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OCTOBER 2012

 

“To all the girls that think you’re ugly because you’re not a size 0, you’re the beautiful one. It’s society that’s ugly.”

– Lady Gaga

 



 

TEEN COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER CYBERBULLYING

“I think the video should be shared and used as an anti-bullying tool. That is what my daughter would have wanted,” Carol Todd, mother of teen Amanda Todd who died Wednesday of suspected suicide after being cyberbullied. #RIPAMANDA

Read the article. More on cyberbullying.

 

CHILD PORN VICTIMS WIN RESTITUTION

Child pornography victims can recover money from people convicted of viewing their abuse without having to show a link between the crime and their injuries, a federal appeals court ruled recently. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a woman, identified as "Amy" in court documents, was entitled to restitution from Texas resident Doyle Randall Paroline and New Orleans resident Michael Wright, both of whom pleaded guilty in separate cases to possessing child pornography that included images of Amy.

Read more here. Kudos to the brave survivors who testified against the porn industry and to Andrea Dworkin, Catharine Mackinnon who laid the legal groundwork for this important legal avenue for survivors.

 

WHAT CHRIS BROWN'S TATTOO TELLS US ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

There’s a myth that men who beat and rape women just “lose control” and that after they act out, they sit around stewing in shame. That is because this is what these men tell people they are trying to ingratiate themselves with, in order to gain their acceptance and forgiveness. But inside, as many victims who have seen their true face can tell you, they are defiant.

They believe they are entitled to dominate women, and they feel victimized by a world that doesn’t give them what they believe is theirs. They act out, looking for little ways to assert the right to dominate they believe is theirs. From an article by Amanda Marcotte.

 

NOT ROMANTIC FOR THIS NURSE

This iconic moment caught to exemplify the end of World War II and to celebrate the joy millions were feeling turns out to be a forced kiss from a brazen drunk on one unhappy nurse named Greta. Check her clenched fists. Check out the choke hold he has on her head. Wow.

According to a London-based feminist blogger known as “Leopard,” . . . far from being a kiss between a loving couple, we learn that George and Greta were perfect strangers. We learn that George was drunk, and that Greta had no idea of his presence until she was in his arms, with his lips on hers… It seems pretty clear, then, what George had committed was sexual assault.” Read more.

 

 

NOT A POST-RACE SOCIETY

The Supreme Court took up Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, a case that could have a huge impact on the future of admissions into colleges around the country. The central question justices will be examining is whether colleges can use race as any factor in deciding the makeup of its freshman classes. More simply, this case could spell the end of the beleaguered policy of affirmative action on college campuses in this country. If it sounds dire, it is. The Fisher case could validate the entrenched “reverse racism” resentment all too often found in arguments against affirmative action.

 

Read the full article at Raw Story.

 

REPUBLICANS BLOCK VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

The Violence Against Women Act has expired. House Republicans are still blocking the reauthorization, which passed the Senate this spring, because of added protections and services for LGBT, Native American, and immigrant abuse victims. These are the victims House Republicans deem unworthy of help.  House Republicans have passed a watered down version of the bill, removing added protections for these groups, instead of passing the Senate’s version so that it can be sent to President Obama for his signature.

 

As a rape survivor, it infuriates me beyond belief that elected officials feel superior enough to determine which victims deserve help. All victims deserve help. Why is this even up for discussion? Rape isn’t partisan. Rape happens to Republicans. Read the full article by Zerlina:


 

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