Monday, February 09, 2015
What the heck is the ADL doing promoting feminist whining?
With Jews under attack worldwide, you would think that the ADL, an organization set up to defend Jews, would have plenty on its plate without departing from its original purpose. But their constant attacks on Christian observance have made it clear that it is in fact little more than a Leftist organization. American evangelical Protestants are a major support for Israel so ADL have clearly lost the plot. What sense does it make for Jews to attack their friends? So I suppose it is not too surprising to see them poking their noses into a matter that has nothing to do with the welfare of Jewry. They are promoting Common Core lessons in how to recognize sexism in video games! Preamble below
Marketed primarily to boys and men, video games do not have a good track record when it comes to positively including girls and women. Female characters are rarely in the games and, when they are, they are often portrayed in negative, stereotypical and one-dimensional ways. The lack of female characters, the over-sexualization of them and the violence directed against women are just a few of the problems.
Women media critics have called attention to the sexism and misogyny within the gaming world and, in resulting backlash, several of them have become victims of violent threats themselves. Anita Sarkeesian, one of the more well-known media critics, was in the news recently because, when she was invited to speak at Utah State University, she received threats that there would be a shooting massacre if she came. The campus police reportedly told her they could not search people entering the talk for weapons and therefore could not guarantee her safety, so she cancelled.
Over the past several years, Sarkeesian has repeatedly been threatened with rape, violence and murder because of her outspoken analysis of sexism in the gaming world. This advanced high school lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the world of video games, understand how sexism and misogyny are perpetuated in gaming and express their own thoughts about the issue.
More HERE (See the original for links)
'Consent is consent, blind drunk or otherwise': Fury as barrister insists it's NOT rape if a woman's under the influence of alcohol or drugs
A barrister has sparked fury among rape victims after insisting men should not be convicted if the woman is drunk or on drugs when sexually assaulted. Writing in a blog post titled 'She's gagging for it', David Osborne protested 'consent is consent, blind drunk or otherwise'.
The Somerset-based barrister added rape statistics would drop if women 'covered up and did not drink themselves legless.'
His comments have been slammed by rape victims and support groups as 'vile'.
Spurred by the Crown Prosecution Service's announcement last month that defendants must prove a a woman not only gave consent to sex but was in an able state of mind to do so, Mr Osborne said: 'I have always found it distasteful and unattractive the suggestion that as the victim was blind drunk she (was) therefore unable to give her consent to sex, or more to the point, she gave her consent which she would not have given had she been sober.
'In my book, consent is consent, blind drunk or otherwise, and regret after the event cannot make it rape,' he continued the post.
'I have a very simple solution which I hope you will agree is fair. If the complainant (I do not refer to her as the victim) was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, when she was ‘raped’, this provides the accused with a complete defence. 'End of story and a victory for fairness, moderation and common sense!'
Mr Osborne's comments were lambasted by rape victims and charities this morning. Siobhan Ames-Bell, whose step-father was jailed for raping her last year, said: 'His comments are absolutely vile. 'If a person is not in a position to consent then it is rape. 'Sex is a choice, when both people involved are not in consent then it is rape.'
The views of Miss Ames-Bell, who waived her anonymity to campaign on behalf of other rape victims, were echoed by the End Violence Against Women Coalition who described Mr Osborne's comments as 'sick'. 'I find it hard to believe this is not some kind of sick joke or a parody,' Sarah Green, the Coalition's director told the Daily Mirror.
'He is suggesting the opposite of the law. The guy is a barrister and there’s no way he doesn’t know all this.'
Defending his comments, Mr Osborne said the decision on whether or not a woman is fit enough to have sex should not be left up to 'the red-blooded bloke'.
‘After sexual intercourse has taken place whilst a girl was clearly drunk, when she sobers up and then says "I wouldn't have consented had I been sober" I'm saying very firmly: "bad luck",' the barrister told MailOnline this morning.
‘Why should the responsibility for making these decisions be placed upon the bloke?
'The red-blooded bloke out on the town, there to enjoy himself, if he thinks that someone is likely to consent and he makes the usual enquiries as you do, obviously he should whether she is underage but beyond that I don't really see why the responsibility for determining whether sexual intercourse takes place with consent and with consent freely given, is entirely the responsibility of the accused person.
‘I think that is wrong I think that is unfair, I think it should be a more balanced approach.
'The point I'm trying to make is not that drunken women are not a free-for-all for irresponsible men, what does concern me and that was the reason why all this has started is that the pendulum has swung too far the other way by saying there may be factors which may not be known to the accused at the time but that will subsequently come out which will assist the jury and I say that's totally unfair.’
Mr Osborne was speaking of the recent announcement by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, who said more should be done to determine whether a woman was fit to give consent in alleged rape cases.
‘It is not a crime to drink, but it is a crime for a rapist to target someone who is no longer capable of consenting to sex through drink,' Mrs Saunders said last month.
Mr Osborne however said women who were 'unwilling to behave properly'
'In towns and cities across the country, girls who shouldn't be out on the street at all, are inappropriately dressed and getting completely rat-arsed.
