Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Misogyny

When a Man Kills a Woman by @K_IngalaSmith at openDemocracy

Across everything that divides societies, we share in common that men’s violence against women is normalised, tolerated, justified – and hidden in plain sight. … Men’s fatal violence against women in the UK crosses boundaries of class, race, nationality and age.  Over the last year, the oldest woman killed was 85, 18 were over 60, more »

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Men’s intrusion: rethinking street harassment by Fiona Vera-Gray

To capture the impact of ‘street harassment’ on women’s sense of self, we may need to rethink our language to better fit the lived experience. … Attention to women’s experiences of intrusive men in public space is having something of a resurgence. Traditionally one of the most understudied yet commonly experienced forms of violence against women, more »

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In the news (28.11) on male violence, #predatorypeacekeepers and femicide

Since I gave you a phone it’s not rape by GUILAINE KINOUANI at openDemocracy … Under colonialism African childhood and womanhood were aggressively denied as part of a conscious effort to dehumanise. Remnants of this system of oppression continue to shape the treatment of black people today, with those at the bottom of the hierarchy of blackness, being the more »

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We support Hillary Clinton

Our organisation has a consistent policy of not publicly supporting any specific political party. No political party has created a policy document that actively recognises the humanity of all residents prioritising . The current conservative (and previous coalition) government have a well documented history of policies which are inherently misogynistic, racist, disablist and classist. They have more »

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In the News: Donald Trump, Male Violence, and Misogyny

Despite a clear history of misogyny, racism, classism, homophobia and being the poster boy for toxic hyper-masculinity and male entitlement in a rape culture, a large segment of people seem somewhat shocked by the release of a video from 2005 in which Donald Trump brags about committing sexualised violence. Even more people seem shocked that more »

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The Naming of Elena Ferrante

The identity of Elena Ferrante is a secret well-guarded by her publisher. At the request of Ferrante. Ferrante has made it clear on multiple occasions that she does not want her art confused with her real life. This may not seem something that our campaign would necessarily concern ourselves with but there are multiple reasons more »

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In the News (8.8-15.8.16)

“I did not want her to become a decrepit old hag”: why elderly men kill their wives by @glosswitch I did not want her to become a decrepit old hag. I loved her too much for that.” Those are the words of 89-year-old Philip Williamson, who last week  received a suspended two-year prison sentence for the manslaughter of more »

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There is an epidemic of missing women and girls of colour in the UK

As a child, I watched family members laid to rest with nothing but a sheet of white cloth around their bodies. We go to the earth as we come from it — naked and equal. Only, the imposed hierarchy from ones birth may impact greatly on the manner in which we receive a persons’ passing. more »

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Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly

Mary Ann Nichols was murdered on 31 August. Annie Chapman was killed on 8 September. Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were murdered 30 September. Mary Jane Kelly was killed on 9 November.* There is some suggestion that a sixth woman, Martha Tabram, was also a victim of the same perpetrator. If this is true, Tabram more »

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Media spotting patterns when it suits them

Newspapers are notoriously bad at spotting patterns. Perhaps you can do better. On Tuesday, courtesy of the Daily Mail’s Manila correspondent, we were treated to a piece of the most appalling racist polemic. Yesterday, the same paper dished up out and out silence on the roots of VIP child abuse. Compare, contrast – and weep! more »

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