~ MRA douchebags in Edmonton are harassing and intimidating women. Surprise! This time they’re pissed off that the successful campaign by the City of Edmonton – the “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign – doesn’t devote 50% of its resources to women rapists. Yes, you heard me. Read it on Manboobz. If you have a strong stomach you can see how the assholes countered the campaign with a series of posters asserting, essentially, that women bring it on themselves. Via Manboobz again, because let’s not give A Voice for Douchebags clicks, agreed?
~Rape Culture 101 – Shakesville
An old post from 2007.Still the best definition ever assembled. I can’t excerpt from it, because I would have to excerpt the whole thing. Here’s a small taste:
Rape culture is tasking victims with the burden of rape prevention. Rape culture is encouraging women to take self-defense as though that is the only solution required to preventing rape. Rape culture is admonishing women to “learn common sense” or “be more responsible” or “be aware of barroom risks” or “avoid these places” or “don’t dress this way,” and failing to admonish men to not rape.
~ Via The Hairpin, Jia sits down with – well, the title is pretty explanatory.
Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
I think that the public perceives first of all that late abortion could be completely eliminated if people would only get their act together and have their abortions earlier, which is completely untrue.
I also think that people assume that women do this casually—that they’ve known they were pregnant for thirty weeks and then were on their way down to the hair salon and they saw the abortion clinic and they decided to just walk in to avoid the inconveniences of motherhood. That also is completely untrue. No matter how available birth control and first-trimester and second-trimester abortion is, you are always going to have the need for later abortions. A woman would never do this casually. The procedure lasts three or four days, and is fairly disagreeable.
And finally, the brilliant Louis CK and Conan (both gingers!) on why we fiddle with cell phones and hate to be alone.
(like a bitch, Louis? really?)