domestic violence

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Here’s what we’re reading today. • On Tuesday, CBC aired a poignant interview with Joni Mitchell. The singer spoke about fame, her life as a painter, and giving her daughter up for... Read more »

Finally! Congress Passes Violence Against Women Act—Here's Why We Need to Do More.

Supporting survivors of domestic violence should be an easy political issue. And yet! For months, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has been derailed by Republican opposition to the bill... Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: All the Advice You Asked For, and Some You Didn't

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don’... Read more »

House of Pain: The latest blow to the Violence Against Women Act

This article went to press in January 2013. A February 2013 update is at the bottom. 2012 marked the year that violence against women became a partisan issue. The Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994, was the first comprehensive federal effort to combat such violence. The landmark law... Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Good morning! Happy Monday! Here’s our list of feminist news links to kick off your week.  • Grammy Time: Was Frank Ocean stiffed awards because he’... Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Good morning Bitch readers! Here’s your daily feminist news, fresh off the press.  • The Pakistani schoolgirl activist attacked by the Taliban speaks out and announces the creation... Read more »

Breast Intentions: Of Violence, Advertising and Lingerie

In both a national and global context where the rates of domestic violence against women are consistently soaring (according to the United Nations Population Fund Report, more 55 percent of women living in India face violence within the home), awareness campaigns and messages which seek to... Read more »

Lady Liquor: Temperance, suffrage and the matter of strange bedfellows

The pairing of women’s suffrage and Prohibition always seemed to me like another quirky historical coupling, an example of the same group of people simultaneously favoring a critical common-sense idea (universal suffrage) and an unbelievably naïve, moralistic solution to society’s... Read more »

In The Frame: Nan Goldin, "One Month After Being Battered"

“There is no separation between me and what I photograph,” said the artist Nan Goldin. This has never been truer than with the self-portrait that captures her injuries caused by an abusive boyfriend. Domestic violence is never an easy subject to talk about, but this image speaks volumes. Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Sexual Violence and Discourses of "Purity"

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the silliness of “True Love Waits”-style campaigns, but it never really occurred to me to think about how a child who has been raped might experience these shaming “abstinence-only” discourses. That is to say, this would be particularly cruel, painful, and... Read more »

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