Mad Max might as well be driving a Barbie Malibu instead of an 18-wheeler War Machine in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” according to one men’s advocacy group, whose comments have started a huge media rumble.
That brings us to the website Return of Kings, even though it is apparently not a product of the #meninist movement (it seems to have existed since at least 2012). The website calls itself “a blog for heterosexual, masculine men.”
Browsing through it is downright awful. It at first seems like a joke, but it’s serious. From its “About” page:
“ROK aims to usher the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favor of creating an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men.”
Women and gay men are discouraged from commenting on the site. They have better things to do, anyway, like get root canals.
Game developer and tech diversity advocate Brianna Wu has been complaining about the lack of action by a prosecuting attorney in response to a death threat voicemail she said she received. On Tuesday, she posted a copy of the voicemail.
Wu’s op-ed article at feminist pop-culture site The Mary Sue raised new questions about whether local or national law enforcement agencies were adequately responding to a wave of anonymous threats she and other women in the game industry have recently faced. The article included a recording of a voicemail left on Wu’s personal phone that called her a “little fucking whore” and threatened to “slit [her] throat.”
Ars was sent a copy of the voicemail with its originating Columbus, Ohio phone number attached, along with call records indicating that the threat was left on Wu’s voicemail on May 12. Wu said that she received more threatening calls from the same number on Wednesday. She has not called the offending number back as per advice from her legal counsel.
In the article, Wu called upon Columbus, Ohio prosecuting attorney Ron O’Brien to issue a subpoena for the name attached to phone records. “If [O’Brien] wished, he could bring criminal charges against this man by the end of the day,” she wrote. (We have contacted O’Brien’s office with a request for comment, and we will update this report with any response.) Wu also hinted to a lack of criminal action taken on behalf of other threats she has received—or on behalf of similar threats sent to developer Zoe Quinn and media critic Anita Sarkeesian.
In a depressing piece that only CCJ could love, the Washington Post catalogues how the relentless stream of rape threats, death threats, insults, doxxing, and “ratfucking” pranks where the target’s address and phone number are listed as available for “rough sex” … are resulting in exhausted feminists basically just throwing in the towel.
Once a woman is singled out by a men’s rights group such as A Voice for Men, the misogynist Reddit forum The Red Pill or even just a right-wing Twitter account like Twitchy, she is deluged with hatred. The barrage, in addition to scaring its target, serves as a warning to onlookers. Jill Filipovic, a senior political writer covering feminist issues at Cosmopolitan, says she recently tried to persuade a friend to run for office. “There’s several reasons why I wouldn’t want to do it, but one of them is that I follow you on Twitter, and I see what people say to you. I could never deal with that,” the friend told her.
Many people can’t. Last year, abortion rights activist Lauren Rankin pulled back from writing online and, for the most part, from Twitter because the threats and insults were becoming so wearying.
To hear Conor Friedersdorf tell it, Marquette University’s decision to fire Asso. Prof. John McAdams for putting the name of a graduate student with whose class-management actions he disagreed with is setting a dangerous precedent:
“One student offered the example of gay marriage as something that Rawls’ Equal Liberty Principle would allow because it would not restrict the liberty of others and therefore should not be illegal,” according to [Dean Richard] Holtz’s version of events. “Ms. [Cheryl] Abbate noted that this was a correct way to apply Rawls’ Principle and is said to have asked ‘does anyone not agree with this?’ Ms. Abbate later added that if anyone did not agree that gay marriage was an example of something that fits the Rawls’ Equal Liberty Principle, they should see her after class.”
Sure enough, a student approached her after class, and in what was arguably an ethical breach, surreptitiously recorded their exchange.
In the recorded conversation, Ms. Abbate essentially says that arguments against gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed in class because they are hurtful. I don’t agree with that, but even so her error did not justify what McAdams did when he heard of the incident. He posted her name in a post on his blog regarding the matter, and as a result Ms. Abbate was set upon by ‘Gamergate’-type haters. From Dean Holtz’s letter to McAdams explaining the decision to fire him:
As a result of your unilateral, dishonorable and irresponsible decision to publicize the name of our graduate student, and your decision to publish information that was false and materially misleading about her and your University colleagues, that student received a series of hate-filled and despicable emails, including one suggesting that she had committed “treason and sedition” and as a result faced penalties such as “drawing, hanging, beheading, and quartering.” Another note, delivered to her campus mailbox, told the student, “You must undo the terrible wrong committed when you were born. Your mother failed to make the right choice. You must abort yourself for the glory of inclusiveness and tolerance.” Accordingly, and understandably, the student feared for her personal safety, and we posted a Public Safety Officer outside her classroom. In addition, as a result of your conduct and its consequences, Ms. Cheryl Abbate now has withdrawn from our graduate program and moved to another University to continue her academic career.
Dean Holtz goes on to note that this is the third time McAdams has pulled this sort of stunt. Of note is that both of the prior incidents were McAdams posting the names of females students who held a left-of-center position:
Your Prior Similar Reckless and Irresponsible Acts, Together With Your Taking Pride from the Impacts of Your Current Conduct, Preclude the Lesser Sanctions of Reprimand or Suspension
You have been asked, advised, and warned on multiple prior occasions not to publicize students’ names in connection with your blog posts. In March 2008, you published the name of a student who worked in advertising for the Marquette Tribune after she had declined to run an advertisement highlighting alleged risks from the “morning after” pill. Only after that student contacted you to advise of the impacts upon her and to request you to cease and desist did you delete her name. In March 2011, you published blog posts regarding a student who was helping to organize a campus performance of The Vagina Monologues. Again, the harmful consequences of
your unilateral naming of students were pointed out. You acknowledged at that time that publishing student names on the Internet was a matter of concern, but given your naming of Ms. Abbate that acknowledgment from 2011 appears to be without meaning or effect. With this latest example of unprofessional and irresponsible conduct we have no confidence that you will live up to any additional assurances on your part that you will take seriously your duties to respect and protect our students, including our graduate student instructors. Indeed, after your blog posts were made and the hateful emails ensued, you gloated that your conduct would negatively impact Ms. Abbate’s opportunities in the future:
Does our blog post harm Abbate, for example making it harder for her to get an
If there are some colleges out there who don’t want instructors who tell students
that opposition to gay marriage is homophobic, Abbate might not get hired there.
That is appropriate. We feel no obligation to suppress information to help her get a
(Bolding in Original)
To his credit, Friedersdorf does link to a blog post by Ms. Abbate where she details the ugliness she was forced to endure. Breitbart.com has also picked up the story but tellingly omits the harassment suffered by Ms. Abbate and the fact that McAdams had improperly published the names of female students twice before. I wonder how long it will be before Charles C. Johnson latches onto the story, for John McAdams’ misogyny mirrors his own.
As for me, I agree with Dean Holtz’s decision to fire McAdams. If this was the first time McAdams had done this, I’d likely give him the benefit of the doubt, but its his third time acting in this way so he gets no such benefit from me. John McAdams is a man who reacts to women disagreeing with him by doxxing them. His actions are inconsistent with the values of Catholic education that I learned and his termination is richly warranted.
Here we go again.
These people are not only not well, they are brainwashed. There is no other way to account for such dangerously brazen stupidity, and hatred.
And I will rise again to my soapbox to say that when sensible people (Democrats or otherwise), stay home during midterms, nutcases like Brian Kurcaba get elected across the country, as happened in 1994, 2010, and 2014.
The Republican Party may be irrelevant as a national party, in terms of their ability to win the White House, but as long as they continue to dominate state and local elections, as they did this last time, they are no less troubling.
The West Virginia House of Delegates began moving a bill Thursday to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill is very similar to one that was passed last year, only to be vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
The bill is one of 11 introduced so far this legislative session that seek to restrict women’s access to abortion.
