Friday, February 5, 2016

Day 35: Show me the whorefax

"The list of female journalists and commentators who’ve been verbally roughed up by Trump include Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin (“one of the truly bad reporters”); New York Times reporters Amy Chozick and Maggie Haberman (“third-rate reporters”); CNN pundits S.E. Cupp and Ana Navarro (“two of the dumbest people in politics”); Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington (“liberal clown”); Forbes writer Clare O’Connor (“dummy”); MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt (“poor and purposely inaccurate reporting”); CNN host Alisyn Camerota (“disaster”); Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin (“one of the dumber bloggers”); NPR’s Cokie Roberts (“kooky”); NBC News reporter Katy Tur (“Dishonest!”); and CNN reporter Sara Murray (“absolutely terrible”)."

"At Trump events, the press is confined to a section that is surrounded by metal barriers, preventing journalists from mingling with the crowd. To avoid that, I waited in line for almost three hours with Trump supporters. Popular buttons and stickers included ones that say, “If she can’t please her husband, she can’t please the country,” “Bomb the hell out of ISIS,” “Up Yours Hillary,” and “Trump That Bitch.” A middle-aged man in front of me joked to his friend, “If they turn the entire Middle East into a parking lot, are we still going to have to take our shoes off at the airport?”"

Tweet: "A WoC doesn't face racism and sexism separately. The sexism she faces is often racialized and the racism she faces is often sexualized."

Image of coffee and a notebook in the background, faded. Text reads: "Marriage can wait. Education cannot."

Jessica Alba talks about working at the Honest Company and dealing with men in the business. “I’m in a man’s world in business. But I know what women want—[men] don’t…Whenever [male colleagues] question me in meetings, I’m like, ‘Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.’ When we were talking about package designs, I was like, ‘Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can’t with you.'”

"Two Virginia Tech students, a man and a woman, are accused of carefully plotting the murder of a 13-year-old girl, prosecutors said Thursday. David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, are charged in connection with Nicole Lovell’s death. An anonymous law enforcement source told CNN they believe the motive for the crime was to conceal the fact that Eisenhauer was molesting her."

Marley Dias speaks on how her book drive came about. "“I told her I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs,” Dias said, pointing specifically to “Where the Red Fern Grows” and the “Shiloh” series. “‘What are you going to do about it?’ [my mom] asked. And I told her I was going to start a book drive, and a specific book drive, where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters.”"

"Marley Dias is an 11-year-old New Jersey resident who’s spent more time giving back to her community in her brief time on this planet than most of us will spend in a lifetime. She’s received a grant from Disney, traveled to Ghana to help feed orphans, and now—in her latest act of altruism—she’s rounding up children’s books that feature black female leads so that she and her peers have more fictional characters to look up to."

Meme with Will Farrell in the background. text: "Someone needs to invent a carfax for vaginas. 'I have only been with 1 guy.' Yeah, sure, show me the whorefax."

"A young activist in South Dakota is taking on the legislature there, which has proposed a bill that requires transgender students to use separate bathrooms and locker rooms. This would single them out and make them pariahs in their own schools--and set a worrisome national precedent." George Takei posts about a peition to stop this.

At least 48 transgender women killed in Brazil in January.

Man stands beside my seat on streetcar. He flicks his medium length cost which smacks me and my book. He looks at me and says nothing. I keep reading. Later he reaches up to pull the stop cord and hits me in the face with his coat. He adjusts his coat to straighten it, picks up his bag, and walks to the door.

Waiting for the streetcar I hear a man ask two women a series of sex questions. A weird gross game of "would you rather."

Dudebro is man spreading. I don't want to confront him about it because he has dudebro friends around him. I have just me.

Woman continues self examination: "My intense belief in the Oxford comma is due to my estranged husband. This essay is peppered with them."

A study on the successfulness of female-lead gaming KickStarters. "As someone who has been observing KickStarter as a publishing platform for several years, I wasn’t too surprised that the gender breakdown even less egalitarian than Patreon. What did surprise me was how much lower the percent of female participation was. Patreon’s 13% representation of female-only creators is pretty dismal, but 13% is at least mostly in line with the current representation of women in the industry as a whole.
KickStarter, however, had slightly less than half those numbers in terms of solo female representation, with only 6% of all successfully funded games projects in 2015 being fronted by solo women. And widening the focus to include all campaigns that include at least one female front person actually makes the numbers worse, which may be due to the fact that out of 370 KickStarters, not a one of them was fronted by a group of just women. As it turns out, solo female campaigns together with mixed gender campaigns made up 9% of overall KickStarter campaigns, as opposed to 24% of the Patreons that I examined having female creator participation (or only 3/8 of Patreon’s numbers)." 

