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A new study conducted by the University of Surrey suggests that messages contained in men’s magazines sound more like those coming out of the mouths of convicted rapists, than solid, lady-friendly man-advice.

The study took quotes from several men’s magazines and combined them with quotes from convicted rapists. They showed the list to participants and asked them to identify which were which. Not only could they NOT identify the quote sources reliably, but many were more inclined to agree with the statements made by rapists AND most found the quotes from the men’s magazines more derogatory in nature.

What’s terrifying to me, is that many of the messages or “quotes” they used are similar to those you’d hear in cases of victim blaming (in instances of rape, blaming the victim for ‘asking’ for it, instead of focusing on the acts of the rapist). Victim blaming is one of the reasons most (MOST) women don’t report their rapes, or feel hesitant talking to friends and family. And it’s not just men who mirror these sentiments… they’re used by women too.

Really, truly, scary stuff.

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"Earth to liberated women: when you display legs, thighs, or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign you want to get laid. Forewarned is forearmed."

- Appropriately named Dan Rottenberg

I don’t do this often, but this is a cause near & dear to my heart. Yes means yes, no means no. Victim blaming has got to go. (See post & photos from Slut Walk in Montreal.)

SIGN THIS petition now.

If you can stomach it, read his editorial here. I find it vile, uninformed, highly prejudicial & discriminatory. If I weren’t actively trying not to judge him (rather than his opinion), I’d say he has issues with women. Maybe from his childhood*. And he probably has a small penis**. Just sayin’.

*may not actually be true. **probably true.

Hey Dan? Remember… if you get fired, you ASKED for it.

Please re-blog to your ladies & let them know it’s NOT okay to blame victims for their rape or the rape of anyone else.

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On May 29th, 2011 I got slutty for a cause.

Sluts of all shapes & sizes showed up to show our support for the movement known as ‘Slut Walk’. We were protesting victim blaming in cases of rape or abuse.

Bottom line: A short skirt, heels, makeup, or “slutty” lifestyle is no excuse for rape and not an invitation. Sluts say yes. Victims said no.

Join the revolution! Be sure to check out event pics here.

Excerpt from Slut Walk Toronto

"On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.

As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.

Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.

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Slut Walk Montreal - A modest protest against victim blaming in cases of rape.

Visit www.slutwalktoronto.com for details & info on the cause!

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