changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Originally posted by [personal profile] zombres at Please take a seat in the shaming room...

Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

The shaming room awaits.

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changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
I bought a book called Women of the Bible at a used bookstore for possible research purposes. Flipping through it when I got home, I saw two of the chapters were titled "Moses's Mother" and "Moses's Sister". Jochebed and Miriam, people. At least it was only two bucks.


Jul. 1st, 2010 10:00 am
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
To hand out to the next person you hear say something along the lines of "but why didn't she/you just go to the cops?"

Rape and the Police, over at Jim Hines' LJ.


Nov. 19th, 2009 11:00 am
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
So, given that the next movie's coming out, thought it might be a good time to finally do a post on the Twilight books.

This review is not a positive 'Oh Edward how I love thee let me count the ways' one, so if you don't want to read, feel free to skip. )
changeyourstars8: (Bring it on)
From [ profile] _yggdrasil [Bad username or site: @], and others on my friendslist:

So all I have to do is be an artiste, and that gives me a free pass to do anything! I can drug and rape a child, and I'll still get a bunch of actors and directors circling the wagons. Good to know!!

Keeping an eye on that list and feeling sick over it. I mean, Tilda Swinton? Terry Gilliam? Come on, you guys. There's a part of me still hoping that tomorrow I'll wake up and see that list was all a huge badly-planned practical joke. But yeah, figure the odds.

On the good side, Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg have apparently come out and said that oh by the way, no, they are not going to throw their support behind a child rapist and longtime fugitive. Much love for them. Though how low is the damn bar in this society when it almost seems a revolutionary thing for those guys to speak out against a guy who was 44 when he attacked a 13 year old?


I'm going to go eat more ice cream and pretend I live on Mars or something.

ETA: How much do I love Kate Harding? Thiiiiiiiis much.

ETA 2: No, really. Love.

Poor kid

Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:11 pm
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Okay, technically I know she's not a kid anymore, but this is just horrifying:

Mackenzie Phillips's Father is a Gigantic Tool

I am replacing the AP's headline with a more accurate one. Because the guy hooked her on drugs when she was a child and then raped her repeatedly. There is a better headline for that than one including the words "had sex with her dad". For the millionth time, sex and rape are not interchangeable terms. Goddamn stupid media.
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
And Cereta hits the nail on the head

I haven't been able to read all the comments yet, but the essay is a good one.


Apr. 27th, 2009 03:25 pm
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
I saw an ad for Observe and Report both times I saw Watchmen, and while there wasn't any chance of me going to see it anyway (since it looked distinctly unfunny) this takes it from unfunny to beyond offensive and disgusting.


Feb. 13th, 2009 08:32 pm
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
[ profile] ficangel has one of the best posts I've seen about the whole mess and the slew of "OMG she soooo had it coming!!" bullshit that's sprung up around it.

It doesn't matter if you do your very damnedest to not be her, to be quiet, to be good, to not make a fuss, to be thin, to be chaste, to be a good mother, to keep a clean house, to not break a single one of the eggshells that you walk on every single day. It doesn't matter; it's not about you. If he's going to hit you (if he's already hit you), he's going to do it no matter what you do.

Most of you on my flist have been around long enough to know my general opinion on matters such as this. For those of you who are new--

I do not tolerate victim-blaming. EVER. If you read up on this story or others like it and your first instinct is to scoff about how she must've provoked him and he never would've done it if she hadn't been a slut/too mouthy/such a bitch; if your response is to say, "Well, I'm not trying to blame the victim, but" or if you think, "Well, she must be exaggerating"; if you believe Team Chris icons are cute and shirts saying "Rihanna deserved it" are funny . . . then kindly remove yourself from my flist. Thank you. ((I sincerely hope this didn't need to be said, but once in a while people surprise me.))
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Believe it or not, I saw that movie for the first time today. I know, I know, I'm behind.

Haven't seen too many Westerns yet-- I don't remember what the first one I ever saw was, but it had John Wayne in it. The scene was him coming up to this woman's house (I think she was a widow) and she was of course wary of a strange guy on her property, and he looked her over and sneered, "Don't flatter yourself." At which point I delivered a ten-minute lecture to my father about exactly how much of a sleaze the supposed 'hero' of the movie was and then left the room.

The remake of 3:10 to Yuma convinced me that no, not all Westerns are necessarily Like That. So today Chris and I borrowed A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly. We rented High Plains Drifter, which seemed to be the next part in the series. Loved the first three, but then the fourth one opened with Female Stereotype #42 saying nasty things to the Eastwood character until he snaps that she needs to be taught a lesson, and so he drags her into a barn and rapes her while this creepy guy from town watches and grins (of course, by the end of it she's stopped cursing at him and struggling, because we all know that even when women say no, they really want it!).