A similar bill passed both houses of the Legislature last year with overwhelming bipartisan support but was vetoed by Tomblin, who said he had been advised that it was unconstitutional.
The House Health Committee held a public hearing on the bill before discussing it and ultimately passing it 20-5.
The public hearing had 25 speakers against the bill and 8 speaking in favor, although neither side seemed likely to change the other’s mind.
This year’s bill (HB2568) would ban abortions that occur more than 22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period. While that is a change in language from last year’s bill, it does not seem to be a change in practice, as the bill defines that time as “generally consistent with the time that is twenty weeks after fertilization.”
The bill contains some exceptions for medical emergencies or non-viable fetuses.
In medical emergencies the bill says, somewhat quizzically, that “an abortion …shall terminate the pregnancy in the manner which, in reasonable medical judgment, provides the best opportunity for the fetus to survive.”
An amendment from three Democratic delegates that would have added an exception for cases of rape or incest failed, largely along party lines.
“Obviously rape is awful …” said Delegate Brian Kurcaba, R-Monongalia. “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”
In all seriousness, who the fuck SAYS THIS KIND OF SHIT???
Hat tip: Think Progress
More: The Charleston Gazette
Over and over, those of us who work on the internet are told, “Don’t feed the trolls. Don’t talk back. It’s what they want.” But is that true? Does ignoring trolls actually stop trolling? Can somebody show me concrete numbers on that? Anecdotally, I’ve ignored far more trolls than I’ve “fed”, and my inbox hasn’t become any quieter. When I speak my mind and receive a howling hurricane of abuse in return, it doesn’t feel like a plea for my attention - it feels like a demand for my silence.
And some trolls are explicit about it. “If you can’t handle it, get off the internet.” That’s a persistent refrain my colleagues and I hear when we confront our harassers. But why? Why don’t YOU get off the internet? Why should I have to rearrange my life - and change careers, essentially - because you wet your pants every time a woman talks?
My friends say, “Just don’t read the comments.” But just the other day, for instance, I got a tweet that said, “May your bloodied head rest on the edge of an Isis blade.” Colleagues and friends of mine have had their phone numbers and addresses published online (a harassment tactic known as “doxing”) and had trolls show up at their public events or threaten mass shootings. So if we don’t keep an eye on what people are saying, how do we know when a line has been crossed and law enforcement should be involved? (Not that the police have any clue how to deal with online harassment anyway - or much interest in trying.)
Social media companies say, “Just report any abuse and move on. We’re handling it.” So I do that. But reporting abuse is a tedious, labour-intensive process that can eat up half my working day. In any case, most of my reports are rejected. And once any troll is blocked (or even if they’re suspended), they can just make a new account and start all over again.
This is important, and worth the 5:31.
There are a lot of perspectives here, but listen for how many times the women say they felt uncomfortable, intimidated, or unsafe because of guys approaching them on the street.
I hope and pray that we can find a way to deal with the current conflict about definitions. And if we do not, then shame on us all, because this is the debate we’re having. We will win if we can focus on the baby, and 20 weeks, and is America in the right spot on this issue. I’m going to to do more than bring my bill up. I’m going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem of rape.
The rape exception will be part of the bill - that’s the Hyde position - we just need to find a way, definitionally, to not get us in a spot where we’re debating about what a legitimate rape is…We’re not here debating legitimate rapes, we’re here talking about saving babies at 20 weeks.
