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Steubenville football players drug, kidnap, and gang rape unconscious girl, call themselves “Rape Crew”, tweet about it, take pictures of it, and video tape it. They are essentially sentenced to 1-2 years. The media bends over backwards to portray them sympathetically.
Marissa Alexander fires a warning gunshot to defend herself against abusive husband. No one is hurt. She is sentenced to 20 years.
“Misogyny doesn’t exist anymore”
A lot of people seem to be up in arms about the Steubenville case, but many for the wrong reasons.
Why should guys, no matter how good they are at football, be allowed to treat any girl in such a despicable way? Where the hell were their moral compasses during the night in question? We’re not talking about one event - it was a series of assaults. At no point did they think they might be doing something wrong?
What about the following day when one of them got a text from a friend saying “you’re a felon”? What about when their coach said he’d clear it up for them? Did any of this make them think they might’ve done something wrong? Apparently not.
Well hopefully the rest of the world can learn something from them:
Silence is not consent.
You want something to happen, get enthusiastic consent: yes means yes. The absence of ‘no’ just won’t cut it.
It’s about bloody time we shifted our attitude from making the (potential) rape victim responsible from what happens to them, to making the (potential) rapist responsible and accountable for their own actions. The Don’t Be That Guy campaign in Canada worked more effectively than any victim-blaming campaign ever has done, so surely it makes sense to spread it?
The issue of drunkenness comes up as an important factor in this case: about whether the girl really did give consent but was too drunk to remember; about everyone joking about at the expense of the drunkest person at the party. Probably even about the boys being too drunk to understand what they were doing.
But the following from the NY Times is also important:
“The thing I found most disturbing about this is that there were other people around when this was going on,” William McCafferty, the Steubenville police chief, said of the events that unfolded. “Nobody had the morals to say, ‘Hey, stop it, that isn’t right’.”
While I don’t agree that it’s the most disturbing thing (that would surely be the rape itself?) I am astounded at the way witnesses have attempted to cover it up or pretend they knew nothing about it. I don’t know how those people can carry on their daily lives ignoring the fact that they did nothing to help this girl before she was raped, while it was happening, or in the aftermath.
I ♥ Alun Wyn Jones
Wales 30-3 England, Six Nations 2013
This was possibly one of the best games of rugby I’ve ever seen! Maybe it was because of how much was riding on it. Maybe it was because of the change since the Autumn Series. Maybe it was the intensity of the game.
The worst thing about the game: lack of a standout performance by Jonathan Davies, and James Hook only on for 5 minutes.
Standout performances: Justin Tipuric, Richard Hibbard and Alex Cuthbert
I just want to watch it again and again.
*Video updated 18/3*
15 - 28
Sucky final scoreline, but great to see a lot of talent soon ready to come through to the senior team.
The U20 team need to learn the same lesson as the senior team though: keep the ball in hand. I fully believe they could’ve scored a try in the last 10 minutes if they were patient and kept driving forward.
I realise the anorexia is something she’s going through and I’m not trying to turn it into my problem. I just worry about her a lot and have no idea how to help, or if I even can.
I settled on perfume. Completely unrelated to food and one size fits all.
A piglet enjoying a sunny day! Each individual deserves respect and kindness whatever species he or she belongs to. Is this right?
Men of quality do not fear equality.
heavy trigger warnings for rape.
all right, I’ve calmed down enough to post this, and hell fuckin’ no I ain’t blurrin’ out names.
hi my name is rachael, and this is why feminism is still needed. I have nothing else to say.
yooooo if you wanna know what the fuck i was so mad about, read the following and spread it please!!
this is physically painful to read oh my fucking god
This makes me so pissed ugh.
You go, Rachael.
I am not a feminist. But I don’t condone rape, like are you fucking serious?
This is awful! You did amazingly though, it can’t have been easy putting up with their ignorance.
Rachael, I wish I was one of your Facebook friends so I could’ve supported you! These people need to go away and learn what rape really is. You don’t have to be a feminist to be against it - just a decent human being. One of them even says ‘rape is a terrible thing, get over it’.
The only thing I can say is that you (and Kass) are better off without these people.
How to win a climate change argument, in one chart.
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