Chris: *turning off DVD* "Soooo, what do we want to watch instead?"

I check imdb so I can make sure to never ever rent anything else that guy did the screenplay for, and one of the first comments I saw about the movie was, "Well I don't know why people are calling it rape, she was obviously looking for attention and--"

Me: "Self, you cannot psychically make people explode through the computer. Unfortunately."

So now we're watching Pinky and the Brain, because it's unlikely to raise my blood pressure and Kaylee likes dancing to the theme song.

In other news-- dinner was chicken with tomatoes and feta cheese, and lunch yesterday was homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches (white cheddar and bacon). I think I like this whole learning-to-cook thing. :-)
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Okay, so, the "Santa Killer" case. My first thought was that one of those guys ringing bells on the street corner went bonkers. I suppose it was a small blessing that it was filed in the actual news instead of "Odd News" or "Weird Stories".

Because there is nothing odd or weird about this, it is far, far too normal. Not that you'd know it from the constant coverage of "Oh, he was so distraught!" and "Who could have seen this coming?"

Again, for a good take on that crap, go buy Gavin de Becker's book The Gift of Fear. You can get used copies really cheap at; it's one of the best purchases I've ever made.

But as for this particular case? No, he was not 'distraught'. He was not some poor, poor man who was stressed about the holidays and his divorce and just snapped. He was a methodical, entitled, nasty guy who was pissed off about his 'property' trying to get away from him. It happens all the damn time. But instead we get "the Santa killer! Isn't that unusual and quirky? Similarities between this case and others? What are those?" and "Let's ignore the actual statistical patterns in child abuse and murder to focus on Caylee Anthony all. the. time." I mean, I understand the whole 'getting ratings by focusing on the unusual' thing, but there comes a point where focusing on the unusual to the exclusion of the actual patterns becomes irresponsible.

In conclusion, have a link to another rant:

"Domestic violence against women is an epidemic. But we don't care. Even when the horror of it smacks us in the face, we ignore it. We want to sensationalize the freak-show, carnival nature. We want to talk about SANTA committing a holiday massacre."


Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:42 pm
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
What in the everloving hell?

As if I needed any more incentive to not get cable back. Thanks for backing up my decision, idiots.
changeyourstars8: (Bring it on)
Such as oh, say, any day I am reminded that I have Sam Brownback for a Senator. :-P

I got one of those form-letter responses from him today. I wrote in about the proposed HHS regulations (for those who didn't see my previous entry/links on this, it's the "doctors/pharmacists/anybody shouldn't be forced to do their jobs, silly!" regulation). And I got a letter back talking about how horrible and wrong and eeeeevil it is that doctors should have to do something they have a moral problem with.

The letter ended with some idiotic 'I hope you stay in contact with me!' Jackass, the only 'contact' I'd ever want to have with you is my hand smacking the back of your head as I call you a misogynist piece of shit.

Combined with things like this, I'm about ready to just sneak into Canada. Or get on a raft over to England. Or start giving certain know-it-all governmental types vasectomies 'for their own good'. After all, knowing that they're most likely breeding and potentially spreading their stupidity offends my delicate moral sensibilities. And that should of course trump all else, including their bodily autonomy.

Oh wait, you mean it doesn't work that way? Because I'm not figuring out a way to use the Bible as justification? And because they're men and therefore full human beings? Damn.


Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:34 am
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
As if the story about Brooke Bennett wasn't sickening enough, we have idiot writers pulling this shit:

The 14-year-old said she herself had been having sex with Jacques since she was 9, as part of the sex ring.

How goddamned hard is it to write "The 14-year-old said Jacques had been raping her since she was 9"?

We've got assholes who need to be shot in the head assaulting little girls and kidnapping them so that other assholes can have a crack at them, too, and altering their MySpaces so that mysterious 'internet strangers' can be blamed and people in the media who should know better enabling them because oh, an adult male is 'having sex' with a nine-year-old! Rape? Nah, of course not! We all know that doesn't exist. It's always a case of the slut asking for it, or the bitch lying, or the little Lolita tempting the poor guy! How was he supposed to help himself? Boys will be boys, after all!

I swear to god I am going to end up beating these jackasses to death with a copy of the dictionary.

ETA: Oh look! The latest headline! "Death penalty possible in Vermont sex-kidnap". KILL.


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