GETTING PEOPLE.. For the two or three of you left out there who don’t know the protests are in response to a very suspicious situation in Steubenville where a number of football players for their popular high school team were present at a party where a 16 year-old girl was allegedly raped and they celebrated the rape on social networks.There appears to have been photos and videos but only a couple of have surfaced and the suspicion is that a bunch of them were deleted to minimize the legal damage.The protesters are accusing the school and even law enforcement of either not being diligent enough to get the evidence or in some cases they are accusing adults of helping dispose of the evidence.Two young men have been charged.Another tried to file a defamation lawsuit against a Blogger who outed his nasty tweets about the whole thing, and not only was the lawsuit dismissed, the plantiff had to apologize to the victim and her family.And now a video of yet another student has surfaced where he appears to be in another room at the party where the alleged rape went down.He’s arguing with a guy who appears to be upset about the whole thing trying to argue for why it’s funny and not horrifying. At another point he scolds the concerned and angry guy for trying to help the victim.The young man who is whooping it up in this video has withdrawn from Ohio State University because of the shame of all of this and I can’t say that I feel bad.This case is finally it seems
Getting People to clue into what feminists have been saying for a long time which is that rape is such a frequent crime because so many people don’t treat it like it even counts as a crime.Sadly this kind of laughing and cheering on of rape is common.Even more common is the attempts to sweep it under the rug blame the victim or otherwise treat it like it’s a mildly unpleasant thing but not so unpleasant that the rapist’s life deserves to be upended for it.There’s this polite social lie where everyone pretends to take rape seriously but the few of us who actually do are treated like we’re hysterical.But this case feels different like people are beginning to really clue into how Social Protection of rapists actually encourages them.The protests are huge.Mainstream media is investigating allegations brought forward by Anonymous.Instead of being treated like a victim or god forbid a hero as he would have in the past the guy who made this video is a pariah.
The same old excuses just don’t fly in this situation.The first guy is trotting out the usual attempt to make rape sound like an isolated crime but the extensive witnesses the laugh it-up video the coach’s response and the social networking celebration make that sound hollow.This is a clear cut example of how Communities do bear responsibility for sexual violence.The second guy is trotting out another typical rape apologist line demanding that discourse about sexual violence be Limited to the courtroom. If there was a spree of muggings in a neighborhood would this guy be outraged if the community came together and demanded better lighting and police response Absolutely not.People are sick and tired of rape being treated like it’s the victim’s fault or being told to shut up about it.A few idiot protesters saying the same old rape apologist things isn’t going to change that.
Well at least not all 50 states in our union are run by crazy misogynists.That’s what I keep telling myself when I do one segment after another about state officials who were usually elected by Portraying themselves as jobs-oriented moderates get into office and use their new powers to mount a full-blown assault on women’s rights.This segment will focus on Virginia and I don’t want to get anyone down but the reality is this The anti-choicers got their way by virtue of their rabid dog obsession with controlling women.Last year the word Transvaginal created a major uproar over Virginia’s attempt to run their abortion providers out of the state.It upset the anti-choicers briefly but they waited until the uproar was over and did it anyway NPR has a report... GETTING PEOPLE..