Are Reproductive Rights Solely a Woman’s Right?

Indian Women jeopardize their life to bear a disproportionate burden of exercising their reproductive rights. We live in a funny world where opinions metamorphose into politics, and politics into opinions. How does this merger happen you wonder? Facebook, Twitter, and seldom long-drawn WhatsApp forwards come to mind. Social media has nurtured everyone into an intellectual army – fiercely debating for the …

Child Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping: Anonymous Submission

*Trigger Warning* Topic: Child Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping  My Story I was born on January 8, 1980, in Readfield, Maine to J. and M. I was their first child and my sister was born in 1982. My parents never really got along very well and though they tried for my sister and me, they eventually separated in 1983, and their short …

Investments are guilt free shopping

It’s no secret, women like to shop! Over the years , I have heard many sexist remarks on shopping from men who feel their partner or sister or mother drags them from store to store to store. These regular comments have conditioned me to dislike the connotation of being a shopper -even if it’s for buying necessities. My conditioning is so …

The Truth Behind Stealthing

No means no at any time, even if consent was given at first! This video on twitter last week caught my eye. The video focused on “stealthing” and because I didn’t know what it was, I was curious to find out. My curiosity soon turned to disgust. According to a report recently published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law ‘Stealthing’ …

Violence Faced By Indigenous Women and Girls

  Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls The United Nation’s Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women has made the 25th of every month #OrangeDay. Today’s #OrangeDay, April 25th, focuses specifically on Violence against Indigenous women and girls. Centuries of oppression of indigenous populations have set the stage for disadvantages that are intensified in indigenous people. We are failing our indigenous …

Violence Against Differently-Abled Women

Topic: Disability and Violence Against Women “Over 1 billion people worldwide experience a disability and, in the U.S. alone.” Orange Day is a monthly occurrence on the 25th of each month in 2017, designated by the U.N.’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, to raise awareness about, and end, violence against women and girls. March 25th, was dedicated specifically to …

The Socialization of Slut-Shaming

  Topic: Slut Shaming Last week, I was scrolling through Netflix trying to find something other than The Office to watch, because somehow I always end up rewatching my favorite episodes. One show, in particular, caught my eye.  Netflix’s newest show, Thirteen Reasons Why, centers around a high school student named Hannah Baker’s suicide. She leaves cassette tapes behind explaining …

This is My Rape Story: Daddy’s Little Girl

This is My Rape Story: Daddy's Little Girl via Sayfty.com, @sayfty, rape

Topic: Rape/Child Sexual Abuse My Story My story has many appendages. It seems as if the initial offense rolled out a carpet full of cause and effect. As a child, I merely took the many hits, comforted myself, and gingerly stepped forth. Stepped forth into a world of villains. I began to learn the clues. A change in voice or demeanor. A deviant …

Poems by Katy

Artwork by Kully Rehal The Hands Jolts awake, The bus, His hands, It happens all over again. Every night it haunts you, The Mumbai rape that will never leave your mind. You are the one in five, Though you wonder if this number may be higher here. Such a huge issue, Yet no one cares. The government laughs, Friends scoff, …

Jessica Eaton: Domestic, Sexual, Child Abuse and Rape

Jessica Eaton: Domestic, Sexual, Child Abuse and Rape, Sayfty.com, @saytycom, Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence

Topic: Domestic Abuse/CSA/Rape ***Trigger Warning for Extremely Graphic Content*** My Story The Sexual Abuse Started Early  I was 11 when my parents divorced. It was messy. Dad was devastated and started drinking. Mum had been having an affair and had moved in with her new boyfriend. I don’t remember feeling vulnerable but I was clearly a sitting duck, in hindsight. The …