Chloe: I don’t want to kill the buzz but this article has been floating around my newsfeed and I thought it was a good read.
I wrote a typical Chloe diatribe on my Facebook (posted below) and will probably read the article again and think more on it — I want to give a disclaimer first and point out that I agree with mostly all of what the author is saying: I work with a community of men that has fundamentally changed my own feminism because I FEEL so much better now what it is like to be a poor (and/or) black/Hispanic man, at least in urban Westchester/NYC communities. And I do not feel like these men are necessarily “my enemies” anymore — while a lot of them do horrible things (including rape and murder, oh god no) and should be held accountable, I wonder how many of them would make the same decisions were it not for the same system that encourages patriarchy in the first place? Anyway. But my main thing is that it reminds me of this blog I read awhile back about Schrodinger’s rapist.. lemme see… here it is!
This video popped up on my Tumblr feed today, and I had to share, 1.) because of the message of the video, and 2.) because of the accents.
The woman’s father called the Rev. Thomas Doyle, a high-ranking Notre Dame administrator, to express his anger. After listening to his concerns, Doyle suggested they pray together over the telephone, the father said.
“We’re as Catholic as they come,” the woman’s mother said. “But are you serious? Pray on this? That was not good enough.”
The woman now wonders if she should have ever reported the incident to police. An estimated 95 percent of college students who are victimized do not report sexual-related crimes to law enforcement, according to a study funded by the Justice Department.
“It’s a long, painful process, and in the end, nothing happened,” she said. “The only way a boy would be guilty is if he said, ‘Oh, yes, I did rape her.'”
– From the Chicago Tribune.
Tara: Have you guys seen this?
[Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ video ‘inexcusable,’ parent group says – CNN.com]
Here’s the video:
Dawn: So I watched this yesterday. Honestly, I in no way condone violence, but this is a music video; a piece of performance art that is an interpretation of a musical work. I think it’s powerful.
In the Bad Romance video, Gaga is captured, bid on, and bought for sex by some group of skeezy guys. She burns him crispy with her fire bra thing at the end. I don’t remember a controversy around that?
This comic brought to you by Matt Bors. It originally appeared on campusprogress.org, and is re-posted with permission.
Hey remember all that stuff us feminists made up about a rape culture in America that perpetuates cycles of violence against women? Well the French are calling our bluff. That’s right biddies, they have figured out our evil, jealous plot to bring down the men who just want to love us. Of course by love, they actually mean fuck… pardon my French. (Pun intended. Zing!)