Posts Tagged "tw: rape"
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    Jul 20, 2013 3:55 pm

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    A List of “Men’s Rights” Issues That Feminism Is Already Working On

    Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to combat the fact that women have been historically expected to prioritize domestic duties over professional goals, thus minimizing their earning potential if their “traditional” marriages end. The assumption that wives should make babies instead of money is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want anyone to get raped in prison. Permissiveness and jokes about prison rape are part of rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want anyone to be falsely accused of rape. False rape accusations discredit rape victims, which reinforces rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want you to be lonely and we do not hate “nice guys.” The idea that certain people are inherently more valuable than other people because of superficial physical attributes is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want you to have to pay for dinner. We want the opportunity to achieve financial success on par with men in any field we choose (and are qualified for), and the fact that we currently don’t is part of patriarchy. The idea that men should coddle and provide for women, and/or purchase their affections in romantic contexts, is condescending and damaging and part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want you to be maimed or killed in industrial accidents, or toil in coal mines while we do cushy secretarial work and various yarn-themed activities. The fact that women have long been shut out of dangerous industrial jobs (by men, by the way) is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want you to commit suicide. Any pressures and expectations that lower the quality of life of either gender are part of patriarchy. The fact that depression is characterized as an effeminate weakness, making men less likely to seek treatment, is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want you to be viewed with suspicion when you take your child to the park (men frequently insist that this is a serious issue, so I will take them at their word). The assumption that men are insatiable sexual animals, combined with the idea that it’s unnatural for men to care for children, is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want you to be drafted and then die in a war while we stay home and iron stuff. The idea that women are too weak to fight or too delicate to function in a military setting is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists do not want women to escape prosecution on legitimate domestic violence charges, nor do we want men to be ridiculed for being raped or abused. The idea that women are naturally gentle and compliant and that victimhood is inherently feminine is part of patriarchy.

    Feminists hate patriarchy. We do not hate you.

    If you really care about those issues as passionately as you say you do, you should be thanking feminists, because feminism is a social movement actively dedicated to dismantling every single one of them. The fact that you blame feminists—your allies—for problems against which they have been struggling for decades suggests that supporting men isn’t nearly as important to you as resenting women. We care about your problems a lot. Could you try caring about ours?

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    Autostraddle (via notaprincessdestinedtobeawitch)

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    This post was originally written by Lindy West, not Autostraddle.

    You can find the original article here. I would change the source but tumblr has apparently made that impossible to do.

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    Jul 04, 2013 1:33 pm

    10 FACTS about RAPE KITS. True even in parts of Texas.

    sorayachemaly:

    This weekend, conservative Texas Republican Rep. Jodie Laubenberg explained that, “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.” She said this while participating in an anti-abortion debate in the Texas legislature this weekend. This was how she objected to proposed rape and incest exemptions to one of the most restrictive anti-abortion positions in the nation. So, apparently, it’s that time of the year again. The one where we have to say out loud that facts are empirically verifiable things that make sentences true. Even when women’s endlessly magical bodies and rape are involved. 

    10 Facts About Rape Kits

    1. A rape kit is a forensic tool used to collect evidence of sexual assault.

    2. A rape kit is not an abortion.

    3. A rape kit does not “clean out” a woman. Machines get cleaned out. Human beings don’t.

    4. A rape kit is used during a hospital examination, hopefully conducted by a trained member of asexual assault response team (SART). The process includes the collection of DNA evidence like hair, semen, saliva taken from the victim’s skin, nails, clothing, and genitals. This exam includes oral and rectal exams.

    5. As part of the collection of evidence, and the medical exam — not performed by untrained legislators — a doctor will also order STD testing and provide a morning after pill to prevent pregnancy. It always bears repeating that the morning after pill isnot an abortion in a pill.

    6. While difficult, frightening and re-traumatizing for most people who have just experienced rape and assault, collection of rape kit evidence is crucially important to the successful prosecution of rapists.

