Archive for February, 2010

Does Wearing an Extravagant Condom Belt Mean You’re Down For Sex?

Though the most dedicated rape apologists may disagree, clothing choices like miniskirts, low-cut shirts and high heels are not reliable indicators of a woman's sexual availability. Inanimate objects don't consent to sex; people do. But is there any sartorial choice out there that does announce to the world that the wearer is down to fuck?
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Victim Reports “Forcible Fondling” In GWU Library

Over the past school year, the campus of the George Washington University has experienced several public sexual assaults. Back in September, a University of Maryland student entered a G.W. dorm and attempted to sexually assault several sleeping women. Last month, a man on a mountain bike rode around campus exposing himself to female students. Today, [...]

Adopted Children Left Behind

Any day now, Jenn Thomas and Kevin Fox’s second adopted child is due to be born. Thomas and Fox are nervous about facing the demands of the new baby—and not just the late-night feedings and soiled diapers.
They’re really freaked out about the paperwork. The last time Thomas and Fox went through the adoption process, they [...]

City Paper‘s Best of D.C. Poll: Get Your Sex Preferences On

The Washington City Paper's Best Of D.C. reader's poll debuts today, and we're inviting District residents to file their favorites in the worlds of food, drink, shopping—and, of course, the commercialized end of sex. Need some inspiration? Let's revisit some ghosts of Sexist past for possible nominees in the poll's sex-related categories, from Best Strip [...]

The Magnetic Fields’ Cynical Pseudo-Feminist Anthems

Last week, I wrote a guest post for ladyblog BFF Tiger Beatdown on the many break-up songs of the Magnetic Fields. The Magnetic Fields have figured out a fun little trick that allows them to keep churning out interesting tracks in the heavily clichéd relationship-ending genre, which is: Keep the clichés, but filter them through [...]

On Short Skirts

This week, the results of a recent British study revealed that over 50 percent of women believe that rape victims are partially responsible for their own assaults. In the wake of the news, Jenni Murray tells her story of being raped as a 19-year-old. Murray insists she doesn't blame rape victims. But she does [...]

Why Romantic Movies Suck Now

Alyssa Rosenberg nails it on why today's romantic movies suck so bad: They're only about romance. The great romantic films of yore, Rosenberg notes, forced romantic love to duke it out with some other big force in the characters' lives—like Nazis:

Groping Victim: A Prompt Assault Report Does Not Guarantee A Prompt Police Response

In response to the commenter who thought that her story perpetuated the "myth" that sexual assault victims are too traumatized to report their assaults promptly to police, Fairfax groping victim Emily Ruskowski wants to clarify that she did report her grope to police promptly after her 1 a.m. assault—and was told to wait until the [...]

Sexist Comments of the Week: The Sexual Assault Trauma “Myth” Edition

Last week on the Sexist, we debuted our final groping instalment (yes, haters, it is really over). In the final column, Falls Church resident Emily Ruskowski is groped in a Metro parking garage, reports the assault the next day, and eventually helps to catch her assailant in a sting operation.
One reader complained that the story [...]

The Week’s Most Popular Blog Posts: Dodge Charger Edition

Happy Valentine's Day, Sexist readers. Feel free to spend the holiday thinking back on these not-so-romantic tales:
1. Why Superbowl Ads Are So Racist, Sexist, and Homophobic
2. If Your Boobs Could Talk, Would They Say "Boobs"?
3. If The Dodge Charger Made Ads For Oppressed Women
4. The Worst Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Ever
5. "I'm Claimed By This [...]