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Criticism of sexism in video games flares up again: this time, its Borderlands 2 and their 'girlfriend mode' (read: 'newbie mode').
[TW: graphic first-hand descriptions of rape] A thread on Reddit asking rapists about their motivations and whether they feel regret has sparked some interesting discussion: Stavvers examines some extracts, Katie Baker advocates listening and widening the discussion of rape culture, Meredith Bennet-Smith asks if the law should get involved, and Megan Carpentier points out how strongly this shows you can't tell a rapist by looking.
[TW: discussions of rape in all five of the following as well] Following Todd Akin's ridiculous 'legitimate rape' remark the other day, we have Jezebel's official guide to 'legitimate rape'. Also it turns out that unlike humans take note, Todd Akin, ducks really do have a 'vagina dentata' of sorts. (Lucky ducks! Get it?! Hah!) Relatedly, not news per se but the CPS Legal Guidance on societal myths about rape.
The Edinburgh Festival, as some of us were unfortunate enough to find first-hand, was pretty full of rape jokes and Tanya Gold discusses this a bit further.