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Despite writing science fiction and fantasy for adults and young adults, I'm rather attached to reality. But you shouldn't have too much trouble figuring out which posts are which.

Stephanie Zvan
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  • August 29, 2011
  • 01:51 PM

Male Rape Victims: Let's Talk About the Men

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

Fewer men are the victims of rape than women (about 10% of rape victims), but the number is still not small. And we know there's at least one important difference when a rape victim is a man instead of a woman: Men are even less likely to report the crime. Aside from that, though, how well do women's descriptions of rape fit men's experience? Aside from not consistently naming men as victims, do women's discussions of rape do any disservice to male victims?... Read more »

Lipscomb, G., Muram, D., Speck, P., Mercer, B. (1992) Male victims of sexual assault. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 267(22), 3064-3066. DOI: 10.1001/jama.267.22.3064  

  • April 20, 2011
  • 11:27 AM

Alcohol and Rape: Twice the Standards

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

From Melissa McEwen comes a story of an unusual rape conviction appeal:In what might be the most perfect, clear, hideous example of how rape culture interacts with actual acts of rape, an appellant brief (pdf) was filed last March in the Montana Supreme Court on behalf of Duane R. Belanus, who had been convicted (pdf) of "of sexual intercourse without consent involving the infliction of bodily injury, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and misdem........ Read more »

  • April 7, 2011
  • 02:55 AM

Skepticism and Rape Adaptations

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

It isn't terribly difficult to find well-written, skeptical pieces on evolutionary psychology. In fact, several have come out quite recently. They examine current evo psych theorizing in the light of scientific requirements for proof of any such theory.Kate Clancy wrote a post on the variety of human behavior that evo psych studies attempt to represent by using mostly college undergraduate research subjects. In addition to her concern over undergraduates' WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 04:30 PM

Rape Myth #1: She's Probably Lying

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

Tawana Brawley. Duke University men's lacrosse team.If you see a rape allegation in the news, those words aren't far behind. They are talismans, touchstones for the idea that we must never, ever forget that women lie about rape. These women lied; therefore, women lie.The truth is, of course, that some women do lie about having been raped. That shouldn't surprise us. People make false accusations about every type of crime, even murder, where it is excruciatingly difficult to do. If no woman ever ........ Read more »

  • February 21, 2011
  • 07:59 PM

Sex, Science, and Social Policy

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

When it comes to the politicization of scientific topics and science denialism, everyone knows about the forces opposing our understanding evolution and global warming. Would it surprise you to see similar tactics on display when the subject is sex?In the well-known cases, political actors band together with researchers who continually produce results favoring the politicos pet topics. It's not that hard to produce the desired results, even when the mass of evidence doesn't support your side. I........ Read more »

McCleary, R. (2008) Rural Hotspots: The Case of Adult Businesses. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(2), 153-163. DOI: 10.1177/0887403408315111  

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