Rape and Sexual Assault

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Take Action: Daily Beast Should Apologize for Dismissing Prison Rape

The Daily Beast published a vile and harmful piece about Chelsea Manning and prison rape. Here’s what we can do about it.

by × August 23, 2013 × Comments are Disabled
Let’s talk about consent

Let’s talk about consent

GMP is a great example of how not to write about rape and how not to start a conversation about consent. But we do need to talk about sexual violence. How do we do that thoughtfully and productively?

by × December 18, 2012 × Comments are Disabled
Review: “Conquest” by Andrea Smith

Review: “Conquest” by Andrea Smith

I’ve been quoting Andrea Smith a lot lately. I just finished reading her first book, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. It’s an amazing, impassioned book – a difficult read, given the topic, but a necessary one.

by × October 9, 2012 × Comments are Disabled
On Science and Sexual Abuse

On Science and Sexual Abuse

I decided to leave my thoughts on the science reporting in Cord Jefferson’s piece out of the post at PhD in Parenting. It was already long enough, and it made sense to keep it focused on Jefferson’s approach and framing in the piece.

by × September 14, 2012 × 3 comments
At PhDinParenting: The Ethics of Writing about Sexual Abuse

At PhDinParenting: The Ethics of Writing about Sexual Abuse

I have a post at Annie Urban’s PhD in Parenting Blog responding to the awful piece on pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” that Cord Jefferson recently wrote for Gawker. The short version: Jefferson’s piece was an epic and inexcusable failure of journalistic ethics.

by × September 13, 2012 × Comments are Disabled
Jared Wilson and the politics of forgiveness

Jared Wilson and the politics of forgiveness

To be honest, responses like this are part of why I can’t trust liberal evangelicalism or Christian egalitarianism as a culture. There’s still a lot of reluctance even from evangelicals who oppose abusive and exclusionary theology to clearly and fully name it for what it is.

by × August 27, 2012 × 11 comments
Todd Akin, Jared Wilson, and apologies that aren’t

Todd Akin, Jared Wilson, and apologies that aren’t

Trigger warning: sexual violence, rape apologism, victim blaming, cissexism, anti-choice rhetoric. Content note: Not all people with uteruses are women and not all women have uteruses. Not all rape survivors are women, or adults. I use language that reflects this where I’m not paraphrasing/unpacking the views of people who choose to believe the […]

by × August 24, 2012 × 6 comments
Jared Wilson: Rape is God’s “passive judgment” on sinful cultures

Jared Wilson: Rape is God’s “passive judgment” on sinful cultures

I asked Jared Wilson to clarify whether he agrees with Doug Wilson’s view of rape as a judgement of cultures that don’t “cherish” (exercise authority over) women. This was the ensuing conversation. I wanted to allow Jared to explain his views in his own terms. I think his words speak for themselves.

by × August 23, 2012 × 2 comments
Conquer, colonize, enslave: On redefining words and rewriting history

Conquer, colonize, enslave: On redefining words and rewriting history

Trigger warning: rape/incest, child sexual abuse, racism, slavery, western colonization/imperialism. Well, Jared Wilson has “apologized” (not really) for posting the Doug Wilson excerpt on his blog, and both the original post and the defensive followup to it have been taken down. Some people will take this as enough progress to […]

by × July 22, 2012 × 5 comments