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Category: Victim Blaming

Rape Tips for Men

Perhaps you remember the article we republished in 2014 about the Montreal Police’s press release to women suggesting they avoid taking a taxi ride alone for fear of what may happen. If not, click here. There are a number of these cautionary lists, either published by police or by media outlets – there’s a lovely and concise […]

Men’s Rights Groups – Skewing the Debate?

We’ve published about Men’s Rights Activists before, but the article on which we were commenting was about MRAs in the States. Leah McLaren, in a special article to the Globe and Mail, wrote a response to the Canadian Association for Equality. CAFE recently purchased a billboard ad at Avenue and Davenport in Toronto that proclaims: Half […]

Harassment in Theatre

By now I’m sure you’ve read The New York Times article that’s been making the rounds in the theatre community, detailing the experience of Marin Ireland when she was working with her then-boyfriend Scott Shepherd on a 2012 production of Troilus and Cressida, which was co-produced internationally by the The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ms. […]

India’s Daughter Banned in India

For those of you who remember the brutal gang rape in India on a bus that caused the death of the victim, Jyoti singh pandey, in 2012 there has been a development in its ongoing legacy. As you may know, the six men who were guilty of the rape were convicted – one died while in […]

Female Honour, Tradition and the Right to Live

The last week or so our posts have focused on the glitz and glamour of the Oscars. This morning when I woke up to find this fantastic article in my inbox from The New York Times I was reminded that the in-fighting of the North American feminist community is the tip of the iceberg of […]

Female Online Harrassment – What is it Really?

This intelligent article, written by Anne Thériault for vice.com is a call to action around harassment of women in the online world. Some of you may remember the reporting and following of the #GamerGate fiasco – the death threats, the rape threats, the massacre shooting threats that forced an event at which Anita Sarkeesian was going […]

#LikeAGirl

This article from The Huffington Post explores the very strong public reaction on Twitter to Always’ #LikeAGirl commercial that was aired during the Superbowl. I’d actually already seen the commercial, in its full length, online several weeks prior to the Superbowl. After watching it I was, at first moved, and then couldn’t help but wonder somewhat about […]

Addressing Campus Violence for What It Is

This article, written by Alexandra Brodsky is an excellent criticism of the position taken by Hoff Summers. It would appear Hoff suggests that reports of campus violence against women has been hugely overrated, moreso that the victims’ handling of that violence is a solid rationale for her position. Does it smack just a little of victim blaming? We […]

Skank Lists appear at Schools

This article, written in 2012, documents bullying at several high schools in the United States. It appears that students at each school distributed lists of “skanks”, or sexually active teens, to their parents’ mailboxes. Troubling and unfortunate. This is pertinent to Anita’s Fish Eyes Trilogy because of the bullying present in the life of Naz, the […]

Cliff Huxtable is the Fantasy. Bill Cosby is the Reality.

This fantastic article from Bitch Media and writer Aya de Leon examining Phylicia Rashad’s recent comments about the rape accusations against Bill Cosby. After Phylicia’s comments blew up on social media and in the news she clarified that she misquoted, or that the comments weren’t taken in the spirit they were intended. As she puts it: “What […]

Jian Ghomeshi: 8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment

This is a situation that becomes more and more discomforting as it unfolds, as many suggested it would. The latest developments include one of the attacked women, actor Lucy Decoutere coming forward with her story and giving a name to the faceless women, and more intimate details of the encounters Jian Ghomeshi had with all of the women who have […]

What Kind of Woman Won’t Report Sexual Assault

An astute review of why these women are afraid to come forward, written by Sandy Garossino and published by The Huffington Post, it’s an examination of what women who go to trial over sexual assaults face. In short: – Questions that defame their character – Questions that suggest they had actually instigated the assault – Questions about […]

Jian Versus the CBC | The Cunting Linguist

And because we can’t help ourselves… here’s one more. BQ shared this article with the rest of the Nightswimming team earlier this week and it puts a nice cap on today’s posts. The Cunting Linguist has written a very succinct and encompassing response to the situation and to those who are “waiting for all the facts”. […]

Why I Can’t Remain Silent About What Jian Did To Me

As some predicted this past weekend, whatever information was going to be unearthed about Jian Ghomeshi was going to be shattering, either for him or for the women he accused in his facebook post. The Ninth woman to come forward, and the second to identify herself, with allegations that Jian was sexually violent towards her. Reva Seth, a […]

Damsel in Distress (Part 1) Tropes vs Women

So what was all the fuss with Anita Sarkeesian about anyway? Well… it turns out when you create a video like this, pointing out some of the story flaws in our best loved (or oldest) games, you set yourself as an object to be sent death and rape threats. This is Part 1 in the series, there […]

Reyhaneh Jabbari’s emotional message to her mother before she was hanged for killing a man she accused of raping her

You have to read her words. Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death in Iran after she was found guilty of murdering an Iranian official. That’s the court story. Her story is that her attacker was attempting to rape her and her attempts at self-defence cost him his life. Her words in her final letter to her […]

‘Massacre’ threat forces Anita Sarkeesian to cancel university talk

This article is terrifying and requires almost no explanation.   /EMH Originally published by The Verge on October 14, 2014. ———- ‘Massacre’ threat forces Anita Sarkeesian to cancel university talk By Adi Robertson on October 14, 2014 07:09 pm Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular Tropes vs. Women video series, is at the center of yet another […]

