Rape Culture

Street Harassment Isn't 'Deplorable' Behaviour, and It Isn't the Fault of Everyday Sexism Project

Louise Pennington | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

he Everyday Sexism Project isn't archiving examples of men saying hello to random women. They are collecting and sharing women's stories of street harassment and low-level forms of sexual assault and violence. Foster seems to have misunderstood the difference between asking a woman on a date and sexual harassment.

Are We 'Asking for It'?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

We live in a society whereby sexual assault is belittled, rationalised and even condoned. The manner in which women dress is constantly quoted as a stimulus to rape. Nevertheless, victims are judged on the basis of illustration; as if a finer shade of eye-liner, lipstick or foundation could have possibly made a greater disparity...

George Galloway, Rape Culture, and Our Students' Unions

Gee Linford-Grayson | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gee Linford-Grayson

You don't have to ban George Galloway from speaking; just don't invite him, or others like him, in the first place. Our students' unions are undoubtedly a place for lively academic debate, and for students to discuss real-world issues in a safe environment. However, inviting rape deniers and apologists voids this safe environment...

Would Celebrating Female Sexuality Help to Reduce Levels of Sexual Violence and Rape?

Heather McIntosh | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Heather McIntosh

Of course, women can technically have casual sex whenever they want. There's no law against it. But there is a deep-seated societal disapproval, which arguably, is just as powerful a deterrent.

Only Yes Means Yes

Gemma Parry | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

While it is clear to many of us that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the difficulties in communication between the sexes is a subject that has never really been understood. Both men and women, in fact humans in general, often find difficulty in understanding that, sometimes, when someone says no, that they really mean no.

"How Can You Be a Feminist When...?" The Most Common Accusations, and How to Respond

Rachel Cunliffe | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Cunliffe

To be clear, I do not presume to speak for all feminists, or for all manifestations of feminism; I'm just tired of hearing the same old attacks, and would like to take the chance to preemptively clear up a few things.

When Did We Consent to a 'Rape Culture'?

Lauren Chaplin | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Chaplin

The Guardian recently published an article titled 'Rape culture at university needs urgent action' which opened with the author, a Cambridge fresher, describing various dreadful incidents her friends had experienced at university, namely drink spiking, sexual assault, and most tragically, rape. So far, so fair...

Remembering Nirbhaya: Rape Is Every Country's Shame

Meera Syal | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Meera Syal

Rape is every country's shame. Violence against women and girls is a truly international disease. Around the world, one woman in three will experience rape or some form of violence in her lifetime. This keeps hundreds of millions of women and girls trapped in poverty, which is why I'm speaking out alongside ActionAid and other organisations who are working tirelessly to provide long-term support programmes for survivors and campaigns to put a stop to violence for good. The fact that women globally came together to mourn Nirbhaya tells us it is all our shame, and all our anger shouts the same message, enough is enough.

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Emily Hoyle | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Hoyle

The constant bombardment of messages that disapprove female sexuality and jubilate male sexuality creates confusion about what sex and sexuality really mean. As author of 'The Lolita Effect' M G Durham, wrote "I despise the social double standards that celebrate boys' 'studliness' and condemn girls' desires."

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.

Oxford University Rugby Club Organises 'Repulsive' 'Free Pussy' Event

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student rugby club has been shamed into apologising for organising a "free pussy" event, where members were instructed to spike their date's drink. ...

Durham Uni Rugby Club Played 'It's Not Rape If..' Drinking Game

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student rugby club has landed itself in hot water after playing a drinking game which allegedly involved members finishing the sentence "it's not ra...

Taxi Firms Must Stop Exploiting Female Students' Fears of Sexual Assault

Salma Haidrani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Salma Haidrani

University of Sheffield student and feminist activist Jenny Rose concurs: 'This advert is woefully bad taste. Using an implicit threat of violence as a way to sell your company to young female students leaves a very bad taste in my mouth and puts me off using their services'.

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.

Theatre Review: Raving, Hampstead Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Raving is the theatrical equivalent of Blurred Lines - using the sexual assault of a young woman as source for comedy. As a result, I left Hampstead Theatre feeling sick to my stomach.

The Best Rape Prevention: Tell Men to Stop Raping

Louise Pennington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

We need to do more and we need to start with more anti-rape campaigns which put the focus on the perpetrator rather than that victim

Leeds 'Freshers Violation' - Just A Drop In The Ocean

Jamie England | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie England

Earlier this week, Tequila, a favourite event at Mezz nightclub among students in Leeds, was the focus of media attention following a promotional video containing jokes about freshers being raped. The video was released to advertise Tequila's event 'Freshers Violation'...

Lucy Sherriff

Police Investigate Leeds Club Licence After Pro-Rape Video

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Police are investigating a club after the promoter for one of its nights was caught using a pro-rape video to advertise an event. On Tuesday, Tequi...

Lucy Sherriff

Campaign To Shut Leeds' Club Night Over Pro-Rape Student Video

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A petition has been set up to close the club night responsible for a pro-rape video - but the event promoters have insisted they want to "change for t...

Robin Thicke, the Pornogriphication of Pop Culture and the Trials of Student Politics

Andrew Smith | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Smith

It's been quite a summer for Robin Thicke. He's had the second biggest-selling singles of the year, he's helped to 'reinvent' the career of Mylie Cyru...

University Bans Robin Thicke's 'Rapey' Blurred Lines Song

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, a song branded "disgusting" and "rapey", has been banned by a university student union in an unprecedented move to banis...

Gender, Race, Class, Rape

Mamata Nanda | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Mamata Nanda

I have been thinking about a sexual offences court case whose jury process I was involved with about twenty years ago. This was a case of a mixed race girl of just thirteen against a white man in his early thirties.

Child Rapist Whose Victim Was Called 'Predatory' Has Sentence Reviewed

Louise Pennington | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Louise Pennington

Neil Wilson's 12 month suspended sentence for engaging in sexual activity with a child, making indecent images of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image has been referred to the Court of Appeal as a possibly unduly lenient sentence by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve.

Faceless Monsters: Rape in the Papers

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lindsell

We don't hear about perpetrators. Headlines always read "Woman raped in Hartlepool", "Study shows 24% students victims of abuse". Unless perpetrators are famous or politically sensitive then reporting is passive...this gives the impression rape 'just happens', ruins lives like a fair-weather thunderbolt.

Rapists Are People Too

Ben Acheson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

Victims, and society as a whole, must recognise that rape is a crime just like any other and rapists must be punished appropriately for breaking their contract with society. 'Appropriately' is the keyword. No matter how much we want to string them up, our laws should be above human emotion.