Prison Rape Is Not a Punch Line

How often have you heard someone chuckle about “dropping the soap”? 

Male Rape is No Joke—But Pop Culture Often Treats It That Way

From Wedding Crashers to 40 Days and 40 Nights, films often treat sexual assault of men as a punchline.  Read more »

Vivien Green Fryd Charts the Feminist Artists Who’ve Painted #MeToo for Decades

Against Our Will challenges us to witness without looking away, exploring sexual violence as a discrete subject of American art with unflinching analysis. Read more »

#ItHappenedToUs: How Chosen Families support Queer Survivors of Sexual Assault

When I was sexually assaulted, it didn’t just happen to me, it happened to us.  Read more »

Backtalk: That's Not Consent. That's Capitalism.

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the newest marketing ploy around consent: condoms that require four hands to open. These kinds of throwaway, viral products commodify ideas around sexual violence without actually working to solve a problem (while hoisting the blame for sexual assault away from... Read more »

Turn Down for What: Why Media Amplifies Rape Apology

Instead of putting women in control at the heart of their own narratives, society talks around them, keeping them voiceless and powerless. Read more »

Building Trust: #MeToo and Media’s Responsibility to Survivors

Publications need to build trust with survivors so that their stories can be told. Read more »

Punishment Is Not Justice: Defying Definitions After Sexual Violence

We need to move beyond binary survivor-perpetrator framing. Read more »

I Kissed Consent Goodbye: Purity Culture and Sexual Violence on Evangelical Christian Campuses

Purity is tarnished by sexual contact, regardless of circumstances, and the only recourse is to pray for a “second virginity.” Read more »

Gray Matters: How Rape in Pop Culture Became a Matter of Opinion

Time and again, we refuse to believe that people who commit sexual violence specifically get off on the lack of consent, casting them instead as “good boys” confounded by the complex rules of dating in our modern world. Read more »

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

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