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Affirmative Consent Laws, Explained in One Simple Video

yesmeansyes

Recently, California passed the “Yes Means Yes” law, which dictates that “an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision” must be reached by everyone involved to engage in sexual activity. This was a huge step in the fight against rape culture! What does this decision mean in terms of our society’s view of sex and consent? Check out this video to find out!

Beyond GamerGate: The Fight For Equal Opportunity Gaming

Source: She Knows

Character assassination, stalking, rape and death threats — all directed at women in the video game industry. Where is this deep hatred coming from? Who does it affect? And what can be done about it? These are questions that deserve answers. Instead of ignoring the problem, as it has been ignored before, we have a duty to investigate this war on women in gaming.

An Open Letter to the Men Who Still Don’t Understand Street Harassment

Source: BET

Hello, fellow men. I get what you’re saying. You feel like it’s unfair of a woman to assume that your intention is malicious whenever you tell her that she’s beautiful. You weren’t trying to offend her. Harassment? No, that’s not what you meant at all. But just because you didn’t mean to doesn’t mean you’re not somewhere on the harassment spectrum.

4 Myths About Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian Relationships

Source: Huffington Post

The idea that intimate partner violence occurs in lesbian relationships may seem ridiculous. But this belief isn’t only false; it’s damaging. It can prevent lesbians from seeking help when they are in an abusive relationship. After all, who’s going to believe them? Here are four myths about IPV in lesbian relationships that can prevent women from seeking help.

Street Harassment Is an LGBTQIA+ Issue, Too

Street Harassment is an LGBTQIA+ Issue

We talk a lot about street harassment as an issue affecting women. But there’s another group that is disproportionately targeted for this kind of violence, only we don’t talk about them nearly as much. Here to fix that is Kat Lazo. Watch Kat take to the streets of NYC and discuss street harassment and other forms of violence with members of the queer community.

Catcalls Are Not Compliments

Street Harassment

Those of us who experience street harassment know that it’s not a compliment; it’s dehumanizing. But some people still insist that we should be flattered by these catcalls, claiming they “wish they got that kind of attention.” This comic shows what street harassment really looks like, and demonstrates why, no, you really don’t want this kind of attention.

Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry

Source: Complex

With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These myths keep us from seeing this issue for what it really is. So let’s debunk them.

8 Societal Barriers That Make It Hard to Report Sexual Assault

Source: Time

Any time sexual assault is brought up, chances are there will be voices complaining that “if they were really raped, they should go to the police.” But that is far from fair. There are many reasons people don’t involve the police, none of which have to do with whether or not a rape actually happened. Here are eight barriers that keep survivors from reporting.

The Who, What, and Where of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Workplace Sexual Harassment

They say that knowledge is power. So in order to begin to reclaim power over a problem, we must first understand it. And the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive problem that we definitely need to eradicate. This infographic provides the first important tools to addressing this serious issue. Find out who gets harassed, who harasses, and more.

The Real Reason Why People Resist Affirmative Consent Laws

Rape and Consent

Only have sex with people who’ve given enthusiastic, willful, and uninfluenced consent. Seems straightforward, right? But there are still plenty of people who object to this definition of consensual sex. Why? Because they value being able to have sex more than their partner’s consent. Check out this comic for a perfect example of what these conversations look like.