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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Bill Maher Tweets Hamas is Like Dealing With a 'Crazy Woman'EXPAND

Bill Maher has opinions on the situation in the Gaza Strip and they are loaded with sexist bullshit for some reason.

On Thursday, thousands of Israeli troops stormed into the region, leaving behind dozens of civilian casualties in their wake. On Wednesday, four children were killed by an Israeli missile.

Thursday evening, responding to the conflict in the region, Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and a comedian known for his outspoken stance on a variety of political and social issues (who also hosted a show called Politically Incorrect) tweeted this:

Maher is completely entitled to his opinion about the situation in that region. Agree with his stance or disagree, but no one, certainly not me is here to tell him he doesn’t have a right to take a stance.

But ‘crazy woman’? Dude. First of all, that’s an unoriginal joke that stopped being funny in 1993. Secondly, “crazy woman” is a loaded term with a fuckton of implications for women. Making a joke about hitting a woman to make a point about a country where people are being killed is just gross. It’s not just PC whining, OK? If you really want people to take your opinions about issues that are important to you seriously (as Gaza clearly is to him), how about taking a moment to extend the courtesy to other people and do the same for issues that are important to them? That’s what I don’t get in situations like this. If you want to be taken seriously as a political pundit, how can you be so dismissive in the language you use when referring to women or other marginalized groups?

But I guess it’s not about that. It’s “what shocking thing can I say at a time like this to ruffle the most feathers?” This is the second time today we’ve seen a celebrity use Twitter to make a completely inappropriate “comedic” tweet about a horrible international news story.

People on Twitter of course had immediate reactions to his choice of words. Some took issue and some showed support from him against the “PC police,” which in case anyone needs a reminder is not a real goddamn thing. As my good buddy Jamie Kilstein once put it, “the PC police aren’t real. You’re not going to go to jail. You’re just an asshole.”

Amen, sister.

Image via Twitter.

Source: Rebecca Rose for Jezebel

A Republican candidate for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives is being criticized for outrageous statements about mothers-to-be she posted on her right-wing blog.

Sheila Kihne hopes to unseat state Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who she claims is insufficiently conservative to represent the district. “People want a choice,” Kihne told Minnesota Public Radio. “I was at a point where I felt like I couldn’t vote for [Loon].”

On a blog she discontinued in 2009, she wrote that President Barack Obama was leading the one-world-order communists and demanded that single mothers be denied formal wedding ceremonies.

“Don’t you think that if you’re having a baby — and you’re not married — that you should forego the shower?” she asked. “I also think that if you get married — and are knocked up — you should get married quietly. At a courthouse, at a private home.”

Kihne specifically said that there should be no dancing or dinner for prospective brides who are pregnant. She acknowledge that “I’m seen as very cold-hearted with this issue and it’s caused a couple of big arguments in my family,” but insisted on standing her ground against “the idiots in Hollywood who make it look ‘cool’ to tote a baby around sans daddy.”

In that same post, she complains that an unwed mother included a portable DVD-player on her Target registry, addressing a complaint about the “extravagant lives” of people who are below her station. On her Twitter account, she posts photographs — accompanied by outraged comments — of what she is watching on television:

Kihne bills herself as a “small-government conservative,” but is unafraid to insert herself into every aspect of a person’s life.

She wrote a book with her sister about convincing men that the woman who purchased it is “the one.” According to the “About the Author” section of The List — which promises to teach women how to convince their prospective husbands to “take 7 swift actions to secure [their] love forever” — Kihne is one of a pair of “fiery sisters who share a passion for telling other people what to do.”

h/t: Scott Kaufman at The Raw Story

mediamattersforamerica:

This really happened: A Fox News host shows off his cufflinks that portray a caveman dragging a woman by the hair.

There’s a “Fascist in a pantsuit,” and that’s YOU, Mr. Jesse Lee Peterson! 

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Kudos to SiriusXM for canning his ass off the airwaves! 

h/t: Judd Legum at Think Progress Media

h/t: Jill Filipovic at Cosmopolitan

Right-wing media have launched a campaign of mockery, victim-blaming, and denial to dismiss the sexual assault epidemic, particularly on college campuses, and the Obama administration’s efforts to curtail the growing problem.

While Approximately One In Five Women Experiences Sexual Assault In College

One In Five Women Is Sexually Assaulted While In CollegeOn April 28, the White House released a 20-page report detailing the Obama administration’s strategy to combat sexual assault on college campuses, noting that currently one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college: 

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.  Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year.  In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows - and also most often, she does not report what happened.  And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.[WhiteHouse.gov, FACT SHEET: Not Alone - Protecting Students from Sexual Assault, 4/29/14]

Congress Exploring Proposals To Combat Sex Assault At Colleges. The Washington Post reported that Congress is working in conjunction with the Obama administration to explore proposals to combat sexual assault on campus: 

Congress is exploring proposals to combat sex assault at colleges, months after taking action to overhaul how the military responds to sexual violence.

"This is an issue that has for far too long been swept under the rug," Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said Thursday at a hearing on campus sex assault.

Ideas include requiring colleges to survey students about sex assaults and other safety issues, giving the government more options to penalize schools that mishandle assault reports and simplifying the jumble of laws, regulations and federal guidance that colleges must follow. [Washington Post6/26/14]

Right-Wing Media Mock Sexual Assault … 

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Mocked Prevalence Of Sexual Assault With Skit Performances Labeled “Rape.The May 27 edition of Beck’s program The BlazeTV acted out sexual propositions and labeled each skit “RAPE!” in an attempt to mock the prevalence of reported sexual assault, purporting that the epidemic is “completely untrue.” [The Blaze, The Glenn Beck Program5/27/14]

Fox’s Jesse Watters: Statutory Rape Of 16-Year Old Boy Isn’t As Bad If Female Perpetrator Is Attractive. During an Outnumbered discussion of a Florida woman convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old boy, Fox News producer Jesse Watters mocked the assault saying, “If you’re a 16-year-old kid and you have sex with your best friend’s mom, you usually get high fives.” Watters further dismissed the gravity of the crime by implying statutory rape isn’t as bad if the female perpetrator is attractive. [Fox News, Outnumbered6/11/14]

Fox’s Tucker Carlson: Men Understand That Getting Sexually Harassed By A Female Teacher Is The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened. On the May 5 edition of Fox News’ Outnumbered, co-host Tucker Carlson mocked a student who was sexually harassed by his female teacher, asserting that men understand that such sexual harassment is the “greatest thing ever.” [Fox News, Outnumbered5/5/14]

Carlson Responding To A Teacher Sexually Assaulting A Male Student: “Lighten Up, America, Come On.” During an earlier discussion of a teacher accused of sexually assaulting her male student, Fox’s Tucker Carlson insisted “it is not a crime,” and “there is no victim here.” [Fox News, Outnumbered4/28/14]

Blame Victims For The Violence 

Washington Post's George Will: Sexual Assault Victim Is A “Coveted Status.” In a June 7 syndicated column, Washington Post's George Will dismissed the epidemic of sexual assault on campuses in the U.S., implying individuals were pretending to be victims because colleges have made victimhood a “coveted status.” [Washington Post6/7/14, via Media Matters]

The Weekly Standard Blamed Feminism For Sexual Assault. In a June 30 article, The Weekly Standard downplayed the seriousness of sexual assault by attributing the blame to women and feminism. Author and Hoover  Institute fellow Harvey Mansfield claimed that feminism is to blame for sexual assault, writing that the movement caused sexual assault victims to abandon ”feminine modesty” which provided women “protection while they considered whether they wanted to consent.” Mansfield concluded that sexual assault is merely the result of feminism causing women to “drink themselves into drunken consent—in order to overcome their natural modesty.” [The Weekly Standard6/30/14]

Fox’s Tantaros Suggested Feminism Encouraged Statutory Rape OStudentOn the January 22 edition of Fox News’ The Five, co-host Andrea Tantaros blamed feminism for a statutory rape crime, claiming “There’s something about feminism that lets them know that ‘I can do everything a man does, I can even go after that young boy.’” [Fox News, The Five1/22/14]

Tucker Carlson: Reporting Statutory Rape Is “Whiny.” On the June 5 edition of Fox News’Outnumbered,Tucker Carlson criticized a student for reporting a statutory rape as “whiny,” diminishing the victim’s report, saying, “He went and tattled to the police.” [Fox News, Outnumbered6/5/14]

NRO: Rape Is ‘Instinctive’ Among Some Young Men, So Feminists Are To Blame For Sexual Assault IncreaseNational Review Online's Mona Charen theorized that feminists are to blame for creating a collegiate climate of “sexual insensitivity and sometimes even brutality” where sexual assaults occur:

The young women who find themselves in a rough world of sexual insensitivity and sometimes even brutality are looking in all the wrong places to lay blame. They should look left; to the cultural left, that is, including the feminists.

