We had a lot of talk about Nazis yesterday, because apparently that's a thing we need to be doing now in 2017. However, lest you think that white supremacy has taken over as the oppression du jour, let's not forget that there's still sexism and misogyny to contend with. Some forms of oppression never go out of style!Read More
One in three teens is affected by teen dating violence. My hope is that by telling our stories and being open about what’s happening, and owning our histories, that we’ll be able to strengthen the girls (and guys) that need our help.Read More
Mike and Heather Martin temporarily lost custody of two of their five children for the cruel "pranks" they played in a series of now-deleted YouTube videos that earned the couple a lot of money. The loss of custody should be permanent.Read More
We've been covering the horror show that is Kesha's case against her former producer, Lukasz Gottwald (A.K.A. Dr. Luke), in which she accuses him of sexual assault and abuse. Now Sony, parent company to Dr. Luke's production company, Kemosabe Records, is distancing itself from the producer (finally!). In many ways, this is a victory for Kesha. In many ways, it's not.Read More
Colossal has a lot more frightening things in it than kaiju.Read More
Identifying with Willow for all the worst reasons.
I barely remember the last time I watched "I, Robot...You, Jane," but this time it struck me like a thunderbolt. It’s easy to identify with Willow when you’re a nerdy teenage girl, but it’s something different when she perfectly recreates the relationship you had with The Ex.Read More
In a striking video for BuzzFeed, Brittany Ashley and Ali Vingiano created a short film that examines a type of abuse that isn't easily seen: emotional abuse.Read More
Margot Robbie Says Harley Quinn & the Joker Have an “Unhealthy, Dysfunctional Relationship.” Meaning What?
Suicide Squad has made some changes to the Joker and Harley Quinn's characterization, but at least one element will remain the same: they're going to be in a "really unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship." Those are Margot Robbie's words.Read More
Kesha Wins One Legal Battle Over Her Producer/Alleged Rapist Dr. Luke; Still Can’t Make Music Outside His Company
Last September, we wrote about the profoundly fucked-up legal battles Kesha has been trapped in with her producer Dr. Luke, who she alleges abused, drugged, and raped her. Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke in October 2014, to which he responded with his own suit claiming that the singer fabricated accusations to get out of her contract with him and Sony records.Read More
"I ask you to have the courage to listen and accept it, because I’m trying."
Comedian Beth Stelling posted a series of photos on Instagram on Monday, revealing the details of a verbally, physically, and sexually abusive relationship she's been in the past year.Read More
I'm going to say this up front: regardless of how you might feel about Dunham, Mayberry's letter is important. It is a gripping read, one that illustrates how easily one can slip into an abusive relationship.Read More
"Because I love you..."
One Love, "a student-led movement to activate, educate, and empower others to change the statistics around relationship violence" created a video called "Because I love you" to show how "a simple phrase can take on a different meaning in an unhealthy relationship."Read More
The little girl was punched so hard she needed stitches.
A four year old girl in Columbus, Ohio was told by a hospital worker that the reason she's getting stitches is because the boy who punched her must like her.Read More
What is missing from this narrative are the ways in which we vilify and hold accountable Black male abusers and don’t do the same for white men with equally terrible track records.Read More
Not everyone can "move forward," though.
Former Rat Queens artist Roc Upchurch got arrested for domestic violence last year; he stopped illustrating Rat Queens shortly thereafter. Upchurch recently reached out to Comic Book Resources' Casey Gilley to request an interview with her to discuss his life since; that interview went up today.Read More
Only a week after the Internet was torn asunder by the world's most frustrating article of clothing, the South African branch of the Salvation Army has already released an anti-domestic violence PSA featuring a woman wearing the dress and the message "Why is it so hard to see black and blue? The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in 6 women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women."Read More
Fifty Shades of Nah.
I met him my sophomore year in college. Tall, dark, handsome, popular, talented, articulate, and immensely charming, I formed a crush on him almost instantly. But, I knew to my marrow that someone like me could never be with someone like him. I didn’t move in his celestial spheres; I wasn’t worthy of his time or attention. I knew myself to be beneath him.Read More
Although I'd like to think that everyone viewing or reading Fifty Shades of Grey does so with critical distance, that seems awfully optimistic when I remember how 19-year-old Carolyn didn't think twice about Christian Grey's patently abusive behavior, or when I consider how the little-Twilight-fanfic-that-could has created an unhealthy and inaccurate popular perception of kink.Read More
My inner goddess is hopping mad.
Holy f***. Sweet mother of all... Jeez.
Here's the thing about 50 Shades of Grey. If you're going to make the horrible source material into a film, you might as well go all the way, right? Sadly, the filmmakers have decided to omit a crucial scene from the film - the tampon scene. One fan won't let that stand, however, and has seen fit to create the scene in all its CG glory.Read More