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Angelina Jolie and Writer Linda Woolverton Admit Maleficent Has Rape Scene

June 12, 2014


During her Global Summit on Sexual Violence Angelina Jolie said: “We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton] and I, that [the scene in Maleficent] was a metaphor for rape.”   For those of you who came to Femamom because you read my article on the wing-ripping scene in Maleficent on the Huffington Post and you related to it on one level […]

The Creepy Coach in Palo Alto

June 11, 2014


                                                  Palo Alto is a film based on a series of short stories by James Franco. The stories are heartbreaking teenage stories, they are typical and painful and they are lonely. […]

The Maleficent Rape Scene That We Need To Talk About

June 4, 2014


Imagine you’re drugged by someone you thought you trusted. You wake up in the morning with your face down in the dirt. You’re aching. Your appearance has changed and you can feel that you’re different as you try to stand through the pain. Beyond the physicality of it, your power was stolen from you. Your […]

What Steubenville, Glen Ridge and Now Maryville Have In Common

October 15, 2013


“There are two sides to every story.” This is what a woman said to me after I attempted to commiserate about what happened in the town I live in, Glen Ridge, NJ,  in 1989 after seven boys were convicted of raping a girl with multiple objects (including a plunger.) The girl had a lower than […]

“It Wasn’t Rape-Rape” — Whoopi Goldberg

September 19, 2013


 Guest Post by Dr. Andrea Chisolm I had forgotten about Whoopi Goldberg’s controversial comment, “It wasn’t rape-rape” until I read it again in Rebecca Keegan’s article, in the Los Angeles Times, about Samantha Geimer’s memoir, The Girl in which she recounts her rape by Roman Polanski and its repercussions. I haven’t read the memoir yet, but the […]

Roman Polanski Frolicks With Tiny Camera As Vanity Fair Explains The Injustice Around His Rape Case

September 18, 2013


When grave injustices occur in our system, outrage usually follows. It’s difficult to empathize with a rapist, namely a famous rapist, i.e., Roman Polanski, even when his victim, Samantha Geimer, implores us to do so in her new memoir, “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” But as it goes, the judge in […]

Six Things You Should Know When You’re Talking About Rape, Black Women And Dancing

September 3, 2013


The first thing you should know about the so-called Steubenville Rape is that this was not a rape involving intercourse. The first thing you should know is it is always a mistake when you write a sentence such as this. But this is how Richard Cohen started the second paragraph of his Washington Post column […]

How To Kill A Girl

August 16, 2013


During the last lap of a heat wave in Boston, the Herald and every other paper splashed stories about a young woman who was kidnapped, robbed, beaten, sexually assaulted and killed. Amy Lord was picked off the street on her way to the gym at 6 a.m. A young woman snuffed out while the rest of […]

Open Letter To Serena Williams: Own Up To Victim Blaming And Make It Right

June 19, 2013


Serena, I remember watching you from the US Open. Andy and I in our nosebleed seats and thinking who cares, we get to witness the greatness that is Serena Williams pound someone on the court! You’re a hero to men and women. Girls and Boys. I’ve spoke about you as a role model to my […]

Zero Sexual Assault Victims Present On Sexual Assault In The Military Panel

June 6, 2013


Yesterday was the first day of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assault in the military. This is taking place because the women in our military, those ladies with Uzi’s fighting for our country, are also prying the creepy, wandering hands of the men in their troop off them. As a reminder, 26,000 […]