“Eight percent of college men have either attempted or successfully raped. Thirty percent say they would rape if they could get away with it. When the wording was changed to “force a woman to have sex,” the number jumped to 58%. Worse still, 83.5% argue that “some women look like they are just asking to be raped.”—
Margo Maine, Ph.D. (Body Wars).
There was a time that, as a person of the male persuasion, seeing this quote made me really mad. It made me mad that women would assume that I was a rapist; it made me mad that rape was becoming ‘my problem’; it made me mad because, frankly, I didn’t think it was true. I think that this is a really common male attitude when confronted with rape statistics- or, at least, it has been in my purely anecdotal experience.
But now, I know there is no excuse for that. Men need to take responsibility and look at these numbers for what they really are, and what they really, truly represent. Men, don’t be mad at the woman who is justifiably wary that more than half of the men she knows could be her potential rapist. Don’t be mad at that there’s someone trying to rain on your fun, privileged parade where rape is something that only happens on Law & Order. Don’t be mad that you can’t accept that rape is way more common than you think. Most of all, don’t be mad at the woman who was raped and is seeking justice and help for her assault just because you thinks she looks like she was ‘asking for it.’
Be mad at the man who waits in the park to prey on the women who have a right to feel safe in their own communities. Be mad at the man who takes advantage of his drunk girlfriend. Be mad at the man who pushes the issue when his wife isn’t in the mood. Be mad at the man who catcalls, who makes unwelcome advances, who cops a feel.
Don’t be angry at the woman who doesn’t entirely trust you. Be angry at the men who have made her feel that way. Don’t be a part of a problem.
In an interview with The Guardian, Google employee Tim Bray said that he’s recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force to use error code 451 when a website is blocked by the government.
For those who don’t recognize the symbolism, the number pays homage to the late Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 which was first published in 1950. The story warned of a dystopian world defined by government-imposed censorship which arrived in the form of burning any house that contained books.
The man shot and killed by a California Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 10 one month ago today was not armed, investigators told The Desert Sun on Wednesday.
Robert Shirar, 32, was shot at least six times — three times in his chest and once each in the right ring finger, right wrist and upper abdomen, according to an autopsy commissioned by the family.
Shirar crashed his pickup into a metal rail on I-10, just east of Jefferson Street, sometime early May 21. Two CHP officers found Shirar underneath the nearby overpass about 5 a.m.
Indio police continue to investigate what led up to the crash and what prompted one of the officers to fire his service weapon, police spokesman Ben Guitron said Wednesday.
“He was not armed,” Guitron said in response to repeated Desert Sun inquiries. “What led to the officer-involved shooting, at this time we are not prepared at this time to release it.”
Police have spent the last four weeks digging into Shirar’s criminal and medical history, and questions have been as detailed as what pain medications Shirar took, his mother said.
“At one point, they asked us to identify what kind of cigarette lighter he uses,” his mother, Bonnie Bohart of Newport Beach, said. “That, to me, made it sound like they were trying to determine if … he went to light a cigarette and they shot him.”
If this is true, and he was unarmed and shot without probable cause, he’s another victim of the Police State taking over North America. Even if he did have a gun in his vehicle at the time of the accident, why would an injured and, one assumes, trapped man attempt to fire at police? The whole thing reeks, and should be investigated to the full extent that it can be.
TENSIONS ARE running high in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn after NYPD narcotics detective Phillip Atkins shot and killed an unarmed woman, 23-year-old Shantel Davis, on June 14.
Atkins and his partner say they spotted Davis and followed her after she allegedly drove a stolen car erratically through red lights. Davis crashed her vehicle into a parked mini-van.
According to witnesses, Atkins arrived at the scene and attempted to drag Davis out of the passenger side of the vehicle with his gun drawn. Trapped in the car by an airbag and fearing for her life, Davis cried out, “Don’t shoot me! Please don’t shoot me!” Seconds later, Atkins fired his gun into her chest at point-blank range. The officers then pulled her out of the car—and attempted to handcuff her as she lay in a pool of her own blood in the middle of the intersection.
As shocked onlookers surrounded the scene, they began shouting, “Murderer! Murderer!” Atkins and his partner proceeded to collect video surveillance tapes and cameras from all of the businesses surrounding the intersection.
Garth Thomas Messiah, an eyewitness to the incident, described what he saw:
Two police officers approached a young 23-year-old woman, and murdered and slaughtered our sister in cold blood. And the cover-up is that it’s an accident. It wasn’t an accident. They were trailing her and following her. They got dirt on this woman. They cornered her right there, and the car crashed into the post. The airbags were deployed. There’s no way that she could run or get away. There were no weapons in the car—no gun, no nothing.