(Content Warning: Rape) You may have heard horrific stories about rape and victim-blaming. Maybe one of those stories is yours. With how often rape happens, what does it mean to raise children and hope for their safety? In this chilling spoken word piece, Elizabeth Acevedo explores how she would raise her daughter, showing exactly why it’s so important to fight rape culture.
The number one question the patriarchy is asking is: “How do we make women feel less-than, now that they think they’re enough?” And, often, patriarchy finds ways to do so. This article addresses four ways that Indian culture in particular works to stifle women’s liberation, as well as this author’s suggestions for how to push back against it and stand up for yourself.
It’s a go-to romcom staple: Boy likes girl, but girl doesn’t like him back. The determined boy will then spend the movie trying to convince the girl to give him a chance. And although audiences are supposed to cheer him on, the truth of the matter is that this trope actually portrays stalking behavior. And when we show stalking as romantic, we start blurring lines.
(Content Warning: Homophobic and transphobic violence) In what ways are you unlike what people think you “ought” to be? For too many of us who are transgender, being ourselves means there’s no such thing as feeling safe. Take it from this author, who never knows if a small altercation could lead to violence. His chilling story of a bus encounter shows how hatred and bystander apathy make the world unsafe.
Are you impacted by or wanting do something about the life-threatening conditions working against transgender women of color? Then you need Lourdes Ashley Hunter’s voice in your life. Here, she celebrates Black and Brown trans and gender non-conforming identities and lives, and shares what we all need to know about how structural oppression is linked to violence.
(Trigger Warning: Rape and rape culture) When you’re dating, you may get lots of advice on keeping yourself safe. At the same time, you can get pressure to be carefree. And if something bad happens, you’re blamed for not properly calculating the risks! So what gives? You shouldn’t have to carry the demand to be both available and super capable of preventing your own assault. This comic says it all.
Care about domestic abuse, sexual violence, and healthcare? Struggles like these have long been part of feminist movements, and it’s time to recognize that we need to fight prison injustice to take them on. With this article, learn about the appalling truth of how the prison system viciously hurts feminist causes, and get to the root of the issues you care about.
(Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault) You know how people sometimes play that “game” of trying to prove they have the most grief? As a survivor of sexual assault, this poet was wasn’t up for playing – but someone else carelessly threw her trauma into the ring. Here’s her stirring telling of the moment her story was taken from her – check it out and feel the power of taking your strength and story back.
(Trigger Warning: transphobia and violence) Many well-meaning allies are spreading the word about horrific violence against transgender people (especially the high rates against trans women of color). But have you thought about what it’s like to be a trans woman of color and constantly encounter these stories? This moving piece shows how vital it is to center trans voices and offer hope for living long and happy lives.
The chances of a white guy going to prison is 1 out of 17. But for black guys, the chances are 1 out of 3. Why? Lots of reasons – namely, racism. Check out this video on the prison industrial complex for a quick, but in-depth understanding of what it means for oppression to exist on a structural, institutionalized level and how that affects people’s day-to-day lives.