The modern campus is a little hothouse of leftist ideas about human nature and the ideal human society. The universities are devout propagators of false nostrums about sex differences and sexuality. The world that the Left (very much including the feminist Left) has created is one that could have been designed by a poorly civilized teenaged boy. Far from teaching that women are more sensitive and vulnerable than men, the Left encourages a sexual free-for-all.

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The current climate has encouraged the worst instincts among some young men and doubtless confused many others. Some may find themselves accused of sexual assault when they got mixed signals. Others are predators who pick off easy prey in a world without guardrails. Women have been brainwashed into thinking that this sexual sewer is empowering. [National Review Online5/9/14]

NRO: Sexual Assaults Usually Involve A Large Degree Of Voluntary Behavior” From Women. In a May 8 article, National Review Online's Heather Mac Donald accused the White House of “parroting over 20 years worth of feminist propagandizing” by releasing a sexual assault report echoing the fact that one and four women face sexual assault, and added that campus-rape could be “stopped overnight” if women stopped getting drunk:

But the main reason “survivors” don’t demand to bring their cases to criminal court is that they know that what they have experienced is something far more complex and compromised than criminal sexual assault, almost invariably involving mixed signals, ambiguity, and a large degree of voluntary behavior on their part.

Girls often drink themselves blotto both before and during parties precisely to lower their sexual inhibitions.

[…]

The alleged campus-rape epidemic could be stopped overnight if women’s advocates sent a simple message to girls: Don’t get drunk and get into bed with a guy whom you barely know. Keep your clothes on and go home to your own bed at night. And most controversially: Demand that any boy court you long enough to reveal his character and his respect for yours before you even think about having sex with him. [National Review Online5/8/14]

NRO: Efforts To Investigate Sexual Assault On Campuses “Poison The Atmosphere On Campus And Diminish American Life In General.” National Review Online's Thomas Sowell attacked the administration's investigations as “threatening colleges that don't handle rape issues the politically correct way — that is, by presuming the accused to be guilty.” Sowell characterized policies aimed at curbing sexual assault as institutionalized “lynch-mob mentality”:

Why are rapists not reported to the police and prosecuted in a court of law?

Apparently this is because of some college women who say that they were raped and are dissatisfied with a legal system that does not automatically take their word for it against the word of someone who has been accused and denies the charge.

There seem to be a dangerously large number of people who think that the law exists to give them whatever they want — even when that means denying other people the same rights that they claim for themselves.

Nowhere is this self-centered attitude more common than on college campuses. And nowhere are such attitudes more encouraged than by the Obama administration’s Justice Department, which is threatening colleges that don’t handle rape issues the politically correct way — that is, by presuming the accused to be guilty and not letting constitutional safeguards get in the way.

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But those who are whipping up the lynch-mob mentality have shown far less interest in stopping rape than in politicizing it. Many of the politically correct crusaders are the same people who have pushed for unisex living arrangements on campus, including unisex bathrooms, and who have put condom machines in dormitories and turned freshman orientation programs into a venue for sexual “liberation” propaganda. [National Review Online,5/13/14]

WSJ Editor: Intoxicated Sexual Assault Victims Are Just As Guilty As Their Attackers.In a February 10 column, Wall Street Journal editor James Taranto claimed that cases of “‘sexual assault’ on campus” that involve alcohol are really victimless crimes in which both parties are equally guilty. [Wall Street Journal,2/10/14]

And Deny Reality Of Sexual Assault Prevalence

Daily Caller Downplayed Government Sexual Assault Statistic As “Bizarre And Wholly False.” The Daily Caller attacked the Center for Disease Control’s findings that one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college, arguing that sexual assaults are often falsely reported. [Daily Caller, 4/30/14]

