Dawkins stirs the pot again

Dawkins stirs the pot again

I’ve just posted at Feministe about the latest developments in the skeptosphere’s Deep Rifts TM. For those who’d rather discuss the ongoing cyberstorm that began with Elevatorgate here, this is the thread for you. Links to other people’s posts especially welcome.

QOTD: Neutrality is not neutral. Neutrality supports the status quo.

QOTD: Neutrality is not neutral. Neutrality supports the status quo.

[Content Note: discussion of graphic rape threats and links to posts that quote them]
the way you personally feel about rape threats is irrelevant. What’s relevant is how you behave when they happen. When you support and promote the work of someone who makes rape threats, you are tolerating rape threats.

“School bans sex victim from ball … but offender can go”

From today’s West Australian: School bans sex victim from ball … but offender can go: “A private high school has banned a former student from attending its senior school ball because a boy who had sexually assaulted her will be there. The father of the 16-year-old girl said she had been assaulted when she had […]

Normalisation of violence against women

What do these two pieces of popular culture have in common?
(TW: references to violence (including sexual violence) against women)

Today in Tangential Learning: the smell of chloroform

Today in Tangential Learning: the smell of chloroform

As part of following PZ Myer’s account of a campaign against him on campus from the editor(s) of a right-wing student newspaper, I have learnt what chloroform smells like, and it smells like something present in every office and classroom and most private homes.

Then I searched online for a bit more information about chloroform…

I'm the kind of guy who doesn't have sex with a girl when she's too drunk.  Are you?

Advising women to prevent their own rapes is not brave or edgy or helpful

Education campaigns dispelling the traditional ignorance perpetuating rape myths that allow rapists to get away with making “commonsense” excuses work. Victim-blaming doesn’t work.

Quicklink: Internet Activism Matters

Quicklink: Internet Activism Matters

So. $25,000 donated to RAINN by Kickstarter, a new Kickstarter policy banning “seduction guides,” and an apology from Hoinsky along with a commitment to work with anti-violence organizations while rewriting his book.

Not bad!

I don’t know how else to say this: Internet activism matters. The next time someone tries to give you shit for “just blogging” or “just signing petitions,” point them to this and dozens of other examples of small things adding up to make a big difference.

Our best sign yet that we are doing something right.

Our best sign yet that we are doing something right.

Content note: child rape.
Didion at Feminéma, who has just become my new favourite person, has written a response to comments made by Roman Polanski at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, where he continues to be welcome.

BY DEFINITION YOU CAN'T ASK FOR RAPE sign at Slutwalk Melbourne 2011 | "you can't ask for rape" by louisa_catlover, on Flickr

A Short Post on Rape Prevention

When people scoff at the message that we need to teach people not to rape they make the assumption that the lesson goes: “Rape is bad. Don’t do it.” That is not what the lesson looks like. The lesson, once it is adopted, will be that every single person out there, regardless of any defining personal characteristics, is a human being of value, and with a right to make their own decisions about what bodily contact to have with others.

My skirt doesn't cause rape - rapists do

This is so the worst thing that you will read all day

[Content note: rape culture, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, #steubenville]

Quicklink: Rape prevention aimed at rapists works

Quicklink: Rape prevention aimed at rapists works

The “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign is a public service rape prevention campaign launched in Edmonton in 2010, and adopted by other cities in Canada, which took the radical step of aiming its message, not at potential rape victims, but at potential rapists.

Cultural diversity vs feminism

Cultural diversity vs feminism

[Cross posted at Ariane's Little World] The global coverage of the horrific death of a woman from Delhi has certainly shone the light on the difficulties of navigating universal women’s rights in a world where cultures are not all the same, and are certainly not equal in power. As usual the Oz has lead the […]

Somebody call whine-1-1.  We need a wahmbulance sent over right away.

Rebecca Watson made Mount Wahmbulance explode

Rebecca Watson decided to Tweet something super controversial to satisfy my feminazi need to make men cry: Minds were blown! Up is down! Left is right! Cats and dogs, sleeping together!

BY DEFINITION YOU CAN'T ASK FOR RAPE sign at Slutwalk Melbourne 2011 | "you can't ask for rape" by louisa_catlover, on Flickr

Feminism Friday: this week on the Feminism 101 Blog

It’s that time of the month again with Call for Feminism 101 Links III, and a guest post – Feminism Friday: What can I do, right now today, to help stop sexual violence