Matthew Filipowicz Show — More on victim blaming & #BelieveSurvivors — (12/16/14)

In brief: [TW: rape/victim blaming] I was back on with Matthew Filipowicz to talk about the latest on Rolling Stone fueling rape culture, the self-preservation motivation behind victim blaming, and my own story.

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Enhanced audio: MFS 12/16/14 — More on victim blaming & #Believe Survivors


I’m always glad to be on with Matt, who covers rape culture and bodily autonomy and all manner of social justice on a regular basis. An extra thank you to him for putting a trigger warning in his podcast and on air before playing our interview; the care he takes with the survivors in his audience is much appreciated.

The aspect of the story we spent a good deal of time on that is unique to our conversation is how much self-preservation is at the root of victim blaming. Yes, there are some straight up jerkbags out there; but mostly people want to identify what makes a victim stand out so that they can avoid being victimized. I hope you dig the nuance of our segment.

This clip made it onto The Best of the Left Podcast where (if you’ve missed it) I am the social media and activism director. You can catch the entire 70 minute show here: Episode #885 “A guide to doing it all wrong (The UVA Story – Rape Culture)” I’ve known Jay! — the producer/creator — for years and have enjoyed working with him immensely, in large part because of how much he cares about his contribution to social narratives. This episode was no exception. (You can subscribe for free at the same link.)

Links to on-air references:

My piece at Buzzfeed: “How Rolling Stone Gave A Gift To Rape Apologists”

“On Rolling Stone, lessons from fact-checking, and the limits of journalism” by Maya Dusenbery at Feministing

”Jackie Update” — and why media only covers “interesting” rape stories by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville

“Why I Don’t Want To Hear Both Sides Of Rape Cases” by Wagatwe Wanjuki at Buzzfeed

“Victims’ Memories Are Imperfect, But Still Perfectly Believable” by Ali Safran at Buzzfeed

“The Wrestler and the Rape Victim” by Jessica Luther at Vice Sports

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You can hear The Matthew Filipowicz Show bi-weekly via podcast and broadcast out of Washington DC (1480 AM We Act Radio) and Grand Rapids, MI (1680 AM & 95.3 FM Public Reality Radio) weekly

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