What “Supporting Survivors” Looks Like in Practice

As the University of Minnesota -and beyond- continues to grapple with the implications of rape culture, it’s worth taking a moment to re-center the people most impacted by sexual assault: victim-survivors. While the media may fixate on high-profile sports teams, and the conversation on social media may zoom in on the back-and-forth of the micro-level…

Rewarding Violence through Toxic Masculinity

*Trigger warning: trauma, sexual assault, and violence of all kinds discussed here. Take care of yourself as needed.* Unfortunately, we have had another mass shooting in this country. The queer community and America as a whole continues to rebuild during Pride month through celebrating love and supporting one another through this time. Meanwhile, everyone still…

Problematic Arguments in Response to Rape

*Warning: This post contains triggering and graphic language, descriptions, and images involving sexual assault.* You know, there are days when I just can’t handle rape culture anymore. Other days, I’m ready to fight the good fight, to charge at the nearest challenge against the inherent sexism and violence that rape culture perpetuates. But then there…

The Truth About The New Sex Policy: Affirmative Consent

This article is dedicated to Jon Stewart for teaching the United States a little something called Media Integrity. I salute Jon Stewart for combining satire and political integrity all too well. [Ed. Note: While the blogger’s tone is facetious at times, the conversations below reflect actual interviews conducted by the blogger.] Let’s talk about sex. According…

Silently Judging is Silently Agreeing

Recently I had the joy of attending and photographing the annual Minneapolis SlutWalk. If you’ve never heard of it before, one of our very own bloggers wrote beautifully about the walk and rape culture a few years ago, check it out here. To summarize, a bunch of people got together for a walk on the…

anonymity + misogyny on the internet

*trigger warning* This may be old news to some, but a few weeks ago my grandma sent me some articles from a few newspapers in the UK that had to deal with feminism or women’s issues. I had strong reactions to all of them, but the one that really ‘got my knickers in a twist’…

Take Five

Take some time to check out five finds on our radar! Read: Young men talk openly of my ‘rape potential’… why are they so vile to clever women like me? Cambridge undergrad tells of shocking abuse by male students at elite university Upcoming event: TOMORROW: The Female Orgasm: A Program About Sexual Health and Women’s…

Take Five

Take some time to check out five finds on our radar! Read: I am not your wife, sister or daughter. I am a person. Upcoming event: “My Name Is Not Baby!”: Taking Action Against Street Harassment on Monday April 8th 6:15-8:15 p.m. Watch: Learn about a cause/organization: Free the Girls Health/Wellness: Blue Zones