Required reading

5. ) Women are responsible for half of online abuse, study finds (The Telegraph)
Notable quote: “However, this 2014 study, also by Demos, found that women are ‘almost as likely as men to use the terms “slut” and “whore” on Twitter, and that women are increasingly inclined to use the same derogatory language that has been, and continues to be, used against them.’

This research highlights the fact that online abuse is perpetrated by both genders and any behavioural interventions being designed will need to take this into account.”

4.) Women, face it: marriage can never be feminist – video (The Guardian)
Notable quote: “So if you want to get married then just get on with it but please stop pretending that because you’re a feminist it’s some kind of subversive statement. I love Snoop Dogg, despite his woman hating lyrics, but I don’t pretend that listening to him is a feminist act…”

3.) Why I Called 911 (Refinery 29)
Notable quote: “Because I realized that as long as I was protecting the abuser from consequences, I was enabling the abuse and I could no longer partake. I had to stand up for my friend, and for what I believe in my gut to be the code of conduct by which human beings have to behave with each other.

Whether we loved him or not has nothing to do with it. When it comes to violence, ‘love’ is no longer part of the equation.”

2.) What It Costs to Be Gay in Public (Esquire)
Notable quote: “The FBI defines terrorism as ;violent acts or acts dangerous to human life…that appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.’ LGBT people around the world have been intimidated and coerced all our lives. Each one of us has moved to kiss our boyfriend on the cheek in public, or reached for our wife’s hand as we walked down the street, and each one of us has pulled back.”

1.) Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker (BuzzFeed)
Notable quote: “And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. As the author Anne Lamott once wrote, ‘Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.’ Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you.”

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