A woman reflects on who she is: "I take my coffee black because that’s what was available in the mornings after sleeping with my boyfriend. Before him, my second ex-fiance drank his coffee black or with Baileys, depending on the time of day, and so did I.
In a recent attempt at brutal self-examination, I opened my Apple Music account to see how many artists were recommended to me by men I’ve dated or slept with. There were well over 60 (making up the majority of what I listento regularly).

I repeated the experiment with My List on Netflix and came up with 32 movies and TV shows recommended to me by romantic interests — also the majority.
And when I rummaged through my boxes of books, my iBook library, and my library on Scribd, I found 38 written works that were suggested to me by men. This is the only category where the number is not higher than the books I chose for myself."

"There is a bit of received wisdom in this presidential election cycle that Hillary Clinton needs to be softer, nicer, less intimidating — the list goes on. Journalists write about whether she missed or seized a “humanizing moment,” because of course she is not human."

"In the end, Sanders and Trump are "authentic" and Hillary is not because there is no way that our political process would allow a woman to be authentic in the same way that these two are, any more than President Obama could fully be himself during the 2008 race. The advantages of being a white man gives someone a leg up on the Presidency just by virtual of institutional biases and the fact that a white man pretty much looks and sounds like what a President has always been, besides the last seven years.
A woman or a person of color has to be twice as good, work twice as hard, and never slip up. They have to be under control, always prepared, and weigh every word, expression, and show of emotion in a way that a white man would never have to dream of. Try to imagine a few things." 

Article on Clinton as an "authentic" candidate. "If there is one thing that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have in common, it is "authenticity." They both "say what they mean" and aren't afraid to come off as unpolished, off the cuff, and even angry."

"All she needs is to be honest." Man says about rape victim on the stand.

"I'm all for prosecuting the guy, but you lose all credibility (and hopefully some readers of your horrible, cheap publication) when you accuse Canada of being a rape culture." More comments on hoping someone cares for the accusers in rape trials.

Commenter responds to asking who takes care of the accusers in a rape trial. "Now who's biased? The accuser gets the same treatment as they would in any criminal case. The nature of the crime is irrelevant. Are you suggesting sexual assault accusers get special treatment? "

Who has the accuser's backs in sexual assault trials article. "t’s a no-brainer that witnesses should be prepared for trial and understand the culture and practice of the legal players who question and judge them, especially in a sexual assault trial.
But women who report are not usually informed by investigating police officers that their videotaped statements (curiously known as KGB statements) are handed over to defence lawyers, who mine and sift them for cross-examination gold.
They are not always told that their emails, text messages, Facebook photos, Twitter posts, blogs, public comments and actions post-assault can be used against them.
So why shouldn’t women like Ghomeshi’s accusers who report their sexual assaults be pissed off, outraged – and defiant – during a legal process stacked to shame and humiliate them?
If the crimes committed against them are so easily challenged, why do we send them defenceless into the jeopardy of a trial? Who benefits from that set-up? "

About the first witness in the Ghomeshi case. "She answered questions with long, detailed explanations and challenges, providing the defence with more fodder and colluding in her own undoing.
Those watching in the courtroom, mostly media, gasped and shook their heads in disbelief that she seemed so unguarded against defence tactics.
And it’s too bad because she is strong and smart and could probably take Henein in a fair fight. But it’s not fair; she is alone."

"The media’s sexual objectification of Jian Ghomeshi’s lawyer, Marie Henein – the detailed descriptions of her shoes, clothes and physical appearance – has dropped off, at least for now."

Black and white blurry image in background. White text: "It disturbs me every time I hear girls talk about how expensive they want their engagement photos to be. A man is offering his life to you and you're worried about a hunk of carbon on a metal circle."

"Iris Fischer, a lawyer representing the media companies, argued in court that the photo “may be a key piece of evidence” and that its release enables the public to scrutinize the evidence, and any resulting verdict. (Fischer said media outlets would obscure the witness’ identity in the image when publishing or broadcasting it.)" 

