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Enablers

11 Nov

Yesterday, in response to John Derbyshire’s earlier assertion that sexual harassment isn’t a “real thing”, Feminist Law Professors posted a small list of (horrifying) sexual harassment cases that have come to court in the last ten years.

The problem with this is that the issue with Derbs isn’t his ignorance regarding the degree and frequency of sexual harassment women experience. Rather, Derbs has a personal investment in sustaining the culture that leads to and allows sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and rape.

This is the same dude who wrote that teenage girls were more fuckable than older women (women past the age of 20, apparently), and thus, more rapeable. I tend to look askance at any man past the age of 25 or so (I’m fucking charitable) who thinks that teenage girls are hotter than full-grown women, but a middle-aged man who does that and conflates sexual predation with sexual attraction? GROSS.

However, in a culture where men are allowed to harass, terrorize, abuse, and rape women and children on a regular basis without a peep, Derbs isn’t that bad of a guy for saying that it’s too bad bitches can’t take a joke or even that girls who are his daughter’s age are in their “salad days”. In a normal, functioning society, this guy would be shunned by decent people, even conservatives. He has to support and minimize rape culture if he wants to continue to think of himself as a good, upstanding person. He holds fucked-up views because of his own personal fuckedupness, and things like “facts” and “human decency” aren’t going to change those views.

Compare and contrast this with the observation that DougJ from Balloon Juice made last night about the conservative reaction to the Penn State child rape case. Conservatives are personally invested in the concept that orders and hierarchies are Good, and anything that brings that concept into question is shocking and even disturbing. It’s not just a political view; it’s a deep, personal, emotional belief that shapes the way they perceive the world. That’s why you see people like Ross Douthat and Kathryn Lopez minimizing and dismissing child abuse in the Catholic Church. It’s also why, when Derbs waves away sexual harassment, conservatives are prone to agreeing with him, even if they aren’t creeps like he is. Bosses are More Than other people, and women are Less Than men, and to question that is to question everything their beliefs are built upon.

Occasionally, something so heinous pierces through that worldview that they can’t explain it away and they at least have the decency to acknowledge it exists. However, they aren’t going to make the connection between what happened and their worldview, much less let go of it. Penn State is an isolated incident, not an example of how the fetishization of authority and order enables the culture of silence surrounding sexual abuse. They can’t let go of the hierarchy and their places within it.

I’m not sure which case is worse. Either way, you’re encouraging suffering for your own personal benefit. Then again, that’s pretty much the conservative ethos in a nutshell.

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These Bootstraps Are Snakes*

19 Jul

The state with the largest number of executions in the union is also the state where the majority of 7-12th graders have faced school suspension and/or expulsion at some point in their school careers.

Students with disabilities and students of color are disproportionately punished with expulsion and out of school suspension.

Similarly, America’s justice system is tainted with racism no matter where you look, but Texas in particular has a problem with racism influencing who is sentenced to death and who is not.

These problems are clearly related and represent the worst parts of our culture–authoritarianism, punitiveness, and inflexibility, all with a nice dollop of systemic racism.

Shit like this is why I could never bring myself to simply “agree to disagree” with hardcore conservatives. Conservatives promote and nurture callousness and (at best) refuse to acknowledge the perniciousness of racism. Conservative “ideals” kill people and ruin lives.

*See also.

Embarrassing Habits

15 Jul

I’ve started employing the double thumbs-up indiscriminately. I feel so dorky doing it, but I can’t stop. Pretty much the worst thing ever.

If You’d Like, I Can Also Take a Picture of the Navel I’ve Been Gazing at All Day

6 Apr

I realized I haven’t made a cankle update in FOREVER and since I KNOW that people are FASCINATED by it, I thought I would do so.

I’m Mostly Normal. I have some occasional pain, some swelling, and kickass scars. I haven’t started wearing high heels over a half-inch or so for any length of time yet.

As you can see from my picture taken with my camera phone and edited in MS Paint, Cankle is still larger than Non-Cankle, and lacks some of the boniness it had prior to being broken into bits.

There is a stitch still embedded in my skin that I can’t get out. My OCD does not like this at all.

Disappointingly, this one doesn’t look quite as awesome as it is in real life. First of all, it’s three inches long (TWSS) and second of all, it’s sort of situated in this weird dent between my outside plate and my Achilles tendon, which feels reeeeallllyyy weird.  This is the scar that I would not have had if I wasn’t stupid enough to try and use my crutches to go to the bathroom after drinking half a bottle of wine and taking a few (low-dose!) Vicodin. *shudder* That hurt more than the initial accident.

The good thing is that my range of motion is pretty much back to normal, and I’m at about 90% of my strength (my calf atrophied like you would NOT believe). I wish I’d done a better job of documenting it, because it was kind of fucking cool. Then again, it’s apparent that my photography skills are sub-par and my paleness is so intense that it basically reflects the flash and makes up-close pictures all shiny and weird.

Incidentally, I have $32,000 worth of hardware up in this bitch. Imma pawn it and pay off (some of) my student loans!

Fuck Your Fascist Beauty Standards

17 Mar

I’ve been here five minutes and have already gotten shit about not wearing green.

I swear, I’m becoming more misanthropic by the day.

I do love corned beef, though.

“Pro-Lifers” Don’t Give a Fuck About People

9 Mar

This is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve read in quite a while.

What happened to this family is fucking VILE. Nobody should have to experience that. I can’t even imagine what that woman went through, having to carry what was essentially a dead baby to term while strangers asked when she was due and what sex the baby was.

Forced birthers have no compassion. If they did, they would accept that fucking is part of being human and that accidents happen. If they did, they would understand that sometimes women must make difficult choices to take care of themselves and their families. If they did, they would stop harassing clinic workers and doctors for doing their jobs, and patients for undergoing medical procedures that can be painful and difficult.

If they did, they would spare this family any more suffering than it has endured, and they would let this baby die quickly and without pain instead of spending the first and last 15 minutes of her life struggling to breathe.

Time to be a Cranky Pedant

1 Mar

“Koch” is pronounced “coke,” not “cock” or “Koch” as in “Ed Koch”. I realize this greatly reduces the number of excellent jokes that can be made, so if you would like to continue using the word “Koch” as substitute for “cock” in jokes, feel free.

As someone who lived in the same state with the rat bastards for 24 years, I felt that I should do what I could to ensure that any mocking of those fuckface douchebags’ name accurately reflected its pronunciation.

HALP!

25 Feb

I need suggestions on how to take pictures of a co-worker clandestinely for later defacement.

I’m asking for a friend.

No, really. How could you doubt me?!