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Joss Whedon, Anita Sarkeesian fan?

Freethinking nerds will be sad to know that Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. creator Joss Whedon is a massive fan of Anita Sarkeesian. All most of us can is, “Say it ain’t so, Joss!” Whedon tweeted favorable messages about tropes vs. women at Anita just this week. “Watch the @femfreq #TropesvsWomen vids. Even if u think u get it, the sheer tonnage makes misogyny seem newly appalling.” “I watched a bunch of women get sliced up in video games and now I’m watching it on my twitter feed. @femfreq is just truth-telling. Deal.” With the endless stream of delusion, misinformation, and outright lies within Anita Sarkeesian’s tropes vs. women video, it leaves us wondering whether Whedon was even watching the same videos as the rest of us. http://www.themarysue.com/joss-whedon-tweets-about-anita-sarkeesian/

Date rape–preventing nail polish

Four undergraduate students at North Carolina University are attempting to develop anti–date rape nail polish. The idea is that the nail polish will change color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs. A girl would only need to stir the drink with her finger to make certain that her date was trustworthy.

“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught.”

“In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.”

Many women are thrilled by the idea, making comments like:

“I cannot wait until this is available, I will gladly buy CASES to give out to my students,”

“Not just important and lifesaving, but also secret spy weapon level cool!”

However, many feminists, such as Karen Pickering of the Melbourne Slutwalk, are less than enthused.

“No amount of preparation or technology will protect us from the fact that the overwhelming majority of sexual assault is committed by men known and trusted by victims.”

Many feminists are opposed to the idea, feeling that it will only fuel victim-blaming and that they instead need to focus on stopping rape culture. But then every time a women tries to empower herself to not be a victim of rape she faces a feminist backlash.

One has to wonder when feminists will start actually doing something aside from shutting down creative solutions to the problem of sexual assault. How can we empower women when feminism is dead set on weakening them?

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/students-develop-nail-polish-can-detect-date-rape-drugs http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/25/3475190/date-rape-nail-polish/

Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards

Rachel is a former host of Honey Badger Radio, a recurring member of the Tales from the Infrared crew. She wanders around the web researching feminist insanity, poking people with a large stick, and keeping everyone in the silly place. When she isn't doing any of those things she spends her time doing even more blogging, grooming her rather large fluffy cat, nerding out with her favorite people, and burying herself in various fandoms. Pinkie Pie is best Pony! (You spelled "Fluttershy" wrong. -- Zen)
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