The Many Ways Twitter Is Bad at Responding to Abuse
My piece in the Atlantic about the Twitter harassment of Zelda Williams and how social media is designed for abuse.
Presumed Unworthy

My latest for the Huffington Post, on the shooting of Michael Brown and the lives that are presumed unworthy.

Privacy Piracy

I talk with “Privacy Piracy” radio show host Mari Frank about revenge porn and sexual privacy.

It's nearly impossible to get revenge porn off the internet.

It is refreshing to see media attention being given to a lawyer who not only fights on behalf of revenge porn victims but also deeply understands the legal, social, and technological complexities of the issue of nonconsensual pornography. For instance, he is appropriately contemptuous of the idea that copyright law can adequately address the problem (“copyright law is something that some of these free speech advocates have pointed to as a valid remedy, and that’s nonsense”), notes that criminalization efforts can help deter this conduct, refuses to engage in victim-blaming, and makes the (depressing but probably correct) observation that recent high-profile male victims may be what it takes for the issue to be taken seriously.

Legal Theory Blog: Franks on Revenge Porn Legislation

Legislators/activists interested in drafting “revenge porn” legislation may find this guide useful. I will be updating as more laws are proposed and passed.

Woman Confronts Catcallers and Secretly Films Their Reactions

Points for candor, I guess.

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By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
That only men incredulous of despair,
Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air
Beat upward to God’s throne in loud access
Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,
In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare
Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare
Of the absolute heavens. Deep-hearted man, express
Grief for thy dead in silence like to death—
Most like a monumental statue set
In everlasting watch and moveless woe
Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.
Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:
If it could weep, it could arise and go.
Virginia Woolf's Idea of Privacy

A lovely, meditative piece by Joshua Rothman on Woolf, solitude, and dignity. A volume could be written just on “the realization that men, but not women, have long been granted a right to solitude.”

One from the Krav Maga archives…