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Conference anti-harassment campaigns do work: Three existence proofs from SF&F, atheism/skepticism, and open source

Guest Post by the Ada Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women in open technology and culture (originally published at the Ada Initiative blog)

One Reason Why False Rape Allegation Statistics Are So High

One Reason Why False Rape Allegation Statistics Are So High

Guest Post by Dana Hunter


Men, even good men, believe women lie about rape. There’s this myth that runs amok saying that some enormous proportion of rape accusations are just women lying to get attention, or revenge, or to hide their summer fling from mommy and daddy. And they believe it without question.

When male friends toss that grenade at me, I toss it back by asking if they know what the percentage is. “Fifty percent,” they’ll say, or above, depending on which MRAs their stats are coming from.

“It’s two to eight percent,” I say, and I need to remember to never do this when they’re walking or have something in their mouths, because the good ones are always staggered, and they always gasp. “But even those numbers are on the high side.”

#FF101 Call for Links: On Silencing Campaigns Against Feminists Online

#FF101 Call for Links: On Silencing Campaigns Against Feminists Online

Anything you have bookmarked over the last few years regarding this issue would be useful.

Feminism Friday: What can I do, right now today, to help stop sexual violence

Feminism Friday: What can I do, right now today, to help stop sexual violence

It is frustrating to live in a society where sexual violence is commonplace, and feel helpless to stop it. Many people are so disgusted and frightened for themselves and those they care about, that they do not have the patience to wait for our culture to right itself. It is from this frustration, impatience, and usually from a sincere worry for women’s safety, that people often will try to pass along rape prevention measures that may or may not be useful. [...]

Much of the safety advice that is given out is aimed at potential victims (quite often young women), that seems solid and constructive, but that largely ignores the social and societal context in which the violence happens, and also fails to take into consideration the practical realities of women’s lives.

Feminism Friday: Sexism, Misogyny and Dictionaries

Feminism Friday: Sexism, Misogyny and Dictionaries

There is a common misconception of how dictionaries come to be written: lexicographers record meanings as they change, and if there is a widely used meaning currently missing from a dictionary’s pages then it is a weakness of the dictionary rather than of the language

Guest Post – Privacy 101: privacy, anonymity and you

This is a double guest post, incorporating two separate presentations from the recent Melbourne Crytoparty event.  Cryptoparties are grass-roots data security education activism – CryptoParties are free to attend, public, and are commercially non-aligned.  Some of the information provided below is specific to Australian law; find a Cryptoparty MeetUp local to you if you want […]

Signal Boosting: spruik your social justice events in July-August

Events posted so far: SlutWalks continue around the globe – check out the SlutWalk Toronto website which is keeping tabs on the Satellite Slutwalks. This post is open to any social justice activist to spruik any upcoming event/activism outreach: protests, vigils, petitions, fundraisers, film nights, book launches, festivals etc. Guidelines: 1. Please include links to […]

Signal Boosting: spruik your social justice events in June-July

This post is open to any social justice activist to spruik any upcoming event/activism outreach: protests, vigils, petitions, fundraisers, film nights, book launches, festivals etc. This June spruiking post is brought to you by the recently published novel Last Chance Cafe by Liz Byrski:

Signal Boosting: spruik your social justice events in May

This post is open to any social justice activist to spruik any upcoming event/activism outreach: protests, vigils, petitions, fundraisers, film nights, book launches, festivals etc. There are Guidelines. This May spruiking post is brought to you by the recently published anthology Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism, edited by Jessica Yee.

Call for submissions: sexual violence survivor stories/poetry/artwork etc

Soulspeakout.org was born out of the need for a safe space for survivors to tell their stories. We hope that you are able to use it as a safe space to reach out to other survivors or just have your voice heard.

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