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“Please Be Careful With Me”

Was just trying to think where besides the Antioch Rules people got the idea that ’90s girls needed protecting from the big bad world. Clearly, I had blocked out Jewel’s “I’m Sensitive.”


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The Antioch Rules’ Sexual Offence Prevention Policy

The 1991 “Antioch Rules,” created by a group called Womyn of Antioch, became the punch line of the ’90s, especially after it was mocked in the shockingly topical and shrewdly written 1993 SNL skit “Is it Date Rape?” (transcript here; sample: “Dean Frederick Whitcomb: Welcome, players. Let’s take a look at our board. The categories are: “Halter Top”; “She Was Drunk”; “I Was Drunk”; “Kegger”; “Off-Campus Kegger”; “She Led Me On”; “I Paid For Dinner”: and “Ragin’ Kegger”. Alright. Ariel, you’re our champion, the board is yours.”). I couldn’t find the skit on YouTube, so here instead is Nirvana doing “Rape Me” on SNL. Continue reading


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Can Women Be Killers Too?

From NYTimes.com

Hi Kara! Did you see the Sam Tanenhaus article “Violence That Art Didn’t See Coming” yesterday in the NY Times? I am dying to talk to you about it.

Tanenhaus writes of serial killer Amy Bishop: “When she reportedly discharged her 9-millimeter handgun, she also punctured longstanding assumptions, or illusions, about women and violence…”

This is a topic close to my heart because I contributed an essay about Abu Ghraib, zine culture and Inga Muscio’s Cunt (like ya do) to an anthology, One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers, which was incidentally reviewed by the NY Times Book Review. (As you know, Tanenhaus runs the NYTBR, and I have written for it a bunch.) Continue reading

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