A Guide to the Ideas and Words of GamerGate

globeandmail writer Tabitha Southey has written a brief lexicon for those curious about the GamerGate community and what they really mean when they tell women that they need to lighten up. /EMH Originally published by The Globe and Mail on October 17, 2014. Written by Tabitha Southey. ———- A guide to the ideas and words […]

Why We Should Stop Saying Street Harassment is a Compliment

This fantastic illustration about stress harassment came to our attention this weekend. After some of my experiences in Ottawa while we were opening#FishEyes at the Great Canadian Theatre Company last week (catcalled twice on the street and stared at in a coffee shop) it felt like this was too pertinent not to share. I wound […]

I Show My School Spirit by Working to End Sexual Assault

Another great article about sexual assaults on student campuses, but this one is a good news story. Thanks to Bitch magazine and writer Hannah Steinkopf-Frank for her perspective on the rape of a student by three basketball players and the steps that the University of Oregon took to handle the situation. A well written article by a young writer about […]

Montreal Police Tell Women To Not Take Taxis In The City Alone Anymore

The Montréal Police Service has instructed women not to take taxis home late at night and to drink responsibly, after a series of women were sexual harassed by their cab drivers. A somewhat embarrassing notice to issue if not prefaced by “this is a short-term solution”. This kind of recommendation is a bandaid and in no way […]

Your Princess is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

As I delve further and further into a discussion around feminism, female representation, and pop culture, I keep reading more and more articles about women in video games. As Anita Sarkeesian and many female video game developers, writers and players, are very aware it’s not atypical for a certain part of the video gaming community to turn […]

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

For those interested in the Rehtaeh Parsons case, it continues and those responsible for her attack are currently on trial. But it will be difficult to find the case in the papers if you aren’t looking, because a judge has imposed a media ban (as is quite normal with child pornography cases). However, Rehtaeh’s name […]

California adopts historic ‘yes means yes’ rule on sexual consent

40 years ago, anti-rape campaigns and legislation were changed forever with the “No Means No” campaign. Now, california’s Governor, Jerry Brown, has signed into existence “Yes Means yes”, landmark legislation that requires colleges and universities to investigate what constitutes consent (verbal or non-verbal) from both parties engaging in sexual relations. There are critics of the […]

Hatred of women, not Islam, fuels Pakistan’s honour killings

Looking a little more specifically into female honour, this article popped up quite quickly. An almost vitriolic call to action, globeandmail contributor Omer Aziz defends Islam and points to a heavily ingrained cultural patriarchy as the cause for the root of “honour killings”, focusing instead on a violent hatred of female sexuality as the root cause. […]

It’s On Us To Stop Sexual Assault

Another article to start your day right, the Barack Obama‘s administration has released the It’s On US campaign. The campaign features a host of tools, over 40 partners which are championing the initiative, and some snazzy videos about ending sexual assault for both men and women. The pledge itself is short, sweet, and to the point: “To […]

Badass Emma Watson Launches UN HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign

It’s nice to have a good news day! Actress and UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivers a speech at the UN Headquarters in New York. Emma spoke about the gender disparity, the confusion around the term “feminism”, and that the role of men in the advancement of women’s causes is crucial; all of which is the crux […]

Rihanna Just Took on CBS and Won

Visible Minority Report, a great group over on Facebook posted a link to an excellent, though a little profane, article about CBS and NFL pulling Rihanna’s song from the opening show for their football game last week. The NFL pulled the song with little explanation and had rescheduled the song for this week. It seems rather […]

Ray Rice Inspired Makeup Tutorial

We just love what Megan McKay has to say: We Can Do Better. Props for the NFL Foundation to boot. /EMH  

CoverGirl issues statement after protesters alter NFL ‘Game Face’ ads

Continuing to follow the fallout from Ray Rice’s expulsion from the NFL, which occurred only after outraged online protest, COVERGIRL launched their NFL advertising campaign (major sponsors of the NFL). Unfortunately titled “Get your Game Face On”, with images of their “Girls” dolled up in make-up to match the many NFL team colours. A viral campaign has been […]

Anheuser-Busch Sternly Urges NFL to Stop Acting Like Stupid Meatheads

A great little article from Jezebel‘s writer Erin Gloria Ryan about Anheuser-Busch significantly more responsible reaction to the Ray Rice “scandal” than other NFL sponsor Cover Girl. The short of it: Anheuser-Busch issues a sternly worded response to the NFL’s handling of Ray Rice’s beating of his fiancee; Cover Girl issued a short ineffectual statement […]

Ray Rice Inspired Make-Up Tutorial

Toronto-based comedian and writer Megan MacKay has created a fantastic Ray Rice Make-up Tutorial and we love the ending: We Can Do Better. We wholeheartedly agree. /EMH  

NFL Should Ditch the Pink Crap and Recognize Domestic Violence Instead

Some thoughts on how the NFL is handling the domestic violence issue stirred up by Ray Rice’s treatment of his fiancee and whether or not it is responsible to focus on breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer research is certainly a worthy cause but widely publicized, and there are questions about how much of the money that […]

Here’s What Happens When an NFL Player Beats His Fiancée Unconscious

Ray Rice is caught on camera hitting his fiancee in an elevator. He is suspended for two games, which is two games less than had he been caught smoking marijuana. Ray will be back just in time to don a pink jersey for the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The word ironic springs to mind. […]

Female Honour and The Fish Eyes Trilogy

One could argue that the term simply refers to both men and women. And that would fly, until you just barely scratch the surface of that thought.