“Girls Gone Wild” woman filmed against will and loses lawsuit

Because she was there that night in the Rum Jungle, because she was twenty and pretty, because she was dancing, she gave “implicit consent” to be a part of the “Girls Gone Wild” video “Sorority Orgy 2,” the cover of which shows girls who look like they’re about 12.

This is what a jury in St. Louis actually ruled yesterday.

Nevermind that she said “No” when asked to show her breasts. Somebody pulled down her tank top for her. She never said yes. She never signed the consent form that so many drunken girls end up signing for those videos (before performing sexual acts/being sexually assaulted in the GGW bus).

This is just our culture, isn’t it, right? Saying that women shouldn’t dress sexy, shouldn’t be drunk or drinking in public, shouldn’t be out dancing, laughing, enjoying themselves, because they’re likely to be victims.

Parading ourselves off and having a good time just shows that we’re giving “implicit consent” to be raped, assaulted and videotaped against our will. This is what our justice system says.

Thanks.

Highly recommended readings:

St. Louis Today for a good summary of the case

The Sexademic: We need more “don’t rape” campaigns

“Baby, Give Me a Kiss:” Founder of GGW assaults journalist, girl filmed in GGW

GGW Founder Joe Francis sues against tell-all book

–by Tara Cavanaugh

Giving birth, in chains

NPR has set the feminist blogosphere a-chattin with an investigative piece on pregnant incarcerated women. Their alarming report show that many of these women give birth while handcuffed to the bed, or while their feet are shackled together.

NPR says that many prisons are not accommodating the needs of pregnant women or just women in general, even though the female prison population has grown eightfold since 1977.

This brings up several questions, two which are: How the hell is a woman supposed to give birth with her ankles tied together? And why has the female prison population grown so much in the past forty years? It seems to me that not only should prisons accommodate their increasing female populations’ basic needs, but we should also wonder why there are so many more women going to prison in the first place.

But what do you think? Read/listen to the story here.

–by Tara Cavanaugh