inside the duggars’ dark world

We’ve deliberately not touched on the controversy surrounding the formerly rather popular family of 19 Kids and Counting. There didn’t seem to be much to say: the family that many Americans enjoyed watching as a “good, wholesome family” fell from grace with the reveal of abuse inside the family and what was and was not done about it.

Perhaps it’s only because they’ve been revealed to be not so perfect that people are actually beginning to talk about what they represent outside of the conservative value and big happy family they oozed. Check out this article from Ms. Magazine on the intersection between the Duggars and the conservative movements they’re the public faces of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptists, the Advanced Training Institute and others all under the umbrella of the Christian Patriarchy movement and the bizarrely popular Christian purity movement.

social media campaign calls on women to thank men for not raping them

We see a lot of nonsensical things in this day and age, but this has got to be one of the most confounding. It really is a pointless endeavor that tries to imply that “good men’s” hurt feelings are more important than the very real issues and threats women deal with on a daily basis. Take a look at the full article here.

columbia president refuses to shake emma sulkowicz’s hand at graduation ceremony

Yeah… that was deliberate. Nobody believes you, Bollinger. Especially after watching the video. It was a cheap attempt at a snub that only serves to highlight the deplorable way Columbia and colleges across the nation handle cases of rape and sexual assault. Which is to say that they don’t know how to and are largely uninterested in learning to do so.

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teens are pushing back against sexist dress codes

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Eight days before Shelton High School’s prom, students were shocked by an announcement: backless dresses and those with cutouts would be unacceptable, according to NBC Connecticut. Of course, no amendments were made to the event rules for men’s attire.

As Shelton High School Superintendent Freeman Burr told NBC on Tuesday, administrators want girls “to be dressed appropriately — appropriately with class and dignity, and also dressed in a tasteful way.” But who exactly is the dress code meant to benefit?

“As is the case with most dress codes, scandalized school administrations are reserving their ire for the female students — there is curiously no code about how much skin male prom-goers can show,” the Guardian‘s Jessica Valenti wrote Thursday. “And like most puritanical nonsense directed at young women these days — the concern is not for the girls, but for the lust their dresses might inspire in others.” Continue reading…

nigerian army ‘rescues 200 girls and 93 women’ in strike against boko haram

Women and girls are still captives and prizes of war. When will this end?

Nigeria’s military has claimed to have rescued 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but an army official said they were not those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

“Troops have this afternoon captured & destroyed three camps of terrorists inside the Sambisa forest & rescued 200 girls & 93 women,” defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a text message on Tuesday, referring to the area in north-east Borno state where the Islamists have bases.

Olukolade gave no indication as to how long it would take for the hostages to be identified, although an army spokesman said they were not from Chibok.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, also in Borno, on 14 April last year. Fifty seven girls escaped within hours of the attack but 219 remained in captivity. Read more…