What I see is sadness. Often gracefully suppressed, but manifold. My sixteen-year-old daughter is missing out on the deliciousness of being courted and flattered, of being wooed. Never mind respected, that’s just completely out the window. The Internet porn culture educates boys to approach her sociopathically: “You’re hot,” she tells me they say at parties. “Wanna hook up?
Via Patricia Pearson.
I can’t add anything. Go read it now.
Well, yes, if they could decide things like, just who is Kerry Fraser, really, to pass moral judgement on what does or does not constitute high sticking, really? It’s not like they’re elected by hockey fans? They’re just “experts” who are enforcing a de facto national officiating standard.
Apparently the U.S., unlike India, has moved past its own backward history of victim-blaming. Apparently, I am to believe, according to the New York Times and Nicholas Kristof, that it is India which must deal with its sexual violence. And the Good Mr. Kristoff and the New York Times know this because the US has dealt with its own sexual violence. It’s now in the past, judging from the smug authority of the Times.
(h/t Stephanie Guthrie and Sarah Barker)
Here we are, in 2012, the 21st century, and a man is running for president whose views on women, morality, sexuality, and reproductive rights are well over 100 years behind the times. In our mainstream discourse, this country can continue to re-fight all the lost battles and factual errors the modern right wing is obsessed with arguing about - the right to birth control, the fact of evolution, marriage equality, universal health care. If so, we will continue to ignore, to our peril, the very real problems our country faces in the early decades of the 3rd millennium. The alternative is to find ways to marginalize these loons, hunker down, and fashion some semblance of a rational discourse.
… it still baffles me that in the 21st century we are still telling woman not to get themselves raped instead of telling boys and men “Hey! No raping!
The Seven Stages of Feminist Grief (Todd Akin edition)
SHOCK: What the fuck did he just say?
DENIAL: No, that can’t be right.
ANGER: Fucking ‘legitimate’?!
BARGAINING: Maybe he’s high?
GUILT: It’s my own fault for checking Twitter.
DEPRESSION: FML, people are defending him.
ACCEPTANCE: Whatever. On to the next sexist asshole.
Via the indispensible Andrea Houston.
Source: SoundCloud / dreahouston