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yeah, because a war against Syria initiated by Suadi Arabia and the U.S. is TOTALLY going to be all about fighting for human rights, democracy, and against despotism … 

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Just let this sink in: Men have killed more girlfriends/wives in the last 12 years in the US than the total number of Americans who were killed on 9/11, in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/50-actual-facts-about-dom_b_2193904.html)

The idea that the “war on terror” needs to take place in the Middle East is disgustingly sexist and racist.

There is an epidemic of gender-based terrorist violence that occurs everyday in this country against women and THAT is the war on terror that needs to be fought.


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Victory for Bei Bei Shuai and the fight against the criminalization of women


A friend writes: “Great news - after a national campaign, Bei Bei Shuai is now freed and the charges have been dropped.

Here’s a refresher on her case and the hell she was put through because of the ideology of some right-wing Democrat prosecutor:”

http://www.thenation.com/article/166664/protect-pregnant-women-free-bei-bei-shuai

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The fact that she has been freed and the charges dropped is actually a HUGE victory, in my opinion, thanks to the countless people who tirelessly fought to expose this sexist injustice!

This case was always about the criminalization of women, plain and simple, turning pregnancy and reproduction — at its basic-most level — into a matter of criminal, rather than purely medical, or hell, simply natural, concern.


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you know what. this is a really fucked way for NBC to talk about this. their ENTIRE argument through this article is so clearly JUST a rant against guns and violence that they miss what i think is a bigger issue: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

i mean, hello, a woman has just been murdered by her husband!!!!

to use that as a “teaching” moment to choose the topic to be about gun-control, rather than violence against women, is, in my opinion, pure callous sexism.

especially given the fact that approximately 3 women in the U.S. are killed every 24 hours by a spouse or a known intimate. (Over 1,000 every year). And that homicide as a result of domestic violence accounts for 30% of all homicides against women every year.

i’m sorry, but this phenomenon of mass misogyny which exists in America is not BECAUSE of the prevalence of guns. it is because of the prevalence of SEXISM which this society fosters.

THIS is the real scandal.

As Mother Jones magazine put it recently, “Domestic violence is the No. 1 cause of injury to women. The incidents add up to more than all the rapes, muggings, and car accidents women experience each year. One out of every four women in the United States will be physically injured by a lover in her lifetime. That translates into a woman being assaulted every nine seconds in America.”

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Jesus. Unfortunately predictable. When you have a military that maintains clandestine “black sites” around the world where they engage in torture and other human rights abuses, is it any wonder that certain members of said military will begin to operate their own, amateur “black sites” where they can commit rape, and engage in all sorts of misogynistic (and we can assume racist) behaviors???

And this is the military force that is supposed to be dropping bombs of freedom and liberty on the people of Syria??!!!

Fuck the USA.

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… in India there are certain ways in which rape is used to maintain the status quo. In Kashmir the army has raped a lot of women, and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act gives them immunity and allows that to happen. So, too, in Manipur and Nagaland. In Chhattisgarh, in Walking with the Comrades I wrote about how many women watched their sisters or mothers or children being raped and murdered. In Gujarat, when the 2002 pogrom against Muslims happened, women were openly gang-raped, pregnant women had their stomachs ripped open, they were burnt alive. There was a horrendous incident in a village called Karalanji in Maharashtra where about 300 upper-caste people surrounded the house of a Dalit family and they raped and murdered a mother and daughter and then killed the whole family. The media took more than a month to even report it, and even later the people were called Maoists.

So you start to wonder which rapes are going to attract the national and international media, and which rapes are we just going to accept as a matter of routine. To be fair, initially, when the protests happened in Delhi, women did begin to raise these issues, and it did expand into a much more political view of what was going on. And then, of course, there was this ordinance that was passed. But you will see that in the ordinance that was passed once again the government just looked at rape as a security issue, which means that in a big city, where there would be issues of marital rape, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, caste, all of these were just pushed out of the picture once again. It was an important moment to ask a lot of questions, which some people asked, but at the same time, you could see them sort of evolving from the anti-corruption protests and so on. Who were the people who were out then?

