Femme Feed: How Fighting Rape Culture Broke The Internet This Week

How Fighting Rape Culture Broke The Internet This Week -- Verite PublishedUpon first seeing the tape released last week of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump proudly bragging about his affinity for being an overall sexual predator, many initial responses were to laugh. Not because it was funny — it’s anything but that, in fact it’s repulsive and deeply offensive — but because many of us knew he had it in him. America was alert yes, but shocked no. It was like an ad campaign for just how prevailing rape culture is in our everyday. A wake up we seemingly needed after a year of mildly addressing campus rape, Brock Turner, and many others. It feels like 2016 is the year of rape culture, not because its a new concept, it has always been around, however it’s the year that we look it in the face and address it as we can no longer ignore it.

As Michelle Obama said in a speech earlier this week in New Hampshire while supporting Clinton’s campaign, we as a country should be made up of individuals “…who think that our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency”. This something that Trump has shown over, and over that he does not. He has however highlighted boldly that rape culture in America is still prevalent, and engrained in our nations systems from top to bottom. FLOTUS reminded us that “…to dismiss this as everyday locker talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.”
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Michelle isn’t the only woman leveraging her platform in the limelight to fight the good fight. Writer Kelly Oxford also took to her Twitter, enraged no less, to start the hashtag #NotOkay where she fueled women to share stories of their first sexual assault evoking that “it’s not just stats.” In 160 characters women came together to overflow the Twittershpere with an overwhelming amount of stories.

How Fighting Rape Culture Broke The Internet This Week -- Verite Published

It was powerful to see how as a community we are so inflamed by Trump’s words that we came together to share painful, and private scenarios to make an impact. You only have to scroll through the hashtag #NotOkay to feel that every woman has been affected by sexual harassment in some form or another.

We want this mishap of Donald Trump’s to be the final dose of gasoline that ignites us to keep fighting against rape culture, and to finally end it. To quote Michelle Obama one last time, this is a “disrespect of our ambitions and our intellect.” as women.

What you can do to fight rape culture: First and foremost it’s important that you stand by your community of sisters across America and the world to hold strong against what Trump calls “locker room talk” and what we call sexual assault. Second, be a voice for fellow girls who don’t have one by not letting this kind of behavior slide. Third, it’s important that you vote for a candidate that can protect, and fight for your rights. Lastly, go and thank the upstanding gentlemen in your life, as they will be the ones by your side changing the way we deal with this issue.

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Femme Feed: Everything You Need To Know About What Went Down at The First Presidential Debate

Everything You Need To Know About What Went Down at The First Presidential Debate --- Verite PublishedThe first of this year’s presidential debates kicked off last night, and armed with wine, we watched (no, cringed) our way through a lot of side-eyes and finger pointing from the Candidates. We are here this morning to break down exactly what went on last night for those of you who either didn’t tune in, or are still scratching their heads wondering if that got us anywhere…

Mo Money Mo Problems

The economy was a hot topic at last night’s debate, and while Hillary Clinton had some zingers like coining the phrase “Trumped up, and trickle down” in reference to Donald’s plans for the economy, he in return seemed to be confused about the question. He reverted back to Trump-as-business-expert talking about his own, threw some shade at Hillary for “telling us how to fight Isis on her website” (off topic?), and then concluded with the fact that we must stop letting other countries steal our jobs. Hillary helped try to shed some light on the topic for Big T, saying maybe he was confused because he’s never paid any income tax. Her focus stayed on equal pay between genders, and profit share.

Go For Your Guns

The candidates had a good chat about how they promise to secure America, and it went a lot like this: Hillary threatens hackers, Trump wants to bring back the stop-and-frisk, Hillary wants black communities and law enforcement to reconcile their differences. Trump was also not ready to drop his whole Hillary/ Isis conspiracy.

What A Time To Be Alive

The future of America was also a big topic, when candidates weren’t straying into broken record areas like the Obama birth conspiracy which was recently put to rest. Trump also shared that he allows black communities to hold membership at his golf club in Florida, and patted himself on the back for it, as if it were some kind of progressive achievement.

B*tches Ain’t Shit but Hoe’s & Tricks

Hillary got to have a little satisfaction when she looked Donald in the eye and ran off his laundry list of misogynistic moments. He fumbled around trying to say they were out of context, but still looked like a jerk when he resurrected the whole Rosie O’Donell subject, and still couldn’t muster anything nice to say after all this time.

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Overall, we don’t think last night was really a trophy winner for either of the candidates, though when DT accused Clinton for not going on press tours, she got to fight back with the fact that she was busy being razor focused on these debates — “I prepared to be president”. Mic drop. The real issue that last night highlighted was the incessant gas lighting from Trump towards Hillary that he just can’t seem to shake. What stuck with us the most was when Trump accused Hillary’s ads of “not being very nice” towards him. It only underlined the issue further that while male candidates seem to have free reign to be ruthless, female candidates are supposed to act ‘lady-like’. We doubt you would see a bunch of male candidates whining that they were hurting each others feelings on debate day. Trump’s only weapon so far to combat Big Hill seems to be tugging on the innate sexism of so many of his supporters, rallying them up against her by pointing out the ways she has faltered at ‘being a women’. As we come so close to having a female leader, we can’t help but hang on to the fact that although sometimes well masked, the gender slant is alive and well behind the podium.






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