I.G. Frederick trades words for cash, specializing in erotic and transgressive fiction and poetry since 2001. Her erotic short stories appear in electronic, audio, and print anthologies produced by publishers in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. Her longer work ranges in scope from romance (Dommemoir) to tragedy (Choices) to BDSM Space Opera (The Lady […]Read more "“Older Than Her Chronological Age”"
Last weekend, my friend Sharon Harrigan had an essay featured on The Rumpus titled “Stain.” In it, she describes a twisted encounter with a stranger during the innocuous act of walking her dog. At twelve years old, she was old enough to sense that something was off in his manner, his casual and cruel way […]Read more "The Knife Man, the Monster and the Pen Pal"
This is an essay in response to an essay in response to an essay. Mallory Ortberg of the Toast thoroughly picked apart and criticized Elizabeth Ellen’s “Open Letter to the Internet,” in which Ellen defends a few high profile alt literary men facing rape accusations because she thinks the accusers’ ways of saying “no” were […]Read more "Responding to Ortberg Responding to Ellen: On Child Perpetrators of Sexual Harm"
In an effort to help clear up some things and rid ourselves of that devilish, imaginary gray area so we can better educate our youth–and our Rush Limbaughs–here’s a short, hopefully helpful, quiz.Read more "Do You Know What Rape Is? Take the Quiz"
This month, Feministing published an article called “Don’t Be Friends with Rapists,” which was rapidly passed around my friends through social media. I was disappointed by this simplistic and damaging way of handling a major social problem. You shouldn’t defriend rapists (and abusers). (Throughout this post, I will be using gender neutral pronouns for both […]Read more "Be Friends with Rapists"
Rachel Durchslag founded the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) in 2006. Six years later, CAASE is transforming Chicago’s response to prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual assault. To learn more, go to http://www.caase.org. Q. Why do you do what you do? A. I saw a film about human trafficking, and I was haunted. Then I found Chicago was […]Read more "Interview with Rachel Durchslag"
I published this piece on my blog, True STORIES. last year but, of course, it’s as timely as ever: She says it was like a bad after-school special, and laughs. But there is sadness in her eyes, and shame. Not much, but it is there, I think. I want to say the right things, but it […]Read more "Meet: Elizabeth"
A lot of people have wondered over the last eight months, and especially the last few weeks, how teenagers in Steubenville, Ohio, could witness someone being raped and not do anything about it. But we know why. Of course we do. They watched as she was raped because we haven’t taught them otherwise. Not as […]Read more "Clearing the Water on Rape"
At the PDXX Collective, we’ve been coming across more and more talented women writers. No surprise there! Here’s Jessica Vealitzek, of True STORIES., a no-frills blog that aims to share the timeless stories of the little guy/gal. The storytelling that Jessica is doing with her blog is something that I’ve been interested in for a […]Read more "Weekend Edition: Jessica Vealitzek"