I was too busy being brutally murdered in Mortal Kombat (because I suck at that game), so I had no idea Louis C.K. hosted last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. So imagine my surprise when I woke up to this:
Host Louis C.K. is no stranger to edgy comedy — as seen on his critically acclaimed FX series “Louie” — and his nine-minute monologue shocked some on social media.
The comedian remarked on his experiences growing up in the 1970s, first pointing out that no one was offended by racist language at that time (and admitting to his “mild racism” today). Then he got a few groans from the audience once he started delving into the topic of child molesters.
He said that the child molester living down the street was not a big deal to most people at the time.
“Child molesters are very tenacious people,” he noted, pointing out the fate of those who are caught doing it.
“From their point of view, it must be amazing to risk so much!”
Many in the audience sounded shocked by this point in the monologue and he was aware that the joke didn’t go over well.
Illiberal Feminism Is Running Amok — When men disagree with illiberal feminists, a favored silencing tactic is to accuse them of “mansplaining.” The term grew out of a fairly brilliant 2008 essay by feminist writer Rebecca Solnit, who described the exquisitely annoying feeling of having a certain type of man condescendingly lecture a woman on a topic about which he knows very little—in this case Solnit’s own book.
Men Can Be Raped Too: Expert Urges Government to Recognize Male Rape — For the sake of gender equality, Jia Jian, a legal expert lecturer at the Chongqing-based Southwest University of Political Science and Law, made a proposal last Monday that the Chinese government expand the Criminal Law’s definition of rape victims in order to include males.
National support for abused men — For the first time in New Zealand, a national structure has been set up specifically to support male survivors of sexual abuse. Members from regional support groups around the country gathered at a hui in Nelson and made a commitment to the body, which would be known as the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (MSSAT).
It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
Bahar Mustafa has a problem. Many people think she is racist and sexist. People reached that conclusion following a notice Mustafa posted on her Facebook account. She organized a students’ union event last April, however, she added a caveat:
Hey, I made as many of you hosts so please invite loads of BME Women and non-binary people!!
Also, if you’ve been invited and you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME just cos I invited a bunch of people and hope you will be responsible enough to respect this is a BME Women and non-binary event only…Don’t worry lads we will give you and allies things to do ;)
What makes Mustafa’s post so egregious, aside from the idiotic acronym and politically correct language, is that she is Goldsmiths’ student union welfare and diversity officer. She is supposed to encourage and enforce diversity, yet she decided to not only exclude people based on their sex, but also their race. Continue reading →
Jeremy Kyle, a UK talk show host, interviewed a man concerning his experience of domestic violence. Geoff shared his story about how his ex-girlfriend assaulted him:
The young man was appearing on the programme to confront ex-girlfriend Dani about her abusive behaviour and her alleged cheating. During the course of the interview, he described how she had given him black eyes and punched him during their relationship.
Geoff told host Jeremy Kyle how Dani had locked her in their flat and he had had to escape by jumping off a third-floor balcony.
“I ripped all my back, all my legs, the lot,” he said. “I ended up in hospital because she wouldn’t let me out of the flat”.
This prompted a specific response from the female audience members: laughter. Continue reading →
Conference for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Held in Portland — The Oregon Abuse Advocates & Survivors in Service has partnered with Reed College’s Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response program to host a special conference for male survivors of sexual abuse and assault on Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th. The conference is entitled Male Survivor Dare to Dream Weekend and is open to male survivors, their loved ones, and professionals or advocates who work for male survivors.
Florida woman gets 50 years in prison for sex abuse of minors — A northeast Florida woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of minors from a school in Flagler County. A judge in St. Johns County imposed the sentence Wednesday on 51-year-old Rhonda Wilkerson, calling her actions “despicable.” Police arrested Wilkerson in February 2014 after claims by children at an area school that they had been sexually abused by Wilkerson and a man, William Dillow.
Gov. Scott Orders Prison Changes to Reduce Beatings, Corruption — Gov. Rick Scott ordered changes at the Department of Corrections on Friday to address prison beatings and corruption after the Legislature went home without doing the same. The Legislature was working on bills to address problems after a series of reports detailed deaths, cover-ups and corruption in the prison system. But the bills died when the Florida House went home three days early over a budget impasse and a dispute with the Senate over health care coverage for the poor. Continue reading →
For years feminists clamored about the lack of female characters in comic books. They demanded more titles featuring superheroines. The comic book industry needed these super women, feminists claimed, in order to break up the “boys’ club.”
Feminists demanded strong female leads. They wanted women who were unafraid of anything. They wanted women who did not rely on archetypes or tropes. They wanted women who did not need a man. They wanted books that not only focused on women, but featured all-female casts.
So the industry gave feminists what they asked for. It took some time. There were a few false starts — the Minx line, Marvel Divas, Girl Comics. However, eventually Marvel and DC, the former in particular, managed to get it right and give feminists exactly they wanted. And now: