Rape Culture

No, Freshers' Week Isn't Just About Having Sex

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

Sexual assault, peer pressure and female objectification are far from humorous. Satire isn't satire when it's kicking down another group. It only creates a bad perspective for incoming students of student life and a bad image of current students, implying this is what everyone's freshers was like and therefore yours should be too.

The Darker Side of Fat Shaming

Vicky Frankland | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

There are other beliefs out there too however and these are the ones that I want to discuss today; specifically in relation to fat women. The kind of beliefs I am talking about are the darker side of the fat hating culture; the kind that people, men in the most part but also women, do not admit exist. So what are they?

Victim Shaming and Alcohol Blaming: Rape Culture and Those who Should Know Better

Sophie Pope | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Here's a controversial thought: Rape happens when an attacker decides to commit it. One in three rape cases occur when the victim has been drinking, and three in three rapes occur when the rapists decide to defile the power of the word 'no'.

Rape Is Not Just About Sex

Joana Gomes | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joana Gomes

As she said no over and over again, he just laughed and forced himself into her. She cried, but tears made no difference to him. She lost. After she was raped, she didn't tell anyone because she wasn't completely sure it was rape... Only years later did she realise that even girlfriends and wives can be raped, because if it takes force, it's not consensual.

We Need to Talk About Rape More Calmly

Katie Beswick | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Nothing will get better, for men or for women, unless we can talk about rape more calmly; unless we can accept and marry into our language the fact that rape is both grotesque and horrific, banal and workaday; unless we can understand that rape isn't always the worst thing you can do, isn't always the worst thing that can happen to you - but that sometimes, it is. Rape, like life, is complicated, and we need ways to talk about that.

Teen 'Rape Victim' Jada Bravely Fights Back Against Internet Trolls

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Meet Jada, the 16-year-old American girl from Houston, Texas who is bravely standing tall against rape culture and social media trolls. A few weeks...

That Night on the Streets of England

Shweta Kothari | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shweta Kothari

On my way back home from a party around half past one in the morning, I thoroughly looked for a cab, but couldn't find one. So I decided to walk some distance. Scared out of my wits, I could never imagine doing anything like that in India. Unfamiliar with the roads, I kept walking.

Jessica Elgot

Charlize Theron Just Compared Media Intrusion To Rape. This Might Not End Well

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

Women's rights campaigners have hit out at Charlize Theron after she compared the media coverage of her private life to being raped. The 'Million W...

#YesAllWomen and Adrienne Truscott are Asking For It - That Is, a Deeper Conversation About Rape

Winnie M Li | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Winnie M Li

Adrienne's on-stage persona might prompt a similar stereotypical thought: "She looks like a classic rape victim: peroxide blonde, drunk in a bar, and showing her legs." And yet, she's not asking for it - which is exactly her point.

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

Louise Pennington | Posted 10.06.2014 | 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 30.05.2014 | 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 24.05.2014 | 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 13.05.2014 | 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