Tag Archives: Harassment

How To Approach Me

TweetDO NOT: Approach me as some puzzle to be solved, test to be passed, game to be played, system to be hacked, land to be conquered, object to be possessed, or (to simplify/generalize) thing to be acted upon in order to achieve some result. I am not a chat bot which will dish out flirtation [...]
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Richard Cohen’s Problematic Take on the Stubenville Rape and Cyrus’ VMA Performance

TweetWhen you start a discussion about a rape case that ended in conviction, with “so-called rape” and then specify that “it was not a rape involving intercourse,” you set yourself up as someone who doesn’t understand, in the least, the concept of rape or the right a person has to the sanctity of their bodies. [...]
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It’s a trick question!

TweetI live in a neighborhood that, when I name it to a new acquaintance, regularly prompts them to reply with some variation of, “Is that neighborhood safe?” or “Eeeep.  Do you feel safe living there?” I have absolutely no idea how to answer this.  I usually go all self-deprecating and say something like, “I guess?  [...]
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The UnSlut Project

Tweet“It gets better” for LGBTQ youth, but also for young women bullied and called “slut.” The recent suicides of Rehtaeh Parsons, Amanda Todd, Felicia Garcia, and others demonstrate the tragic hopelessness “slut shaming” can create for young girls. By encouraging women who have survived this type of bullying to share their stories and perspectives, The [...]
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When “smart meets sexy,” or when bad humor happens to good people, or even how hard is it to just apologize and put people first, not stereotypes?

Tweet“It’s just a joke.” “I thought it was funny.” “Stop overreacting.” “It’s sparking conversations. It was approved by network Standards and Practices and it uses humor to illustrate the point about how powerful a combination ‘sexy’ and ‘smart’ are. Personally, I think it’s hilarious.” To a lot of us who have been on the wrong side [...]
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