In the wake of the the guilty verdicts in the rape trial of two high school students from Steubenville High School in Ohio, there seems to have been a forgetting of the true victim, which is the young woman who survived the rape. Rather than expressing outrage over the crimes committed against her, there has been an apologetic and mournful tone expressed in defense of the perpetrators of crime. The list of media outlets and...

Since Election Day, there have been many headlines and reports identifying women as key to President Obama’s reelection. The oft-cited statistic suggests that women, who comprised approximately 53 percent of voters, favored Obama over Romney by double digits. Unfortunately, this gives an inaccurate picture of the electorate. There is no such monolithic or homogeneous entity as “women voters.” Naming this category and using this heuristic ignores the importance of race and socioeconomic status in determining...

There is no disputing that it is an exciting time of year. With the election just a few weeks away, the news is full of stories about the candidates’ latest campaign stops, and the nation is captivated by the presidential debate series. There is an active national conversation about how to strengthen the economy and about which candidate will best send America in the right direction. With such excitement, it is easy to overlook the...

By now everyone has heard the name Todd Akin. After the U.S. senate candidate from Missouri claimed women cannot become pregnant from what he called “legitimate rape” because “the body has ways to shut the whole thing down,” Akin’s name became nationally known and nearly universally despised. In the days that followed his statements, he was outlawed from the Republican Party, whose leaders asked him to withdraw from the race. He was denounced by members...