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More Than Half of Female Homicides in the U.S. Involve Intimate Partner Violence

In a recent report from the CDC, 55% of female homicides in the U.S. involved intimate partner violence, and 54% involved a firearm.

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Things We Saw Today: What Has MAVEN Discovered on Mars?

NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) has been studying the upper atmosphere of Mars since September 2014, and NASA shared MAVEN's ten most important discoveries so far.

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Mel Gibson Is in Talks to Direct Suicide Squad 2, Because, Why? Why. Why?

What is DC doing, part 2980805085.


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Feminism Around the World: Canadian Burlesque Dancer Tracks Down Fat-Shaming Internet Troll…a 15-Year-Old Boy

Jessica Davey-Quantick is a Canadian burlesque dancer who has a prolific Instagram. Now, it's already kind of a big deal for a woman to be online at all with, you know, a life or opinions, as evidenced by the trolls many of us suffer on a daily basis. Layer on top of that the identity of "burlesque performer," and you bring out all the specifically appearance-focused and/or "morality" focused sexism. Add the fact that the burlesque dancer in question is fat? You've hit the trifecta.

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NM City Councilor Responds to Women’s March With Domestic Violence Joke, Is Example of How Trump Has Normalized Misogyny

The Women's March was an event that gave voice to the voiceless, united women of different backgrounds, and sent a clear message of protest. For many others, like J.R. Doporto, it was an opportunity to release the inner misogynist.

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Feminism Around the World: Russia Possibly Set to Decriminalize Domestic Violence, Because Who Needs Progress?

Last week, Russia's Duma passed a bill by a vote of 368 to 1 (with one abstention) that would decriminalize certain "less serious" forms of domestic violence, chipping away at progress that was already hard-won.

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Feminism Around the World: #NiUnaMenos Protest in Argentina Highlights Epidemic of Violence Against Women

Every 30 hours, a woman is killed in Argentina, and according to The Guardian, of the Top Ten countries for femicide, seven are in Latin America.

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On Domestic Abuse, Lindsay Lohan, and the “Perfect Victim/Survivor” Myth

About a week or so ago, a violent fight between Lindsay Lohan and her ex-fiancé Egor Tarabasov got captured on camera, with the footage making the rounds on social networks.

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Amber Heard Files Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp, Allegedly Due to Domestic Abuse

Actress Amber Heard has obtained a domestic violence restraining order against her husband, Johnny Depp, alleging that she has suffered domestic abuse in the course of their marriage.

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Conflicting Accounts of Artist Maneuverings Plague Rat Queens

When artist and Rat Queens co-creator Roc Upchurch was arrested for battery against his wife back in 2014, writer and co-creator Kurtis Wiebe pleased many of the book's fans by taking Upchurch off this book about powerful and nuanced female characters saying first that "I couldn’t have imagined something I love so dearly would become connected to domestic violence." After this weekend, it seems like that may not have been the final word on the matter.

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India Mandates Cell Phone Panic Buttons in Response to Widespread Violence Against Women

India's Telecommunications Ministry has made it mandatory that mobile phone companies implement a panic button on their phones in response to the slew of reported cases of sexual assault and violence against women.

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#OneHitMeansOut Calls for the NFL to Stop Tolerating Domestic Abuse

Mildly NSFW

This PSA from Made By Woman Media titled "Topless Women Talk NFL" calls for the NFL to stop tolerating domestic violence.

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“Not a Victim, But a Victor” — Roc Upchurch’s Wife Speaks Out Against Abuse, Silencing

John "Roc" Upchurch, formerly the artist for Rat Queens, has quietly returned to the comic book world; he first went on hiatus following his arrest for domestic abuse a year ago. Upchurch's wife, who has asked us to refer to her as "Reese U." in this piece, reached out to The Mary Sue, as well as several other media outlets, to share her thoughts about what's happened since John Upchurch began his comics career again in earnest.

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Australia May Deny Chris Brown a Travel Visa — yet White Abusers Get a Free Pass?

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.

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Toxic Masculinity, Part 2: Sean Penn Sues Lee Daniels Over Misguided Comments Regarding Terrence Howard

SO much to unpack here.


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Terrence Howard is a Living Example of Toxic Masculinity

Terrence Howard is a great actor. This we know. However, we also know that he has a history of treating women like garbage (and doesn't seem particularly ashamed of it). Apparently, he was also single-handedly responsible for the Iron Man film as we know it, and thinks he can just...invent math.

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California Moving Company Will Help Move Victims of Domestic Abuse for Free

Today in "The World's Not So Bad" News.

It's awesome when companies actually try to, you know, help people. In this case, it's a California moving company helps move victims of domestic abuse from their homes for free.

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Roc Upchurch Discusses Recovery & “Moving Forward” From His Arrest for Domestic Abuse

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.

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When Seeing Straight Outta Compton, Remember the Women

Listen. Remember. Discuss.

We all enjoy problematic things. Sometimes, we don't even realize that the thing we love is problematic until someone else points it out, because the problems with it don't affect us personally. And yes, it is possible to like something, while simultaneously recognizing that there are things it could've done better, or that there are ways in which it harms an already maligned group.

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Salvation Army Uses “The Dress” for Domestic Violence PSA

Mixed feelings.

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."

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