Washington Examiner: One In Five Women Being Sexually Assaulted In College Is A “Ridiculous Statistic.” In an April 29 post, the Washington Examiner claimed that the CDC’s one in five statistic was “ridiculous” and claimed that it perpetuated “a culture of presuming that a man is guilty.” [The Washington Examiner4/29/14]

New York Post Dismissed Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic As “Regrettable Sex.” In a May 6 op-ed,New York Post columnist Naomi Schaeffer Riley denied the existence of a sexual assault epidemic, dismissing campus sexual assault as “sexual encounters fueled by bad judgment and free-flowing alcohol.” Schaeffer went on to blame the assault victims for “bad judgment,” describing assaults as “regrettable sex.” [New York Post,5/6/14]

NRO: Women Are Just “Being Taught To Believe They Were Raped.” In a May 19 piece, National Review Online contributor A.J. Delgado claimed that women are being “brainwash[ed] into believing they were raped,” adding that “for every legitimate, actual rape claim there may be another that was not: a girl who cried rape.” [National Review Online5/19/14]

h/t: Olivia Kittel at MMFA

h/t: America Tonight at Al-Jazeera America

The Chicago Tribune declined to run George Will’s controversial column on sexual assault, labeling it “misguided and insensitive.”

Will has been under fire following a column he wrote earlier this month about “the supposed campus epidemic of rape” and how some schools’ efforts to curb the problem “make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges.” The column sparked outrage and calls for his removal from the Washington Post by prominent women’s rights groups, including the National Organization for Women and UltraViolet. Several U.S. senators have also criticized Will.

On June 18, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced it was dropping Will’s column from the paper following his “offensive and inaccurate” piece.

The Tribune, one of the largest papers in the country, told Media Matters that the paper turned Will’s column down after reading it.

In comments to Media Matters, Bruce Dold, editorial page editor of the Tribune, explained why his paper, which runs Will on occasion, passed on the June 7 column.

"I thought the column was misguided and insensitive," Dold told Media Matters Thursday. “We didn’t publish it. Marcia Lythcott, the Op-Ed editor, made that decision and it was the right call.”

The paper has no plans to abandon Will permanently, however. 

"That doesn’t mean we pulled Will for that week, though. We don’t anchor syndicated columnists," Dold explained. "We run George Will on occasion. I checked our archives and it looks like we’ve run him four times in the past year. We will continue to consider him on a column by column basis, as we do with other syndicated columnists we buy."

h/t: Joe Strupp at MMFA

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The students who attend Bob Jones University, one of the most conservative Christian colleges in the country, say that they’re often traumatized after seeking counseling from school administrators on the issue of sexual assault. According to an Al Jazeera investigation, Bob Jones staff members have responded to allegations of rape by telling rape victims they should repent for their sins.

Katie Landry, who was raped by a coworker several times during the summer before she started attending Bob Jones, didn’t tell anyone about her assault for several years. She was deeply ashamed and failed most of her classes her first year of school. When she eventually sought counseling, the dean of students told her that “we have to find the sin in your life that caused your rape.”

“He confirmed my worst nightmare — it was something I had done, it was something about me, it was my fault,” Landry said in an interview with Al Jazeera’s program America Tonight. The dean also asked her if she had done anything “impure” or smoked pot.

“I think they should have not heaped more shame on me. Because I was already filled to the brim with shame. I didn’t need any more,” Landry added.

Other students, who opted to speak to Al Jazeera anonymously, shared similar stories. One student says her school counselor told her to ask her rapist for forgiveness. “I would say that the impact of the two years of counseling I had with her is that I felt like I had been raped all over again,” that student recounted.

It’s not the first time that the fundamentalist institution — which teaches a literal interpretation of the Bible and expels students for having premarital sex — has been exposed for mishandling sexual assault. A previous Al Jazeera investigation documented similar cases of students who felt like the so-called “fortress of fundamentalism” was blaming them for their own rapes.

And in 2011, a Bob Jones trustee was forced to resign after allegations emerged that he had covered up the rape of a 15-year-old girl. He also made the girl apologize to her church congregation for being raped. After that scandal, Bob Jones hired GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), a consulting group that helps religious institutions review their sexual assault policies, to conduct an outside investigation. More than 100 students came forward to share their stories of sexual assault with GRACE. But the school made headlines again when it abruptly fired GRACE before the review was completed andre-hired the group a month later.

