Hi I talk & write about gender absurdities in media, politics, religion and pop culture, because I've pretty much had as much misogyny as I can take without my head flat out exploding from the idiocy. Still, whenever possible, I would really rather laugh than cry while thinking about it.

The US has an Estimated 400,000 untested rape kits

That means thousands of  predatory rapists that could be identified. Does your city even count?  Detroit, which had more than 11,000 backlogged kits, some 25 years old, identified 100 serial rapists when they were finally processed. 

This is really outrageous.  I can’t figure out why people aren’t up in arms. I mean, nail polish???? People are spending goo-gobs of money on rape avoidance products that, ultimately, just mean “rape someone else” instead of funneling funds into rape preventionsolutions that demonstrably identify and stop predatory serial rapists. Capitalism is nothing if not consistent.

One of these 400,000 belonged to Heather Marlowe. In May 2010, while at a party in San Francisco, Marlowe was drugged and raped. She went to the police, made a report and a rape kit was completed. Marlowe assumed that the police would investigate and contact her. After a year of waiting, she’d heard nothing back.

Marlowe followed up with the police repeatedly, working through a revolving door of people assigned to her case. She was told that her case file had been moved to Iron Mountain, a storage facility.  “It could be anywhere from another 6 months to 10 years,” until the kit was examined. When Marlowe asked why, an officer explained that her rape “was not a good enough rape,” to pursue. “It will probably will never make it out of there because our lab is just too backed up processing more important crimes,” explained an officer. 

  • In 2011, Los Angeles announced that it had cleared a backlog of more than 11,000 kits.
  • By 2013, Houston had completed their review of 16,000 kits.
  • After New York City cleared its 17,000-kit backlog the arrest rate for rape cases went from 40% to 70%.
  • Memphis’ processing of just 125 of their 12,000 kits has resulted in 30 indictments. 

Read entire article about what you can do in your city here. Most cities don’t know how many they have. This map is from EndtheBacklog.

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That kind of day
That kind of day

That kind of day

humansofnewyork:

“We were a two career family. I was a nuclear engineer. I designed shields for the fuel reactors on the first nuclear submarines. He was a carpenter.”
humansofnewyork:

“We were a two career family. I was a nuclear engineer. I designed shields for the fuel reactors on the first nuclear submarines. He was a carpenter.”

humansofnewyork:

“We were a two career family. I was a nuclear engineer. I designed shields for the fuel reactors on the first nuclear submarines. He was a carpenter.”

In her new exhibit,  A Woman’s Room OnlineArtist Amy Roth Davis turned misogynistic messages, rape and death threats sent to women online into sculptures. 

The title of the show is meant, in part, to reference a feminist art installation created in 1972 called, Womanhouse. Womanhouse was organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Feminist Art Program. In that exhibit, an entire house was taken over by a group of feminist women artists and each room became an installation art or performance space.”

Roth took an office space and transformed it i order to “show the viewer what it can feel like to be targeted in your place of work, over multiple years with aggressive online stalking and harassment.”

I, and many, many others contributed messages that we’ve received. Thank you, Amy, 

misandry-mermaid:

selfcareafterrape:

Respecting a survivor’s sense of self is really the biggest thing- and as always, Support and Affirm Worth.

I hope you guys are having a fabulous Wednesday, and as always, take care of yourselves <3

I have a follower who asked about this recently so I hope she sees this.

ppaction:

Maybe these politicians aren’t doing the math, but we are. More cost = less access.
ppaction:

Maybe these politicians aren’t doing the math, but we are. More cost = less access.

ppaction:

Maybe these politicians aren’t doing the math, but we are. More cost = less access.

ceriserin:

a moment of silence for female characters who get a lot of shit but would be adored if they were male

sufferingzen:

shedskinbelight:

ghdos:

So hiring a white person with a criminal record is more desirable than hiring a Black person without one? Never would’ve guessed…

this is what we mean when we say ALL white people have white privilege. whether you’re rich, poor, a criminal, uneducated or anything else. a white criminal has a better chance at getting a call back then a black person with no criminal record. shut the fuck up next time you wanna talk to us about privilege. 


YUPYUPYUPYUP
sufferingzen:

shedskinbelight:

ghdos:

So hiring a white person with a criminal record is more desirable than hiring a Black person without one? Never would’ve guessed…

this is what we mean when we say ALL white people have white privilege. whether you’re rich, poor, a criminal, uneducated or anything else. a white criminal has a better chance at getting a call back then a black person with no criminal record. shut the fuck up next time you wanna talk to us about privilege. 


YUPYUPYUPYUP

sufferingzen:

shedskinbelight:

ghdos:

So hiring a white person with a criminal record is more desirable than hiring a Black person without one? Never would’ve guessed…

this is what we mean when we say ALL white people have white privilege. whether you’re rich, poor, a criminal, uneducated or anything else. a white criminal has a better chance at getting a call back then a black person with no criminal record. shut the fuck up next time you wanna talk to us about privilege. 

YUP

YUPYUPYUP