Hypocrisy, thy name is Katy Gallagher

Here is a thought: if you accuse someone of being slightly patronizing and condescending, it is best if you do not take that tone yourself. It makes you look like a hypocrite and a jackass.

For someone unknown, Australian Senator Katy Gallagher decided to illustrate this point during a Senate committee hearing:

An ordinary parliamentary committee meeting has turned heated after Labor Senator Katy Gallagher accused Liberal Mitch Fifield of ‘mansplaining’, prompting an angry response about reverse sexism.

Communications Minister Fifield was answering a question from Ms Gallagher about welfare bills when the Labor senator interjected.

“I love the mansplaining. I’m enjoying it,” Ms Gallagher said, referring to the 2014 Macquarie Dictionary word of the year.

“You’re loving what? … What’s mansplaining, senator?” Mr Field asked.

Hilarity ensues from there: Continue reading

SNL thinks “hot teacher sex” is funny

As readers of his blog will know, child rape is hilarious. Anytime an adult takes advantage of their authority, trust, and power to sexually exploit a child it is the height of humor. Indeed, the older the child, the funnier the assault because we all know teens always want sex with smoking hot adults. It is not as if it is a complete betrayal or taking advantage of the less experienced party. No, the scenario is hysterical, unless the child is a girl, in which case no comedy show would make a sketch mocking the idea of charging two adults for having sex with a 16-year-old.

Fortunately, Saturday Night Live had the forethought and maturity to mock the idea of charging two women with raping a 16-year-old boy, hence last Saturday’s sketch titled Teacher Trial with Rhonda Rousey:

The humor practically writes itself. Continue reading

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Canonbury sex offence man jailed for 13 years after abusing his position of trust — Leslie Paul, 64, of Clephane Road, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court for offences of indecent assault and indecency while working as a carer for Lambeth Social Services. Between 1980 and 1988, Paul carried out the offences at Lambeth Children’s Home in South Vale, where the four male victims resided. In October 2012, the first victim came forward to report allegations against Paul.

Case begins in trial of woman suspected of young son’s sexual abuse — The trial of a woman suspected of having sex with her adopted son began Friday with the prosecutor telling jurors the case is about a 12-year-old boy and the events he would describe, and a defense lawyer saying her client is the victim of threats by her boyfriend and that the woman never had sex with the boy. Deputy District Attorney Mary Nguyen during her opening statement in Solano County Superior Court told jurors Friday that defendant Michelle V. Souza had intercourse with her adopted son, now 12, and instructed him not to tell anybody.

Domestic abuse: Men ‘need more help’, victims’ organisation says — The Men’s Advisory Project said it supported 536 clients in 2015 compared to 294 in 2013. But while victims often suffer similar hardship, it said the services available for men in Northern Ireland are less extensive than for women. One man who knows how difficult it can be to get help is Paul. Paul, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, walked away from his 25-year marriage after suffering physical, emotional and psychological abuse. Continue reading

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Attorney: St. George’s School trying ‘to silence victims’ in sex abuse case — Past and present St. George’s School administrators have attempted “to silence victims” to “prevent a scandal” over accusations of systemic sexual abuse dating to the 1970s and 1980s, says an attorney for three St. George’s alumni who are pressing the issue. Attorney Eric MacLeish spoke in advance of a news conference Tuesday at which he and three women who say they were sexually victimized in the 1970s by the school’s former athletic trainer Al Gibbs, are scheduled to release a rebuttal to a Dec. 23, 2015, report by St. George’s School.

Children’s home former head and ex-chaplain jailed for sex abuse of boys — A former head of a children’s home run by a Catholic order who has already served 21 years in prison for sexually abusing boys has been jailed for a further nine years. James Carragher was head from 1976 to 1990 of St William’s – an approved school for boys with behavioural problems in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, run by the Catholic De La Salle order. Carragher, 75, was jailed for seven years in 1993 and a further 14 years in 2004 for offences he committed at St William’s.

Colo. Man Who Spent 28 Years in Prison for Rape After Woman Claimed His Face Came to Her in a Dream Is Freed — In 1988 a Colorado man was convicted of raping a woman. The victim, according to the Associated Press, had been out drinking the night in August 1987 when she was attacked. When she reported the assault to police, she initially named a different man as her attacker (who would later say that he had sex with her that night). But the next day, while in the hospital, the woman claimed that a neighbor, Clarence Moses-EL, had attacked her and that his face came to her in a dream. Continue reading

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: An Australian Perspective

A commenter named astyaagraha posted information about how the Australian government treats male victims of domestic violence on reddit. The information is hardly surprising. It shows how the Australian government uses a double standard when it comes to assisting male victims, or more accurately male abusers since their policy is to assume men claiming abuse at the hands of women are lying and are actually abusers. This is exactly how one would expect a feminist-run program to treat men, and it certainly lives up one’s woeful expectations. Here is astyaagraha’s full comment from reddit: Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v120

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:

55% Of Stories On Sexual Assault Are Written By Men — & That’s A Problem

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Okay, Rebecca Adams. It is 2016. I will bite. Explain to the world why it is a problem that men wrote 55% of the stories about sexual violence:

The report comes out of the Women’s Media Center (which counts Gloria Steinem as a co-founder) and it sheds light on some problematic trends in the coverage of sexual assault on high school and college campuses. After looking at 940 articles from 12 print outlets — The Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, The New York Times, Reuters, San Jose Mercury News, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post — the WMC found that men were less likely to interview alleged victims or write about the impact of alleged attacks on those victims (33% of male journalists did this vs. 40% of female journalists). In fact, men were slightly more likely than women to report on the impact the attack had on the alleged perpetrator.

Only 28% of the quotes used in stories by male journalists were from women, while 54% percent were from other men (18% were from organizations or sources without listed genders). Female journalists, on the other hand, quoted other women in their stories 42% of the time; they quoted men 38% of the time.

I am still confused as to why this matters. Can you provide more context? Continue reading

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2 women who tried to make toddler do lewd acts get 15 years in prison — A regional trial court judge here recently handed down a 15-year prison term each to two women after finding them guilty of attempted human trafficking, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) in Southern Mindanao said in a statement. IACAT said the two women, whose real identities were not disclosed to protect the identities of their victims, were also fined P1 million each by Acting Presiding Judge Ma. Susana Baua of the Regional Trial Court Branch 8.

Advert Against ‘Rape Culture’ Portrays Being a Woman as the ‘Greatest Danger of All’ — A Norwegian campaign to stop sexual violence against women has received criticism for being sexist against men. The video, titled “#DearDaddy” and produced by CARE Norway, seeks to tackle “rape culture” as it shows the future life of the titular father’s unborn daughter asking him ”for a favour about boys.”

Boy ‘given electric shocks to genitals’ — Egypt must immediately release a 14-year-old boy who says he was sexually abused in detention by police using a wooden stick and bring his alleged torturers to justice, Amnesty International said. Mazen Mohamed Abdallah’s family told the rights group the teenager was repeatedly tortured in custody, including also being given electric shocks to his genitals. Continue reading