The Invisible Tendrils of Rape Culture

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I’ve been doing a lot of research lately into the basis of rape culture and the seemingly invisible tendrils it has woven into American culture so it was on my mind when I was scrolling Pinterest this afternoon while waiting for my friend’s husky to do his business.

A few days ago I read an article that cited Mohadesa Najumi’s definition from her article on The Feminist Wire.

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There’s a War On ~ Top of the Lake

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Even though it’s set in the middle of nowhere, halfway around the world, Top of the Lake feels incredibly topical. At a time when misogyny and abuse are in the headlines, its uncompromising look at gender conflict seems all the more electrifying.

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Although Jane Campion’s mini-series is centred around the disappearance of a young girl (pregnant twelve-year-old Tui), the drama is actually more focused on young female detective Robin (played by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss), who has returned to her small NZ town after a period of time in Australia. Much like this summer’s other aquatic drama, the fantastique Les Revenants, the lake next to the town serves as a potent metaphor for the secrets and lies buried beneath the surface. Like all small-rural-town shows in this post Twin Peaks era, the tension rises as skeletons emerge from various closets.

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Slut Riot: A sex worker shares her perspective

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In today’s installment of Slut Riot we hear from Christina Parreira, a sex worker who also happens to be a graduate student. (You can read her blog, For the Love of Porn, Prostitution, and Pussy, here.) I encourage you to read her words and consider any assumptions that float into your head. Do you pre-judge her before you even start because you hold sex workers to a different standard? Can sex workers be slut-shamed when their vocation requires the real or imagined acts of promiscuity? Keep in mind that the social caste system that marginalizes and even dehumanizes sex workers is just an extension of the pervasive patriarchy all around us.

By Christina Parreira, M.A.

Women who transgress traditional gender roles are often targets of ridicule, shaming, and even violence. What does it mean to violate these mores, and what type of women are most at risk? Women who…

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UK Sleepwalking into Fascism: Workhouses for Disabled, The #RacistVan, Racial Profiling

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This week has seen a plethora of actions by the UK government, which if adopted by any other country, any compassionate person would consider fascist. Government sponsored vehicles are roaming the streets telling people to dob in suspected illegal immigrants, the UK Border Agency are stopping mostly non-white commuters on the transport networks and requesting they display credentials to prove their right to be here, and disabled people are being carted off to modern day workhouses. Yet in spite of all this, many are still reluctant to face the gut wrenching reality that all is not well in blighty.

Godwin’s Law? Oh Give it Up

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No doubt someone is already preparing a comment accusing me of Godwin’s Law for making this comparison.  So I’ll take a moment to set out why I am making it, and why it does not conform to the term.

Godwin’s Law was intended…

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SWerfs/Terfs, the Westboro Baptist Church of feminism.

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Swerf = sex work exclusionary radical feminist Terf =trans* exclusionary radical feminist. They go hand in hand.

The loudest non religious voices opposed to sex workers rights, Bindel and Burchill in the UK, Dworkin, Brennan, Farley, among others, describe themselves as radical feminists.  I leave the argument of whether they are feminists to others, it’s the radical that intrigues me. Since the 1960s a certain cachet has been given to groups who are counter cultural, linkages are made between organisations who stand against the dominant narrative of western capitalism and heteronormative values. This was seen in the Occupy camps, where many disparate groups with different reasons for existing were united far more by what they opposed than by what they supported. We cannot escape history, and as the third generation since the 1960s takes to the streets we have absorbed ideas about how “radical” groups look, sound, behave.

The fact is though radical…

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Glasgow Comic Con Creepers …….. ffs

Reblogged for #defcon #defcon2013

THE VENUS ENVY

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After seeing this crappolachode on the GCC fb page, I was glad he had his profile pic up, so I can red card him as soon as i see him. Geekdom belogs to women too, and we don’t need to put up with this shit. As i wrote last year……

“When blogger ‘Singlevoice’, a well respected member of the hacker community visited DEFCON 2011 She was seriously creeped out by the behaviour of some of the males… So she decided to do something about it.

Here is her story…

“Because I am a Very Bad Adult, I finished packing my bags at a completely unreasonable hour of the morning last night. While I was deciding what clothes to take with me to New York, something dawned on me; I was already thinking about what clothes I would avoid taking to Las Vegas for Defcon. Short skirts, low cut tops, tight…

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