Bob Jones isn’t the only right-wing institution that’s struggled with issues of sexual assault. Nonetheless, some of those Christian colleges aren’t required to follow the federal lawsintended to address campus rape because they don’t get any of their funding from the government.

Conservative approaches to sexuality can often create environments where victim-blaming is prevalent. “You’re worthless if you’ve been abused,” one anonymous student told Al Jazeera. Last year, Elizabeth Smart — the kidnapping and sexual abuse victim who was raised in the Mormon community — made national headlines for expressing the same sentiment, pointing out that an overemphasis on purity ultimately makes rape victims feel worthless. Smart said that’s exactly why she felt “dirty and filthy” after she was sexually assaulted, and now works to make sure that other rape victims feel supported rather than shamed.

Source: Tara Culp-Ressler for ThinkProgress

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist George Will derided efforts on college campuses to combat the sexual assault epidemic as a ploy to “make victimhood a coveted status that confers privilege.” 

In a June 7 syndicated op-ed which appeared in The Washington Post and the New York Post, Will dismissed “the supposed campus epidemic of rape, aka ‘sexual assault,’” arguing that the definition of sexual assault was too broad because it could include “nonconsensual touching” and disputing the evidence that shows 1 in 5 women experience sexual assault on campuses in the U.S., implying that individuals were pretending to be victims because colleges have made victimhood a “coveted status” (emphasis added): 

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. 

They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.

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Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.

The administration’s crucial and contradictory statistics are validated the usual way, by official repetition; Joe Biden has been heard from. The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12% of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12% reporting rate is correct, the 20% assault rate is preposterous.

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Education Department lawyers disregard pesky arithmetic and elementary due process. Threatening to withdraw federal funding, the department mandates adoption of a minimal “preponderance of the evidence” standard when adjudicating sexual assault charges between males and the female “survivors” — note the language of prejudgment.Combine this with capacious definitions of sexual assault that can include not only forcible sexual penetration but also nonconsensual touching. Then add the doctrine that the consent of a female who has been drinking might not protect a male from being found guilty of rape. Then comes costly litigation against institutions that have denied due process to males they accuse of what society considers serious felonies.

Will also criticized colleges and universities for attempting “to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimization.”

Despite Will’s dismissal of the statistics, a report on sexual violence by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that “in a study of undergraduate women, 19% experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college.” Moreover, the dangerous stigmatization of sexual assault victims has kept many from reporting these crimes — particularly because victims who do report can become the targets of vicious attacks. According to the FBI, people falsely report sexual assault only 3 percent of the time

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network recently created a comedy skit to illustrate a theory that women are not raped as often as studies have shown.

Just days after California shooter Elliot Rodger used his hatred of women as an excuse to kill six people, Glenn Beck presented a pre-recorded segment where co-host Stu Burguieretries to prove that one in five women have not been victims of sexual assault.

The segment had been originally broadcast on May 21, but Beck re-aired it as a response to people who were saying America had a problem with violence against women in light of the California shooting spree.

In the video clip, Burguiere argues that a study that was recently pointed out by the White House was faulty because it was an online survey. He argued that the studied wrongly classified sexual encounters as rapes just because the women were drunk or high.

“What’s going on here is that the president is saying that these women were raped, and these women are saying they weren’t,” Burguiere insists, adding that a results of a second study could also not be trust because of “incoherent wording.”

“It is possible to have consensual sex while drunk or high,” the host opines. “Watch any beer commercial.”

And to “illustrate” his point, Burguiere introduces a man in a ridiculous blonde wig who is subjected to different requests for sex from another man wearing a hoodie. In each case, Burguiere jumps out with a large red arrow, which has the word “rape” printed on it.

“Guuuuesss what? That’s rape!” Burguiere exclaims after on example. “Repeatedly asking for sex to get sex is the same as rape. That’s persistence rape.”

“Are those things annoying? Yes,” he concludes. “But is convincing someone to sleep with you because you’re sad the equivalent of a sexual assault? I mean, that’s just absurd.”

