People who don’t report are often pressured on the grounds that they’re responsible for protecting others. That’s incorrect, and damaging.
So long as students face effective penalties for reporting sexual harassment, we will be unable to resolve the sexual harassment crisis in American colleges and universities.
As a cultural critic, I constantly encounter attitudes along the lines of ‘don’t you have better things to do with your time’ and ‘who really cares about television’ and ‘pop culture doesn’t matter.’ Bitch Magazine, an entire publication dedicated to discussing pop culture through a primarily feminist lens, aside, my response is that yes, pop culture matters. […]
Here is how the story goes: Boy meets girl. Boy decides he’s in love with girl. Boy chases girl. Girl says she’s not interested. Boy keeps chasing her. Girl says she’s still not interested. Boy keeps grinding away at her until she wears down and finally says ‘yes.’ They are happily swept away on a […]
I was on a panel at WisCon earlier this year entitled ‘Be Firm, Be Pithy, Be Gone,’ in which we talked about the experience of asserting boundaries, asking to have our space respected, and creating scripts for dealing with intense, frustrating, or scary social situations. And then, on my way home, I had a perfect […]
One in five women is assaulted during her time on a college campus. The college rape epidemic is finally capturing headlines after years of relative silence on the issue, and some of the worst offenders are feeling pressured to take action. Colleges and universities, just like everywhere else, should be safe places for women, and […]
This spring, I was sucked into Game of Thrones with a peculiar vengeance, despite the fact that it’s not exactly the most untroubling piece of media I’ve ever encountered. It’s filled with sexual violence, rape culture, extreme physical violence, and a world of danger and misery. That said, it’s also a well-built world, with complex worldbuilding and […]
The Midwestern region of the United States is experiencing an oil and gas boom as companies flood to the region to take advantage of oil deposits. The explosion of interest in the region’s natural resources mimics that of other resource booms throughout history as oil and gas workers, mostly men, turn up in droves, compete […]
I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about rape culture and masculinity, which is hardly a new topic for me to explore, let alone the rest of the world, but occasionally I get an idea in my mind like a raspberry seed in my teeth, and I have to worry at it until it finally […]
In evaluating the exploding teen paranormal romance genre, a lot of adults are making the mistake of writing it off as garbage, and believing that anyone who reads it isn’t educated or isn’t seriously interested in books or reading. The assumption is that all books in the genre are identical, that it represents a cookie-cutter […]