Je pars en vacances pour un peu plus de 3 semaines.
I’ll be back.
Si je vous dis “Sprüngli”, est-ce que vous pensez direct “chocolat” ? Non ?
Pauvre Monsieur Sprüngli.
Recently here in the comments section, the subject of jury duty at rape trials has come up. One of our readers commented that he voted “not guilty” while sitting on the jury at a rape trial simply because he could.
Another reader called that irresponsible. I imagine at least a 98% of the society would agree with her.
Well, 98% of society has been wrong before.
With this important subject in mind, I make the following pledge as an activist, and as an American that believes fully in the rule of law. Should I be called to sit on a jury for a rape trial, I vow publicly to vote not guilty, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true.
If you are sitting on a jury hearing a case of rape, the only way to serve justice is to acquit. Better a rapist would walk the streets than a system that merely mocks justice enslave another innocent man.
A Voice For Men (MRA website) founder Paul Elam would rather see a male rapist walk the street freely than charged for his crime.
He admits that he would never convict a rapist, even one who is unequivocally guilty. He claims it’s because the “system is rigged” (ironically, it is, but not in favor of the victim), but it’s obvious that he would really do this because he doesn’t think rape should be a crime.
Manslation (of Elam): I care so little about victims of sexual assault that I have openly made it my personal mission and enlisted my personal army to ensure that none of them can receive justice or feel safe again. I know I’ve claimed to care about male victims, but I truly don’t give a damn about them, either, otherwise I wouldn’t be working to create a system where no victims are taken seriously. I’m apparently racist as well as a misogynist fuckhead because instead of using my status, time, and energy to do something about the blatant injustices men of color face literally every day from the police and the courts, I’m using it to do everything I can to harm sexual assault victims in a deep and lasting way. I am a harrowing nightmare of a person. Someone please construct a catapult that will fling me into the sun.
And there it is. A nearly all-white crowd chanting to a nearly all-black crowd, “Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!” Contemporary racism encapsulated by an attempt to package it as support for the police, exposed by calls to shoot black men.
There are no words.
So I bought this Crayola Mini coloring pages set, because hey, a bitch likes Disney Princesses even if I had to be damn near thirty to see one like me. 80 pages, 6 mini markers that I won’t use because I like to color in coloring books in colored pencils, for that coloring practice without having to do the linework feel, 5 bucks, not too bad. Ariel and Cinderella (and Belle) on the front, Tiana and Rapunzel on the back.
So I get them out and we’ve got Belle, Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Tiana, and Rapunzel. Okay, that’s eight of them so to be fair everyone should get 10 pages, right? So I sort them.
I wouldn’t be bitching on Tumblr if it was fair.
The distribution is as follows, with every design getting 2 pages:
Ariel: 8 different designs, 16 pages 20%
Belle: 6 different designs, 12 pages 15%
Cinderella: 6 different designs, 12 pages 15%
Aurora: 5 different designs, 10 pages 12.5%
Rapunzel: 5 different designs, 10 pages 12.5%
Snow White: 4 different designs, 8 pages 10%
Jasmine: 4 different designs, 8 pages 10%
Tiana: 2 different designs, 4 pages, 5%
So out of 80 pages we got 15% of the whole thing to any princesses of color (and only two of them), and 5% to Tiana who came out right before Rapunzel, and 85% of pages to white princesses.
But you know, representation don’t matter, everything is fair in Disney, they do their best, everyone does, historical accuracy, Frozen was such a good uplifting movie, why are you complaining, Disney is fair, take what is offered and quit whining, it is you who are the racisms, derailment white whine etc etc etc.
I love some math to get the point across. Also note: even though Mulan and Pocahontas are just as classic as any of these princesses (I’m assuming the book came out before Merida), they’re not included at all
A television and film producer’s first-person account of his mistaken arrest by Beverly Hills police has attracted widespread attention, KTLA-TV reported on Tuesday.
Charles Belk’s story has been shared just under 30,000 times since being posted on his Facebook page on Saturday. According to his post, Belk was walking to his car on La Cienega Boulevard when he was detained and ordered to sit on the curb.
A picture accompanying the post shows Belk seated and handcuffed with two officers standing near him. Belk stated that six police cars were near him at the time.
“Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank,” he wrote. “Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong ‘tall, bald head, black male,’ … ‘fitting the description.’”
Belk was released six hours later after the FBI and local officers reviewed video footage when it showed he was not the suspect. KTLA reported that that person, who has not been identified, remains at large. Another suspect, 47-year-old Brianna Kloutse, was taken into custody. Kloutse is also suspected of being involved in 11 other bank robberies.
“The Beverly Hills Police Department regrets the inconvenience to Mr. Belk, but was under obligation to thoroughly verify that he was not the suspect before releasing him,” police said in a statement.
However, Belk questioned in his letter why it took so long for the department to review the tape during the 45 minutes in which he was being detained on the street.
“I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know at the time that I was a law abiding citizen of the community and that in my 51 years of existence, had never been handcuffed or arrested for any reason. All they saw, was someone fitting the description. Doesn’t matter if he’s a ‘Taye Diggs BLACK’, a ‘LL Cool J BLACK’, or ‘a Drake BLACK,’” he wrote. “I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was an award nominated and awarding winning business professional, most recently being recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal at their Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards. They didn’t need to because, they saw someone fitting the description.”
John Crawford III was shot in a Wal-Mart after police received a 911 call alerting them that a man with a rifle was walking around the store. Officers arrived on the scene and, after a brief encounter, shot the 22-year-old man, who later died of a gunshot wound to the torso. As we now know, Crawford was holding a Crosman MK-177 air pump rifle—a nonlethal replica air rifle, intended for a child—and sold at the very store where he was shot while carrying it. Much of the focus of the discussions around this case has been on this fact: Why would police shoot a man holding a child’s replica gun in the store that sold it? A fair question, to be sure, but I wish to raise another.
Ohio is an “open carry” state. So even if Crawford were carrying a real, fully loaded rifle, why would that raise any alarms? How could that possibly be a reason to kill him?
Buy all of these people’s products to make shitbabies mad.
go buy these games/support these devs and further the evil social justice warrior crusade against helpless
straight cis whitenormal guy matyrs jontron et al
The only reason “coming out” is still even a thing is because it’s presumed that people are straight until they tell us otherwise. “The Other must identify itself, or else it is decieving us” is a fucked up, dangerous idea.
there are ways to talk about how its more likely for someone to be assaulted by someone they know without referring to sexual violence by strangers as a “myth”, by the way.
if even one person in the history of humanity has been assaulted by a stranger then referring to their assault as a myth is incredibly callous. one third of the survivors of sexual assault are not a myth! their narrative is not privileged or inherently believed or seen as being a “better” type of victim,