Violence Against Archives

Because the whole “rule of thumb” thing is so three months ago

From: discoverfeminism.com |

  October is Domestic Violence Awareness–even in Kansas. But someone needs to tell the city of Topeka that unlike, say, Black History Month, October isn’t supposed to be a celebration of domestic violence. If you wanted to observe it by, say, making domestic battery not illegal anymore, you’d probably be missing the point.

On being harassed: a little GF history and some current events

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The other day Mary posted Online harassment as a daily hazard, linking to s.e. smith’s On blogging, threats, and silence. I thought I might take the opportunity to talk about my experiences since starting the Geek Feminism blog in 2009, if only as another example to add to the long list we already have.

Topeka Misdemeanor Domestic Battery Cases to be Prosecuted by Law Student Interns

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In my last post about the Topeka imbroglio, I wondered how vigorously the County DA would prosecute misdemeanor domestic battery cases after the city of Topeka dicriminalized misdemeanor domestic battery and forced the County DA’s hand (by his own admission). My conclusion: Not very. My assumption was that in cases in which charges are actually brought, defendants were likely to be offered fairly favorable plea bargains.

Yep, Topeka, Kansas actually decriminalized domestic violence

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As I wrote last week, Topeka, Kansas has been weighing the idea of decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid footing the bill for prosecuting the cases. And last night, despite the protests from advocates and incredulous national headlines, the City Council voted to do just that.

Topeka Officially Decriminalizes Misdemeanor Domestic Battery

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Earlier today, the Topeka City Council, by a vote of 7-3, repealed the local law that makes misdemeanor domestic battery a crime.

Online harassment as a daily hazard: when trolls feed themselves

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Seen s.e. smith’s post on blogging and harassment yet? You’re about to see it everywhere (on the social justice blogs) because it’s very powerful and true:

"Saint or she-devil?" How about neither?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The case surrounding the horrific murder of Meredith Kercher and subsequent reporting on the convicted (now acquitted) killers is well-trodden ground in terms of feminist critique. I've tended to avoid comment or speculation myself on the basis that I have personally found it very difficult to judge the complex details of the case itself when it has always been apparent that -guilty or not- Amanda Knox has been subject to an uncomfortably sexualised and irrelevant scrutiny by the media. It has often seemed as if some people would have had her thrown in jail for apparent crimes against female modesty.

Topeka, Kansas considers decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid prosecuting cases

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Last night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence.

September 2011: Trans Murder Monitoring Project update

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The TGEU's Trans Murder Monitoring project has issued a press release confirming that 116 reported murders of trans people have been registered since the start of this year.

When Spammers Hate

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I came across Rebecca Watson’s SkepChick blog post, first of all of this hate is alarming. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. These blogs were made to make fun of her. That seems ridiculous to me, but then again, sexism and misogyny are pretty ridiculous. E-stalking aside, this can get serious. It looks like that Grey Lining blog has been up for a while. Not only that but there was a Dysfunctional Watson and Dawkins blog in its entirety was stupid. Using photos of abused children to prove that Watson and Dawkins are the equivalent of fighting, dysfunctional atheist parents.

Bad science alert! The evolutionary role of domestic violence?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I'm going to repeat it again until you're tired of hearing me say it. I've already said it here, here, and here. Evolutionary Psychology tries to make connections between evolution and human behaviour. As a past neuroscientist and a past psychology student, evolutionary psychology does not uphold to scientific rigor. In the mean time, they make grand sweeping statements like "Domestic violence gets evolutionary explanation" at the New Scientist.

The Wednesday Weigh In: Nobel peace prize edition

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 were recently announced, and there were a few surprises in the bunch.  241 candidates, have been nominated for this year’s award, which, in addition to Arab Spring superstars such as Wael Ghonim, Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, and Egyptian Israa Abdel Fattah, includes Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. You’ll also remember him as having been extradited to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.

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