Wonkette’s Gary Legum noted that the segment was the “equivalent of fighting a fire by spraying diet soda on a building next door to the one that is actually burning.”

“The whole video is really the perfect example of the wingnut mind at work,” Legum added. “[F]ind a complicated concept that requires nuance and work to fully interpret and understand, get it all twisted up in your brain until you can’t stand it, then deal with your stupidity by saying ‘f*ck it’ and reducing the complicated issue to a series of flip and distorted observations presented in a douchey, sneering manner meant to convey your superior intelligence and the obvious idiocy of the opposing argument.”

Watch the video below from The Blaze, first broadcast May 21, 2014.

Watch the video below from The Glenn Beck Program, broadcast May 27, 2014.

apolloreport:

Glenn Beck’s network mocks rape victims

TheBlaze, a television/online network owned by right-wing extremist Glenn Beck, mocked victims of sexual assault by airing disgusting skits mocking the fact that rape culture is far too prevalent in this country:

Glenn Beck’s The BlazeTV acted out sexual propositions and labeled each skit “RAPE!” in an attempt to mock the prevalence of reported sexual assault.

In response to reports that the 22-year-old who went on a deadly shooting spree in Santa Barbara was inspired by a hatred towards women who had refused his sexual advances, The Glenn Beck Program attempted to debunk the statistic that one in five women have reported experiencing a sexual assault. The May 27 edition of Beck’s program dismissed the number – cited by the Obama administration during the announcement of a new initiative to protect college students from sexual violence – as a “completely untrue statistic.”

As evidence, Beck presented a pre-recorded segment by The Blaze‘s Stu Burguiere, which featured skit performances of sexual assault scenarios in which network radio host Jeff Fisher propositioned another man in a blonde wig and skirt.

The skits purported to reenact questions from two studies on sexual assault — the 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Report and 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey — ostensibly to show how the number of sexual assault victims is “massively” inflated.

It is an indisputable fact that sexual assault is far too common in this country, and it’s also an indisputable fact that rape culture is far too prevalent in this country. The fact that Glenn Beck presented skits mocking those who have been sexually assaulted is, to put it mildly, absolutely disgusting. Rape is not a laughing matter. It’s a horrible, illegal act that is committed by far too many people in this country. What makes the fact that Beck presented a skit mocking rape victims even worse that Beck did so not long after rabid misogynist Elliot Rodger murdered six people before killing himself in the Isla Vista massacre.

If you’re wondering why rape culture is a serious problem in this country, one of the main reasons why is because of people like Glenn Beck who mock rape victims.

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

On Friday, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger murdered six people and injured 13 others in a killing spree that rocked the college town of Isla Vista, Calif. He committed suicide shortly after.

But what might have been dismissed as the isolated work of a disgruntled madman gained broader significance when his motives were uncovered:

According to Rodger, his problem was women.

He felt they deserved “retribution” for the “years” of sexual rejection he’d endured, during which he – “the perfect guy” and a “supreme gentleman” – had been slighted in favor of “obnoxious brutes” and “undeserving men.”

Yet a look at Rodger’s Internet history reveals a racist ideology almost as pronounced as his misogyny.

Image Credit: Bodybuilding.com

To better understand his intentions, this is an important realm to explore.

First: Many outlets have shown that Rodger was active on misogynist web forums. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he made the following comments on a PUAhate.com thread in January:

“Today I drove through the area near my college and saw some things that were extremely rage-inducing.

“I passed by this restaurant and I saw this black guy chilling with 4 hot white girls. He didn’t even look good.

“Then later on in the day I was shopping at Trader Joe’s and saw an Indian guy with 2 above average White Girls!!!

“What rage-inducing sights did you guys see today? Don’t you just hate seeing these things when you go out? It just makes you want to quit life.”

These comments belie a number of racist presumptions, namely that “white girls” occupy a privileged space into which the encroachment of “lesser, undeserving” men of color should “induce rage.” Rodger’s idealization and objectification of white women also makes their rejection a noteworthy source of ire.

“On the day of retribution,” he explains in a YouTube video, “I am going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck up, blonde slut I see inside there.”

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But that wasn’t all: In another thread that month, Rodger responded to a post from an Asian male asking if a specific pair of shoes would help him “attract white women”:

“White girls are disgusted by you, silly little Asian,” he wrote.

