What’s Current: First women’s soccer player of the year Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk at award ceremony

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  • Ada Hegerberg, a Norwegian striker, was named the first the first women’s soccer player of the year at an international awards ceremony. She was asked to twerk on stage by a male presenter immediately after accepting her award.
  • A YouGov poll for the charity End Violence Against Women indicates that roughly a third of British adults don’t recognize sexual coercion without additional violence as rape. It also found that a third of men believe a woman can’t change her mind after sexual activity has started and that if a woman can’t be raped after she has flirted on a date.
  • Meghan Murphy discusses her Twitter ban and the company’s new rules against “deadnaming” and “misgendering” on The Hill.
  • A Mongolian woman’s allegation that she was raped by an MP has sparked a #MeToo outpouring in the country, which has high rates of sexual violence and little legal accountability.
  • New Zealand Labour MP Louisa Wall calls gender critical feminist “TERFs,” and says they’re not welcome at Auckland Pride.
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • Meghan Murphy


  • Meghan Murphy


  • Thanks for these assessments. I wrote one of my final research papers on Marge Piercy’s brilliant poem “Rape Poem.” Studying rape culture to analyze the poem was disturbing, and one of the arguments/assessments that always stands out in my mind while I was reading another paper covering how the majority of people respond was: “We unequivocally blame the victim.” This is a very simple, disturbing truth that feminists need to recognize if we are to fight the patriarchy effectively. Recognizing that most people refuse to believe victims and/or blame them for what transpired is key to identifying and implementing strategies that will engender the desired goals: full recovery of the survivor and reintegration into a (perhaps alternative) society where she can flourish and attain the highest levels of self-actualization.

  • Also, within the patriarchal frames for reality (which currently constitute the dominant discourse), any behavior-whether ostensibly inviting or dismissive-can be interpreted as “flirting” to men. For example, a big part of the patriarchal thinking process is that “men like the chase” and women enjoy “playing hard to get.” Within this phallic frame, a woman could be thought of as flirting whether she is literally telling a guy to leave her alone or engaging him in a dynamic dialogue in conjunction with nonverbal forms of communication like allowing him to put his hand on her shoulder (invasion of women’s space by men is a normative, culturally acceptable component of heteronormative romance). Therefore, another component of our discourse on flirting should incorporate how the whole realm of “flirting” is constructed and played out according to phallogocentric systems of thought, with these heteronormative ideologies in turn impacting how individuals (both male and female) interpret the actions that supposedly result *from* the “flirting.”

  • therealcie

    I used to work as a temp setting up banquets. After a particularly long and stressful night I was sitting there staring into space while waiting for the van to come pick the workers up so I could get home. Suddenly, one of my co-workers said to me: “we could go somewhere after we get back to the office and have a drink.”
    I said “I’m flattered, but I’m engaged.” (I wasn’t, I just wasn’t interested.)
    He said in a miffed voice: “well, the way you were staring at me, I could swear you were into me.”
    I looked at him like he had grown a second head and said: “dude, I wasn’t staring at anything. I’m so tired I’m just trying to keep my eyes open. I’m sorry if you misinterpreted that.”
    He muttered: “sorry,” before glaring at me and looking away.
    I was not flirting in any way, shape, or form. But this guy interpreted my dazed stare as flirting.