DSK case: an excellent post from Feministe

By · Friday, July 1st, 2011 · 79 Comments »

As the rape case against DSK falls apart, this really is worth reading from Jill at Feministe: There Are No Perfect Accusers. An excerpt: There’s no indication that she actually lied about being raped; instead, it turns out that she has lied about other things in the course of her adult life (shocking stuff, I […]

Gang rape as entertainment

By · Monday, November 2nd, 2009 · 51 Comments »

The stories about the Richmond gang rape are starting to piss me off. “How could it have happened?” people say. “What could have possessed those young men to behave like that?” WE LIVE IN A FUCKING PATRIARCHY, I yell at my computer screen in all-caps. WE LIVE IN A GODDAMN WOMAN-HATING NIGHTMARE. Raping, torturing, and […]

Why isn’t the Richmond gang rape being treated as a hate crime?

By · Thursday, October 29th, 2009 · 24 Comments »

That’s a rhetorical question, of course. If you read my post yesterday about hate crimes (or even if you didn’t), you know why. But the Richmond case provides an unusually clear-cut example of how violence against women, just because they’re women (as opposed to black/immigrant/Jewish/gay women), is considered normal. Why? Because it was in this […]

Gang rape victim brings it on herself

By · Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 · 68 Comments »

Onlookers laugh during teen girl’s gang rape, reports the San Jose Mercury News. I’m just going to fair-use the gist of the article here: Onlookers laughed, took pictures and even joined in Saturday night during the two-hour gang rape of a semiconscious 15-year-old outside her homecoming dance at Richmond High, police said Monday. … “She […]

An open letter to Feministing

By · Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 · 21 Comments »

I tried to post a comment at Feministing but, as usual, was bitterly rebuffed by Typekey, which thinks I’m a Soviet spy. So here’s the question I want to ask about this post: What is the empirical foundation for the claim that “creating a culture which values genuine female sexual pleasure can help stop rape”? […]

The New York Times thinks rape is “salacious”

By · Thursday, December 6th, 2007 · 9 Comments »

From the story about Huckabee’s parole of rapist Wayne DuMond: It has all the markings of salacious, tabloidian detail that can haunt a candidate, a lawmaker, an elected official, who walks and stalks the halls of criminal justice, who has, as he has said, weighed decisions on whether to impose capital punishment, and has ordered […]

Rape = “theft of services”

By · Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 · 28 Comments »

I saw this in the news a few days ago, but didn’t post on it because it upset me too much. It upset me so much, in fact, that I had to spend two hours googling dolphin pictures in order to calm down. But Shakespeare’s Sister is a better woman than I, and so she’s […]

The Essence of War

By · Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 · 5 Comments »

I’ve written before about how the rape of women is an indissoluble part of war, but Professor Shortell makes the same point in about one-twentieth of the space. He quotes from this article in the New York Times about the war in Congo: Every day, 10 new women and girls who have been raped show […]

He couldn’t be bothered with a single mention of all the raped and enslaved women?

By · Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 · 35 Comments »

I haven’t been watching the Ken Burns documentary “The War,” but this post over at Heart’s got my attention: Where in the name of all that is holy are the comfort women? And it’s not just the “comfort” women; it’s all the enslaved and prostituted and raped women in that global apocalypse, that furnace of […]

Does this sound like a suicide to you?

By · Monday, August 20th, 2007 · 18 Comments »

LaVena Johnson, Private First Class, died near Balad, Iraq, on July 19, 2005. She was 19 years old. According to the Army, her death was a suicide, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Uh huh. Here’s the evidence in the case: * Two loose front teeth and a “busted lip” that had to be […]