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Today in Is The WORST: Stop Reading Cathy Young

Cathy Young recently added to her infamous rape-denialist oeuvre a piece at Daily Beast defending an accused rapist at Columbia (who’s obviously just being persecuted by a conspiracy of lying wimminz don’t you know). If you’ve already read it and found it any way persuasive, you really ought to read Erin Gloria Ryan’s response on Jezebel: How to Make an Accused Rapist Look Good for balance. If you’ve already consolidated the excellent habit of never reading Cathy Young, you could just read the Jezebel piece for pleasure in its thoroughness. Continue reading

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Shorter Dawkins: Real Feminists Agree With Me

Almost exactly a year ago I posted about the ongoing sexism and misogyny fallout in the skeptical and secular activist communities, ever since Rebecca Watson said “Guys, don’t do that”, and as this latest Dawkins snit shows, that particular cyberstorm is still raging on.

[Content note: links to material discussing rape culture, victim blaming, rape myths, sexual harassment] Continue reading

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Don’t make apologetics if you don’t want to be called an apologist

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There’s a fellow over at Jason Thibeault’s blog who haz a sad because he felt singled out by mention of how nice it might be to have an Index of Rape-Apologist Claims for easy reference. This is happening on a post which is part of the continuing sexism and misogyny fallout in the skeptical and secular communities, ever since Rebecca Watson said “Guys, don’t do that”, in case you weren’t already aware that that particular cyberstorm is still raging on. Continue reading

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Rape Culture in Action Round-Up

A few links from the last few months: I’m sure most readers have seen more examples published recently, or know of examples personally. Please do add your links and, if you want/can, share your stories in the comments, because continuing documentation of these toxic social phenomena is crucial in persuading people that a problem actually exists, which is the first step in building momentum for reform.

NB: do not ignore the Moderator Note at the foot of this post when drafting your comment(s). Continue reading

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And just when you thought the Good Men Project couldn’t get any worse…

They put up this piece by a self-identified rapist, saying that he would rather keep partying and raping than take responsibility and stop (obviously trigger warning on the rest of this piece). I’ll tell you now: There’s nothing particularly insightful or interesting about the piece, which I’m not linking to because GMP is not getting any traffic from me (the relevant bits are copied and pasted below). It’s by a dude who parties a lot, and says that because he’s so inebriated and his partners are so inebriated he just doesn’t know when he has consent or not, so he is probably a rapist (and in fact one woman told him he raped her), but also he’s a good dude and doesn’t really know and this is all so messy, and he likes partying and has just come to realize that a little raping is the price of entry to his lifestyle.

Good Men Project editor Joanna Schroeder then actually manages to make the publication decision more indefensible and despicable by publishing her explanation of why the GMP published a rapist’s story. Again, there’s nothing particularly insightful about it. It’s that Joanna thinks that alcohol and drugs cause rape. Partying makes things confusing, she says, and it’s not a rape victim’s fault exactly, but it’s apparently not a rapist’s fault exactly either. Because these things are so confusing and messy and murky! And we must talk about it and figure out why rapist rape!

Good Men Project editor Joanna Schroeder then actually manages to make the publication decision more indefensible and despicable by publishing this, her explanation of why the GMP published a rapist’s story. Again, there’s nothing particularly insightful about it. It’s that Joanna thinks that alcohol and drugs cause rape. Partying makes things confusing, she says, and it’s not a rape victim’s fault exactly, but it’s apparently not a rapist’s fault exactly either. Because these things are so confusing and messy and murky! And we must talk about it and figure out why rapist rape! Continue reading

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