As a surprise for the end of Sexvember, ASC has decided to get back to its roots and return to the wonderful world of WordPress!
In addition to reopening this blog as a public discussion space for the Haverford community, we’re also hosting some events in the non-virtual space (arguably the “real world”).
Come hang out with us this Friday, November 22nd, at 7:30 PM in Stokes Auditorium for a talk by one-of-our-first-feminist-crushes Jaclyn Friedman who is, among many other things, the editor of the amazing Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape. If you’re interested in being a part of a discussion or dinner with Jaclyn in the afternoon before her talk, e-mail one of ASC’s co-heads Julia at email@example.com to sign up!
And, in the news: Title IX Network Takes Colleges to Task for Mishandling Rape Reports. Thoughts?
As always, feel free to comment, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post for yourselves!
The new Violence Against Women Act, which will be signed into law by President Obama today, will include additional requirements about colleges’ prevention of and response to sexual assault. The inclusion of preventative education in the law is one of the more striking and important additions, according to NPR’s Morning Edition. As many remember, the addition of preventative healthy sexuality education is one of the central goals of ASC, and has been improved at Haverford in the recent years. Other tenets of the new law include the requirement that colleges provide additional resources to survivors of sexual violence. So, is Haverford doing enough (check out the revamped Sexual Misconduct resource page for more info)? What else could and should the college do, now that these requirements are clearly outlined in both Title IX and VAWA?
Let’s stop differentiating between different types of rape as if they were different flavors at an ice cream shop. Politicians need to get over the pervasive fear that adopting a zero-tolerance attitude towards rape means that people will be able to disingenuously “cry rape” if they’re having a bad day. That’s not going to happen. You know what’s way more dangerous? Allowing legislators like Akin to make declarative statements that are unarguably false. If you don’t know how basic biology works, you shouldn’t be able to hold a government position that gives you real power over the bodies of millions of women.
via Feministing: We will not go quietly
At this, Jamie writes, she could no longer control herself. “It isn’t the job of women to prevent their own rape!” she said. “The only people who can prevent rape are rapists!” And then, she left had to leave class to cry.
From ThinkProgress: Fox Pundit Says Women In The Military Should ‘Expect’ To Be Raped
And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it’s strictly been a question of pressure from the feminist.
And the feminists have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims’ advocates, sexual response coordinators. … So, you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.
Serious trigger warning: an op-ed from the NYT Opinionater.