rape culture

Rocky is Not the Hero We Remember

Trigger warning: rape culture — When Rocky was released in 1976, New York Times film reviewer Vincent Canby panned the movie’s inconceivability. His lone positive takeaway was Talia Shire, who he called “genuinely touching and funny as an incipient spinster who comes late to sexual life” in her portrayal of …

Say NOPE to Victim Blaming

Trigger Warning: This post contains mention of rape, sexual assault, and victim blaming — A couple of weeks ago, I saw a tweet that greatly divided the Twittersphere. Grace Victory posted about two girls sharing their account of being sexually harassed at a music festival, British Summer Time, where they found …

New Sex Robots with ‘Rape Setting’ Are Peak Toxic Masculinity

TW: Rape Sex robot company (we’ll leave the discussion on what sex robots tells us about society for another day) True Companion have recently advertised a new feature of their ‘Roxxxy TrueCompanion’ bot; a ‘Frigid Farrah’ personality which allows the user to simulate rape. Yes, you read that correctly. There …

Courtroom or Twitter? Rape Culture in the Judiciary

Trigger warning: Discussion of rape and sexual assault throughout, including victim blaming and rape culture. — Back in 1986, Jill Saward was raped during a burglary at her father’s vicarage in West London. One defendant was given a longer sentence for his part in the burglary than her assault – …

When is Rape Not Rape? When You’re Misusing the Word

Trigger warning: This article contains mention of rape and sexual assault. — Rape is defined as: “unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of …