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“Nice Guys” Contribute to Rape Culture

Originally published on by Ben Atherton-Zeman Daniel Tosh makes jokes that support rape culture and he’s defended as a “nice guy” while feminists are threatened with rape for pointing it out. Joe Paterno is accused of participating in a cover up of child rape and his “legend” legacy is defended while Sandusky’s victims are … Continued

Someone Photographed My Sexual Assault

Originally published on by Anonymous The summer I was sexually assaulted began, strangely, as the lightest time in my life. It was 2002, and I’d escaped from the cloying judgement of my tiny hometown, abusive parents and the boyfriend who had unceremoniously dumped me after three years together. It sounds like a contradiction, but … Continued

How I Became a Rape Victim

Originally published on the blog HerbsandHags in the UK I’ve been thinking about this recently, because rape has been in the news so much. Ched Evans, the twitter hate campaign against his victim, the I Believe Her campaign in response, the girls in Oldham who were groomed and raped… and the discussion about why they … Continued

An “It Happened to Me” Story

From Cat-Calling To Groping, Street Harassment Is Everywhere… And It Happened To Me by Morwenna Ferrier Originally published in Last Monday, while on the tube between Holborn and Highbury, I was leant on by a penis. It wasn’t my boyfriend’s. I’ve no idea who its owner was only that it was definitely there, definitely … Continued

Sexism in Czech Advertising

by Lisette Allen Originally published on Sex sells in the Czech Republic, but have recent adverts gone too far? There’s an episode of the hit US TV show Mad Men where Peggy tries to convince boss Don Draper that her idea for an advertising campaign will work by parroting the dictum “sex sells.” Don … Continued

Czech Position Hears Our Hollas

Czech Position by Martina Čermáková Cesky prekladani je dolu Women ‘Holla’ Out to End Street Harassment Prague is joining a global online movement against street harassment — but experts say attitudes are 20 years behind Western Europe Most women or members of the LGBT community at some point have had to deal with vulgar … Continued

Not So Charming Stick-or-Treating

by Martina Čermáková Not too rarely, you’ll find the Czech Easter whipping tradition in one of those stories on odd holiday traditions featured in the corky-news section. From my experience, anyone who’s just learnt about the spanking of girls and women with braided willow sticks (pomlázkas) that goes down on Easter Monday will see it … Continued

HollaBack! in the New York Times!

The New York Times by Joe Sharkey Keeping Women Safe Through Social Networking EVERY female business traveler I know concedes that she has experienced at least some kind of sexual harassment on the road. Usually it’s verbal, though sometimes it’s physical. But rarely is it reported — not to the authorities and not at the … Continued