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If Comedy Has No Lady Problem, Why Am I Getting So Many Rape Threats?: "I don't believe that previously non-raping audience members are going to take to the streets in a rape mob after hearing one rape joke. That's an absurd and insulting mischaracterization. But I do believe that comedy's current permissiveness around cavalier, cruel, victim-targeting rape jokes contributes to (that's contributes—not causes) a culture of young men who don't understand what it means to take this stuff seriously. And how did they try and prove me wrong? How did they try to demonstrate that comedy, in general, doesn't have issues with women?"

Anita Sarkeesian and the Trouble with Magic Bullets: "Anita Sarkeesian in particular has endured surprisingly well given the pressure on her to be the Most Perfect Feminist Games Critic. Of course, she has not been perfect; she has not managed to transform every single misogynist into a humanitarian soul, after all. But rather than lambaste her for that alleged shortcoming, I would rather emphasize that the public scrutiny of female videogame critics (and pro female gamers, and female game developers) creates a system that sets us up for failure."

Quote of the Day: "That has been the sacred covenant between the Republican Party and its straight, white, patriarchal, Christian supremacist base for a generation: Vote for us, and we'll protect you. And so they voted. And, in the process, they gave away their standard of living, their children's education, their jobs, their civil liberties, their national security, their environment, and their economy—all in exchange for the gossamer promise of a return to a time that never happened in a country that never really existed."

Number of the Day: "45%: The percentage of US respondents to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll who 'believe affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities, while an equal 45 percent feel the programs have gone too far and should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against whites.' That is so fucking depressing... Among the allegedly multiple "reasons for the trend" is the reason that will not be meaningfully included in any public discussion: The incredibly common practice of treating exceptions to marginalization as evidence there is no more need for affirmative action programs, while casually ignoring that often people who appear to be exceptions are only so because they benefited from affirmative action programs."

Pink/Blue: "I want to think more. I want to think harder. I want to be vexed by the children in my life because they are human beings, with all the glorious messy frustrating complexity that implies. I want them to defy simple patterns, because doing so means embracing potential and possibility. I want them to make their own scripts out of patches and shreds. I want them comfortable in a world where “boy” and “girl” aren’t narrow paths; in fact, a world where other paths, transgender or asexual or whatever, are also simply part of the landscape. I want them to surprise me. I want them to surprise themselves."

Brushes With Civility: "I question the line of thinking that posits that truth is the enemy of civility. Form and content are, I think, often inseparable. If we think of the tone of a statement as its form, and the the meaning of the message as its content, oftentimes, for instance, a comment that is racist is called racist not only because it is hurtful (form) but because it is also inaccurate (content). It is the inaccuracy of prejudiced statements is what causes the sting, not the truth of them. And, the hurtful nature of such statements is amplified precisely because they are inaccurate yet also marketed by its utterer as a 'politically incorrect truth that needs to be said.' Labels and the words we use can, and often do, actually distract from reality rather than describe it.

And Now This: "So far this month: An Air Force sexual assault prevention chief was charged with a sexual assault; an Air Force brochure on sexual assault was found to engage in victim-blaming and advise potential victims to submit to attackers; the Air Force's top commander blamed "the hookup mentality" for the US military's pervasive rape problem; Fort Hood's sexual assault prevention chief was relieved of his duties pending an investigation for "abusive sexual contact, pandering, assault and maltreatment of subordinates"; the head of Fort Campbell's sexual assault response program was arrested after violating an order of protection; and a staff adviser "responsible for the health, welfare and discipline" of a company of 125 cadets at West Point allegedly videotaped female cadets in the shower without their consent. And now there is a report that an investigation has been launched at the Naval Academy after allegations that three football players sexually assaulted a female student."

The Army's Sexual Assault Problem, Here It Is: "If you have the spoons, you may want to read the whole thing, as it very thoroughly goes over the rape culture problem of the Army, many of which are familiar territory (i.e., survivors are afraid to speak out for fear of being disciplined themselves; there are insufficient numbers of female unit victim advocates, etc.) The report particularly singles out problems in the leadership. It notes, for example, that sexual assault prevention isn't taken seriously, but 'perceived as a mandated check-the-block requirement to be quickly completed rather than training to a level of working knowledge.'"

With Allies *cough* Like These...: "Despite the onslaught of news about the US military's endemic sexual assault problem, and continuing revelations that the military itself is not taking this shit seriously, a proposal "to place military sex assault cases in the hands of an independent prosecutor" has been stripped from the Defense Authorization Act and replaced "with a measure that instead requires senior military officers to review decisions when commanders refuse to prosecute a case." ...Nothing is difficult to understand about: The chain of command doesn't work because sometimes the perpetrator is part of the chain of command. It doesn't work, it hasn't been working, and it will never work."

This is how you talk about military sex abuse: "On all operations, female soldiers and officers have proven themselves worthy of the best traditions of the Australian Army. They are vital to us maintaining our capability, now and into the future. If that does not suit you, then get out. You may find another employer where your attitude and behavior is acceptable -- but I doubt it. The same goes for those who think that toughness is built on humiliating others."
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