Rape Is A White Man’s Problem: How Sexual Violence Statistics Threaten White Male Privilege

Some truths are hard to confront. One particularly ugly truth is that around one in five young American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape. This has been demonstrated by decades of quality research, but for some, the strength of the research is irrelevant. A significant, and...

Hold Off With Your Congo Comparison: Why International Comparisons Of Sexual Violence Statistics Are Rubbish

  Last December, Slate published an article expressing scepticism about, among other things, the claim that “one in four college women will be raped.” For all that the Slate article gets wrong, it is right to be sceptical about this claim, which relies on a purely speculative figure in...

Pākehā Privilege, Pākehā Denial: What New Zealand Can Learn From The United States About Confronting Racism

Note: While I believe all those benefitting from racial privilege have an obligation to speak out against it, I also want to acknowledge the problematic, perhaps unavoidable, power dynamic implicit in a Pākehā (European New Zealander) writing about issues that personally affect Māori. Perhaps the most powerful move we,...

Rape And The (Un)Authoritative Subject: How Distrust Of Women Helps Us Kid Ourselves About The Scale Of Sexual Violence

How many women’s testimonies equal that of one man? More than thirty, apparently. At least, the testimonies of more than thirty women were not enough to convince many people of Bill Cosby’s guilt. This ought to be extraordinary, but it is not. Women’s subjectivity has always untrustworthy: the hysterical,...