    7. Rape kit evidence collection is important, but useless unless the kits are tested. Testing rape kits stops predatory rapists from raping again.

    8. We don’t take rape serious.  There are 400,000 untested rape kits languishing in evidence rooms around the United States. There are 20,000 UNTESTED rape kits in Texas alone. Does this mean that 20,000 women’s abortions are waiting to happen in sealed boxes across the state? No.

    9. A rape kit is not a D and C, which is short for dilation and curettage, a medical procedure conducted by trained medical professionals on behalf of patients, all women, who need to end pregnancies. I know, a French, word. It’s ok. D and Cs are, however, performed in Texas, too, usually when a woman is facing a nonviable pregnancy.

    10. A rape kit does not cause, prevent or end a pregnancy. Doctors, those are people who go to school to study medicine and biology, can back me up on this.

    BONUS: We live in what is called a “rape-prone” society. Not all humans do.

    Click here entire article. 

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    Jun 25, 2013 11:33 am

    Colorado Town Turned On 13-Year-Old Victim Of Hazing, Sexual Assault

    think-progress:

    A truly horrifying story of how a town jumped to the defense of the wrong people. 

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    Jun 24, 2013 10:16 am
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    May 26, 2013 6:48 pm

    Jose Canseco Tweets of the Week

    univisionnews:

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    By ALEX ALVAREZ

    Former MLB outfielder, current economic wizfuture vampire, and dog vomit connoisseur Jose Canseco is very, very, very good at the internet. As such, we’ve decided to celebrate his wit and insight with a recurring look at his best tweets, this and every week. Please enjoy.

    Guys. We need to talk.

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    Seriously.

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    May 16, 2013 11:33 am

    How Anonymous got involved in fighting for justice for rape victims

    motherjones:

    Give it a read.

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    May 08, 2013 9:44 pm

    Random Acts of Chaos: [TW: rape] Don't believe in rape culture? Here are some statistics for you.

    wretchedoftheearth:

    Out of every 100 rapes:

    • 46 are reported to the police
    • 12 rapes will resort in an arrest
    • 9 rape cases are prosecuted
    • 5 rape cases lead to a felony conviction
    • Only 3 rapists will ever spend a day in jail

    In a survey of 11-14 year-old boys:

    • 51% believed rape was acceptable if a boy spent a lot of money on a girl
    • 31% believed rape was acceptable  if a girl had past sexual experience
    • 65% believed rape were acceptable if a girl and boy had been dating for more than 6 months
    • 87% believed rape were acceptable if the woman and man are married

    A woman might not even have grown up understanding what rape is…because in a survey of 11-14 year-old girls:

    • 41% believed rape was acceptable if a boy spent a lot of money on a girl
    • 32% believed rape was acceptable  if a girl had past sexual experience
    • 47% believed rape were acceptable if a girl and boy had been dating for more than 6 months
    • 79% believed rape were acceptable if the woman and man are married

    In a survey of college males:

    • 35% admit - anonymously - that they would rape under the circumstances that they could get away with it
    • 1 in 12 admitted to committing acts defined as rape, but 84% of rapists did not recognize those acts as rape
    In yet another survey of college males:
    • 43% of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman’s protest, using physical aggression, and forcing intercourse.
    • 15% acknowledged they had committed acquaintance rape; 11% acknowledged using physical restraints to force a woman to have sex.
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    I could go on, but attitudinal surveys and acceptance of rape myths are far more telling than legal statistics.
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    May 08, 2013 8:27 pm

    Elizabeth Smart: Abstinence Education Teaches Rape Victims They’re Worthless, Dirty, And Filthy

    fuckyeahsexeducation:

    When I went through abstinence only education they did an activity where they put different activity from holding hands to intercourse around the room and asked everyone how far they would go, and how far their parents would be okay with them going. I refused to do the exercise because I thought it was inappropriate and my parents trusted me to be safe and make decisions for myself. Now that I look back on that I can’t imagine how traumatic that could have been to someone who had been sexually abused. We need to keep this in mind when discussing sex education.

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