Treating girls and women as less than human is not behavior contained to developing or middle-income countries like India and South Africa. Next month in Steubenville, Ohio, high school football stars Trent Mays and Malik Richmond go on trial for the rape of a 16-year-old girl last August. She was also raped repeatedly and carried unconscious from party to party, her body hauled by her limbs. Photos were tweeted and put on Instagram. In a 12-minute video made that night, another party-goer, Michael Nodianos, turned the assault into a stand-up routine, laughing at his own jokes about the “dead girl.” A sampling: “She’s deader than O.J.’s wife.” “She is so raped right now.” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said last week that he didn’t have enough evidence to charge Nodianos with a crime.
—Kimberly Burge, The Importance of Men Seeing Woman as Human Beings (via thefreelioness)
Throwback Thursday. 2010