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Inquiring minds need to know.

ETA: What about a vampire / zombie pairing?
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So I was reading Starling's post on Schrodinger's Rapist, and this guy has been like, making all these n00b comments on "why cant men approach women isn't that unproductive in breaking down the barriers between women who do you know we're not being unfriendly" BLA BLA BLA you know, typical "I'm a man pls help me understand Feminism 101 despite the several links and 900++ comments" so the nice commenters there tell him to read the (by now) 1000++ strong comments which cover conversations, over and over again, on how to approach women, when NOT to approach women, repetition of "do not approach this woman unless she shows you clear signals that she is open to conversation".

Finally, after some resistance to the arguments and falling back on "I'm an economist" (and therefore he doesn't buy these arguments, although by now, any grown-up can tell that if you expect a reward for behaving like a decent human being you are either a young child or a SOCIOPATH), he throws us this little gem:

I think we’re talking about a problematic systemic condition (that you call rape-culture)

My mind just went BLANK for several seconds and I was like "OMG! After one thousand comments that we have repeatedly told you to read you finally clued on to this? YOU ARE SO CUTE! HOW OLD ARE YOU AGAIN?

Oh man. My mind is reeling.
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I have a TON of links for you this weekend, dear readers!

First, a great deal of abuse has been hurled at Lou Jing, a Shanghai girl who participated in a reality show, Let's Go! Oriental Angels -- because she is half-black and it shows. ChinaGeeks (which I think I'll have to add to my blogroll) has a discussion on the appalling racism Lou Jing faced. Here is a video interview with Lou Jing. Thank goodness for transcripts. (h/t [livejournal.com profile] jolantru for tweeting)

Harper's "Canada Has No History of Colonialism" Fail
Recently, at the G20 summit, Canadian PM Stephen Harper went on record talking about how wonderful Canada is, how other countries would like to be Canada, and also, Canada "has no history of colonialism". D: Whut? Canada's history is based on colonialism. Shit, some Canadian institutions still run on old colonial practices. Click for the Racialicious open thread on this fail.

"Straight Allies Bitching about Oppression of New Lambda Awards Restrictions" Fail
Yes, there is an award given out for fiction featuring GLBTQ characters and issues. I never knew this until recently. Anyway, restrictions were suddenly imposed on this year's Lamba Literary Foundation award - only authours identifying as GLBTQ could win them. Now, this came somewhere in the middle of the whole thing so understandably, it was upsetting. But how upsetting is this to straight "allies"? Upsetting enough to compare the new restrictions to lynching, segregation, hate crimes, et al. Here's a further explanation on why this kerfuffle is made of Fail. For further reactions, please check out this linkspam

The "Free Roman Polanski" Fail
Surely you must have heard about this by now, but allow me to summarize for those who haven't. In 1977, Roman Polanski, famous Hollywood director, during the filming of Chinatown, asked a 13-year-old girl to come over to a friend's house for a photoshoot. During which time, he plied her with champagne, fed her a quaalude, then proceeded to rape her over her protestations. He was arrested, pled guilty to the charges of rape, spent 40-odd days in jail, and then fled America before he was sentenced. Due to stupid international laws regarding criminals and stuff, he couldn't be arrested in France where he's been in all this while. Recently, at a film festival in Switzerland - one country which said would extridite him if he got there - he was arrested. Huge outcry followed, with a lot of Fail, with some nonsensical bullshit defending Polanski like Whoopi Goldberg's "it's rape, but it's not rape-rape." (This, in particular, burned, because I'm a huge fan of Goldberg's. A petition to free Polanski was drawn up with big-name Hollywood actors signing it.

So, here're transcripts from the 1977 guilty plea, Polanski's own reaction over the media circus surrounding his arrest, which clearly demonstrates his lack of remorse, and a link to Google Books on further lack of remorse from Polanski.

Here's an editorial on the whole affair. Melissa McEwan nicely encapsulates the whole things at Comment Is Free on why the outcry from Hollywood is telling of the rape culture perpetuated. Kate Harding has a reminder for them: Polanski raped a child. There was a movie-documentary made about Polanski's arrest, which has been pointed out to be unashamed rape apologia. One of the lawyers interviewd for the movie has admitted to lying on camera. His reason? He was told it would air in France, not America. Polanski also had promised to pay $500k to his victim in a 1993 settlement, but never did.

