Female Friendship, Madonna/Whore Stereotypes and Rape Culture in ‘West Side Story’
Feminism / Films

Female Friendship, Madonna/Whore Stereotypes and Rape Culture in ‘West Side Story’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Women and Gender in Musicals” Theme Week. [Trigger warning for rape] | Spoilers ahead West Side Story is one of my absolute favorite musicals. I adore the catchy lyrics, the breathtakingly exquisite choreography and cinematography, the heartbreaking love story. A modern Romeo and Juliet taking place … Continue reading


Twitter Round-Up of Comedians & Comedy Writers Supporting Daniel Tosh’s Rape Threat Misogyny and Those Calling Out His Bullshit

[Trigger warning for rape] So last night I wrote about asshole comedian Daniel Tosh threatening a woman with gang rape in a comedy club after she opposed his rape jokes. As I was researching information for my post, I came upon Louis C.K. tweeting his support of Tosh. Now, people keep telling me how feminist … Continue reading


Dear, Daniel Tosh: You Know What’s Even Less Funny than Rape Jokes? Rape Threats

Cross-posted at Bitch Flicks. By now I’m sure you’ve heard about asshat comedian Daniel Tosh and his misoynistic douchebaggery as he verbally attacked a female audience member. But just in case you haven’t or if you need a refresher, the woman called Tosh out amidst his performance at The Laugh Factory. Here’s what the woman … Continue reading

Feminism / Films / TV

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

Feminism / Music

The Weight of Words: How Ashley Judd’s Hip-Hop Comments Opened the Door to Discuss Rape Culture

As you’ve probably heard by now, actor Ashley Judd ignited a firestorm of controversy over her condemnation of rap and hip-hop from her new memoir All That is Bitter & Sweet.  Here is the passage that caused the furor: “YouthAIDS created hip public service announcements for TV and radio using popular local and international celebrities … Continue reading