter our reconstructed lives.