Many Teen Girls Secretly Empathize with Slender Man Stabbers

The recent event in Waukesha, WI where two 12-year-old girls repeatedly stabbed a peer in order appease the mythical Slender Man had all the ingredients to send grownups into a good old fashioned "won't someone please think of the children?" freakout: violence, lost innocence, a dangerous internet element.… » 7/07/14 6:30pm Monday 6:30pm

Elliot Rodger and Why Cops Didn't Take the Warning Signs Seriously

Internet sexpert Laci Green has a succinct and smart take on Elliot Rodger: Authorities dismissed any concerns aboutthe UCSB shooter because he was just an angry, sad dude — totally acceptable given that "we've normalized the idea of violent masculinity." In the face of rejection, he followed "the manual written for… » 5/28/14 2:35pm 5/28/14 2:35pm

Medic Shot In Ukraine Tweets 'I Am Dying,' Reportedly Recovering Now

Anti-government protestors and riot police continue to clash in Ukraine in what may be the bloodiest day since the protests began. CNN reports that over 100 people have been killed and 500 injured since short-lived truce crumbled this morning. Like so many recent revolutions, the situation in Ukraine is playing out… » 2/20/14 2:30pm 2/20/14 2:30pm

Story of Teen Killing 43-Year-Old Boyfriend Is 11 Flavors of Bonkers

Today, USAToday and local media reported that a 16-year-old girl is being tried as an adult in the case of the murder of her 43-year-old boyfriend, who she killed "during sex" while her mother was in the other room. Missing from the story? Arizona's age of consent, which is 18. Everyone just kind of glossed over that. » 1/23/14 2:00pm 1/23/14 2:00pm

Woman-Beating Man Punished By Being Forced To Hold 'I Beat Women' Sign

When a Tampa woman was beaten after rebuffing the sexual advances of an intoxicated man, she waited for him to sober up, and then offered him a choice: either he'd face arrest, or be forced to stand by the side of a road holding a sign that read "I BEAT WOMEN. HONK IF I'M A SCUMBAG." Guess which he picked? » 12/26/13 2:30pm 12/26/13 2:30pm

A Game Where You Torture Someone Because They Want You To

Torture sequences in games are old news—many major franchises have included it in some capacity, from the classics like Metal Gear Solid to some more recent big titles like Grand Theft Auto and Splinter Cell. The context is usually the same—torture is explored as a military practice (or a critique of military stuff),… » 10/29/13 9:35pm 10/29/13 9:35pm

Kenyans Pissed That Rape Suspects Had to ‘Cut Grass’ as Punishment

Unfortunately, it sometimes takes an act (or several acts) of nightmarish brutality for serious cultural and legal reform to take place. That so far seems to be the case in Kenya, where people outraged at the lenient treatment of several men accused of raping a teenage girl are demanding that the men be punished more… » 10/27/13 2:45pm 10/27/13 2:45pm

Charles Saatchi Says Nigella Strangled Him: We Call Bullshit

Nigella Lawson's soon-to-be-ex husband Charles Saatchi announced this weekend that he's divorcing his wife because she didn't make a big fucking show of defending him after a series of horrifying photos of him publicly strangling her made the media rounds a month ago. In his self-pitying statement announcing he was… » 7/10/13 12:30pm 7/10/13 12:30pm

Aaron Carter Attacked By Vicious Gang of New Kids on the Block Fans

Okay, you guys, SHUT DOWN THE INTERNET. It's over. It's run its course. The best thing that's ever going to happen has now happened, so we might as well just go make some s'mores and take a nap (s'more-nap!) and breathe the new summer air and hug all the relatives we haven't seen since 1995 (The Day the AOL Discs… » 6/24/13 5:30pm 6/24/13 5:30pm

A Series of Brutal Attacks in Pakistan Targeted University Women

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned a series of deadly attacks on hospital patients as well as female teachers and students at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University in Pakistan on Saturday, saying that such violence is meant to deter women “from attaining a basic right to education.” » 6/16/13 1:00pm 6/16/13 1:00pm

Participation in Team Sports May Stop Girls from Becoming Mean Bullies

For girls in high school, participating in a team sport may help deter bullying and physical violence, though the fascist camaraderie of athletic cooperation apparently does little to dissuade high school boys from bullying and fighting with each other since popular male sports like football have a way of encouraging… » 5/05/13 2:00pm 5/05/13 2:00pm

Facebook Watchdog Group 'Rapebook' Throws In The Towel

Social networks' chicken-egg impact on rape culture has been discussed in detail since before the landmark case in Steubenville (and, more recently, a quite similar case in Torrington, Connecticut). As of this morning, a Belfast teen's Facebook post about raping a woman has garnered 1,226 likes. (It was since… » 4/06/13 3:30pm 4/06/13 3:30pm

College Professor Body-Slams Teenage Student, Then Claims She Started It

A Fresno City College instructor and former city council member is on paid administrative leave after body-slamming a 5'1, 101-pound teenage student for telling him to "piss off, asshole." Based on the half-dozen students and substitute instructor who support the student's account of her attack, this guy should never… » 4/03/13 11:10am 4/03/13 11:10am

Sir Patrick Stewart: 'Violence Against Women Is Learned'

Speaking on behalf of the Ring The Bell campaign — a movement that calls on men and boys around the world to take a stand and make a promise to act to end violence against women — Sir Patrick Stewart, a consistent and powerful activist for equality, spoke eloquently about what violence against women looks like, and… » 3/10/13 9:30pm 3/10/13 9:30pm