rape culture

  • Feminism

    How to Guide for Criticizing Conservative Women Without Being a Sexist Asshole

    Two years ago I wrote a piece arguing that threatening women with rape or violence and using gendered slurs to smear them was not ok to do even when the woman in question is an awful person. Although this seems obvious to many of us, it has become the most controversial thing I have ever written, with detractors trying to…

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  • Activism

    Kesha’s Instagram

    This is just a very quick update on the ongoing story of musician Kesha who was allegedly raped by her music producer. She has been fighting a legal battle to try to get out of her contract with Sony and I posted about it when the her initial legal request was denied. Today she posted this on Instagram: so. I…

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  • Featured

    Your Phrase Is Problematic

    I’ve got bad news for you. That celebrity whose style you adore? Said something super shitty. That politician whose quotes you will never not share on social media? Voted for some things you might not agree with. That show host you love is friends with this asshole. In fact, your friends are problematic too. So are your loved ones. You…

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  • Feminism

    Prominent Astronomer Named in Sexual Harassment Case, and We’re Not Gunna Take It Anymore

    Sometime on Friday the news broke: famous astronomer and discoverer of exoplanets Geoff Marcy has been accused of sexually harassing female students for years. (See UPDATE below for how you can help!) (UPDATE 2: Geoff Marcy has resigned. See below.) This news came as a surprise to some. It was a sigh of “FINALLY!” for others. Me, I wasn’t surprised,…

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  • Feminism
    Experience Life magazine cover with Vani Hari

    Fun Fact! Even Awful Women Don’t Deserve Rape Threats

    TW for sexist slurs and threats of gender violence. Recently, the online discussion over the harassment of women has become a hot topic. We’ve dealt with our share of harassment here at Skepchick and we’ve stood up for others who we have seen being harassed . Sarah wrote a great piece last week about how so much of the so called “criticism” directed…

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  • Feminism

    Guerrilla Feminism Founder Takes On Victim-Blaming Campus Police in Madison

    TW: Sexual assault Lachrista Greco, founder of the organization Guerrilla Feminism, experienced rape culture firsthand when she was sexually assaulted on the UW-Madison campus in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, ten years ago. When she caught the UW-Madison campus police spreading victim-blaming “advice” in the form of a public service announcement this week, she took matters into her own hands, drawing attention…

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  • Cross-Post: Ask the right question: #whydoesheabuse?

    Editor’s Note: This cross-post is written by Steph of Grounded Parents. To read the full post and to leave comments, click through the link at the end.  ****** As the country reels after another stunning high profile story of domestic violence hits the media, I am moved to tears reading the brave stories of #whyistayed and #whyileft. Everyone should take…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies: Rape Culture, Trans* Tales, Ovulation, Tenure, and the Patriarchy of Surnames

    Sunday Funny: Astronaut Vandalism (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 99: I Have a Need. A Need for Wave Speed! Mindy learns one way to calculate wave speed. On the Nonexistence of Anything Creepy: Network Edition Elizabeth finds evidence of rape culture where you least expect it. Mad Art Lab A Series of Black and White Portraits from…

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