When the other man responded by posting photos of himself with a white woman, Rodger grew irate:

“Full Asian men are disgustingly ugly and white girls would never go for you. You’re just butthurt that you were born as an asian piece of shit, so you lash out by linking these fake pictures. You even admit that you wish you were half white. You’ll never be half-white and you’ll never fulfill your dream of marrying a white woman. I suggest you jump off a bridge.”

That Rodger’s misogynist worldview was so strongly linked to a racist one is telling. America has long been invested in the affirmation of white beauty, but to hear these ideas echoed by a mass murderer signals the oft-forgotten fact that racism and sexism are inevitably – and often violently – intertwined.

Rodger was not just angry with women. He was angry that white women would reject him for men he deemed racially inferior. Like the Ku Klux Klan and men’s rights activists before him, he felt entitled to certain considerations by virtue of his whiteness and maleness, and when he thought these were being denied, he saw himself as a victim and lashed out.

That his mother is of Asian descent is neither ironic nor contradictory. It merely exposes the degree to which such philosophies have been internalized across racial lines.

So what should we make of this? Rodger was a violent misogynist, indeed, but his misogyny was justified and bolstered by his racism. This does not discount the role of either: Such forms of oppression only grow stronger with the addition of others, and in the end, both maintain a similar set of systemic inequalities.

Perhaps no purer indication of this exists than a comment Rodger made in a Bodybuiling.com forum days before the murders:

“It’s been my life struggle to get a beautiful, white girl,” he wrote.

That so many died to placate this man’s sexual and racial anxieties should weigh heavily on all Americans.

Source: Zak Cheney-Rice for Policy Mic

thepoliticalfreakshow:

On Friday night, Elliot Rodger allegedly killed six people and wounded 13 othersnear a Santa Barbara, California university campus. The rampage came after Rodger posted a YouTube video in which he said it was “an injustice, a crime” that women have never been attracted to him and that he was going to “punish you all for it” and “slaughter every single blonde slut I see.”

The video was the most recent evidence that Rodger had become involved with various deeply misogynistic groups on the internet. He was an active member of PUA Hate, a group supposedly against pick up artists who promise to teach men how to have sex with any woman they want but who repeat many of the same degrading ideas about women. He was also reportedly active on forums and subscribed to YouTube channels from the men’s rights movement, a community that is being tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

While the debate in the aftermath of the shooting will likely focus on gun legislation — lawmakers are already calling for a renewed focus on background checks and other measures — and mental health resources, it is also becoming a discussion about widespread misogyny. The hashtag #YesAllWomen became a venue on Twitter for women to share personal stories and experiences. As the country tries to reckon with the tragedy, it will have to grapple with a climate in which men perpetrate violence against womenon a daily basis, violence that is deeply embedded within our society.

Here are some facts that paint the picture:

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CREDIT: ADAM PECK/THINKPROGRESS

  • More than one in three women will experience rape, violence, and/or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
  • Eighty-five percent of intimate partner violence victims are women.
  • About three women are killed by their partners every day. One in 13 murder victims are killed by their intimate partners.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44. One in six women with bone or joint fractures is a recent victim of abuse.
  • Violence is often paired with controlling behavior: women whose partners are jealous, controlling, or verbally abusive are significantly more likely to report rape, physical assault, and/or stalking from their partners.
  • A domestic abuser who has access to a firearm is more than seven times more likely to kill his partner.
  • Between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with a shooter targeting his girlfriend, wife, or ex-wife. In nearly 60 percent of mass shootings during the same time period, the gunman killed a current or former spouse, partner, or other family member. In at least 17 incidents, the shooter had a prior domestic violence charge.
  • The leading cause of death for women at the workplace is homicide, most often at the hands of an intimate partner.
  • While the rate of intimate partner violence declined by 64 percent between 1994 and 2010, most of that decline came before 2001, and since then the fall has slowed and stabilized while the overall crime rate has kept dropping.
  • Domestic violence support services get more than 75,000 requests for assistance on a typical day, but last year they had to turn away more than 9,000 people thanks to tight budgets.

Source: Bryce Covert & Adam Peck for ThinkProgress