Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Some Rape Jokes (video)

Crystal Quintero, Amber Larson, Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; Brenna Twohy; Belissa Escoloedo, Rhiannon McGavin (YouthSpeaks); Rutgers PST
(Youth SpeaksBNV14 Finals - Los Angeles, Belissa Escoloedo, Rhiannon McGavin "Rape Joke"

"Girl Code 101" - Blythe Baird
(Button Poetry) Blythe Baird performs for Chicago at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Like it? Check out Sierra DeMulder's vaginal "The Tampon Poem" or Britteney Conner's "Consent."
Rape survivor Emma Sulkowicz, Columbia Univ., has inspired protests across U.S.

Sir, I didn't know I signed up to be raped by fellow soldiers, sir! - Well, live 'n learn, private.
PORN: Fantastic breasts and where to get them
(Button Poetry, NPS 2014) Brenna Twohy "Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them" 

WARNING: Fierce language! (Button)
New video daily. Like this poem? Then check out Rachel Rostad. Brenna Twohy, performing in Portland, Oregon at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Button Poetry (Facebook) is committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion, and fundraising for spoken word and performance poetry. It seeks to showcase the power and diversity of voices in the community. By encouraging and broadcasting the best and brightest performance poets today, it hopes to broaden poetry's audience and appeal, to expand its reach and develop a greater level of cultural appreciation for the art form.

(Button Poetry) Brenna Twohy goes off on "Another Rape Poem" 
during preliminaries at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam.

"Rape Poem To End All Rape Poems"
(Rutgers University Poetry Slam Team, Mar. 20, 2014): Justice Hehir, Lindsey Michelle Williams, Kate Thomas, and Lillie Hannon. Contact team on Facebook. TRANSCRIPT 
1/3rd of Women in US Military Raped
According to NPR, “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military.
A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving.
And a 1995 study of female veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually harassed.”
The BBC recently reported on The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict. This book examines the extreme difficulties female soldiers have in serving abroad. Benedict interviewed several women in the military to get a deeper understanding of the issue, and some of their stories were real eye openers.
Army Specialist Chantelle Henneberry spoke of some of her experiences in Iraq: “Everybody’s supposed to have a battle buddy in the Army, and females are supposed to have one to go to the latrines with, or to the showers. That’s so you don’t get raped by one of the men on your own side. But because I was the only female there, I didn’t have a battle buddy. My battle buddy was my gun and my knife.”
Another study concluded that 90% of all women serving are sexually harassed. Another one estimates that 90% of all the rapes do not get reported, despite supposedly easier ways to report the crime with confidentiality since 2005.  More
U.S. females attacked by fellow soldiers

"It was eight years before I was able to say the word that describes what happened to me," explains Maricella Guzman. "I hadn't even been in the Navy a month. I was so young. I tried to report it. But instead of being taken seriously, I was forced to do push-ups."

"I can't sleep without drugs," says Kate Weber. "But even then, I often wake up in the middle of the night, crying, my mind racing. And I lie there awake in the dark, reliving the rape, looking for a second chance for it to end with a different outcome, but he always wins."

Military rape: Kate WeberRape within the U.S. military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. So great is the issue that a group of veterans is suing the Pentagon to force reform.

The lawsuit, which includes three men and 25 women (the suit initially involved 17 plaintiffs but grew to 28) who claim to have been subjected to sexual assaults while serving in the armed forces, blames former defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates for a culture of punishment against the women and men who report sex crimes and a failure to prosecute the offenders. More

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