You may be speechless after this heart-wrenching poem, but you’ll be glad this poet found her words. What’s it like when someone devalues your family in the name of family values? Find out as one woman tackles homophobia, shame, and a culture of violence to stand up for her future children and her right to love. (Trigger Warning)
Rape jokes, false sympathy, hashtags like #NotAllMen: Each of these activities and more not only trivialize the serious problem of rape culture in the United States, but they hurt survivors. This is why we must listen to survivors when talking about rape – their wisdom is all the information we need on the impact of words. So if you’re sick of rape jokes or you wonder why other people are, catch this prize-winning slam piece from these young Brave New Poets.
Many people have no idea what does and does not constitute harassment. Here’s the thing: in our society, men are taught to feel sexually entitled to women. So many men who approach women in public spaces feel they “should” respond positively to their overtures – and then get upset at them when they don’t. Here’s some concrete examples of how this shows up.
Do you think ending a relationship with an abusive partner is just a matter of packing up and leaving? Many do but it’s not that simple. We need to abandon the idea if we want to help survivors feel empowered. Here’s six reasons why survivors might stay in their relationships, and why we should stop shaming people who are in need of our support.
As feminist allies to survivors, we must believe that a survivor’s account of their sexual assault is true. Please read this article to understand why — even if we experience their account as disoriented, foggy, or even factually incorrect — we must understand that they are still telling their own deepest truth, and we must honor that. Survivors deserve our support.
Victim-blaming is a fundamental part of protecting privilege and deflecting accountability. However, as this gif set demonstrates, sometimes it just takes a good ally to help people see the parallels in their struggles. And, in Everyday Feminism’s opinion, meeting people where they’re at is a great strategy to encourage empathy and facilitate social justice.
So many survivors of sexual assault are manipulated into feelings of insecurity and self-doubt if their story doesn’t fit into dominant rape narratives. This leads to feelings of trauma, silence, and isolation that can impede healing. Dear survivors, your stories, experiences, pains, and triumphs are valid, and you don’t need to clarify anything for any one.
Sibling sexual abuse is one of the most under-studied family violence issues, but it’s not entirely uncommon. And since the recent Lena Dunham controversy, it’s become a hot topic of debate in feminist circles. Where’s the line between typical experimentation with bodies and sexual abuse? This article sheds some light on the subject, giving you a place to start.
Rape is portrayed as something cis men do to cis women. This myth ignores the stories of too many survivors and protects their perpetrators who don’t identify as such. If we want to fight rape culture and advocate for all survivors, we have to stop gendering rape and upholding stereotypes. This infographic reminds us to support ALL survivors and hold ALL perpetrators accountable.
As the #BlackLivesMatter movement surges forward, many people ask why the focus is so intensely on race. This spoken word poem beautifully addresses that question by explaining the painful and disheartening injustices that Black Americans experience as a result of historical and contemporary forms of anti-Black oppression. Racism is a sad, murderous reality.