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Las Vegas police use purity event to tell girls “promiscuity” leads to rape, prostitution, gangs, and death

At the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “Choose Purity” event on Saturday, girls (and only girls) were treated to such a feast of fear-mongering and baseless scare tactics that it’s hard to believe that the event happened in real life and not as the plot point of a dark comedy in the vein of Election…

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You had me at James Bond: White House PSAs on sexual assault put onus on men

It seems the Obama Administration is making good on its campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses — and by proxy provide teachable moments about rape culture to the entire nation. Earlier this week, the White House released the first report (PDF) from the newly created sexual assault task force. In tandem with the…

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Why you should be happy about the Veronica Mars movie, even if you don’t like Veronica Mars

Unless you’ve been living in a far-flung locale off the grid, it would be hard to miss the hullabaloo about the Veronica Mars movie, which debuted in limited release and video-on-demand on March 14. Whether you’re on Team Reboot or Team I-DON’T-CARE-PLEASE-SHUT-UP-ALREADY, there is no denying that the record-breaking fan-funding that breathed life back into…

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What the West Virginia Elk River spill says about the intersection of race, poverty, privilege, and oppression

The alternate headline for this post was, “Environmentalism: The long-view on dismantling oppression.” When I first launched The Sin City Siren seven years ago, one of the issues I wrote about often was environmentalism. After a while I got tired of defending the importance of talking about environmental concerns on a feminist site: Why do…

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The justice backlog: Why are hundreds of thousands of rape kits gathering dust?

Trigger Warning: rape, violent crime Even as the Justice Department reports that our nation’s crime labs are processing more rape kits, there is a greater backlog than ever in analysis of potential evidence. Indeed, it is estimated that there are as many as 400,000 untested kits sitting in evidence storage all across the country. Considering…

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It’s 2014: On your marks, get set, GO!

Happy New Year, Sirens! Now that the confetti and champagne have been cleared away, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down to business. We’ve got work to do Sirens! It’s an election year, baby: Get ready for another year of political ad-overload. All of Nevada’s four House seats are on the docket…

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Why it’s time to dump diet resolutions

[Trigger Warning: fat-shaming, eating disorders, body image] On Christmas Day it was right there in my social media feed, like invasive annual weeds: Diet ads. To be fair, as an American woman in my 30s, the diet industry targets my social media feeds with some regularity. I hit several of their demographic markers: female, 30s,…