It also relates to the phenomenon of these massive populations moving to the cities and young girls beginning to work, young girls beginning to leave the home to become financially independent, to begin to break away from traditional behavior, which creates a huge anger amongst traditional men. All of that is going on.
Arundhati Roy, “Corporate power, women, and resistance in India today” | International Socialist Review (2013)

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Some of the most flagrant symptoms of social deterioration are acknowledged as serious problems only when they have assumed such epidemic proportions that they appear to defy solution. Rape is a case in point. In the United States today, it is one of the fastest-growing violent crimes.1 After ages of silence, suffering and misplaced guilt, sexual assault is explosively emerging as one of the telling dysfunctions of present-day capitalist society. The rising public concern about rape in the United States has inspired countless numbers of women to divulge their past encounters with actual or would-be assailants. As a result, an awesome fact has come to light: appallingly few women can claim that they have not been victims, at one time in their lives, of either attempted or accomplished sexual attacks.

In the United States and other capitalist countries, rape laws as a rule were framed originally for the protection of men of the upper classes, whose daughters and wives might be assaulted. What happens to working-class women has usually been of little concern to the courts; as a result, remarkably few white men have been prosecuted for the sexual violence they have inflicted on these women. While the rapists have seldom been brought to justice, the rape charge has been indiscriminately aimed at Black men, the guilty and innocent alike. Thus, of the 455 men executed between 1930 and 1967 on the basis of rape convictions, 405 of them were Black.

Angela Davis writing in 1981 on the phenomenon that has come to be known today as “rape culture.”

Amazing how this literally could have been written yesterday and would still be just as relevant.

  • Davis, Angela. Women, Race, & Class. 1981.

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The colonial and racial oppression of Native Americans by the U.S. is NOT a thing of the past. In particular, women of Native American descent continue to face an utterly pernicious combination of racism, sexism, and economic exploitation. If this were happening in any country besides the U.S. or one of its powerful Western allies, this would be immediately condemned as a human rights catastrophe by the international media and NGOs.

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While the title of this report leaves MUCH to be desired, this study done by Campus Advocacy Network at the University of Illinois - Chicago, is very revealing and important.

I’ve heard some people say that rape is not really a “cultural” or “structural” problem in the U.S., because the only men who commit rape are those who have been abused by their mothers or who are mentally or psychological ill.

Not only is this incorrect and insulting to people with psychological disabilities, it is also absolutely incorrect. Rape is not an aberration in our society. It is an organic outgrowth of a society which systematically oppresses women, treats them as inferior, degrades their humanity, dismisses their opinions and views, and generally renders them as subordinate to men. Such dehumanization of women, such misogyny, sends the message that women’s ideas/wants are not to be taken too seriously. Women are nags, annoyances, whiners, and it is simply better for men to ignore what they say most of the time.

Ignoring what someone says; dismissing someone’s stated wishes and desires. Isn’t it clear that this phenomenon can all too easily get carried over into the sexual domain? If a man wants something from a woman, it’s his right to simply take it … and all the more so if he will never be caught or punished!

This is not to say that ALL men actually do commit rape. Far from it. But a permissive attitude towards sexual assault DEFINITELY exists throughout our society, and is accepted by a large number — if not the majority — of men (and is internalized by even a large number of women, as well), including those at the very top of our society in the political, cultural, media, and economic realms. It is this general culture of sexism and misogyny which needs to be combated, and which forms the basis for the flourishing of sexual violence.

Please read through the following survey:

- A survey of 6,159 college students enrolled at 32 institutions in the U.S. found the following: (ref 4)

· 54% of the women surveyed had been the victims of some form of sexual abuse; more than one in four college-aged women had been the victim of rape or attempted rape;

· 57% of the assaults occurred on dates;

· 73% of the assailants and 55% of the victims had used alcohol or other drugs prior to the assault;

· 25% of the men surveyed admitted some degree of sexually aggressive behavior;

· 42% of the victims told no one.

