Jessica Jones: Life after Trauma

  I started watching Jessica Jones almost as soon as it came out. At first i didn’t like it, her anger was too relatable for me. She was consistently represented as a trauma survivor whose anger and strength defined how she survived each day. However, as I continued to binge watch the show I knew […]

“Was It Rape?” Or: Why We Need New Words

“We have degrees of murder and of assault; we should also have degrees of rape.” –  Sarah Nicole Prickett, “Consent: It’s Not Sexy” “There is not a word for my experience. The fact that there’s not a word for it makes us feel like it doesn’t exist.” – Veronica Ruckh “ “Was it rape?” This […]

What’s in a Word? Confounding “Rape” Tropes

With three years of experience volunteering at a sexual assault centre, I expect to find my footing easily in articles about consent. I have attended innumerable anti-oppression workshops about sexual violence. I have learned that I have rights and I’ve learned about the power structures that make me and other folks with marginalized identities feel […]

“white supremacy” ~ “woman”

Both Leanne Simpson and Sherene Razack provide integral lenses for considering the themes, traumas, and conditions of sexual violence against women, outside of a seemingly “white” paradigm. Television shows such as Jessica Jones (caveat: I only watched the clip so I don’t know if the show attempts/achieves racial diversity), and performers/song-writers such as Lady Gaga […]

The ‘perfect victim’ in “Consent: It’s Not Sexy”

A theme that became apparent to me across several of this weeks texts was the idea of a “perfect victim”. This ideal image is often perpetuated within media coverage of sexual assault cases, however, it is even more bothersome that often this “ideal” is an image that has become internalized by many and only criticized […]