When Is A Facebook Post A Crime?

Today SCOTUS is hearing oral arguments for Elonis v. United States. Amy Howe provides background: In the fall of 2010, [Anthony] Elonis’s Facebook posts included several that discussed harming his ex-wife. One post was a take-off on a comedy routine available on YouTube: Elonis asked his Facebook friends whether they knew that it was illegal for him to … Continue reading When Is A Facebook Post A Crime?

My “Scorn Of Feminism” Ctd

Below is a bunch of reader commentary of the Dish’s recent coverage of gender-based debates like gamergate, catcalling, affirmative consent, and others. A dissenter gets the last word on #shirtstorm: You have a tendency to hate Internet mobs even when they’re right. Matt Taylor’s shirt was staggeringly inappropriate for a professional workplace, particularly when he’s … Continue reading My “Scorn Of Feminism” Ctd

When Rape Allegations Are False

Here, @Slate – I fixed that for you. h/t @SudFemDad pic.twitter.com/Sa0SpBato3 — Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) September 19, 2014 Cathy Young tackles an uncomfortable truth: False rape accusations are a lightning rod for a variety of reasons. Rape is a repugnant crime—and one for which the evidence often relies on one person’s word against another’s. Moreover, in … Continue reading When Rape Allegations Are False

How Secret Should Abortions Be?

A reader writes: I read Jessica Valenti’s article about how women should not be pressured to talk about their abortions because those personal stories shouldn’t be necessary to make people “understand how basic and necessary abortion rights really are.” I immediately thought of Harvey Milk giving his address at Gay Freedom Day over 45 years … Continue reading How Secret Should Abortions Be?

It’s So Personal: Wendy Davis

A reader writes: No doubt I’m not the first of your readers to bring your attention to this story, but just in case: Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis has revealed that she had two abortions for medical reasons. I thought you all might be interested because of your previous coverage of late-term abortion. Aman … Continue reading It’s So Personal: Wendy Davis

Celebrities: They Sext Like Us

by Dish Staff Gotta love all the dudes ranting about invasion of privacy by the NSA while sharing nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. — Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 31, 2014 I’ve never heard anyone respond to financial hacking by saying, Just don’t use online banking. That’s what you get for using credit … Continue reading Celebrities: They Sext Like Us

Trolling And The Confessional Essay

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy Alyssa Rosenberg looks at the implications of Jezebel’s troll crisis: The Jezebel staffers’ complaint [that their parent company isn’t blocking porn-bearing trolls] raises a broader issue. As publications have struggled to figure out what will reliably draw in both readers and advertisers on the Internet, feminist posts have emerged as a … Continue reading Trolling And The Confessional Essay

Criminally Bad Parenting, Ctd

A backlash to the latest parenting panic is in full swing. German Lopez highlights the above map, which brings perspective to the question of kids dying when left alone in cars. But just today, another father in Georgia was arrested for leaving his two young children and infant in his car while shopping. This of course on the heels of the 22-month-old Georgia … Continue reading Criminally Bad Parenting, Ctd

Preserving Her Purity

The Swedish photographer David Magnusson captures the emerging American tradition of “purity balls,” which he describes in the introduction to his new book, Purity: A Purity Ball is a formal event where girls or young women and their fathers participate in a ceremony. The daughters dress up in ball gowns and the evening usually consists … Continue reading Preserving Her Purity