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Trigger Warning: This article and Lena’s testimony include graphic depictions of sexual assault, violence and trauma.

"Brown University and its disciplinary process have failed Lena, and other survivors and victims of sexual assault on this campus. It is clear that the University’s priority was to protect the rapist, and to protect itself. Lena said that the administration was supposed to "thank her for keeping the campus safe," but now, the administration is trying to keep her rapist safe." 

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This story has also been reported on the Huffington Post, Jezebel, and the Brown Daily Herald.

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#IStandWithLena

In light of Justice for Lena, the Bluestockings blog would like to do a series of follow-up posts, as Lena is but one of far too many stories of sexual assault on Brown’s campus.

We accept any form of submission, including but not limited to, articles discussing policies regarding sexual assault and mental health on-campus, testimonies, memoir, and creative submissions. Of course, we promise anonymity with all of our contributors.

To submit please email blogbluestockings@gmail.com.

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Justice for Lena

Trigger Warning: This article and Lena’s testimony include graphic depictions of sexual assault, violence and trauma.

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Earlier today, Brown University student, Lena Sclove, returned to campus to discuss the University’s unacceptable response to her sexual assault that occurred during the fall semester of 2013.

Lena was accompanied by her parents, Marcie and Richard Sclove,…

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On April 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Brown University students and Providence community members gathered in support of Lena Sclove. Here is her story.

Please share widely to pressure Brown University to respond.

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So what is it about the show that works for the audience? You have a growing audience. It’s blowing up on social media. Hashtag Cloneclub. I see that everywhere. What do you think about this is resonating for the audience?

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Wynn Project Brings Representation to the Runway

Wynn Project Brings Representation to the Runway

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Despite some exceptions, like the recent Barney’s advertisementsthat featured trans models, fashion continues to mimic other major industries in its consistent failure to represent certain bodies, identities and experiences—and when they are represented, they are often tokenized, fetishized, or mobilized towards generating controversy or promoting the ‘progressiveness’ of the brand (think:…

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The Body, Disability, & Inspiration Porn

The Body, Disability, & Inspiration Porn

The first image: a young boy, around 6 years old, grinning on a an outdoor track. He wears a white shirt with a paper on the front reading “43 / Endeavor Games,” and blue shorts. He wears prosthetic legs designed for athletics and appears to be walking or jogging toward the camera. Lime green text is superimposed on top of the image in the center, reading, “your excuse is invalid.”

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theroguefeminist:

koalameerkat:

Hate crime stats in the US…
Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/04/15/when-it-comes-to-hate-crimes-atheist-victims-are-rare/

this shit is real, it’s happening and we need to talk about it

So I went back to the source data for the OP and made a graph that’s adjusted for the percentage of the U.S. population in each religious group.
I couldn’t find the property crimes/crimes against persons break down used above, just a single combined number. Nevertheless, the results highlight things a bit. 

It should be noted that anti-person crimes happen less often but also have a potential to be far worse, and using visual estimates of the first graph (and the fact that there are twice as many Jews as Muslims), Muslims and Jews have fairly comparable chances of being victims of anti-person crimes.
The two meta-categories (things/people associated with multiple religions, things/people associate with a religion other to the perpetrator) don’t really apply to this graph, so I couldn’t include them.

maybemartha:

theroguefeminist:

koalameerkat:

Hate crime stats in the US…

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/04/15/when-it-comes-to-hate-crimes-atheist-victims-are-rare/

this shit is real, it’s happening and we need to talk about it

So I went back to the source data for the OP and made a graph that’s adjusted for the percentage of the U.S. population in each religious group.

I couldn’t find the property crimes/crimes against persons break down used above, just a single combined number. Nevertheless, the results highlight things a bit. 

It should be noted that anti-person crimes happen less often but also have a potential to be far worse, and using visual estimates of the first graph (and the fact that there are twice as many Jews as Muslims), Muslims and Jews have fairly comparable chances of being victims of anti-person crimes.

The two meta-categories (things/people associated with multiple religions, things/people associate with a religion other to the perpetrator) don’t really apply to this graph, so I couldn’t include them.

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Weekend Links, Vol.36:

Welcome to another week of feminist web surfing! In Weekend Links we gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, and Interweb images or memes we have come across. We hope with this small curation of links to illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.

Links We Like Feminist Blog Roll Quote of the Week Art Worth Sharing Internet Images FTW

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"If you can say Schwarzenegger, you can say Esparza"

- Raúl Esparza on idiots who kept pressuring him to change his name to something less latino. (via magnetic-rose)

Our names are not a burden.

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#NotYourAsianSidekick: Rethinking Protest Spaces and Tactics

#NotYourAsianSidekick: Rethinking Protest Spaces and Tactics

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Though the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick ‘erupted’ at the end of last year, it has been on my mind lately as I think through how various social media platforms are used for or facilitate certain kinds of interactions, and how those interactions are often coded through dichotomies of virtual/real and talk/action. For those who missed it, #NotYourAsianSidekick was a hashtag started by 23-year-old…

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A mix of nature to create beautiful afrocentric street art

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Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly,how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

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