Year in Review: A look back at stories of sexual violence in 2011

**TRIGGER WARNING** 2011 was a year full of intense stories about sexual violence across a wide spectrum. My hope is that some of the discussion and dialogue here on The Siren has been beneficial in shining a light on an ugly problem and, perhaps, offering hope, clarity, or insight for those struggling with this issue…

Stand Against Hate

Sirens, it’s time to rally for our community. The “Christians” at Westboro Baptist Church are coming back to town on Tuesday (Nov. 1) to spread their hate. I can never understand the “logic” that the Westboro crowd uses to spread hate-speech and hateful messages against LGBTQ individuals, women, and many other demographics of people in…

SCS joins Fem2pt0

I am excited to announce that I have joined the Fem2pt0 feminist blogging consortium! Made up of a group of feminist bloggers, Fem2pt0 highlights many feminist issues you see here on The Siren — politics, sexism, pay equity, reproductive justice, and more. As one of the non-beltway bloggers, I will be lending my voice to…

Are you ready for some football?

It’s fall and for a lot of people — myself included — that means it’s time for football. (Go Ducks!) But these days it’s not just a matter of college or pros. There’s also the two-year-old Lingerie Football League, which launched a Las Vegas franchise this fall called Vegas Sin. The question: Is this just…

Violent times

*TRIGGER WARNING* Is it just me or has there been an explosion of sexual violence cases in the news lately? What the hell is going on out there?! A 15-year-old girl was raped and brutally murdered (multiple stab wounds and the body was set on fire!) while walking home in her neighborhood this week. Her…