Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 66

Welcome to the Mar. 3, 2009 edition of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.

Thank you to everyone who nominated a post or who wrote a post against sexual violence whether it was nominated/selected or not. Nominations that came in after the nomination deadline will be considered for the next edition of the carnival.

If you support the purpose of the carnival, you can help get the word out about it and all of the posts included in the carnival.

Before I begin the carnival, I want to thank everyone who helped with my fundraising effort for my travel expenses to the WAM! 2009 conference where I and my fellow panelists (Cara Kulwicki of The Curvature, Ashley Burczak of SAFER and Ashwini Hardikar of SAFER) will be presenting:

Pulling the Plug on Rape Culture One Word at a Time:
Using Accuracy to Undermine Dangerous Attitudes and Injustice.

I'm actually $20 over the amount listed above. Thanks to all those who have already donated. I'm still not to my full goal so if you support what I'm doing and are able to help even a little (no donation is too small), please consider donating even though my fundraising deadline has passed.

Read my post on this conference for more information.

Here are the selections for this edition of the carnival against sexual violence:

creative expression

In threads posted at Crissy Hope Poet, we get a poem about the impact of sexual violence.


In Rethinking Privilege posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of the reality that makes many men feel like they have no gender privilege.


In Another notable story of paralysis and prosecution for child porn posted at Sentencing Law and Policy, we get a discussion about the assumption made about a crime based on assumptions made about the criminal.

In Operation cross country hits Chicago posted at Sex Crimes, we get a discussion about the impact of child prostitution and how the initial rescuing of children prostituted may not be sufficient to truly rescue those children.

In It's Only Rape If She's A Real Woman posted at Joe. My. God., we get a discussion of a South Korean court which convicted a man for raping a transsexual woman, but apparently only because it was proven that the woman had been having regular vaginal sex with her longtime partner, therefore making her a "real" woman capable of being raped.

In But It's Not His Fault posted at Shakespeare's Sister, we get a discussion of a post by Christopher Frizzelle published on The Stranger titled "What He Did Was Wrong, Yes—But..

In If You Die After You Make A Statement About A Crime Will A Jury Be Allowed To Know About It? posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss an Iowa Supreme Court ruling on the appeal by attorneys for Sessions Harper related to being named as the person responsible by Holly Michael before she died from her injuries.

media watch

In Girls sexually assaulted on school bus posted at What a crazy random happenstance, we get a discussion of the reactions to 3 teenage boys had been sexually assaulting the teenage girls on their bus for months and how the narrative of turning offenders into crazed animals rather than as rational teens.

In Thoughts on the RapeLay Video Game posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about the harm done when a game minimizes and makes a joke out of a horrible crime — in this case one that is, in real life predominantly and in the game entirely, aimed at women.

In Malarkey posted at The Pugnacious Irishman, we get a response to a video game that was, until recently, sold by Amazon.com and the arguments made against pulling this type of product.

In Seen on Capitol Hill posted at Daughter of the Ring of Fire, we get a discussion of what it means to still need to put up flyers that say, "NO MEANS NO" and how this need indicates that certain people are not allowed to have full autonomy.

In Thread posted at Mortality's Thoughts, we get a brief discussion about how to respond to comments made by rape apologists.

personal stories

In Will some people never get it? posted at Bitch. Ph.D., we get a discussion of behavior experienced during a stop of the Yes Means Yes book tour.

In Women Against Violence Against Women posted at ~fmd~, we get information about a new blog and the reason the topic of that blog is so important.

In Yesterday posted at Law With Grace, we get a discussion of the experience of the first encounter with the defense attorney who helped your rapist get away with rape after the trial ended.

In Gee...I guess I wasn't raped... posted at Feministing, we get a discussion about the impact rape apologists and excusers have on survivors.

raising awareness

In History Of Using Rape Victims As Excuse For Injustice Against Black Men posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss why it is a mistake for those angry over the wrongful conviction of Timothy Cole and other men of color who were imprisoned for another man's crime to focus their anger at white women who are raped.

In Abstinence-Only Ed Sez, "You can't rape a slut!" posted at Feministe, we get a discussion of an online scenario used by an abstinence-only organization which teaches dangerous lessons.

In On Chris Brown, Rihanna, women as suspect, & teenage domestic violence posted at Bandung 1955, we get a discussion about the victim-blaming assumptions people feel free to make while declaring that we don't know what happened.

In The Reality of Rape posted at I'll Follow the Sun, we get a discussion of the Ohio-based program, Abstinence ‘Til Marriage which seems to be trying super-extra-hard to be more than useless and to actually do harm.

In Animated violence crosses line (real violence still OK) posted at I Blame The Patriarchy, we get a discussion about how often depictions of violence using real people is often more acceptable than when it occurs in video games to animated characters.

In Million Women Rise posted at We Mixed Our Drinks, we get a discussion about the upcoming march and rally in London.

In Misconceptions About Rape posted at Submission Complete, we get a discussion of ideas too many people still cling to including the belief that if someone doesn't have visible injuries that person wasn't raped.

