Friday, January 06, 2017
I'm pleased to read that friends of Hon. Frederica Massiah-Jackson are leaning on her to join the contenders for District Attorney. In addition to already having my sympathy after her coming under unfair right-wing attack in the past is the fact her entering the race would considerably reduce the chances of another contender whose actions I've protested in the past.
Posted by stripey7 at 7:57 PM
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Discussing the role race may have played in the different treatment of sexual misconduct allegations against two Hollywood figures in a story on Weekend Edition Sunday, Ailsa Chang and Anne Helen Petersen couldn't resist bringing gender into the discussion quite illegitimately. I commented:
In comparing the two celebrity rape [sic] allegations, you slipped in a bit of ideological nonsense with the claim that these cases illustrate different attitudes based on gender as well as race -- patently impossible since the celebrities, though of different races, are the same gender and so were those who accused them.This was a little differently worded when I originally posted it here because I was writing from memory. Subsequently I've received an email acknowledgement from NPR including the text of what I'd sent them, which I've used to correct the text here.
The reality is quite the opposite -- our society more readily acknowledges and acts on sexual violence against women than against men, as documented here for instance: http://www.slate.com/articles/
double_x/doublex/2014/male_ rape_in_america_a_new_study_ reveals_that_men_are_sexually_ assaulted.html
This compassion gap is also visible in how the world expressed outrage at Boko Haram's kidnapping of girls -- after the same politicians and celebrities had completely ignored their gruesome murders of boys.
These are both examples of a pervasive assumption, without any regard for evidence or even the need to look for any, that women always get the short end of the stick -- an unexamined faith that men's rights intellectual Alison Tieman has dubbed "the Church of Wimminwursting."
Posted by stripey7 at 4:44 PM
It's remarkable how Secretary of State John Kerry, in the name of "America's values," skillfully excludes from consideration the only real Middle East solution, modeled on America's own example. Here's what I wrote in response to NPR's story:
The most strikingly false note in Kerry's speech -- repeated implicitly thereafter -- is his statement that Israelis can't achieve peace by choosing democratic pluralism over ethno-religious nationalism within a one-state framework. Why on Earth not? That's precisely how we've (more or less) kept the peace here in the States for the past 150 years.
One has to wonder what he has in mind when he says, "We have long known what two states, living side by side in peace and security looks like." Really? That's not how we've done it ourselves, so to what could he be referring?
He similarly misleads by omission when he says, "It is not in U.S. interests to help anyone on either side create a unitary state." This is the fallacy of the excluded middle: what is in the interests of Americans and all humanity is to help people on both sides, working together, to create a unitary state. This is already prefigured in binational Israeli-Palestinian groups working against the occupation and the apartheid wall.
Indeed, there can be no more effective way of "working to change perceptions and build up belief in the possibility of peace" between populations that "no longer see the other side as people, only as threats and enemies," than for unity-minded members of both to work together in a common political movement whose logical endpoint is a common state.
Kerry's speech (rough transcript): http://time.com/4619064/john-kerrys-speech-israel-transcript/
Posted by stripey7 at 4:11 PM
Monday, December 19, 2016
How dare anybody contradict that by saying all lives matter because unless black lives matter, all lives don't matter. -- Sarah Yacoviello, conservative Christian and York, PA, Trump voter
Posted by stripey7 at 9:26 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Posted by stripey7 at 10:01 PM
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Over the past couple years, it's been quite dismaying to realize the understanding of the phrase "social justice" has wandered far from its origins -- that to many it now signifies a kind of cultural authoritarianism based on group identities, rather than the old humanist maxim, "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need."
It's equally dismaying to discover that on the other hand, antisocialists are now trying to monopolize the term "cultural libertarian," as one can see from a group they've created on Facebook. They seem quite unaware that classical socialism is very much rooted in humanism and committed to individual liberty, and a society in which "the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all."
Posted by stripey7 at 5:42 PM
Monday, December 05, 2016
On this morning's BBC Newshour, the recent revelation that Maria Schneider actually didn't consent to the rape scene in Last Tango in Paris was discussed with someone from a group called Women in Hollywood, who seized this as an opportunity to repeat yet again the feminist article of faith that this is "something that women just don't lie about." I've submitted this comment to the BBC:
The guest you spoke with for your story on the rape scene
in Last Tango in Paris made a statement of ideological faith,
not fact, when she said that rape is "something that women
just don't lie about."
Not only do women lie about rape, it probably happens a
good deal more often than many people realize. A female
friend of mine once related three different instances of which
she had personal knowledge. In two, a woman had what she
described as "enthusiastically consensual" sex -- long before
that became a catch phrase -- close enough for her to clearly
hear, and in one case see, what was going on (this was when
she was rather heavily involved in the party scene). In each
case, the following day these women talked to her about they
had been "raped." In a third case, the boyfriend of one of her
female classmates related his concern over having learned
that she'd been raped by a man in the same class as the two
women -- a man not matching the description of anyone
actually in the class. My friend believed that in this last case,
the woman invented the rape to secure the boyfriend's devotion
via a protective response (which looks similar to the probable
root of the rape hoax recently at the University of Virginia).
In the other two, she put it down to some women's being
"unwilling to take responsibility for their sexuality." It should
be emphasized my friend wasn't in any way condemning these
women for being "loose," as she was much like them in that
respect; she was only criticizing them for refusing to own their
Janet Bloomfield has compiled a list of documented false rapes here:
12 Women Who Lied About Being Raped And Why They Did It
While this article doesn't directly demonstrate how frequent such
false claims are, the fact the women involved all evidently thought
they could get away with it, combined with the observable fact that
so many people, like your guest, keep perpetuating the assumption
that women never lie about rape -- an attitude that would, in fact,
make false claims easy to get away with -- suggests that these
documented cases are just the tip of a possibly much bigger iceberg.
The flip side of this attitude is the assumption that rape of men by
women is either impossible or exceedingly rare. Like its counterpart,
this assumption results in very distorted public perceptions, as the
best recent research indicates that it's actually pretty common, but
much more rarely reported:
Men Are Raped Almost as Often as Women in America. We Need
to Talk About This.
Posted by stripey7 at 5:41 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Although sleeping when this interview aired 11/25, I nonetheless caught much of it thanks to being in the dream state.
One thing Lilla doesn't say is that a chief reason American liberalism has become preoccupied with identity issues is that this has served as a way of running away from class, as the Democratic Party became increasingly beholden to corporate money -- whereas major parties exist in Europe that explicitly define themselves in class terms, none such exists here. And the one kind of "otherness" that FDR very much did talk about was precisely class, saying that "economic royalists" "hate me, and I welcome their hatred." The post-identity "we-ness" we need is planetary, not just American.
Posted by stripey7 at 3:30 PM