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Her Face Filled Her Hands — and Her Words Filled Me With Grief 

By Madeline Gerhart

The victim sat down in the middle of the college quad on October 5 at 11 PM.

Her face filled her hands and her words filled my soul with grief. She slowly opened up about the trauma of the rape she had experienced. Read the rest of this entry

Her Body My Choice

We live in looney times. First, a bunch of right-wingers shout, “No masks, no vaccines. My body my choice!” Then these same folks crow over a new Texas law that forbids a woman from having a choice over her own body after she is six weeks pregnant.

My body, my choice! Your body, my choice!

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The Tragic Objectification of a Boy

Bjorn Andresen

“I wish I were objectified” yearned a male BroadBlogs reader. Other men have said the same, if less directly. I eventually turned the discussion into a blog post, warning: be careful what you wish for. 

“Objectification” and “desire” are commonly confused. Beauty, charisma and confidence can each spark the latter, which is likely what these men wanted: to be desired.

Sex objects may be desired but they are also treated as if they are merely objects that have no thoughts or feelings to fret over. All that matters is someone else’s pleasure or purposes.

Consider the tragic objectification of one boy. Read the rest of this entry

Patriarchy and the notion that sex is worse than murder

A man kills in an attempt to eliminate sexual temptation. But isn’t murder more heinous than sex? And is sex heinous?

How does one arrive at such a mindset? 

Much has been said about evangelical teachings that, while rarely inciting murder, drew Robert Aaron Long to kill eight people, six of them Asian women who worked at spas in the Atlanta region. The teachings commonly reduce a man’s worthiness to his skill at keeping his mind off of illicit thoughts and reduce a woman’s worthiness to modesty — so as to keep men from sinning. Because if he sins it’s her fault, really. The next logical step in Long’s mind was to eradicate evil, immodest women.

Read more at The Good Men Project or Medium.

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Grooming the Rich and Famous for Abuse

Evan Rachel Wood and FKA twigs with Shia LaBeouf

The last few months have found wealthy, successful women escaping abusive relationships, with Evan Rachel Wood and FKA twigs prominent among them.

But how do wealthy women who, it seems, could so easily leave, end up in such harrowing circumstances? Actually, theirs is the story we find among most victims of domestic violence, rich or poor: whirlwind romance, controlling behavior, isolation, criticism and verbal abuse leading to violence.

Forewarned is forearmed. What can we learn from the experiences of FKA twigs and Evan Rachel Wood?  Read the rest of this entry

Is Handholding or a Hand Job More Intimate?

Which is more intimate? Handholding or a hand job?

The intimacy of hand-holding.

A young woman attending a college workshop on sexual assault was shocked to hear men say they thought handholding was more intimate.

After all, they held hands with women they cared about. They could get a hand job from any anonymous hookup.  

Well, I’m perplexed, too. Read the rest of this entry

Trumpism, Manhood and Feeling Powerful vs Being Powerful

U.S. Capitol Building

As we look to the inauguration of the 46th US president, who will preside over our constitutional democratic republic, my mind travels back to January 6 when thousands of angry Trump supporters attempted to violently overthrow a free and fair election.

The rioters surely felt powerful as they stormed the U.S. Capitol, climbed its stairs and walls, bashed its windows with pro-Trump flag poles, trashed Statuary Hall and Congressional offices, and sat at the Senate Dias and in the Speaker’s seat.

But in the end they weren’t so powerful after all, their acts sparking an enormous backlash.

Continue reading at The Good Men Project.

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Why the Hostility to Black Lives?

Black Lives Matter

“Whites are taught not to have empathy for blacks.”

I read that in an article discussing hostility to the Black Lives Matter movement, but wondered: “Is that really true” And why bother to teach that?” Read the rest of this entry

Objectifying and Desiring Aren’t the Same Thing?

Objectification: she's just a body with no thoughts or feelingsWhen I was younger I wondered why feminists complained about sexual objectification. What’s wrong with finding someone attractive, I wondered? 

Now I know that objectifying and desiring aren’t the same thing. But I’ve also learned that plenty of people are confused, like I was. When I talk about objectification I get reactions like:

  • Women do it too!
  • Women check out men!
  • Girls drool over boy bands!
  • Playgirl exists! (Well, it used to.)
  • What’s wrong with desire?!

Sexual attraction is healthy and normal, right? Read the rest of this entry

I’m Voting For Joe

Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden

Election Day is just weeks away and I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for President as quickly as I can.

I’m particularly concerned with Covid-19, healthcare, the economy, race relations and women’s rights, the climate, the Supreme Court and our democracy. 
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