In On the Subject of Sexual Offenses posted at Wandering Scarab, we get a discussion about sexual violence in Egypt.

In Get Real! Rape Is Not Her Fault posted at Reproductive Health RHRealityCheck.org, we get a response to the frequent claim that getting someone horny excuses the other person's violent or abusive behavior.

In The Principal Who Canceled Rent Has a History of Not Caring About Gays posted at Queerty, we get a discussion of the 5-day suspension given to three high school seniors who uploaded a video to Facebook calling for the rape and murder of a lesbian classmate.

In What happened? On video games and sexualized violence posted at Feminist Philosophers, we get a discussion about the role that video games might play in leading to or reinforcing violent behavior in boys and men.


In Another post about rape posted at Fugitivus, we get a discussion which begins with the observation about the first time a moment in consensual triggered old fears and the usual pattern of not being triggered because there is no similarity of feeling between that and rape which was frequently labeled as unwelcome sex. This raises the important issue of why saying yes is not giving up all control of your own body.

In Tolerating Cowardice, Recognizing Crazy and Finding Wisdom posted at Dealing With Healing, we get a discussion about reaching the point where it seems that maybe healing can really happen after looking harshly at what "she" did and did not do as a 12 year after being told that she would be killed if she cried again.


In Hard-Wired to Dehumanize? posted at Kittywampus, we get a discussion of the results of a research project by Susan Fiske of Princeton which used MRIs to see how college men's brains respond to images of women.

In Take a survey RE:dating violence posted at a males life after rape, we get a call for study volunteers from Kathleen Kline, a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio and a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Walden University.

In Meeting Survivors' Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss a study which surveyed 3410 residents of domestic violence shelters in 8 states about how well those shelters met their varied needs and I discuss the need for the US Congress to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.


In Congratulations UNH! posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion of CDC funding to study the effectiveness of the bystander sexual violence prevention program at University of New Hampshire.

In Men, the Flesh Lovers ! ! ! posted at Ila, trying to find a place in the world, we get a discussion of the need to stop gender differentiation by treating men and women equally and whatever freedom is given to men must be given to women.

In resistance is romantic - policy requires patience posted at Change Happens, we get a discussion about moving from part of on-campus protests to being part of an on-campus task force working with the college leadership to change sexual assault policies.

That concludes this edition of the carnival against sexual violence. Thank you for taking the time to visit this carnival and thank you to the authors of all the posts included in this edition.

Because of the WAM! conference the next 2 editions won't fall on their normal dates.

The next submission deadline is Mar. 21 at 11 pm and the next edition will be out on March 24.

To nominate a post (your own or someone else's) to the next edition of carnival against sexual violence, use the carnival submission form. If you have any problem with the form, please let me know so your submission can be considered for the next edition.

Links to everything related to the carnival can be found on the blog dedicated to this carnival, http://carnivalagainstsexualviolence.blogspot.com/

Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:02 AM   2 comments links to this post


At March 03, 2009 10:32 AM, Anonymous m Andrea said...

Marcella, when it comes to the subject of rape, you do an excellent job of using the principles of logic. However, your very second link is to an article that is so freaking non-logical I question why it was included. Perhaps you just wanted to discuss why it's so wrong?

Here are my thoughts:

The purpose of renaming something is either to further elucidate or to further misrepresent a thing. In order to decide which is happening, we must evaluate both the original concept and the replacing concept.

1) This word "kyriarchy" (used by the author to replace the concept patriarchy) tells us that no one particular demographic is exclusively responsible for the sexist culture in which we live. The concept of "kyriarchy" places the creation and perceptuation of sexism onto both men and women equally -- without proof.

Hello, blame the victim much? And where is their proof that women are equally responsible for the creation and continuance of sexism? By following the link to their definition page, their "proof" is this: "The theoretical adequacy of patriarchy has been challenged because, for instance, black men do not have control over white wo/men"

I suppose they have never heard of rape culture? Porn culture? Laydees are for making babies culture? In addition to ignoring globally accepted beliefs as a tool of oppression, they apparently are not familiar with the concept of outliers.

2) An outlier occurs when 99% of a group are all going in one direction, and 1% of the same group is going in the opposite direction. Reasonable scientists DISREGARD outliers because to include them creates extremely misleading and inaccurate results. You can learn more about outliers here:


A reasonable person, when confronted with an ignorant racist, explains why the racist still has white privilege even if that particular racist isn't living in luxury at the top of the white power heirarchy. A reasonable person does not excuse a white person's responsibility to stop racism by saying "oh Black people do it too". Reasonable people do not say "oh let's make white people feel comfortable, let's use a word that implies minorities are equally responsible for racism".

I am wondering why you included that link since it's basic assertions are clearly racist apologetia if the subject were racism?

At March 03, 2009 11:44 AM, Blogger Sungold said...

Hi Marcella - Just wanted to say thanks for including my post. That was gracious of you and I appreciate it - as I appreciate your ongoing work here.


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