The response has been RAEG-ful: here is a list of people who have signed the petition to free Polanski. Names included: Natalie Portman, Tilda Swinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Monica Belucci, Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro. Here's a link listing people who're on record saying they don't support Polanski. Their awesome names include: Luc Besson, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Kudrow, Bill Maher (wtf?) and Jay Smooth. And of course, Eve Ensler. Chris Rock, as misogynistic as some of his acts can be, can still be coherent about the fact that this act was rape. Filmmaker Allison Anders, who I'd never heard of until now, has a guest-post on how art is not enough to justify Polanski's crime.

From the blogosphere? little light has a little puzzle activity time over at Feministe for people unconvinced that Polanski should be charged for rape. Lauren tackles the "GET OVER IT" sentiment - namely, how we can't "just get over it". Jennifer Kesler of the Hathor Legacy reminds is that the point of this trial is to judge his actions, not whether he was an amazing artist. She also has something to say about the "it's rape, but not rape-rape" nonsense. Talullah Mankiller tackles Roman Polanski's claim that his victim looked older than she was (but he knew she was still 13, just a couple of weeks away from 14, as if that makes a difference, and still raped her anyway).

When the victim came out saying she wanted to put it to rest, all of Polanski's defenders started co-opting her words. Melissa McEwan points out, his defenders are pretending to give a shit about the victim when all they want to do is protect the rapist. Finally, an article from Kate Harding comparing the reactions to Dakota Fanning's involvement in a rape scene in the movie Hounddog, for which she, her parents and the filmmaker were shamed for depicting a young girl on the big screen in a sexual assault scene -- and how suddenly, when Polanski actually, physically raped a child, everyone comes to Polanski's defense:

In many cases, there's overlap between two of the most common defenses of him: "He only pled guilty to sex with a minor, not non-consensual sex," and "We should listen to what the victim says -- she doesn't want him prosecuted!" We should listen to what the victim says now, as a 45-year-old woman, when it fits with the narrative that Polanski's already suffered enough and shouldn't endure further indignities. But what about listening to what the victim said then, at 13? What about listening to her testimony that she said no, that she asked him to stop, as he raped her orally, vaginally and anally? Some people are making very curious arguments about when, exactly, it's important to listen to the victim.

And when I consider that alongside people's refusal to listen to what Dakota Fanning said at 13 about her decision to play the lead in "Hounddog," her reasons for doing it, her distinct lack of traumatization, and her pride in providing a voice for actual victims, I can only conclude that as a society, we're just not much interested in listening to 13-year-old girls' thoughts on what they do with their own bodies, and what's done to them.

It really rings true, what Melissa McEwan wrote and I'll paraphrase here: there's only one Roman Polanski, and thirteen-year-old girls are a dime a dozen.
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So, a whiles back, while googling something entirely different, I came across this. Cute, and hilarious. And kinda weird. Why do people do this? Then today I clicked around some more and found this. Seriously now, why do people do this?

Oh shit!

May. 13th, 2009 09:37 pm
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Trailer for Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus:

via angry asian man
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From the site itself:

by Jeff Burk

William Shatner? William Shatner. William Shatner!

It’s Shatner VS Shatners!

It’s the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner.

Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Rescue 911 Shatner, Singer Shatner, Shakespearean Shatner, Twilight Zone Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Esperanto Shatner, Priceline Shatner, SNL Shatner, and – of course – William Shatner!

No costumed con-goer will be spared in their wave of destruction, no redshirt will make it out alive, and not even the Klingons will be able to stand up to a deranged Captain Kirk with a lightsaber. But these Shatner-clones are about to learn a hard lesson…that the real William Shatner doesn’t take crap from anybody. Not even himself.

It’s Shatnertastic!

You can buy it here.
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This is starting to not be an odd phenomenon.

I was actually Youtubing "Edelweiss", for the clip in the SoM movie.

