Thursday, April 15, 2010

Carnival Against Sexual Violence 92

Welcome to the April 15 edition of the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.

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


In Decisions to Rethink “Sex Offender” Laws when applied to adolescents posted at NSVRC, we get a discussion about problems in applying child exploitation laws to children who take or send sexually suggestive pictures of themselves and the problem of minimizing nonconsensual actions committed by minors.

In Rehauling Sexual Assault Law in India posted at, we get a discussion of 2 bills under consideration including 1 that has an exception for medical/hygienic purposes which might protect those who commit sexual assault or might allow non-emergency medical procedures a patient has not consented to.

In Texas Prisons Have Nation’s Highest Rates of Sexual Abuse posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of findings which show that 5 of the 10 prisons with the highest rates of sexual abuse in the country are in Texas.

In Special Commission's Recommendations to City of Cleveland on Responding to Sexual Assault Victims posted at Feminist Law Professors, we get a discussion about the outcome of a review which followed failures exposed after a series of murders by a known sex offender.

In How D.C. Police Fail Rape Victims posted at The Sexist, we get a discussion of a lawsuit filed by a woman who was denied a forensic exam because she didn't know for sure if she'd been raped while unconscious.

In Unpaid Interns Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment posted at Women's Rights, we get a discussion of a loophole in laws which were supposed to protect workers.

media watch

In Don't Provoke the Perverts: Wearing Bikinis on Spring Break Heightens Your Risk For Rape posted at Zelda Lily: Feminism in a Bra, we get a discussion of the victim blaming contained in safety warnings.

In Why is the Eagle So Hostile to Feminists? posted at American Way of Life Magazine, we get a discussion of the editorial choices made by an American University school newspaper.

In Rape is caused by rapists, part 496 posted at I Am Not Cake, we get a discussion of a Sydney Morning Herald article about the rape of a 7 year old girl where the primary focus is on her 15 year old sister rather than on the rapists themselves.

In New Videos Based On Rape Prevention Tips Guaranteed To Work posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss 2 videos which apply stereotypical advice usually given to girls and women in danger of being raped to men in danger of being rapists instead.

personal stories

In Sexual Assault: It's closer than you think posted at Bourgie, Interrupted, we get a discussion about the contrast between the statistics and many people's assumption that a lack of disclosure from those they know means means that those people have never been sexually assaulted.

In What felt 'normal' (date rape) posted at Et tu, husband?, we get a discussion about a realization that claims of what boys or men are entitled to take in certain situations can cause someone to not properly label sexual assault for years.

In Men Can Be Feminists posted at Search For Balance, we get a discussion of a man's incorrect assumptions about girls and women's experiences which were highlighted when learning about the experience of 2 women friends who were harassed multiple times in a situation where he wouldn't have been harassed even once.

In Resolving through reliving: nothing quite hits the spot posted at One woman, many truths, we get a discussion sparked by the need to share reactions which seemed odd to see if other survivors ever had the same thoughts. From the survivor: "In this piece I write about a night I spent searching for a rape scene to watch which would seem so realistic that it would help me remember the feelings, which for once I wanted to remember rather than forget."

In Clerical Rape Victim's Statement posted at Godless Liberal Homo, we get a survivor's description of the contrast between how an abuser seemed in public to the abuse committed in private and we get a discussion of the aftermath.

In Sex doesn't sell: A follow up to the original essay posted at Genius With a Parachute, we get a discussion about how a lack of disclosure to actors related to sexual situations prior to an audition can interfere with trying to find acting work while respecting personal boundaries.

raising awareness

In Your definition of “anti-sex” is not like mine. posted at Feministe, we get a discussion of claims made by Alex Knepper which play on the stereotypes made in hypothetical situations and how these made up situations don't match the reality being denied.

In Rape Culture in Kenya posted at Women's Rights, we get a discussion of the increase of violence after the controversial results of the 2007 presidential election of Mwai Kibaki.

In SAAM is officially here!!! posted at Consent Turns Me On, we get a discussion of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a short animated satirical video where a woman and man discuss SAAM and men's role in prevention.

In Sexual Etiquette posted at Practicing Empathy, we get a discussion of framing rape prevention as a guide to having only good sex and having spaces such as fraternity buildings be safe spaces for women.

In The Possibility Model Of Crime Determination posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I discuss the framing technique used to dismiss sex crimes by applying this model to a non-sex crime committed by women against men.

In We Are the Dead: Sex, Assault, and Trans Women posted at Feministe, we get a discussion of how sexual violence against trans women can escalate to murder because of violence permissive attitudes.


In Physical and Sexual Abuse Affects Women’s Choice of Contraception posted at Explaining Science to the Public, we get a discussion of research conducted by Ronna Chan and Sandra Martin from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which examines the association between women’s abuse experiences and subsequent use of contraceptives.

In Reproductive Coercion Extremely Common Among Victims of Other Forms of Intimate Partner Violence posted at The Curvature, we get a discussion of a new study released by the Guttmacher Institute on the subject of reproductive coercion which focuses specifically on cis women who are the victims of other forms of intimate partner violence at the hands of cis men.

In Sexual Violence Of People With Disabilities posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor's zigzag journey into the open, I summarize a workshop by Nancy Fitzsimons from Minnesota State University at Mankato and provide links to additional information.


In CAMPUS ASSAULT: Continuing Impact From Center Series posted at Center for Public Integrity, we get a discussion of actions which have followed media coverage of college sexual assaults including proposed amendments to two federal laws, known as the Clery Act and Title IX.

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.

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Marcella Chester

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:01 AM   4 comments links to this post


At April 15, 2010 7:44 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Thanks for the link and the traffic!

At April 19, 2010 10:04 AM, Anonymous m Andrea said...

What is a ciswoman? I'm asking because that term seems to be used most often to identify someone who feels extremely uncomfortable by the gender role they were assigned at birth or perhaps someone who's internal character does not match their external presentation. Both of those criteria apply to me, and I am female. So I guess I'm transgendered? Then how can I be a ciswoman?

The sextoy class doesn't have any actual priviledge, so referring to someone's sextoy status as a priviledge seems a little odd. Do we refer to being Black as a priviledge?

The only way cis makes any sense to me is if it means gender conformity priviledge, but as I already mentioned, I don't have that either. So is ciswoman referring to a female who enjoys being a BarbieBimbo type sterotype?

You're logical Marcella, perhaps you could help me figure this out. Because it doesn't make any sense at all to me.

At April 19, 2010 11:07 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Ciswoman refers to those who were identified at birth as female and who self-identify as female.

In relation to the Guttmacher Institute study this reference simply highlights the limitations of the study population and the limitations of the conclusions provided by this study.

FYI This is not the forum for any debate about this term.

At April 20, 2010 9:32 AM, Anonymous m Andrea said...

Sorry Marcella, I realized afterwards that you or a lurker might think I was trying to be snarky, but honestly the term makes no sense to me and is only an insult the way it is used now. Mostly because it's rarely used in the way you describe but instead it's used more often as a identification of priviledge, as in "Jane has sextoy priviledge".

Your own definition referring simply to biological sex makes a lot more sense than the original and more popular definition, which is "gender assigned at birth" because again, according to that def every female who doesn't enjoy being a sextoy sterotype is transgendered. Which erases all differences between trans and nontrans and therefore becomes circular logic.

Which is why I asked you what you thought, because you're too logical to use invalid reasoning. :) Thank you! They really need to use your def instead. Which would mean the term FAB (female at birth) could be used interchangably. Or nontrans. Amazing how everyone is supposed to care that they don't like that term "nontrans" but women are "hateful" when we object to the term cis. It's hypocrisy.


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