‘I'm talking about vulnerable girls, clearly are not either willing or able to behave themselves properly and when I say this I mean dress appropriately and don't drink to excess.
‘These problems then arise where she finds herself finding sexual intercourse with a bloke and then she finds herself saying she didn't consent.'
Girl cadets threatened with BEHEADING by two men as they left an Army Reserve Centre
"Asian" is British code for "Pakistani"
Police have mounted uniformed patrols around an Army Reserve after two girl cadets were threatened with beheading as they left the centre.
Two men had shouted the violent threats as they drove past the teenage cadets, who weren't in uniform at the time.
The pair, driving in a Vauxhall Zafira, were said to have asked the girls if they were in the army before threatening them with beheading.
Police have traced the car, which is left-hand drive and appears to have foreign plates, and were trying to establish the identity of the occupants.
The driver was described as black or Asian, in his 40s, and of plump or muscular build with a black bushy beard and wearing dark clothes.
The passenger was also said to be black or Asian, in his 30s, and had short black hair and stubble.
It comes weeks after British police forces warned officers not to wear uniforms on the way to work after an ISIS-style plot to kidnap and behead an officer.
More than 7,000 officers in the West Midlands were warned they were in imminent danger following an anonymous telephone call to their headquarters on December 8.
Other forces urgently reviewed safety precautions and warned officers not to wear their uniform or ID badge when off duty.
The official threat level to officers came amid fears extremists will attempt to copy the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, which has led to soldiers being warned not to wear their uniform off duty.
ISIS has previously called on followers to launch 'lone wolf' attacks on the West.
Extra patrols have now been put in place around the Army Reserve centre in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, formerly the Territorial Army, after the violent threats against the girl cadets.
Other Army Reserve centres have also been alerted since the incident at 9.15pm on Wednesday January 21.
Gateshead Superintendent Richie Jackson said: 'The men made no attempt to make any physical contact with the girls or get out of the car, and shouted the comments while driving away from the scene.
'Inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact nature of what was said during the incident and we have spoken to the two teenage girls, viewed CCTV footage from the area and have identified the vehicle and inquiries are ongoing to trace the driver.
'As a precaution we have notified staff at other Army Reserve centres in the area and have had extra officers on patrol in Alexandra Road to reassure residents.
'Although this is concerning, it is an isolated incident and if anyone has any information that could help us with the investigation I'd ask that they contact us on 101.'
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: 'We are aware of an incident allegedly involving members of the Army Cadet Force - this is a matter for the police and we cannot comment further. Any witnesses are urged to contact the police.
'We understand the girls were not in uniform at the time of the incident and that the suspects asked them 'Are you in the Army?' before issuing the threats.'
Feminists to Trannies: Stay off our TERF
by Jim Goad
As a connoisseur of leftist cannibalism, I enjoy watching the internecine squabbling of groups competing for the top spot on the hierarchy of oppression as if they were puppies stepping on one another’s necks straining for a tug on the warm teat of sympathy.
Male-to-female transsexuals—who, as luck would have it, have always constituted the vast majority of those who feel they were born wearing the wrong genital costumery—have recently emerged as perhaps the most rabidly militant of all identity groups strung along the vast fractured progressive rainbow. In their manic quest to force the world into parroting the obvious lie that they are women, they have stumbled upon an unexpected foe—radical feminists who have real, God-given vaginas.
This is a struggle—laden with a hilarious level of acrimony—between men who insist they’re women and women who insist that the most crucial part of being a woman involves popping out of your mother’s vagina with a vagina of your own. The latter group is disparagingly referred to as TERFs—Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists—due to the fact that they feel male-to-female trannies are trying to party-crash their struggle against historical oppression. The TERFs argue that for men to pretend they’re women is insulting to real women. To them, it is a genital form of blackface.
"Leftist intersectionality has devolved to the point where real women and fake women are arguing over whose vaginas smell worse."
The TERF worldview can be loosely summarized as follows: So-called "trans women" are actually privileged males who use such privilege in an attempt to co-opt women’s historical suffering without enduring any of the social stigma attendant to bleeding for five days a month without dying. They are essentially delusional men who wear dresses or, in some cases, mutilate their genitals in a near-suicidal quest to validate their delusions. Trannies should under no circumstances be able to use women’s bathrooms or attend events that are exclusively designed for women. For trannies to invade such female-designated "safe spaces" is at best intrusive, at worst yet another form of rape. Since "gender" is a social construct and "femininity" is a patriarchal imposition, transsexuals are merely reinforcing anti-female memes by aping sexist stereotypes of how women should behave. Therefore it is they, and not the TERFs, who are the true reactionaries.
Robert Anton Wilson famously said, "It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea." Whereas those who would now be defamed as TERFs were on the far bloody cutting edge of leftist politics a generation ago, they now find themselves outdated or, as the kids like to say, "irrelevant." Without having changed a single idea, they find themselves labeled not as bold freedom warriors fighting the good fight against oppression but as hateful reactionaries who stand in the way of true progress.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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