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thepoliticalfreakshow:

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Given the brutality seen so far from the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), it’s easy to believe any act attributed to them must be true. But a United Nations officials’ statement on the group ordering female genital mutilation in one Iraqi city under their control seems to be less than accurate.

The story began on Thursday when the U.N.’s second senior most official, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters of a new religious edict issued in ISIS’ name. The edict — or fatwa — ordered all girls and women in the city of Mosul between the ages of 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation, Badcock told reporters in a teleconference from Iraq. “This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” Badcock, who serves as the U.N. humanitarian aid coordinator in Iraq, said.

“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added. The result of such an order, she said, could be up to four million Iraqi girls and women in and around Iraq’s second largest city being forced to undergo the painful procedure. Aside from the initial suffering, the process often leads to a multitude of health problems “including severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth.”

The story quickly began to go viral, racking up hundreds of shares on social media. Soon thereafter, however, journalists with contacts in Iraq began reporting that the story didn’t hold up. “My contacts in #Mosul have NOT heard that ‘Islamic State’ ordered FGM for all females in their city,” Jenan Moussa, a reporter with Al Anan TV tweet out. “Iraqi contacts say #Mosul story is fake,” echoed freelance writer Shaista Aziz, adding: “Iraqi contact on #FGM story: “ISIS are responsible for many horrors, this story is fake and plays to western audience emotions.’”

NPR’s Cairo bureau chief also claimed that the story was false, tweeting “#UN statement that #ISIS issued fatwa calling 4 FGM 4 girls is false residents of Mosul say including a doctor, journalist and tribal leader.” Not long after a version of a document in Arabic, bearing the black logo that ISIS has adopted, began circulating on Twitter. The document, those who shared it said, is a hoax and the basis for the United Nations’ claim.

As one analyst who looked at the document told the Independent, the issuing of such an edict would be a huge shift for ISIS, which has held territory in Syria for months without demanding that FGM take place. The practice tends to be based more on culture, Shiraz Maher, a Senior Fellow at King’s College London, said and “not something jihadists have ever really taken up” or “spoken about.” ThinkProgress reached out to the United Nations for comment on the discrepancy, but did not receive a response as of press time.

The traction that this story seemed to quickly gain is easy to understand given ISIS’ previous actions in the territory it controls. Along with reports of civilian executions, massacring Shiites, and enforcing a strict adherence to their interpretation of Islamic law, ISIS has even resurrected the practice of crucifixion in Syria. But for now it appears that female cutting is one atrocity that ISIS has yet to order.

Source: Hayes Brown for ThinkProgress

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

Racist Former ‘Opie and Anthony’ Host: ‘I’m Not a Racist!’ for Calling Black People ‘Animals’ (Video)

mediamattersforamerica:

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

On last night’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Billo The Clown demands his guest Heather Nauert for a video of her jogging and sweating, presumably so Billo jacks off to it. 

Media Matters For America has the video.

From the 07.10.2014 edition of FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor

thepoliticalfreakshow:

DISCLAIMER: No matter a person’s controversial stance on rape, they do not deserve to be raped. No one deserves that. Stop making false equivalencies to rape, and stop wishing people get raped as well.

First, the controversial comments by Kanye. [The Independent]

“I don’t care what you do in life, everybody needs a day off, everybody has the right to say, ‘You know what, I need a minute to breathe’.
“I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherf*****s following me. Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner are like, ‘Hey, this is what we both want to do’.
“But if one of those people don’t want to do that, what is that called? That’s called rape. That is called violation.
“So if I walk around and say look sir, I’m not feeling so good today, I need some space, can you please not fuck with me today? I need cut-off space, not violation.”

Next, Clueless actress & Fox News analyst Stacey Dash makes a controversial comment of her own, saying Kanye should get raped in Rikers Prison. [The Raw Story]

Fox News guest host Stacey Dash on Tuesday suggested that singer Kanye West should spend time in prison to find out “what rape is” because of an offensive onstage rant.

During a performance in London last week, West had complained about how paparazzi intruded into his personal time with his wife, Kim Kardashian.

“Everybody out here, they like sex, right?” West asked the crowd. “Sex is great when both you and your partner be like, ‘Hey, this is something we want to do.’ But if one of the people don’t want to do that, what is that called? That’s called rape. That’s called violation.”

