Victims of Violence

Tumblr blog “When Women Refuse” illustrates the gravity of gender-based violence

One of the top trending blogs on Tumblr this week is about gender-based violence. “When Women Refuse” is a new Tumblr page that’s documenting news stories about what can happen to women who rebuff the sexual advances of men.

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According to the Huffington Post, the page, which was launched Monday by author and blogger Deanna Zandt, was started in response to the killing spree last week in Isla Vista, Calif., in which six University of California Santa Barbara students died. A man who had previously cited his hatred for women as a reason for the attacks allegedly committed the murders.

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Zandt was inspired to create “When Women Refuse” after writer Kate Harding began curating links to similar stories on her Facebook page. She teamed up with Lainna FaderKate TullKathryn Peters and Shauna Gordon-McKeon to create the blog. Their mission is to prove that Rodger’s mass murder was not an anomaly, but instead part of a larger cultural pattern of violence against women.

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The Tumblr page has sparked a lot of buzz this week in both the news media and social media sites.

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