Joe Biden’s Recent Comments Show He Doesn’t Understand Rape Culture

Former Vice President Joe Biden gave an impassioned speech on Tuesday, saying he would have “beat the hell out” of President Donald Trump in high school for bragging about groping women. Biden has long raised awareness about sexual violence, chairing the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. He has worked to break…

Instead of “Me Too” We Need to Ask “Have You?”

Inspired by the movement started by activist Tarana Burke who founded the “Me Too” movement over a decade ago, a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano inspired millions of survivors of sexual violence to post “me too” hoping that “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might…

How We Misrepresent Sexual Violence On Screen

Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Spoiler alert: This articles contains spoilers for Jessica Jones, House of Cards, Kimmy Schmidt, Downton Abbey, Gone Girland Game of Thrones. Over the past few years I’ve noticed an increase in the number of television shows and films that center around characters who are survivors of sexual assault, and initially I hailed this as…

Who Actually Led the Sexual Revolution? (Hint: It’s Not Hugh Hefner)

Who actually led the sexual revolution? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t Hugh Hefner. When Hefner, the creator of Playboy Magazine, died on September 28th, an Associated Press writer splashed across the headline, “Hugh Hefner, leader of the sexual revolution, dies at 91.” The sexual revolution was a movement during the 1960s and 70s…

Even After Wonder Woman, Studios Aren’t Choosing Female Directors

Fanboys and feminists cheered in unison as Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins officially signed on to direct the film’s sequel. Much of the summer, fans have been cheering on the success of Wonder Woman, the highest grossing film directed by a female director to date. Variety and other news outlets ran headlines like “Success of…