Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 78

Welcome to the September 15, 2009 edition of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.

Update: For those unfamiliar with blog carnivals, the term refers collections of related blog posts. Check out blogcarnival.com for more information.

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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.

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


In Boys Will Be Boys? posted at After Silence, we get a discussion of a prosecutor who describes not having sex with someone you know against their will as a matter of etiquette rather than law.

In LIVING WITH THE DEVIL and Marital Rapes: A Crime Less Acknowledged posted at The Viewspaper, we get discussions of marital rape.

In Teaching Sexual Violence posted at Concurring Opinions, we get a discussion of teaching law students about sex crimes while being sensitive to the fact that some students might be survivors of sexual violence.

In Sex Offender Caught Roaming School With Gun posted at DetentionSlip.org, we get a brief but troubling story about school safety.

In Rape is rape, no matter how you see it posted at Nil's Musings, we get a discussion about a report on the rape of Penan girls in Sarawak.

media watch

In Forget The "Sex Predator", How 'Bout His Wife, Eh? posted at The Dawn Chorus, we get a discussion about how a generic statement from a defense attorney becomes the headline for the story about the man's crime.

In Movie Review: Water posted at Genius With a Parachute, we get a discussion of a 2005 movie that looks at Indian widows in 1930s forced into prostitution and otherwise mistreated.

In Gatefail 2009 (or, A Primer on Stories that Scream) - HardcoreNerdity posted at Hardcore Nerdity, we get a discussion of a troubling plotline for the SyFy series Stargate Universe. (spoiler alert)

In Jaycee Dugard and Rape Apologism in the Media posted at California NOW, we get a discussion about how wording can imply consent and how easily that implication could be avoided.

In Onion Misogyny Enough To Make You Cry posted at Feminist Peace Network, we get a discussion about how t-shirt designs minimize sexual harassment and sexual trafficking.

In ~Words words words~ (2) posted at ~Macarena de Verano~, we get a discussion about the book In Spite of Myself by Christopher Plummer focusing on an underage girl and a reported rape in Barbados.

personal stories

In Thoughts from a Secondary Survivor posted at After Silence, we get a discussion from the husband of a rape survivor about what it is like for him when his wife is experiencing trauma.

In In Which I Am Threatened With Rape posted at Moira Manion, we get a discussion about harassment one woman has experienced early in the morning on her way to work.

In "Don't Call It Consent" - Being Groomed for Sex posted at Surviving Therapist Abuse, we get a discussion about a therapist plotted and carried out sexual abuse of his patient.

raising awareness

In Labor Day Holiday Message posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I responded to the common safety messages which focus on controlling the behavior of those viewed as likely victims by sending a crime prevention message to my male heterosexual rape apologist readers.

In Understanding Rape posted at Sound Off!, we get a discussion sparked by a friend's admission that he hadn't stopped after his girlfriend said no.

In Harlem, Dunbar Village, in contrast posted at What About Our Daughters, we get a discussion of very different environments which can deter or foster violence.

In How To Prevent Rape posted at Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Chicago, we get a discussion about how pervasive victim blaming is when many people talk about rape prevention and how important it is to shift pervasive thinking so that the responsibility for avoiding violence is placed on perpetrators.

In Blaming Bad Traits on Evolution posted at Biological Anthropology, we get a discussion about the simplistic explanation for actions such as rape.

In Some Thoughts on Tucker Max posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion about sexually predatory actions glorified on college campuses and different ideas on how to respond effectively.


In Research On Perception Of Consent posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss research done by Dan M. Kahan which found that a hierarchical worldview had a significant correlation to how people assessed a rape defendant's decision to ignore a woman's repeated, "no."

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.

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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At September 16, 2009 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would just like to advertise this post about why women don't fight back:

At September 17, 2009 10:37 PM, Blogger Francis L. Holland Blog said...

Why would anyone want to use the word "Carnival" in the same sentence as "Sexual Violence"? Merriam Websters defines the word "carnival" this way:

1 : a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent
2 a : an instance of merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading b : an instance of riotous excess: "a carnival of violence";
3 a : a traveling enterprise offering amusements b : an organized program of entertainment or exhibition : festival "a winter carnival".

Now, having read that definition I'm laughing at how outrageously inappropriate the word "carnival" is a a remedy to sexual violence. "Carnival" literally means "riotous excess", which is precisely the nature of the problem of sexual violence, and certainly not a remedy to sexual violence.

Isn't a "Carnival" like a circus in the United States? Why would anyone construct a circus as a way of fighting sexual violence? Instead, the word "Carnival" trivializes sexual violence and any other societal scourge to which the word Carnival is attached.

Pardon me for registering this complaint against the word "carnival" as a synonym for "protest". I agree with the purpose of virtually ever "carnival" I've seen in Black blogs. But, I suspect the word "carnival" was adopted from whitosphere blogs whose purposes and motives and goals and beefs were entirely different from those at afrosphere blogs.

So, can someone tell me whose idea it was to use the word "carnival" as a synonym for "protest" and "movement". It seems to me that when we announce a "carnival", we're just declaring our blogs to be a side-show at the circus.

When we announce a "protest" or a "movement" or an "action", then people know we're talking about something serious and we're taking serious steps in response.

At September 17, 2009 10:50 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


The word carnival is used because it refers to blog carnivals, a concept which was created to allow for collections of related posts. There are blog carnivals on a variety of topics. Check out: www.blogcarnival.com for more information on the concept and for a list of different carnivals.

So the bottom line is that carnival isn't used as a synonym for protest or movement. I'll definitely review my introduction so that those unfamiliar with carnivals will understand why this word is being used.

At September 20, 2009 8:51 AM, Blogger After said...

Thanks so much for picking my blog as part of the carnival. I feel so honored!


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