The Morning After: Sexual Assault Policy Fail Edition
* An anonymous Columbia University student details her re-traumatization via the school's sexual assault response system:
Until recently, I was unaware of the egregious flaws in the Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Assault. However, after my assault took place earlier this semester, I was encouraged by friends to take action against the student who had violated the sexual assault policy in many different ways, the worst of which was raping me twice.
* Jessica Yee asks, "When does an issue become feminist?":
When abortion rights are threatened, we're out in the masses online and offline to protect them repeatedly, blog post after Facebook link, clinic defense after pro-choice club initiation, without question . . . But what about when status, documentation, skin color, ethnicity, and culture are threatened? What's our feminist response to this? And how much or to what degree are we going to mobilize and do something the same way we would if the usual suspects (like sexual/reproductive health) came into play?
* Emily Nagoski judges Christian sex shops, or "sex toys for Jesus":
“Hooray!” I think, “Sexual pleasure! Sexual pleasure for women!”
“Boo!” I think, “Heterocentrism, marriage exclusions, apparent intercourse-focus!”
* On Slate, Stephanie Coontz argues that Betty Friedan is "not responsible for all of our unhappiness." Say it ain't so!
* Virginia Slims, getting high on feminism since 1968. This ad features both an empowering time-machine strip-tease and an appeal to our "feminine hands":
Photo via the Library of Congress