On Tuesday, the hosts at Outnumbered expressed outraged that West would compare the irritation of photographers to sexual assault.

Fox News host Sandra Smith began a segment about the gaffe by advising West to “just stop talking,” but then she wondered if he deserved forgiveness for the offhand comment.

“Should we be a little bit more forgiving of them?” Smith asked. “They are saying things in the heat of the moment that they actually don’t really mean.”

Dash, who is known for her role as an actress in the movie Clueless, said that she did not know if West meant the comments. She did, however, make a very serious rape remark of her own.

“For Kanye to say rape, maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island [Correctional Facility],” Dash declared. “You know, go to Rikers for a little while and then he’ll know what rape is.”

“I don’t think they’re out of touch, I just think they don’t understand what the business is,” the Clueless actress observed.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Outnumbered, broadcast July 8, 2014.

Kendall Jones loves animals. Hunting them, killing them, posing for photographs with their lifeless bodies. And because Kendall Jones is also blond-haired, 19 years old and female, she is also great at getting attention. But is disliking Jones and her expensive, unusual hobby automatically sexist?

The self-described “huntress, conservationist, and sportsman looking to host a TV show in 2015″ has gained herself a whole heap of it in the past few days for her passion – ever since Facebook deleted some of her photographs on the grounds of“reported content that promotes poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse.” She also claims her Instagram account was removed and has launched a new one. Since June, a Change.org petition against her photos of “killing animals for fun” has garnered over 13,000 signatures.

But the Texas Tech sophomore — and proud cheerleader — is not one to take kindly to people telling her what she can and cannot do. By her own description, she sounds like a lady accustomed to getting what she wants. She says she’s been fascinated with hunting since the time she “was just too small to hold the guns my dad had brought,” and she’s been traveling to Africa to hunt game since she was 13. By the age of 14, she’d already hunted a white rhino, elephant, “huge maned lion,” leopard and hippo. She fondly recalls, “I was lucky enough to have all of my hunting adventures professionally videoed and put onto DVD.” Now, since getting pushback on the images she shares on her social media, she’s decided to make herself a cause, encouraging followers to voice their solidarity for “#TeamKendall #SupportKendall.” And she has indeed garnered plenty of rah rahs for her stance that she’s “doing my part in conservation to make a difference.” Her manager — yes, she apparently has a manager – adds that “all of Kendall’s hunts in Zimbabwe and South Africa were 100 percent legal with proper tags and licenses awarded on a pre-approved quota by the countries’ officials and wildlife department.”

But Jones’ rather in-your-face response has also quickly earned her a wider pool of detractors, including the typical Internet lady-hater trolls. You don’t have to look long on her Instagram feed to see people who call her a “bitch,” “slut” and “bimbo,” and hope that “one of these animals gets loose one day and bites you right in the twat.” On Sunday, the CBC’s Matt Kwong pondered whether the response to Jones was sexist in nature, noting that “droves of mostly American men have long paid for ‘canned hunting’ expeditions run by South African outfitters … Male trophy hunters might get a pass because the public has certain assumptions about masculinity and the types of people who do abhorrent things.”

Jones’ gender no doubt plays a role in the response she’s received – both negative and positive. Male hunters generally don’t get called sluts. But entitled white people going off to shoot animals in Africa do actually get called out for it regularly, regardless of their sex. Two years ago, Donald Trump’s sons ignited a firestorm for their similarly braggy photos after the “avid outdoorsmen” took a trip with a company that specializes in letting customers hunt and kill “old & mature male animals.” And this past winter, Texan Corey Knowlton made headlines when it was revealed he’d shelled out $350,000 for a permit to hunt an endangered black rhino. It’s not just the idea of a young woman paying large sums to shoot large animals that’s off-putting to many — even those of us who eat meat and respect responsible, ethical hunting practices in the U.S. and abroad. And it’s just a little tough to buy the whole conservation line when a person is also posting about how “badly I wanted to shoot something” and posing with dead animals like they’re props.

Jones, meanwhile, is certainly being strategic in working the gender angle to her advantage, sharing photos of herself not merely cuddling up to carcasses but in smiling her toothy, girl-next-door smiles. If her dream is to land a TV series, she’s certainly working her femininity to her advantage. Having conquered big game, she’s got her eye on an even bigger trophy now – fame.

h/t: Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon

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.

[…]

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.

[…]

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