The catastrophic levels of violence against bi/pan/fluid people in the US

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month. As a bi person myself, I’m going to do a couple of posts about bi/pan/fluid/omni/etc issues, which I will be referring to as bi+ issues because “bi/pan/fluid/omni/etc” is a bit cumbersome to type and read.

There’s this very widespread perception out there, including among bi+ people who aren’t aware […]

Escapist entertainment isn’t the enemy

The Super Bowl just happened, and with it, that time of year where lots of people who don’t like professional sports make smug comments about “sportsball” (I thought this was funny and clever the first time I heard it, but that was hundreds of “sportsball” comments ago) and complain about people paying too much attention […]

Bystander intervention and fighting oppression

The debate over bystander intervention has gotten some press lately, with Lauren Chief Elk and Shaadi Devereaux writing an essay against it, and Jesse Singal writing a response to them at Science of Us. Both make some points that I agree with, and neither’s characterization of bystander intervention really describes the bystander intervention workshop that […]

To increase sexual violence reporting, fix law enforcement

As promised, I am following up my last post with one about policing and how it interacts with sexual violence and reporting.

One aspect of this is that police are often trained in ways that lead them to think normal trauma response behavior is a sign of lying. I encourage everyone to read this transcript […]

Increasing disclosures without pressuring sexual violence survivors

Edited 12/17 to fix broken links. Sorry about that. Apparently the text editor in which I was drafting the post inserted a bunch of the weird curly quotation marks around my links and it broke the HTML somehow.

In my last post, I alluded to the problems with pressuring sexual violence survivors to report as […]

Rolling Stone, survivor advocacy, and respect

There’s already been a lot written about the Rolling Stone campus rape story debacle, PTSD and memory, the infrequency of false rape accusations, and the terribleness of Charles C. Johnson. There are a lot of things that could be said, and probably have been, about the disingenuousness of claiming that teaching “believe the victim” to […]