“Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. You bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed.”
– Roxane Gay: The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning (via guardian)
“Given the timeline and the league’s hesitence to take action, it’s hard to tell whether the NFL took a stand against domestic violence or was simply left with no alternative from a public-relations standpoint?”
– The NFL has tightened its domestic abuse policy — but is it too little, too late? (via micdotcom)
Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.
These signs never get old to me. Regardless how ‘obvious’ they may be, they still provoke a “huh, good call” reaction. They also bring those rape myths out in a way that is so important. Trying to reason as to why all those other items on the list are not ‘excuses’, tends to drown us in a never ending spiral-down argument. To me, what these signs say is, “I’m not going to argue as to why you’re wrong because I’m above that. I’m going to jump to the point. I’m going to tackle the issue head on and refuse to continue a conversation that insults, not helps.”
BREAKING: Arrests Finally Made In Rehteah Parsons Cyberbullying Suicide Case
Last April, after the suicide of her 17-year-old daughter Rehtaeh, Leah Parsons wrote an anguished post on Facebook. She said:
The Person Rehtaeh once was all changed one dreaded night in November 2011. She went with a friend to another’s home. In that home she was raped by four young boys…one of those boys took a photo of her being raped and decided it would be fun to distribute the photo to everyone in Rehtaeh’s school and community where it quickly went viral. Because the boys already had a ‘slut’ story, the victim of the rape Rehtaeh was considered a SLUT. This day changed the lives of our family forever. I stopped working that very day and we have all been on this journey of emotional turmoil ever since.
Leah Parsons also said that she and her daughter had gone to the Halifax, Nova Scotia police, but were told months later that there would be no prosecution. “The justice system failed her,” Parsons wrote. Even if it would be difficult to charge the boys with rape, she said, what about the circulation of the photo?
Her post, along with another from Rehtaeh’s father, Glen Canning, caused the Internet-driven version of a hue and cry. A petition demanding an inquiry into the police investigation gathered more than 450,000 signatures. Members of Anonymous said they’d uncovered the identities of the boys Rehtaeh had accused, and asked the police to take action. There was a protest in Halifax on her family’s behalf, and, after names started leaking out, a counter protest led by some of the boys’ families. Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry defended the decision not to prosecute and then shifted his position hours later, saying he would asked for “options” from prosecutors. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was “sickened” by Rehtaeh’s death. “I think we’ve got to stop just using just the term bullying to describe some of these things,” he said. “Bullying to me has a connotation of kids misbehaving. What we are dealing with in some of these circumstances is simply criminal activity. It is youth criminal activity. It is violent criminal activity. It is sexual criminal activity, and it is often Internet criminal activity.
The Halifax police soon said they would reopen the case, citing “new and credible information,” though they stressed that it “did not come from an online source.” Whatever. It’s entirely clear that the online pressure mattered a great deal in this case. And today, the police made a cryptic announcement that they’d “made two arrests in relation to the Rehtaeh Parsons investigation,” of “two males at their respective residences.”
Does that mean charges are about to be brought? The statement says, “No further information is being released at this time,” but it sure looks like it. The person, or people, responsible for circulating the photos of Rehtaeh could be charged under Canada’s child pornography laws. And whatever steps law enforcement takes next, this is a case in which the hive mind of the Internet played an indispensible role. There are parallels here to the Steubenville rape case—check out Ariel Levy’s interesting recent piece about it, if you haven’t already. But in Steubenville, the police arrested two boys less than two weeks after the assault (they were later convicted). If the Parsons case ends with an indictment nearly two years after Rehtaeh’s first report, it will be its own kind of watershed.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was “sickened” by Rehtaeh’s death. “I think we’ve got to stop just using just the term bullying to describe some of these things,” he said. “Bullying to me has a connotation of kids misbehaving. What we are dealing with in some of these circumstances is simply criminal activity. It is youth criminal activity. It is violent criminal activity. It is sexual criminal activity, and it is often Internet criminal activity.
MONEY and CAPITALISM are arguably the two most dominant forces acting on our world, but it’s likely that you’ll have no real understanding of what they are. Indeed, even economists at the highest levels have failed to grasp them, so there is no shame if you happen to be amongst the mystified too. As it turns out, understanding what matters is very simple; so simple in fact that I think you’ll be as amazed as I am that this could still be a problem, that almost all of the world’s 7 billion people, all of us who rely on a monetized economy for the basic components of life, still just don’t understand what money is.
Hey guys, you really need to check out this site. I mean really really really!! They even have, sources!!! Awesome!
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013
"For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum."
I would be more moved by this if millions haven’t been denied this very right for merely being born in a different country. Look, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of goodness in this situation. BUT if you go to work somewhere, like for a country, and swear under oath you wouldn’t divulge classified information, why on earth, if you DID do such a thing, would you expect a big hug- or the rights you agreed to forfeit should you break that oath. Guess what? Being a whistle blower is not a glamorous life. You did what you did because you felt it was the right thing to do. If you were expecting the world to hail you for it, other countries to compromise international relations for you, you chose the wrong gig. This was much more admirable before you started to complain about consequences and not getting special treatment.
Not the list you want your favorite team to be ranked very high on.
Quick, messy graphic to explain a concept that seems obvious to me:
We shouldn’t be helping women because they’re related to someone else. We shouldn’t be helping women because someone else cares about them. We should be helping women because they are people.
We should be helping women for their own sake.
Why is that a hard concept for people to grasp?