Telling women not to go out to avoid rape isn’t about safety. It’s about restricting women’s freedom. Here’s why.

    We’re into Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale (which I’m not yet watching, but I’ve just read the book. Aside: Is it weird that the show has already gone past the book in terms of June’s pregnancy?) And I’m seeing lots of posts from Americans about how the show “is slowly happening inContinue reading “Telling women not to go out to avoid rape isn’t about safety. It’s about restricting women’s freedom. Here’s why.”

Slut Shaming: When Teens Adopt Traditional Values

This article was first published on Cliterati.co.ukĀ on 11/12/13.   Slut shamed to death. Not just Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons and Audrie Potts but other victims all over the world who we’ll never hear about. Most of the women we do hear about are middle class, cis, white and very young. They usually have caring, confidentContinue reading “Slut Shaming: When Teens Adopt Traditional Values”

Don’t ban rape porn- ban rape apologism!

Our government wants porn filters. Some feminists want to ban porn, especially “rape porn”. But what’s the point of getting rid of pornography if we don’t get rid of the real issue: rape culture? Rape apologism and victim blaming is rife in the media. Mainstream horror novels like Stephen King’s Carrie suggest that rape victimsContinue reading “Don’t ban rape porn- ban rape apologism!”

Slut shaming and victim blaming: Why we shouldn’t do it

This might seem too obvious to a lot of you who’re reading this, but internet comments as well as the ignorance I’ve seen in real life kind of inspired me to write this. Weirdly, women slut shame and victim blame more than men (in my experience); with men, the only ones who victim blame seemContinue reading “Slut shaming and victim blaming: Why we shouldn’t do it”

Paedomania vs Slut-shaming: There can be only one!

Paedomania is the moral panic over paedophiles. Moral panics were first indentified by Cohen (1971). They are a disproportionate societal reaction to a threat, usually to do with sex. Previous moral panics have included the 17th century witch-hunts, American reactions to 9/11 and the satanic ritual sexual abuse panic of the late ’80s and earlyContinue reading “Paedomania vs Slut-shaming: There can be only one!”

Drunk sluts get raped: Police and internet commenters in consensus

West Mercia police apologised for their video and poster campaign which urged women not to drink too much on nights out in order to not “leave yourself vulnerable to regretful sex or even rape.” The force also released a video featuring a female rape victim. During the video the victim says she wishes to makeContinue reading “Drunk sluts get raped: Police and internet commenters in consensus”