Last night I mentioned an article in Tablet Magazine which described how the mayor of a French town, out of a reflexive fear of jihadists, had banned an anti-jihadist Muslim film titled Timbuktu from being shown, even though he hadn’t bothered to see it for himself. It really annoyed me after all the chest-beating over censorship and free speech. Here’s the trailer for the movie:
Seeing that the film would be released later this month in NYC, I put my annoyance aside and went searching to see if I could pre-order it. No such luck, but I did find another video, this one showing Fatoumata Diawara, a musician & actress in the movie, recording the same song, the sound of which I’d been instantly enchanted by even though I couldn’t understand more than a couple of words of it:
Still undeterred, I went looking for the music CD, which is unfortunately sold out at the moment. Arrrrgh! Not yet ready to admit defeat, I kept poking around Amazon and came across this Kindle book, TIMBUCTOO, which I immediately snapped up—not only did is sound fascinating, but it was also a steal at $2.99 and I happen to already know that the author, Tahir Shah, comes from a well-known family of Anglo-Afghan-Indian Sufis. His elder sister, Saira Shah, is also an author & reporter, though she’s perhaps best known for her work in the documentary films Beneath the Veil (2001), Unholy War (2001), and Death in Gaza (2004) .
Wow, I really went off on a tangent there, didn’t I? Sorry, but if you’ve read my LGF pages before, you’re probably used to it by now, heh.
Back to Timbuktu. So I checked out Tahir Shah’s author page on Amazon and decided to follow him on Twitter. Lo & behold less than a dozen tweets down there was an article about Timbuktu from about a month ago!
Not only is it a fascinating (and frightening) look into what happens in a woman’s world when militant Islamists take over and impose their own foreign “culture” on another by force, but it also provided some closure on a couple of pages posted here at LGF during the time all these events were happening:
- The Price of War: Ancient African Archives Set on Fire in Timbuktu by FNB
- Some Good News About the Library Torched in Timbuktu by yours truly (Psst--be sure not to miss the full-length documentary on that page!)
Below are a few paragraphs from the article this page is named after. It’s not a terribly long piece and should be very interesting (especially to the ladies), so I highly recommend reading the whole thing:
It was a sweet victory for Arby and Mint Mohamed, not least because of their opponents’ sexism. In the first stage of the two-round vote, five male candidates, were ranged against Mint Mohamed; in the second round, when she was running against a member of the president’s RPM party, all four of the men who had lost urged their supporters to vote against her.
“They said, no, a woman cannot be MP for Timbuktu,” says Mint Mohamed, a short but forceful presence whose father was one of Timbuktu’s leading imams. “In the madness of the election campaign, the men of the north said a woman MP could not be good for the city. But if politics had been forbidden for us by Islam, my father wouldn’t have let me go into politics. So I said to them, show me the verse in the Qur’an where it says that a woman cannot be MP. They weren’t able to.”
A year after Mint Mohamed was elected, stories of the suffering and humiliation women experienced under jihadi rule in 2012 are beginning to emerge. In late March that year, a rebellion in the north of Mali sparked by the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya swept across the north of the country. On 1 April the rebels captured the remote desert town. So began a nine-month occupation, first by the secular Tuareg separatists of the MNLA, whose fighters wrecked government buildings and stole what they could, then by the jihadi alliance of Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghbreb (AQIM). […]
One more quick aside, just to tie it all up in a neat little box before you go: You know the page that VB just put up—the one about the Malian Muslim guy who saved a bunch of people in the Kosher deli in Paris and was just awarded French citizenship for it? I don’t know if he’s from Timbuktu, but being that it’s also in Mali I’m sure he has no love for jihadi types, so I’m not really surprised that he made an effort to save those folks.
Small world… the circle of life and all that… we’re all tied together for our time here, whether we like it or not, so… Hakuna matata! ;o)
I would really like to have a conversation on this. I think he makes some valid points, although I have an even lower view of the “Men’s Right Movement,” than he does.
People like David Futrelle have done an excellent job thoroughly exposing the extreme misogyny that permeates that movement.
I also think Anita Sarkeesian makes some excellent points when it comes to women in video games, although I don’t entirely agree with her either.
Here’s a link to the opinion piece by Laura Bogart kyle is criticizing.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Please make sure you watch both videos before you post any comments.