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activistopher:

Next Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, is the 14th annual National Denim Day.

The event stems from the overturn of an accused rapist’s conviction in Italy in the 1990s, in which the court stated that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Denim Day is a response to the outrageous ideology that wearing tight jeans is an invitation to sexually assault someone.

Each Denim Day, as part of an ongoing rape prevention education campaign, community members and leaders alike are asked to make a social statement and to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

If you would like to participate, please wear jeans on this day!

Though the most visible arms of the movement will likely be in New York and Los Angeles, that does not mean that you will not be seen or heard. Additionally, if you would like to participate more actively, you can purchase buttons, shirts, and other items that can help you bring awareness to this issue and cause. You can also download posters and infographics that highlight the importance of this event for FREE! All of this can be done at Peace Over Violence’s shop here, as they are the agency that spearheads Denim Day in the U.S.

For more information, check out the Denim Day website at http://denimdayusa.org/

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fuckyeahfeminists:

Consent is hot, assault is not!

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postpostmodernmusings:

need to raise awareness of women rapists too, but this is a fantastic start!

Agreed.  Not only men rape. Also agreed that this is a good start towards raising public awareness about rape without blaming the victims. 
One thing that is bothering me, though, outside of the focus on males being the only ones capable of raping? None of the women are looking at the viewer. All of the men are looking directly at the viewer of the posters, but, all of the women have averted gazes…OK WTH? 

postpostmodernmusings:

need to raise awareness of women rapists too, but this is a fantastic start!

Agreed.  Not only men rape. Also agreed that this is a good start towards raising public awareness about rape without blaming the victims. 

One thing that is bothering me, though, outside of the focus on males being the only ones capable of raping? None of the women are looking at the viewer. All of the men are looking directly at the viewer of the posters, but, all of the women have averted gazes…OK WTH? 

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feministthoughts:

My Short Skirt

From The Vagina Monologues

By Eve Ensler

My short skirt is not an invitation 
a provocation 
an indication 
that I want it 
or give it 
or that I hook. 

My short skirt 
is not begging for it 
it does not want you 
to rip it off me 
or pull it down. 

My short skirt 
is not a legal reason 
for raping me 
although it has been before 
it will not hold up 
in the new court. 

My short skirt, believe it or not 
has nothing to do with you. 

My short skirt 
is about discovering 
the power of my lower calves 
about cool autumn air traveling 
up my inner thighs 
about allowing everything I see 
or pass or feel to live inside. 

My short skirt is not proof 
that I am stupid 
or undecided 
or a malleable little girl. 

My short skirt is my defiance 
I will not let you make me afraid 
My short skirt is not showing off 
this is who I am 
before you made me cover it 
or tone it down. 
Get used to it. 

My short skirt is happiness 
I can feel myself on the ground. 
I am here. I am hot. 

My short skirt is a liberation 
flag in the women’s army 
I declare these streets, any streets 
my vagina’s country. 

My short skirt 
is turquoise water 
with swimming colored fish 
a summer festival 
in the starry dark 
a bird calling 
a train arriving in a foreign town 
my short skirt is a wild spin 
a full breath 
a tango dip 
my short skirt is 
initiation 
appreciation 
excitation. 

But mainly my short skirt 
and everything under it 
is Mine. 
Mine. 
Mine.

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heronqueenblues:

the-feminist-librarian:feministdykeslut:slutshamersonfb:

TRIGGER WARNING

This is a Scottish anti-rape PSA that is a direct response to blaming a rape victim for dressing like a slut. What do you think? Is it effective?

ummmmm YES. 

we need PSA’s like this in the U.S. asap. this video gets to the point of what rape culture is and is very serious about it. 

oh man this is just a good PSA that’s what this is

will always reblog.

Warning: content may be triggering for survivors of sexual assault/abuse.

Yep.  That about covers it.  100% of the time, rapists cause rape.  It’s time to stop blaming the victims and start addressing those who rape.  

There’s been research on rape and none has shown a link between what a woman wears and whether she gets attacked, but there is a link between whether a woman gets blamed for that attack.
Jessica Valenti, Morning Joe Broadcast (via peaceloveandbadwords)

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