Michigan passes ‘rape insurance’ bill. So what are you going to do about it?

Abandon hope all ye who enter here: Michigan has created a new ring of hell and it is called “rape insurance.” Call this the nexus of reproductive rights and rape culture. The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act passed yesterday by the Michigan Legislature bans all insurance plans from covering abortion unless the woman’s life is in…

Let #FastTailedGirls provoke your rage. We could use some rage.

[Trigger Warning] She was asking for it. That is the seed from which much rape culture lore has sprung. While sexual assault and molestation can happen to anyone of any gender, the implication in our rape-culture-dominated world is that sexual violence is reserved to punish the females who step out of line. Develop breasts too…

Richard Dawkins defends the indefensible

*Massive trigger warning for sexual abuse and related crimes* There I was sitting in a waiting room, scrolling through my twitter feed when I happened upon the Salon article reporting on how celebrated atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins has decided that “mild pedophilia” does not cause “lasting harm.” Say what?! In a recent interview with…

Exploring girlhood, Part 2: Different for girls

Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series with the question, “What does it mean to be a girl?” In the series we have explored the way society defines and confines girlhood, as well as gender in general. (Click here for part 1.) (Trigger Warning) All week I’ve been thinking about De’Liza’s post…