- In a survey of high school students, 56% of the girls and 76% of the boys believed forced sex was acceptable under some circumstances. (ref 5)

- A survey of 11-to-14 year-olds found:(ref 5)

· 51% of the boys and 41% of the girls said forced sex was acceptable if the boy, “spent a lot of money” on the girl;

· 31% of the boys and 32% of the girls said it was acceptable for a man to rape a woman with past sexual experience;

· 87% of boys and 79% of girls said sexual assault was acceptable if the man and the woman were married;

· 65% of the boys and 47% of the girls said it was acceptable for a boy to rape a girl if they had been dating for more than six months.

- In a survey of male college students:

· 35% anonymously admitted that, under certain circumstances, they would commit rape if they believed they could get away with it (ref 6,7).

· One in 12 admitted to committing acts that met the legal definitions of rape, and 84% of men who committed rape did not label it as rape.(ref 6,7)

- In another survey of college males: (ref 8)

· 43% of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman’s protest, using physical aggression, and forcing intercourse.

· 15% acknowledged they had committed acquaintance rape; 11% acknowledged using physical restraints to force a woman to have sex.

- Women with a history of rape or attempted rape during adolescence were almost twice as likely to experience a sexual assault during college, and were three times as likely to be victimized by a husband. (ref 9)

- Sexual assault is reported by 33% to 46% of women who are being physically assaulted by their husbands.(ref 10)


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W.T.F.!!! And people want to say that the U.S. is not a totally misogynistic society. This is rape culture at its most basic and obvious.

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I don’t like the term rape culture, It makes it sound like there is a society where everyone rapes each other constantly. Also, Rape is not necessarily misgony, It’s the hatred of who ever you are raping. However, In the case of female victims, It’s usually men who had such awfully abusive mothers that they came to hate women. Because, Your parents are a model for the genders. It’s what you universialise as a child, And into adulthood. As usual, Childhood trauma is the root if all evil. The world gets better when children are treated better.

Should I roll out the rape statistics? Point of fact, the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in the global society is significant enough that I would conclusively assert that the Western civilization at the least is a rape culture. In the US 90%+ of rape cases are legally dismissed or otherwise ignored. Nearly 5% of the male population has committed rape and one in six of the female population has been subject to rape. The legal treatment of rape and sexual assault in countries like the US de facto and de jure institutionalizes rape as a statistically significant part of our society. Add to the the socialization of rape apologist and the tact tolerance or even acceptance of rapists in the culture.

yeah, And that’s horrible, But not exactly what I mean. I can’t imagine anyone who seriously would believe or say that having sex with someone against their will is perfectly fine though. At the very least they would say it’s undesirable. I’ve only met ONE person to EVER say anything like that. It was this one girl who said that sometimes a guy will date a girl and be raped by the girl, And he defined him having sex with her when he didn’t really feel like it as rape. Or the reverse as rape as well, Which is so obviously ridiculous.  I was talking about universal morality and she just wants everything to seem subjective so she has to make something up.

But that is the closet I’ve ever seen of anyone really “defending rape” However, You shouldn’t ignore the cases of female rape upon men. Especially being there are so many single mothers now, There are probably a lot of cases of mothers sexually abusing/raping their children. I know mothers get away with abusing their children in all kinds of ways a lot.

To be honest though, Society is just an inverted pyramid to crush the child, Everything they say about loving and caring about children is bullshit. They just want to destroy the child as much as possible to create more messed up drones to go along with it all. 

I think child rights are the most important really, And if children were treated better, So would everyone else. A man is sexist because of his childhood, A murderer kills because of his childhood. This is not new or controversial, This has been proven and studied for decades. Especially now with epigentics, If we want to prevent crime, And all sorts of horrors of war and bigotry, We have to stop child abuse first. Rapists only rape because of SIGNIFICANT abuse, And I couldn’t imagine a rapist who wasn’t significantly sexually abused, If not raped as a child.

