International Women’s Day: It’s Time to End Violence Against Women
Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Women and Gender

International Women’s Day: It’s Time to End Violence Against Women

Today marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women and their achievements economically, politically and socially. It’s also a call to action to ignite and inspire change. First celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911, IWD is now an official holiday in over 25 countries and celebrated with events held around the … Continue reading

Why I’m Torn About One Billion Rising
Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Women and Gender

Why I’m Torn About One Billion Rising

As a domestic violence survivor, I’m torn about One Billion Rising. Founded by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, it’s a global campaign for people to come together and dance, to “call for an end to violence” against women. I appreciate media and events raising gender violence awareness. But there are fundamental societal problems One Billion Rising simply doesn’t address that it should. Continue reading

Advertising / Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Women and Gender

Two New Domestic Violence PSAs Shed Light On an Often Hidden Epidemic

Originally published at Fem2pt0. Fashion magazines often utilize sexualized images of violence to objectify, exploit and subjugate women. In the recent disgusting spread “Victim of Beauty,” Bulgarian fashion magazine 12 replicated domestic abuse survivors’ wounds. In Vogue Italia’s horrific BP oil-themed spread and Gucci’s appalling dead women in the desert, we witness the media’s continual … Continue reading

Advertising / Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Food & Gender / Lifestyle / Veganism / Women and Gender

A Feminist Vegan & Domestic Violence Survivor on PETA’s Latest Ad Which Glorifies Domestic Violence

Cross-posted at Fem2pt0. Well, folks…PETA is at it again. No strangers to utilizing sexism and misogyny, they’ll do whatever it takes to garner attention for animal rights. With their latest ad campaign, they prove that nothing is too taboo to manipulate. Their latest offensive ad, “Boyfriend Went Vegan and Knocked the Bottom out of Me,” … Continue reading

Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / TV / Women and Gender

5 Domestic Violence Myths I Learned Still Exist From Watching ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

Even if you don’t watch trashy reality TV, you probably know socialite Taylor Armstrong, from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH), survived domestic violence. Within the past couple weeks, RHOBH aired episodes involving an intervention with Taylor about her abusive marriage. I cringe at the thought of people knowing I watch the Real Housewives. … Continue reading

Advertising / Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / TV / Women and Gender

Death Does Not Become Her: TV Show ‘Grimm’s Marketing Campaign Seemingly Glorifies Femicide

I usually don’t write about trailers for upcoming films or TV series. But taking a cue from my fave feminist media sites Bitch Flicks and Women and Hollywood, I’m beginning to think I need to in order to call out all the misogynistic bullshit I keep seeing. For the past few weeks, I’ve seen disturbing … Continue reading

Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Films / Guest Posts / TV / Women and Gender

Guest Post: On Rape, the Media, and the New York Times Clusterfuck

Written by Stephanie Rogers.  Originally published at Bitch Flicks.  Reprinted with permission. On Tuesday, March 8, the New York Times published an article by James C. McKinley Jr. titled, “Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town.” Eighteen men held down an 11-year-old girl and repeatedly raped her in an abandoned trailer while recording the rape with cell … Continue reading

Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / TV / Women and Gender

A History of Violence: Why We Don’t Care About Charlie Sheen’s Violent Treatment of Women

TigerBlood. Winning. Warlock edict.  These words, derived from Charlie Sheen’s frenetic rants have seeped into our lexicon.  He even has a new tour (WTF?!) entitled (wait for it) “Violent Torpedo of Truth,” which set a new record selling out in 18 minutes.  He also set a record on Twitter for getting 1 million followers in … Continue reading