Weekly Wrap Up: June 5, 2011

Rihanna’s “Man Down”

Rihanna finds herself in the midst of controversy again. Her new video, “Man Down,” is under fire for promoting murder as a means of retribution for rape.

Whatever your opinion on the video, it seems a double standard to criticize Rihanna’s portrayal as a rape victim murdering her assailant while at the same time allowing countless other forms of violence to plague the media. And what of action movies and television shows that condone violence as an appropriate response?

I in no way support such an act but think there are bigger issues here. For one, Rihanna’s lyrics express her remorse for her actions; and with her video she tells the world that no matter how a women dances, rape is never acceptable.

What do you think? You can read the full story here.

Sexual Harassment Complaints up 600 Percent

By now, we have all heard about the alleged sexual assault of a room attendant (the media seems to relish in using the term “chambermaid” to describe her, but I refuse to follow suit) in Manhattan’s posh Sofitel by the International Monetary Fund’s Dominque Strauss-Kahn. Since DSK’s arrest, French women’s groups are reporting a 600 percent increase in sexual harassment complaints. This may be because more women feel encouraged to come forward; or because of the jerkish reaction many men displayed regarding DSK’s case. You can read the full story here.

Calling Secretary Clinton

As I reported this week, women in Saudi Arabia are fighting for their right to drive and plan to start doing so on June 17th. A petition, signed by over 12,000 Americans, is on its way to Secretary Clinton asking for her public support. Read the full story here or sign the letter here.

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