"A man's guide on 'getting awesome with women' is being slammed as a how-to guide for rapists after disturbing excerpts of the yet-to-be published book were uncovered through social media."
"God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick." —Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock clarifies his declaration that "even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen."
So we all had a Big Bunch of Feelings about the NYPD rape trial of the summer. And now, in a really pretty incredible move, one of the jurors has written a very serious account of what it was like to serve. Back in June, Patrick Kirkland wrote on his blog: "Over the last three months, I’ve been unable to talk about a major part of my life. No, it’s not because I didn’t know how to, or I didn’t know what to say, but because, by law, I couldn’t. As a writer, I was told specifically not to write about them. Not to document it, not [...]
Hey, they found that one guy who was accused of rape but wasn't a rapist and wrote a magazine story about him. (Totally justified sarcasm aside, it's still a fascinating story. But I mean!)
You've pretty much perp-walked yourself down a dark alley of the theoretical if you have to include the disclaimer "I, of course, consider rape and attempted rape as crimes," Bernard Henri-Levy. Oh do you? That's great.
But do keep reading his bizarre thoughts. Because after he mistakes New York tabloid front pages for "public opinion" (sure, he's foreign, it's confusing here) then he talks about "a kind of class justice in reverse." Ooh, the ugly spectre of reverse classism! It's incredible that this is France's most famous thinker—he can barely think his way through a 900-word Daily Beast blog post.
Lest we forget, the terrible New York City alleged cop rape case is still horrifically parading through the courtroom. To my mind it hasn't been going so well for the defense but I'm also willing to keep an open mind, I guess, sort of. Updates from the last few days:
• So, previously, when the defense claimed that the victim told people she wasn't sure she'd been raped? Turns out she told plenty of people, including her neighbor and her boss, that she'd been raped. And that she was sure. So, you know, there's that.
Just FYI: Gang Rape Story Lacked Balance is about as strong a condemnation as you'll get from the Times public editor. I mean, it's not like he's going to print "That Story Was a F'ing Shit Show, Am I Right?" It's not his way; they are exceedingly old world and genteel. Also, interesting that no editor or reporter interviews took place. (As of yet! That we know!)
From time to time, the Awl offers its space to members of the community with an interesting viewpoint on current events. Today we hear from a Republican party strategist who is concerned with the party's recent difficulties at the federal level.
This morning, and over the next few days, you will see a lot of conversation about the ways in which the Republican party needs to change if it wants to return to being a successful power in national politics. While there will be a number of arguments about demographics, economic opportunity and social outreach, it seems pretty clear that the most important thing the Republican party needs to do [...]
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) August 21, 2012
Rape was so much simpler last year, when we just had rape and rape-rape. Now that we're having the War on Women Election—it's your turn again, ladies!—we have to be really cognizant of how many different kinds of rape there are and which are more serious, important and bad.
We'll learn more this morning but apparently the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to be dropped. According to the New York Post, this is because his accuser has had… "questionable personal relationships"? (Uh, me too?) And was a "liar." According to the Times, "One law enforcement official involved in the investigation said no single problematic detail about Ms. Diallo’s background, or even all of them put together, had undermined the prosecution’s faith in its ability to present a viable case"—but that the department felt they couldn't put her forward as a viable witness. If the motion the DA's office files today resembles this patchwork of weird character/witness [...]
Friday May 27th—that's tomorrow!—at 5 p.m., at 100 Centre Street, Manhattan. Facebook group here.
In what the New York Times described as "tawdry allegations," the head of the International Monetary Fund and the possible next president of France was yanked out of first class on an Air France flight at JFK on charges that he'd raped a maid at the Sofitel in New York City.
Like most rapes, this is clearly an elaborate plot by the French Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence, the French President and possibly the CIA and/or Carla Bruni. "He must have been trapped," said the head of France's Christian Democratic Party. "He is a well-known seducer but does not have the profile of a rapist," [...]
Unsurprisingly, I'm not particularly enjoying each morning's report from the New York City police offer rape trial. (Yeah, go figure.) Here's part one and here's part two, and it's a rotten thing to wake up and read. The story, in brief, is that a young woman came home to the East Village intoxicated; she needed help getting out of the cab, so the cabbie called 911; two cops arrived, took her in; paid the cab; and then they returned to her apartment three more times that night. (They said they were discussing her alcoholism with her, which, that's not something you do while someone has come home [...]
"In early 2013, the LRRL proposed a simple solution: a curfew for men. Every male person over the age of thirteen would be legally required to be accompanied by at least one female person over the age of eighteen when leaving his home between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m." —Is this how humanity will stop rape?
Other Things Missouri Representative Todd Akin Believes To Be True About The Uterus, Besides Its Ability To "Shut Down" A Legitimate Rape
• The average uterus is "cash only."
• When provoked or frightened, a uterus emits a high-pitched scream that instantly stuns its attacker.
• The natural enemies of the uterus are the locust, the hawk, the carpenter ant, and the witch.
• It is possible to use a uterus to determine the nearest source of fresh water or magnetic North but not both.
• A uterus will freeze at any temperature below that of 15C.
The rumors have it that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is getting released on his own recognizance today, from his current state of house arrest. I read last night's Times story three times ("Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as Near Collapse"), and it's one of those cases where the reporters are conveying more than they can say; it's good reporting and also a really poorly edited piece of garbage? Because it doesn't actually explain the situation that would result in Strauss-Kahn's change in bail status. Let us sort the anonymous "law enforcement" claims about the accuser from most to least serious!
• "the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within [...]
Well, the most terrible story in the world has reached its conclusion by verdict. "The jury convicted both officers of official misconduct for entering the woman’s apartment, but found them not guilty of all other charges, including burglary and falsifying business records." So…. that's that. (Although the civil case will proceed.)
I'm sure Dominique Strauss-Kahn is breathing easier this morning.
The 11-year-old in Texas who was raped by a group of men was not, it turns out, asking for it, reports the paper of record, which was previously not really clear regarding the sixth-grader's ability to be considered a "proper" rape victim. (That is, when the paper wasn't overly concerned about the futures of the young men involved.) Yes, it's do-over time on the most outrageous story in the world, one that was so wildly mishandled that it prompted world-wide outcry and now… another, more thorough story—a story that is now about a "nightmarish ordeal." (You think?) It turns out the 11-year-old in question was a very [...]