Male Violence

There's Nothing 'Feminist' About Defending Pornography

Caitlin Roper | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Roper

That any objection to pornographic material is characterised as anti-sex puritanism illustrates just how effective the porn industry has been in aligning its product with sexual liberation rather than sexual exploitation. Pornographers have successfully taken acts of dominance, cruelty and abuse and called it sex.

Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World

Caitlin Roper | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

all women everywhere It is everyday terrorism against women, but it is not recognised as such because the targets are women, and the perpetrators are the very people who claim to love us. While many of us have been directly harmed by male violence, the threat alone is enough to keep women as a class in a state of fear, controlled, pliable. Yet when reporting on male violence, mainstream media neglects to call it what it is, with headlines often stating the sex of the victim while downplaying the sex of the perpetrator, if even mentioning him at all... I am tired of being polite. I am sick of trying to convince men of women's basic humanity. I am tired of asking men nicely to stop raping and killing us.

Fifty Shades Darker Isn't Empowering, It's Abuse

Caitlin Roper | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Caitlin Roper

So what happens when a film series of this magnitude frames domestic abuse and male violence against women as sexy and desirable? What message does it send to women and girls, and also to men and boys? Who benefits from widespread acceptance of the belief women and girls secretly want and enjoy sexual violence?

16 Ways To End Violence Against Women And Girls

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

The International Day for the Eliminations of Violence against Women kicks off 16 days of global activism. Here are 16 ways that individuals can participate and support these global campaigns against structural and systemic violence against women and girls.

Creating Safe Spaces For Women Is Not 'Sexism'

Kate Milner | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Milner

In some ways, it's crazy that I have to expand on this post past the title. I will expand, but first let me repeat that - creating safe spaces for women is not sexism. In fact, denying women safe spaces is far more sexist and discriminatory.

On Leslie Jones and Racism as Usual: Another Chapter of Twitter Depravity

Julian Vigo | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Julian Vigo

It is hardly surprising that Black Lives Matter is a cultural and social imperative after the slew of media reports of black men and women being gunne...

Men's Issues with Women

Mia Doring | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

All that the inaccurate term "Women's Issues" does is help "good" men stay passive or otherwise ignore it, while telling all women that these "issues" are their problem to deal with and nobody else's. Let's be real and name them what the are; "Men's Issues with Women".

Violence Against Women, Domestic Violence and the Problem of Gender Identity

Louise Pennington | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Louise Pennington

When the media conflates the continuum of violence against women and girls with one form and uses gender neutral language, it puts all women's services at risk.

Murder Is Not a 'Domestic Incident'

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

The murder of a Geraldine, Shannon and Shane are not 'domestic incidents'. Burning dinner is a 'domestic incident'. Making the choice to kill your ex-partner and children are criminal acts predicated on a patriarchal culture of male entitlement and male ownership of the bodies of women and children.

Can You Name the Victims of Jack the Ripper?

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

If we want to end violence against women and girls, we need to start with ending the consumption of it as entertainment. We need to stop financially supporting an industry based on the construction of women as props in order recognise that women are people too.

Jed Allen Made a Choice to Kill - This Is a War on Women

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

Janet Jordon is not responsible for her own murder or that of her daughter and partner. Jed Allen made a choice to kill his mother and sister. He made this choice within a context of endemic male violence against women and girls. These types of murders are not isolated or tragic. They are simply the extension of patriarchal control over women's bodies and lives.

#Jazzhands, Trauma and Male Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

This idea that universities must become 'safe spaces' free of dissent or discussion is infantilising an entire generation of students. Staff put content notes on lectures, but you cannot study history without learning about genocide, mass rape and religious wars.

Ending Male Violence- Wearing a Ribbon is Not Enough but It's a Start

Chris Green | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Chris Green

25,000 men have signed a pledge "Never to Commit, Excuse or Remain Silent about Violence against Women"- of course it should be 20 million , but it's a start, and we have 150 grassroots Ambassadors promoting discussions of the issues across the UK.

We Need a Nuanced Discussion of Rape Culture

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

We need to talk about why the woman raped isn't considered an important part of this news story. We need to talk about why a woman who was raped, forced to leave her home and change her name isn't considered worthy of the same consideration as her rapist... Why are we more concerned with Evans' career but not that of the woman who was raped?

JumpMag: Fighting Toxic Masculinity and Femininity in Childhood

Louise Pennington | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Toxic masculinity is real and it is killing us. It is killing women and children. It is also killing men. We need to start tackling men's rights extremists and toxic masculinity before we raise another generation of men who believe, like Andre Breivik and Rodger Elliot, they have the right to kill.

The War on Women: Denying Misogyny Is Gaslighting

Louise Pennington | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Men who kill choose to kill. Men who rape, assault and torture women choose to do so. Rodger's crime isn't an aberration. The video he released on YouTube is the same justification given by millions of men who choose to harm women.

Police Report Slams Response to Domestic Violence But Still Ignore Dead Women

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ingala Smith

The HMIC report blasts the police but even this report is ignoring 38 dead women and the role that the government and other state organisations have to play in ending male violence against women.

Mother Killers

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ingala Smith

When we think about women killed through male violence, most of us think of the two women a week killed by their current or former partner, yet in the last two years, 30 women in the UK have been killed by their sons, 16 women were killed in 2012, 12 in 2013 and so far two men have been charged with stabbing their mothers in 2014.

Counting Dead Women

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ingala Smith

Women are a community and our community is not safe. Our community is being killed by men - and whether we're killed by our partners or ex-partners, our sons, our muggers, our rapists; whether we're 22 or 82, whatever our race or religion or lack of religion, whether we're prostituted women, brain surgeons or shop assistants, none of us should count more than any other.

The Real Cause of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Louise Pennington | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

As a radical feminist, I believe that women's bodily autonomy is sacrosanct. As an aunt to a beautiful nephew with FASD, I worry. And, I worry because cuts to health, social services, education and legal aid will increase the number of women and children trapped in violent homes.

Unkind Cuts That Hurt Us All

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

In the past, circumcision might have made sense in highly militaristic societies as a means of disconnecting boys from their sensuality and feelings so that they can kill. But I'm not sure how useful that is in a world of drones and cyber warfare where few men will ever see battle.

Naming the Perpetrators: Male Violence Against Women and Children

Louise Pennington | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

Let's stop pretending that fatal male violence against women are isolated events; or that fatal male violence is somehow distinct from non-fatal male violence. If we truly want to eliminate male violence against women and children, then we need to start contextualising male violence within a culture that classes women as sub-human.

When Is Rape Not Rape?

Louise Pennington | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Perhaps we need to change campaigns about rape from telling women how to "protect" themselves from rape to telling men that if they can't tell the difference between a woman consenting and a woman who is being coerced or is unconscious, then they are too stupid to be having sex.

Anti-Rape Clothing for When "Things Go Wrong"

Louise Pennington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

The development of clothing to protect women from rape seems to be this year's newest favourite rape prevention tactic running a close second to the ubiquitous "women shouldn't drink alcohol" advice.

Vaginas are Not Objects: On Nick Ross and Rape Culture

Louise Pennington | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Apparently, women are responsible for being raped for just being in possession of a vagina in public. After all, the suggestion that we hold individuals responsible for having their laptops stolen if left on the front seat of the car is the same as women making themselves vulnerable to rape by going out in public in clothes.