patriarchy, systems of oppression and blatant old fashioned sexism, still alive after all these years

The email warns “a Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out” against those in attendance, students, staff, and the women’s center. “I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs,” the email continues. “This threat is giving (The University) a chance to stop it….I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

This email was sent this month in response to  a planned speaking event at Utah State University featuring Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist culture critic who recently has been lauded for her research on female stereotypes in the video game industry  ….all for challenging sexism in video games.  In 2012, Sarkeesian was targeted by an online harassment campaign following her launch of a Kickstarter project to fund the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series. At the same time, supporters donated over $150,000 to the project, far beyond the $6,000 she had sought. The situation was covered extensively in the media, placing Sarkeesian at the center of discussions about misogyny in video game culture and online harassment. It would seem that Ms. Sarkeesian has struck a chord with a few people in the gaming world. One could surmise that is probably the result of her uncovering their truths, for if what she said was not true, why get so worked up over it?

This is apparently also crime to some gamers worth threatening rape, death, acts of terrorism, and massacre for. The day before, members of the university administration received an email warning that a shooting massacre would be carried out at the event. And under Utah law, she was told, the campus police could not prevent people with weapons from entering her talk. It was decided that canceling the event was the solution. I however can think of many better solutions that do not involve bowing to misogynist cyber terrorists. While I don’t condone putting Ms. Sarkeesian in harms way I think canceling the event altogether was a huge mistake. This sets the standard that women can be silenced with one threat. It also shows that society will tolerate such behavior. Had I been the decision maker in this matter, first off I would actively be seeking the person responsibility and handing there ass to them by way of a stiff prison sentence. Second, I would not have canceled the event. Okay so the University cant provide security. Can they move it to a place that would? An Event Center? A police precinct perhaps? Minimally  make it a webcast & present it at a screening on campus. Or if the University was afraid to do that, why not a podcast sent out to all University email addresses? There are many solutions to this situation. Backing down to sexism and lunacy should not be one of them.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, 48 percent of game players in the United States are women, a figure that has grown as new opportunities to play games through mobile devices, social networks and other avenues have proliferated. Game developers, however, continue to be mostly male: In a survey conducted earlier this year by the International Game Developers Association, a nonprofit association for game developers, only 21 percent of respondents said they were female.

In this day and century , the fact that the permissive attitude of misogyny in many forms and many industries continues to pervade society is inexcusable. Its quite frankly ridiculous. Guys, women make up at last half the population. Its not rocket science. This is the 21st century. Women have jobs and interests in all areas of society. As such its your job to adjust. Move your chair over and make room. Or take your ball and go home..

 

CA Adopts a “yes means yes” sex assault rule

ACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

Brown’s office announced that he signed the bill Sunday.

State lawmakers last month approved SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations.

De Leon has said the legislation will begin a shift in how college campuses in California prevent and investigate sexual assaults. Rather than using the refrain “no means no,” the definition of consent under the bill requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”

The legislation says silence or lack of resistance does not constitute consent. Critics said it overreaches and sends universities into murky legal waters.

(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press, All rights reserved.)

This article originally appeared in KRON4 on their Facebook page. I will be blogging on this later.

Emma Watson, Ambassador for ALL

“We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence…

I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too – reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.” – Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

Sandra is no Fluke

I hate to give any mention to a certain hothead idiot asinine sexist piece of crap radio “personality” so I wont name him. HE does not  need the attention. Moving on to the IMPORTANT things….

Sandra Fluke is a social justice attorney who testified before Congress in 2012 about the importance of contraception coverage in health insurance. She is currently running for the California State Senate. She is articulate, intelligent and we would be lucky to have her working in our government on behalf of We The People. (Plus I live in California so I’m a bit biased too, because I’d be  one of many to luck out) She has argued against matters that I think we can all agree with: corporations aren’t people, Hobby Lobby should stay out of their employees uteruses (uteri?) She has been called vile names by men with who have no better comebacks than insults. Its a sad sad statement about our country that there are people who listen to these women haters and consider them to be the articulate ones. These types are fools who love to hear themselves speak but have nothing to say.

In this day and age of post-Civil Rights Act, post-segregation, post-Industrial Revolution there is no place for the type of hateful attitudes and comments that are directed at those who make up half of our population. We should not stand for it. *I* will not stand for it. To the radio commenter in question; you add nothing productive to our society. Youre a spiteful hateful human being. Please”Rush” to the finish line of your career already.

Sandra Fluke has much to say. Articulately. Intelligently. Without insult but with commonsense. I’d like to give some space to share her voice.

“Restricting access to such a basic health care service, which 99% of sexually experienced American women have used and 62% of American women are using right now, is out of touch with public sentiment.”
“These denials of contraceptive coverage impact real people. In the worst cases, women who need this medication for other medical reasons suffer dire consequences.””This is the message that not requiring coverage of contraception sends. A woman’s reproductive healthcare isn’t a necessity, isn’t a priority”

“.We talk often about choice. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to choose.”

“Because we spoke so loudly, opponents of reproductive health access demonized and smeared me and others on the public airwaves. These smears are obvious attempts to distract from meaningful policy discussions and to silence women’s voices regarding their own health care.”

“A significant gender pay gap still persists. That’s why we cannot be passive as we acknowledge Equal Pay Day, which marks the day when a woman’s earnings catch up to what her male peers earned in the previous year. To millennials, it’s startling to see that women still earn just 77 cents to the dollar of what men earn.”

The NFL..late to the game

There has been an epidemic of stories of violence  in the news involving not only football players but others as well.

Fed up with the league’s woeful inconsistencies on domestic violence and its belligerent insistence on protecting misbehaving players, Anheuser-Busch took the NFL to task on Tuesday. No, it didn’t say it was pulling its $1.2 billion, six-year contract – yet.

But it doesn’t take a marketing genius to see what’s down the road if the NFL doesn’t get its act together. And fast.”We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code,” Anheuser-Busch said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. When morals and commonsense fail, money talks. I have a feeling this potential loss is what inspired the NFL Commissioner’s statement today. “Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong,” he said in his opening statement. “That starts with me.” Sadly his insincerity is completely obvious. The Ray Rice video came out over two weeks ago. It SHOULD HAVE started with him then yet not until the potential loss of advertising dollars did the commissioner become motivated to speak out. Hmm,.

It speaks volumes that the first response from the football world was resounding support for Rice via Twitter & other public forums. It seems now that there is an embarrassing horrifying video that the world has seen, suddenly what was a private matter the Ravens did not want to deal with has turned into something they are forced to deal with, not because its the right thing to do but because they need to save their public image in what ESPN>com referred to as “the worst NFL Crisis in history.” I think that may be an exaggeration but really its not.

Goodell did not specify how he would address the rash of domestic violence incidents in the league. He said the NFL wants to “implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl” but did not sate what these would be or how they would be implemented. I Think we should all watch closely & hold Mr. Goodell accountable to keep this promise.

This situation has caused the Ravens and the entire NFL some bad publicity which may be hard to undo. They will lose fans & sponsors. The universal ramifications are toward their female fans who may be supportive but maybe not. Women account for almost half of football fan base (45% percent per the New York Post). If I were Commissioner Goodell I would think very hard about how to proceed after the Ravens essentially blamed domestic violence on Rice’s wife. I certainly hope Commissioner Goodell thinks long and hard about what exactly he will be doing to handle situations like this in the future. Oh and way to show respect for women, Ravens.