On February 8, the (in)famous women’s blog Jezebel ran a story headlined “Did Libyan Video of a Journalist’s Rape Get Posted on YouTube?” (Trigger warning for images and content at the link; the contents are summarized below.) Appropriately, the editors tagged the story as Horrible; however, the horror registered in the post’s comments, as well as on Twitter and elsewhere, is directed toward the editors’ decision to run the story complete with screencaps from the video in question. In response to the outcry among its commentariat, which demanded to know why Editor-in-Chief Jessica Coen and author Anna North thought it was a good idea to post lightly altered images of a woman being sexually assaulted, the blog left the images up, albeit with extra pixelation — pixelation added, according to what I can work out from the timeline, almost a day after the original images ran.
She Asked For It: How Rape Myths Hurt Us All
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 PM
Two cops are acquitted of rape. The DSK case falls apart. A former sportscaster buys a 14-year old girl for sex and gets community service. From courtrooms to hospital exam rooms, from police precincts to college campuses, how do stereotypes about rape fuel the epidemic of rape and impact a survivor’s ability to get justice? Join our discussion and ignite change.
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Special Guests:Helen Benedict, novelist and journalist, she has covered the issue of rape around the world. She authored Sand Queen, a novel of the Iraq War, The Lonely Soldier, about women in the military, and Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes, an analysis of the way sex, race and class bias affect rape coverage;
Karen Carroll, Associate Director of the Bronx Sexual Assault Response Team, is a forensic specialist and survivor who trains police departments, DA’s offices and social service professionals, and testified in the NYPD rape trial of Moreno and Mata;
Jane Manning, President of NOW-NYC, is a long-time New York City activist who has worked extensively to improve the criminal justice system’s response to sex crimes. She is a former sex crimes prosecutor;
Nancy Schwartzman, filmmaker, activist and survivor, and creator of The Line Campaign—a non-profit organization and movement empowering young leaders to create a world without sexual violence;
John Stoltenberg is the creator of Men Can Stop Rape’s “My Duty” campaign, a sexual-assault-prevention media campaign, which was licensed to the U.S. Department of Defense and distributed on military bases around the world. John is also the DC Rape Crisis Center communications consultant.
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An open letter to Alan Ball:
Seriously? What the fuck is with all the rape?
Not a fan,
Really, there has been a lot of rape and attempted rape on the show – Sookie, Jason, Tara, Antonia, Rene’s sister, Jessica (if her turning wasn’t symbolically meant to be a rape/murder, I’ll eat my hat), Luna (via Tommy’s damn shenanigans this episode), and the entire dubious consent issue for every single person at one of Maryanne’s maenad sex orgies. And you know what? I’m tired of it. I’m tired of rape as character development. As motivation. I’m soaking in rape culture and I’d have more patience for it on this show – which, let’s be fair, I give plenty of rope to – actually dealt with the issue instead of tossing it in to zest up the storylines.