“Sometimes my friends and I stop each other mid-sentence and say, ‘Oh my god, you guys. We go to Harvard. This is so weird,’” Maria, a junior, said recently over Skype chat.
Harvard had been Maria’s dream school for years. (She requested a pseudonym, but not because she’s not proud of her alma mater.) A Read More
Abortion has come back to the forefront of the political race after Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, who is currently running for a Senate seat, made a very stupid remark about women not getting pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.”
The damage is done: Republicans are treating Akin like a leper; he’s been asked not to attend the RNC and to drop out of the race by no less than Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and it’s doubtful his campaign will ever recover from this gaffe.
And while it’s good that Todd Akin’s comments have gotten people talking about an issue that has been mainly pushed aside this election, some of the outraged responses to the Congressman’s statement are in (almost) as poor taste as the original remark. Here’s how we shouldn’t be talking about the issue of “legitimate rape.”
Occupy Wall Street
In the dark history of human atrocity, one savage, inhuman chapter that is always missing from the textbooks in courses about the Pacific conflict in World War II is the Rape of Nanking. Except for the occasional documentary, this harrowing event has gone largely unexplored by filmmakers, yet it surges with historic value and the elements of heartbreaking drama. Ask history majors about what the Japanese did to freedom-loving civilians to alter the world and all they know is Pearl Harbor, Bataan and the Death March. Now the great Chinese director Zhang Yimou has made a valiant and compassionate effort to enlighten the ignorant. The Flowers of War is his best film since Raise the Red Lantern. It is emotionally shattering.
Occupy Wall Street
Even with the best intentions, any community is bound to have some trouble. And though oftentimes that trouble for those cohabiting on Occupy Wall Street seems to becoming from outside forces — the police, the banks, the mayor — occasionally it comes from within.
Tonye Iketubosin, 26 years old and from Crown Heights, has been linked to at least two incidents of sexual assault in the recently sprung-up tent city in Zuccotti Park…one case of which involves a minor.
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Ugh, women. Can’t they go five minutes without ruining a rally against corporate greed with their claims of inter-protest misogyny, objectification, and rape?
When filmmaker Steven Greenstreet created his Tumblr Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street in mid-October, he was attempting to show “the sexy side of protesting.” Unsurprisingly, his site was only up for a day before feminist blogs tore into the “creepy voyeur” for what they perceived as a sexist objectification of women – many of whom were photographed apparently without their knowledge or consent.
Back in November, New York’s local WABC-TV weatherwoman Heidi Jones told police that she had been attacked and almost raped by a Hispanic man in Central Park, who then later followed her home and tried to assault her again outside her apartment. The event had taken place in September, Jones claimed, but she had waited to tell the police until the man had shown up again at her building to harass her.
Julian Assange, speaking with the BBC, says that the accusations of sexual misconduct made against him in Sweden are a smear campaign, that it’s working to tarnish his image, but that in the end the attention only makes Wikileaks stronger.
“Two days ago I did a search on Google for my name, some Read More
Back in 2004 Julian Assange, then 33, chatted up a 19-year-old student, Elizabeth (not her real name) at the University of Melbourne. He charmed her, then walked her home and kissed her.
Over the next few days he pursued her, and Gawker’s Adrian Chen has the exclusive, detailing Assange’s increasingly stalkerish e-pistles.
After Elizabeth Read More
Time to trade in those Che Guvera tees.
British authorities took Julian Assange into custody this morning over rape charges in Sweden.
Within hours Read More
Swedish authorities have changed their tune again regarding the rape allegations against chief Wikileaker Julian Assange. Prosecutors are reopening the case.
CNN reports that Marianne Ny, Swedish director of public prosecutions, believes “There is reason to believe that a crime has been committed.” In a statement Ny said that “information Read More