Why does rape happen? Because a rapist chooses to rape someone. Because someone felt so entitled to sex, they didn’t care whether their selected partner was able or willing to consent. No one is disagreeing there. But why does that choice happen? Where does that sense of entitlement come from?
If you ask RAINN or TIME magazine, they wouldn’t be able to give you an answer.
The proceedings of the infamous Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Senate hearings in 1991 perhaps felt like a revolution at the time. A black woman challenged her boss’s bad behavior on a national stage and made sexual harassment part of our national conversation. On film over 20 years later, the entire episode feels like a relevant counter-point to “leaning in.” The professional world, the documentary reminds us, isn’t a cute place to be a woman. Anita Hill had to act against the interest of her career to do what she knew was right. Instead of leaning in, she called out her boss. For that, she’s earned both immense respect and scorn.
This month, Jacobin launched a book series with Verso offering a socialist perspective on cultural, political, and economic issues, including Melissa Gira Grant’s new book on the sex work industry, Playing the Whore: the Work of Sex Work. Grant has written about sex and politics for such outlets as the Nation, the Guardian, $pread and as a contributing editor of Jacobin.
Each week, artist Erika Moen explores some aspect of sex and reports back on the result for her illustrated column, Oh Joy Sex Toy. This week, Erika dives deep into a topic that has gotten not nearly enough discussion: how to eat someone out.
• Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and steadfast supporter of the racist name, published a letter detailing how he has set up a foundation to assist American Indian tribes, a move that Native activist Suzan Shown Harjo is calling "somewhere between a PR assault and bribery." [Huffington Post]
• The UTNE reader has the first chapter of Grandma Gatewood's Walk, the story of 67-yr-old woman who hiked the Appalachian Trail wearing Keds sneakers and carrying only an army blanket, a raincoat, and a plastic shower curtain. [UTNE Reader]
You may have heard of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. In the 1951 Disney film version of the Lewis Caroll tale, Alice finds herself in a newfound world, where she meets a cast of rude characters with outlandish customs, including a hookah-smoking caterpillar. Now what if instead of falling into Wonderland, Alice were kidnapped and taken to Arabia?
Last Monday, ABC Family, a division of Disney, announcedthat this was precisely the plot for a new pilot called Alice in Arabia
This mixtape includes some of Reverse Couple Skate's favorite lady singers of the '60s and '70s (as well as some other decades). Girl groups have had an influential role on pop music and continue to produce some of the most memorable and enduring harmonies. Solo and together, through pop, R&B, disco, country & rock—these ladies let it out. Special thanks to Madame DJ.
Christine Fox does not consider herself a social justice advocate. Using the handle @steenfox, the 37-year-old uses Twitter for fun, she says, amassing thousands of followers while simply shooting the shit with her friends. On March 12, Fox’s timeline took a decidedly different turn.