Dr. Rebecca Hains

Category: society


HomeGoods’ Thanksgiving figurine looks okay…until you really see it. 

I saw this figurine for sale in my local HomeGoods today, and for some reason it caught my eye. But when I inspected it up close, my reaction was one of horror. I thought, “What an apt symbol of the…

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#Pussygate and Trump’s serial sexual assault 

This election cycle has so desensitized us to hateful rhetoric that I feel compelled to clarify something. When Trump described how he could approach random women and “grab them by the pussy” and claimed they’d “let him” because of his…

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All Rapists are Legitimate Rapists. #EndRapeCulture #BrockTurner

The trial of Stanford rapist Brock Turner offers us insight on what we should do next to fight rape culture.

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This is rape culture. 

Here’s a thread from my latest blog post that exemplifies what rape culture looks like. It begins when a commenter asserts that girls who are “physically adult” can consent to sex. This seems reasonable enough when applied to the girls…

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Reconciling David Bowie’s genius with rape 

Today, on the day of David Bowie’s death, people have been discussing an upsetting issue: Early in his career, David Bowie statutorily raped young teen girls—the underage “baby groupies” who were an open secret in the rock scene of the 1970s….

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Princess Leia is a general now. But why isn’t she in more toy stores?

Children’s products still underrepresent heroic women like Leia.

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Why boys should play with dolls

No one is surprised about seeing dads with strollers anymore, yet biases with toys persist.

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