The fact that I'll be watching Star Trek this Thursday is not lost on me.
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Yes, Els, that means thar be cock within. Some. Not a whole lot. Some of it's pretty benign.

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Evil may be borne out by smart, cunning, intelligent people, but cruelty is born of flat-out stupidity. It comes from a place of ignorance.

h/t [livejournal.com profile] kiwi_grrl
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So please enjoy watching Sephiroth (or an outline of him anyway) dancing:

Also, this? This is terrifying.

Also, would someone who understands Japanese please please please tell me what's happening here???

Please? Even though I'm at risk of being terrified out of my brains here?

Why do I insist on watching creepy things like this?


Mar. 21st, 2009 10:08 pm
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She-ra's flying unicorn Swift Wind.



I mean, I thought I was pretty done with surprises when I found out that Princess Glimmer (who's kinda typical princess fare with the whole needs-to-be-rescued stuff although she can really hold her own) can FLY. I mean, where the hell did that come from?



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The worst bit is, I didn't really realize it.

I got on the bus as usual, and went to the first couple of empty seats I saw. There was a handbag between the seats, which confused me a bit but no one was sitting there so I did. I kept glancing at it, wondering who it belonged to - and a big part of me itched to open it and find an ID (which is what I've done with a wallet I found in the past; finding the ID and then just taking it to the address on it), but it was in the bus, and obviously not mine, so I decided I'd just take it to the bus driver as I was getting off the bus.

Then the bus stopped at Lacewood and these two guys behind me got up and just - filched it.

I was... confused. And shocked. And decided to give benefit of doubt to those two guys.

But after a minute or two of this, I started recording down the number of the bus and figuring out who to report it to. The bus driver? But he's busy driving. Metro Transit? Maybe the owner had phoned in and they'd appreciate knowing. Also, I have the card of a policeman (whose wife ran for mayor last year) and I thought I'd email him to ask for standard procedure.

While I was busy composing the email in my head, the bus driver got a call, and asked the rest of the bus to check whether there was a handbag anywhere on the floor or something.

And I just felt... rotten. I said there was one next to me, but at Lacewood two guys had taken it. Before I got off the bus, I went up to the seat closest to the driver to explain, and I said, "These two guys just snatched it really quickly as they walked off the bus."

"You're kidding!"

"I'm not! I'm sorry."

"Naw, it's not your fault."

And somehow it didn't make me feel better.

=( I failz.
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Because the screenwriter is a douchebag.

All this time, you’ve been waiting for a director who was going to hit you in the face with this story. To just crack you in the jaw, and then bend you over the pool table with this story. With its utterly raw view of the darkest sides of human nature, expressed through its masks of action and beauty and twisted good intentions. Like a fry-basket full of hot grease in the face. Like the Comedian on the Grassy Knoll. I know, I know...

You say you don't like it. You say you've got issues. I get it.

And yet... You'll be thinking about this film, down the road. It'll nag at you. How it was rough and beautiful. How it went where it wanted to go, and you just hung on. How it was thoughtful and hateful and bleak and hilarious. And for Jackie Earle Haley.

Trust me. You'll come back, eventually. Just like Sally.
- Screenwriter David Hayter's Open Letter to the fans.


You did NOT just fucking say that.

You did NOT just compare watching a movie to RAPE.

You did NOT just say that people who don't like it (and by extension, RAPE) simply "have issues".

You did NOT just imply that RAPE is, by and large, just really rough, raw sex.

And you did NOT just say that going BACK "just like Sally" is a GOOD THING.

You did NOT.


Oh yes you DID.

There are reasons why victims go back to rapists and abusive situations. Reasons include: lack of perfect agency (due to the power imbalances that render them unable to make good decisions anymore), lack of options, lack of self-esteem, lack of support beyond the situation, the utter destruction of one's own self-worth, and BECAUSE IF WE LEAVE WE ARE LIKELY TO GET HUNTED DOWN FOR FURTHER ABUSE AND POSSIBLY KILLED.

It's certainly NOT for the "rough" and "beautiful" and "thoughtful" and "hateful" and "bleak" and "hilarious" sex.