News stations asked for a picture of the witness in a bikini. "The issue of her identity was also before the court today when Judge William Horkins ruled against a request from the Toronto Star, CBC, CTV, Global, and Postmedia to unseal a photo the witness emailed to Ghomeshi in 2004. It showed her in a bikini." 

A witness in the Ghomeshi case fears she may be identified: "“She’s very concerned about her identity being kept secret,” Jacob Jesin, her lawyer, told BuzzFeed Canada. “From her perspective, even the sketches could potentially lead to her identification.”
Jesin said the sketches went too far by depicting hair colour, hair style, and her side profile. “It’s a very unique hairstyle.”
Section 486.4 (1) of the criminal code states that in the case of a publication ban “any information that could identify the victim or a witness shall not be published.”" 

Image of a woman cosplaying as Princess Peach from Mario. She has no skirt, but a lovely pink thong. You mostly see her back to you but her face is turned to see the profile. Text: "No wonder why Mario was going through all that bullshit to save princess Peach."

A woman is sexually assaulted by a court marshal, tells the judge. The judge ignores her. The marshal threatens her. Then arrests her for saying he assaulted her. Her little girl is taken away (2 years old).

"Monica wanted to inform the judge that she felt that something bad had taken place prior to the initial hearing. Monica claims that while she was waiting in the waiting area, the Marshal (the same one in the court room with her), took her into an empty room and advised her that she needed to be searched. He proceeded to touch her breasts, buttocks and he made her lift her shirt. Her request for a female officer to conduct this random search was denied as Monica states.
As Monica is telling the Judge these claims, the Judge doesn’t seem to care. The Judge is playing with Monica’s daughter and paying very little attention Monica’s claims. The Marshal however, is listening loud and clear. He advised the courtroom police officer to arrest Monica and he states he is going to taker her kid away as well. As the police officer is trying to arrest her, the Judge pays no attention, in fact, the Judge turns her back to Monica, as she pleads with the Judge to pay attention.
Monica asks why she is being arrested and the Marshal states that she has broken the law by making a false claim on a police officer. It was found that no such law exists. The Marshal then tells Monica that if she steps up to the microphone and recants her statements, he will not arrest her."

"This is why you don’t take nude pictures with anyone. You just can’t trust people with that kind of stuff." A commenter says in regards to revenge porn.

Article on revenge porn: "According to End Revenge Porn, it would be more precise to use the term “nonconsensual pornography, defined as the distribution of sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent.” Broadly recently interviewed a number of women who have been the targets of nonconsensual pornography, generally after a vengeful ex-boyfriend sought to humiliate them — sometimes even render them vulnerable to physical attacks."

“Lamboy and Skorzewski were not acting under the color of state law because (the victim) does not allege sufficient facts to find plausibly that they invoked the authority of the NYPD when they engaged in conduct prohibited by the NYPD,” claim city lawyers. “The NYPD does not have an obligation to train officers not to commit sexual assault because it is an obvious criminal act.”

"New York City is denying responsibility after two Manhattan special victims unit detectives—Officer Lukasz Skorzewski and Lt. Adam Lamboy—took a rape victim on a 10-hour bar crawl and brought her back to a hotel room where she woke up being groped by Skorzewski."

On the body positive movement: "I thought that using the term "brave" to describe a woman showing off her "imperfect" body perpetuated the notion that only women of a certain size should show skin. I thought we were doing a disservice to body positivity by considering it daring to accept it. I wanted more from the body positive movement."

Is it brave for women to be body positive? "It seems like every time a woman larger than a size 2 posts a picture of her body she is commended for her bravery. Recently, Amy Schumer spoke out about how "it isn't brave to have a little belly fat" after she was described as being brave for her semi-nude photo by Annie Leibovitz in the Pirelli Calendar." 

Tweet: "The woman trusted @TorontoStar to tell her story of abuse and protect her identity. Star's now fighting to publish her bikini pic."

Sitting at the back of the streetcar a man is reclined with his legs over two seats and his ass in one.

It's mostly men at the back of the streetcar. So much so that women are standing despite a good amount of seats available. There are three women seated at the back. All together. Even though they're not talking.

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