Hacktivist group Anonymous announced yesterday they know the identities of two rapists who sexually assaulted Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Nova Scotia girl who died on Sunday, and plan to release their names unless the Canadian government brings her family justice. In 2011, Parsons was raped by four boys at a party and a photograph taken of the rape was then distributed around school; she was bullied and harassed by other students so badly that her family moved. Police did not press charges because they claimed to lack evidence. After struggling with suicidal thoughts, last week, Rehtaeh tried to kill herself and was badly injured; this weekend, her family removed her from life support. Her mother, Leah Parsons, penned a Facebook message on Monday, detailing the ways her daughter’s rapists were never brought to justice — particularly how the police allegedly waited 10 months to interview the alleged rapists.
Now Anonymous, which was involved in bringing the Steubenville rapists to justice, is getting involved. Keep reading »
Here’s a news story that sounds like one we’ve read before: a 19-year-old got a ride home with four people from a night club, who instead took the 19-year-old to a remote location where a sexual assault occurred. But in this instance, the 19-year-old was a man and the four alleged suspects are women. According the Canada’s National Post, the alleged incident occurred on Sunday, March 31, when the young man got a ride home from four women he met in a Toronto club. The man then claims he was taken to a parking lot and sexually assaulted by all four women. Yes, men can be victims of sexual assault as well. What a tragic reminder that rape culture hurts everyone. [Toronto Star; National Post]
Justin Bieber, guys. He’s everywhere — breaking up and then getting back together with Selena Gomez, winning American Music Awards and stuff. And just this weekend, the Biebs met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Haper to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal, which we can only assume is a gold foil chocolate diamond swimming in maple syrup, because Canada. Bieber decided that meeting a head of state — and especially a Canadian one — required the most formal dress he could muster: a one-strap overall ensemble, replete with backwards cap. Knowing that he was sure to rile the delicate sensibilities of lumberjacks in Saskatchewan (most underrated province if you ask me), Bieber even Tweeted: “I met the Prime Minister in overalls lol. I hope you hate my style.” That bitch is crazy!
With that in mind, we’ve created this definite timeline of the one-strap overalls fashion trend. It’s really very simple Check it out after the jump.
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Did you force your dad to build you a dollhouse when you were a kid? Because I did. He built me one from scratch, but we never got around to painting it, or buying it any furniture. So instead, my Barbies lived in a very, very minimalist Victorian house. It’s nothing like the life-size dollhouse that Canadian artist Heather Benning created in Saskatchewan, Canada. She took an abandoned farmhouse and transformed it into the picture of pastel doll perfection, complete with rooms full of vintage furniture and pastel paint. [Stylist]
Watch out, the stupidity is spreading from Down Under: Just like a New Zealand radio station did earlier this year, Canada’s 100.3 FM is hosting a “win a wife” contest. The winner receives airfare to Russia, 13 nights accommodation, and $500 to spend with his mail-order bride. 100.3 FM will hook up some sad sack with services provided by A Volga Girl, a Russian “matchmaking” website. Contestants fill out a questionnaire, submit a photo, and consent to being gossiped about on-air by friends and family. These Romeos will also undergo screenings by a psychologist hired by the contest’s organizers. An online vote will pick the winner, who will then be flown off to Russia to meet his would-be bride. Of course, the contest has no liability and makes no guarantees that the woman will actually marry the winner. Keep reading »
Justin Bieber: I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s, like, killing a baby?
Rolling Stone: How about in cases of rape?)
JB: Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.
Oof. “Everything happens for a reason”? Really? I may not care about your opinions on abortion, but the world’s population of 11-year-old girls sure does. Isn’t this heavy stuff for the “Hannah Montana” crowd?
After the jump, Justin also sounded off to Rolling Stone about the American vs. Canadian health care systems. Keep reading »