Douchebag. You and the fucking pervasive, ever-surrounding RAPE culture and your fucking male privilege which will pretty much guarantee that you are significantly at less risk to be RAPED so can make RAPE jokes with impunity like it's a fucking joke.

Fuck. You.
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Ran into an old neighbour today.

Me: So, did you guys go on your cruise this year?
Hal: Oh yes, we go every year. We're going to Israel next month.
Me: Really!
Hal: Yes. Howard (his partner of 37 years now) wants to go. I don't want to go, but if he's going to get bombed I want to get bombed with him.

.... what?

Feb. 1st, 2009 11:32 am
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Echoing the news anchors and angry asian man, "how do you figure out that that's your talent?"


Jan. 29th, 2009 11:54 am
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[livejournal.com profile] ginmar has a pretty awesome rant on what to do with the rich slimebags at the top of the economy and a good breakdown on what she thinks of Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain's "refurbishing of his office".

Excerpts from the list:

$28,000-- four curtains. Jesus. What are they made out, gold? The hymens of virgins? Gold-plated hymens of virgins? What does this asshole use for his shoe leather, his toilet paper, his napkins?

$13,000--chandelier in private dining room. Raise your hands. Who has an actual chandelier in their dining room? In their office? Who the hell needs a dining room in their office? I don't really think asshole here is burning the midnight oil. He can eat at his damned desk like an real working sod, you know, one of those who's now doing about five jobs for the same or less pay, while his coworkers keep getting escorted to the door after security frisks their sad little box for any paper clips, stray staples, or busted pens the little thieving bastards might have tried to snarf up to pawn on the streets after the matches they sell for pennies run out.

$5,000--mirror in private dining room. You know, in some ways this is the worst thing. Come on. Seriously, you know this fucker wears $10,000 suits made of woven princess hair and his shoes are made of calf skin that comes from calves who sleep on silk sheets in golden barns with silver roof shingles. The grass these calves eat gets watered with jeweled watercans and is fed to them by hand while blind songbirds perch in platinum cages and serenade them to sleep. When they're butchered for their hides, of course, the meat is not used. His socks come from silk that's so rare it takes one worm fifty years to produce one thread and each sock can only be worn once, after which it withers up and evaporates, leaving behind a brief aria and scent of roses in the air. And then CEO Dumbfuck gazes at himself in awe and appreciation and doesn't do one good goddamned thing all day.

Go read the whole damn thing.
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Here's the situation:

Someone on Facebook creates a group called "Kick A Ginger Day".

This group encourages everyone to kick a red-headed person on a specific day.

This was inspired by some South Park episode in which a red-headed kid is kicked by others. Fuck the context, I don't give a shit about context atm. All I need to know is the idea was generated from there. It's not altogether surprising to me; I've always seen South Park as a messed up parody show (no, not satire, the satire failz) with horrible shit happening that's apparently funny.



And this was a daylong prank.

And this is funny to them.

Just as it was funny on South Park.

And wow, what a joke on Facebook, eh.

That is fucking disgusting.

Times like this make me wish reproductive justice WAS revoked... against people who breed children like these.
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This is an actual study done recently:

"Employees who are sexually harassed experience less job satisfaction and lower job performance."

No fucking shit, Sherlock.

I know, I know, srz studiez like this make it clear that there's empirical evidence for the case against sexual harassment, but still, the fact that some people do not understand this correlation as a matter of course is baffling. Especially if you take into consideration the fact that these same people would be capitalistic kinds that want to make all sorts of monetary profit. Shouldn't it be obvious that happy people work hard and produce more profit?

Unless of course, they're not seeing them as people.


Sep. 9th, 2008 03:20 pm
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From Disgrasian, the PCD wearing saris at some fashion show.

The first thing I thought when I saw this?



Just. I fail to see how this is an east meets west fusion because all it does it significantly cut down the amount of fabric in general. What are we saying here? East is exotic but we wear too much clothing? To be a Westerner, we should be wearing less? What a load of bollocks. All that's happening here is exoticising what is simply a traditional costume for the sake of titillating the male gaze.


I should go into fashion design, because today's designs on MTV are making me sick.

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