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Drunkenness Used As A Defense In Vanderbilt Rape Trial

Rapists Claim Drunkenness As Defense In Vanderbilt Rape Trial

Four ex-Vanderbilt football players violently gang raped a fellow student in June of 2013. And today, in the year 2015 of our lord and savior, much like characters in a Jacobean play, those men are claiming drunkenness as their defense in an actual court of law.

“I was drunk” is not a passable defense for a DUI. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for assault. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for theft. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for murder. And yet somehow, due to the increasingly backwards patriarchal society we’re living in, “I was drunk” is apparently a passable defense for rape. Keep reading »

Writer Engages Racist Twitter Troll With Surprising Results

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  • Read how writer Ijeoma Oluo used love and patience to turn a racist Twitter troll into a friend. [Daily Kos]
  • Even Björk can’t get anything done in the music industry: “Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.” [Feministing]
  • The tampon scene was pulled from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie — though this fan-made video is pretty solid — which begs the question, why are we so afraid of period sex? [Daily Dot] Keep reading »

“The Nightly Show” Host Larry Wilmore On Bill Cosby: “How Many More Women Do We Need?”

"The Nightly Show" Host Larry Wilmore On Bill Cosby: "How Many More Women Do We Need?"
"Did he do it? The answer is yes.”

Plenty of media outlets and famous faces have been hands off when it comes to passing any sort of judgment on the seemingly never-ending sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, but on the second episode of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore dove right in.  Wilmore devoted the entire episode to the Cosby story, starting off with his opening monologue. After playing a series of clips of Cosby defenders maintaining his innocence because of the lack of photographic proof — because real rapists take Polaroids, didn’t ya know? — Wilmore focused on the sheer volume of women who have come forward telling similar stories of being drugged and assaulted by Cosby, asking why people don’t believe them.

“Is it just because they’re women?” Wilmore asked. “Because I would say enough have come forward. The current tally stands at 35 women. How many more do we need? That’s like if Bill Cosby drugged and raped every U.S. President from George Washington to John. F Kennedy.” Seriously, think about that. Every President from Washington to Kennedy. Wilmore then did a spot-on impression of Cosby talking about raping Grover Cleveland and I laughed and then felt a tad guilty about laughing.

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#IStandWithHolly – And Anyone Chuck Johnson Has Doxxed And Harassed

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Oh hey, Sentient Turd Chuck C. Johnson is at it again! “It” being, of course, harassing women and airing their personal business online. You may remember him from that time that he doxxed alleged UVA rape victim and Rolling Stone subject “Jackie” after threatening her for hours. It’s kind of worth noting that UVA’s investigation of the rape — which pushed forward even after Rolling Stone retracted their story — could not substantiate Jackie’s claims. The university recently reinstated the fraternity in question, and all UVA fraternities have embraced new rules about parties meant to encourage bystander intervention in the event of sexual assault. In other words, a magazine did a bad job of fact-checking an allegation of campus rape; the campus in question launched a thorough investigation of the claim with help from their local police; the investigation found the fraternity members in question innocent; the fraternity was reinstated; the university has, despite finding no wrongdoing, been open-minded about the larger issue of campus rape, which exists even if it didn’t happen in this specific situation, and has instituted measures to make the campus safer for women. Justice has been served both for the fraternity members and, in some measure, for women on campus.

Meanwhile, Steaming Pile Of Crap Chuck C. Johnson has done nothing but invade a woman’s privacy and invite strangers who are unconnected to the situation to harass her en masse. Keep reading »

The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

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  • NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL]
  • Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman]
  • The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio] Keep reading »

The U.S. Supports Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Covers, Citing Free Speech

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  • The U.S. State Department has voiced public support for Charlie Hebdo’s past and future satirical magazine covers, citing the importance of free speech. [RawStory]
  • French comedian Dieudonné has been arrested for Facebook comments that were perceived to support Charlie Hebdo gunman Amedy Coulibaly, in what some critics see as a censorial move that shines light on the hypocrisy of the “Je suis Charlie” movement. [The Intercept]
  • Here’s a summary of Charlie Hebdo’s new issue, in English. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
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