Well, hello, there, America! How have you been? Are you enjoying your sequester so far? As you’ve no doubt heard, the Budget Sequester, or as I call it, Showdown at the Douchebag Corral, took effect March 1. Surprising exactly no one, it turns out that the mandated across-the-board cuts to human services and safety net programs will disproportionately affect women and children. This revelation barely elicited a yawn from our sluggish, crisis-addled nation, because seriously, what economic problem DOESN’T disproportionately affect women? [Read more...]
It’s Oscar week, so I decided I’d get in on the fun by watching a nominated film that touches on my pet issues and doing a little write-up. Of course, “fun” in this case means watching a devastating documentary about rape in the military and then attempt to write about it while sniveling into my cardigan sleeve. [Read more...]
The moment there is any breakdown in the normal social order, women start to get raped. The first time I noticed this was in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. First we heard the reports of looting, then of the chaos afflicting the law enforcement system, then gradually the first rape reports began to trickle out. Then the trickle became a flood, and with that flood came the grim suspicion that the stories we were hearing only hinted at the full scope of the violence that was taking place. And at the time I remember feeling confused. I remember thinking that the looting made sense—supplies were scarce, people were stranded—but rape? How did mass sexual assault follow from a hurricane?