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…

What fresh rape culture is this?

*TRIGGER WARNING* Just when you worry that you might be getting anesthetized to rape culture, it goes and sucker-punches you in the ovaries. Whether it’s rapists getting off with no jail time, #rapeface memes, military rape legislation, rape culture protests, or even just how incredibly inept the federal government is at counting sexual assaults —…

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…

Slut Riot: On the intersection of shaming, rape culture, and patriarchy

What a fantastic Sluts Week we’ve been having during our SLUT RIOT! We’ve had intense conversation generated from thought-provoking and sometimes controversial guest posts — here and on Facebook and twitter. We’ve looked at it from different angles. We’ve poked a stick at so much slut-shaming with photos and a Big Slut Riot Music Video.…

At the intersection of sex worker rights and human trafficking

Last week I sent SCS intern De’Liza Galimidi to the Sex Worker Rights Conference, held here in Las Vegas in a covert location. It was an ambitious assignment for even an experienced journalist. I’m proud to say that De’Liza handled it with maturity (and some help from her mom). Here are her thoughts after getting…