I have no disagreements about the universality of childabuse and the clear negative consequences it has on the society. I will disagree with you about the prevalence of rapists; their incentive is to hide in the crowd, and I would be very surprised if you could get a direct admission from a rapist; it’s the problem of dealing with liars and deceivers. Chances are that you’ve met a rapist directly but didn’t realize it. Almost 1 in 20 is highly significant. Rape apologists are way more prevalent than actual rapists; check out the fiasco of FetLife if you need examples; read criticisms off the site itself because the moderators and Baku are rape apologists and censor discussions and public service announcements about members of the site. While rape apologists may not necessarily actually engage in rape they do enable it by choice of action and inaction.

You should be careful not to mistake failure of imagination and absence of evidence for proof of non-existence or evidence of absence. Furthermore, even if we break up rape into a classification system within a class of consent violations, we end up with a culture that looks like Swiss cheese with the numerous consent violations ranging from harassment to sexual assault to non-consentual sexuality to violent sexual non-consent. Rapists—male, female, queer, trans, and other—consists of millions of people in the US alone; violators of consent consist of a strictly larger set of people than that; this means that we’re talking about 1/3 of the population or more exhibiting problematic—perhaps not legally defined as rape—consent with maybe 10% of the total population being violent about or with their consent violations. 10% of the US population is around 30 million people.

THIS IS WRONG, and explains why you are reluctant to recognize the prevalence of sexual assault in our society and how much of a problem it is.

You write: "I can’t imagine anyone who seriously would believe or say that having sex with someone against their will is perfectly fine though. At the very least they would say it’s undesirable."

You should see the figures from the following survey (available in full at  http://www.uic.edu/depts/owa/sa_rape_support.html):

- In a survey of high school students, 56% of the girls and 76% of the boys believed forced sex was acceptable under some circumstances.

- A survey of 11-to-14 year-olds found:

· 51% of the boys and 41% of the girls said forced sex was acceptable if the boy, “spent a lot of money” on the girl;

· 31% of the boys and 32% of the girls said it was acceptable for a man to rape a woman with past sexual experience;

· 87% of boys and 79% of girls said sexual assault was acceptable if the man and the woman were married;

· 65% of the boys and 47% of the girls said it was acceptable for a boy to rape a girl if they had been dating for more than six months.

- In a survey of male college students:

· 35% anonymously admitted that, under certain circumstances, they would commit rape if they believed they could get away with it (ref 6,7).

· One in 12 admitted to committing acts that met the legal definitions of rape, and 84% of men who committed rape did not label it as rape.(ref 6,7)

- In another survey of college males: (ref 8)

· 43% of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman’s protest, using physical aggression, and forcing intercourse.

· 15% acknowledged they had committed acquaintance rape; 11% acknowledged using physical restraints to force a woman to have sex.


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W.T.F.!!! And people want to say that the U.S. is not a totally misogynistic society. This is rape culture at its most basic and obvious.

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The American “justice” system = misogyny & racism.

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The video below is disturbing to say the least as a court “Marshall” sexually assaults a women, who pleads to be assigned a female officer, is ignored by the judge sitting right there, tuned away and playing with the victims daughter.

The victim complains about the assault to the judge, then is arrested by court officers because she refuses to recant her sexual assault complaint.

According to the news report, multiple employees and managers at the  county family court are under investigation for covering up an assault by a court Marshall.

After a six-month internal investigation, court Marshall Ron Fox was fired for the incident seen below.


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Rather, is our SOCIETY a breeding ground for misogyny, which finds most visible expression on the internet?

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As internet trolls and online abuse against women increases, Jon Snow talks to New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny, who has received abuse on Twitter herself, and lawyer Luke Gittos.


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holy fuck. only the NYTimes could turn the sexual idiosyncrasies and predatory creepiness of a man into a full-throttle racist, sexist, and islamophobic diatribe against a woman …


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SCAR protests USC staff Title IX violations

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Today, members of the Student Coalition Against Rape banded together to protest the recent (and ongoing) civil rights violations perpetrated by specific faculty — including DPS officers, employees at the Student Counseling Center and Engemann Student Health Center, SJACS committee members such as Raquel Torres-Retana, and the growing list of administrators who have not responded to direct correspondence from students.

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