Profile for Amelia McDonell-Parry

The Soapbox: “What If Jerry Sandusky’s Victims Had Been Girls?” Is A Misguided Question, Jezebel

Paterno Fired
The students who are protesting need a reality check. Read More »

Earlier today, I wrote about the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the sexual abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. It is an utterly tragic case for obvious reasons; Sandusky is accused of molesting and raping eight boys over a period of 15 years and when a witness to one of his assaults reported it to his superiors, they didn’t go to the police. The case has illuminated just how far people will go to protect their “reputations” and to adhere to a chain of command rather than their own moral compass. The student protest/riot in State College, PA, following Paterno’s firing further emphasized that hero worship leaves otherwise decent people blind. The more I read, the more depressed I feel.

But I also came across one article that left me incredibly annoyed. Over at Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan has written a piece which asks the question, “What if Penn State’s coach had victimized girls?” and tries to make the point that if Sandusky’s victims had been female, the public, private, and media response to the allegations would be very different. While I wholeheartedly agree that female sexual assault victims are very often not taken seriously, and that they are somehow blamed, at least in part, for the crimes against them, etc., I have a serious problem with the Penn State scandal being used as an example of how male sexual assault victims are treated somehow “better” than female sexual assault victims. Keep reading »

The Daily Ovulation: Adorable Baby Reenacts Famous Movie Scenes

Meet Arthur. Arthur’s mom, Emily Cleaver, is a photographer and she likes using him to reenact classic scenes from movies. Here he is, rocking a solitary tear, in “The Blair Witch Project.” Consider this reason #3872 that I want a baby: using said baby as an adorable prop in my creative endeavors. Click onward to see Arthur in classic scenes from “The Godfather,” “Alien,” and “Rambo: First Blood,” amongst others. And check out his mom’s blog — with tons more photos of Arthur working the camera — here. [Flavorwire]

Penn State Students Protesting Joe Paterno’s Firing Need A Reality Check

The Soapbox
What if Sandusky's victims had been girls? wonders Jezebel. Read More »

Last night, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired in the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the university. Thousands of students reacted by rioting, throwing rocks and overturning a news van, shouting, “We want JoePa!” Their loyalty is disturbing. Joe Paterno, yes, has a reputation for being one of the greatest coaches in college football history; he chose to “protect” that reputation by not turning a child rapist into the police. Keep reading »

5 Football Hunks We’d Rather See Naked Than Michael Vick

November 9, 2011

Hot Links: “Catflexing” Is For People Who Would Go To The Gym If Cats Were Allowed

  • Are you a cat lover? Do you like to work out? Want to find a way to merge the two? Then there is a book out there just for you called Catflexing: The Catlover’s Guide to Weight Training, Aerobics and Stretching and it costs $50 on Amazon! Luckily, Adult Swim has picked out some of the more helpful/hilarious exercises. [Adult Swim]
  • MTV’s Kurt Loder said that he believes the late Michael Jackson was a child molester. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Eddie Murphy Drops Out Of Oscars Hosting Gig

November 9, 2011
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