Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Air Force Charges Victim in Her Own Rape

Military woman gets raped by three men, the Army brings charges against her.This more or less speaks for itself.

Edit: you have to click on the link below to get the site. Or go directly to feministing.com

Edit II: The first comment that went up on this on digg:
"I'm getting dizzy from all this spin...

'Due to stress and harsh interrogation tactics by the Air Force, she eventually refused to testify against the airmen.'

So in other words:

Some chick got wasted at a party, and participated in a gangbang. Feeling guilty, she reported it as rape. Later, she changed her mind and realized she was in over her head, and admitted she just got wasted and had sex with them.

Now she's being accused of indecent acts(Participating in a group sex with other Airmen) by the Airforce. Acts she admitted to.

The spin on this is incredible. Go burn some bras."

This is why we need feminism. This is sexism at its most powerful. In this Meatball's (his screen name) estimation, the only, or most plausible, explaination is that she's so horny, that she's so mad with penis envy, that she completely ignored her own (that is, our own) ethics or morality. Now we've all been drunk enough to do something maybe we regretted, but have you ever called the cops on someone you did it with and try to get them sent to prison, so you wouldn't feel guilty anymore? But, of course, women don't think like we do. They're just physical animals with no higher-level morality to restrain them (is the sarcasm coming through the type there?).

I'm not saying Meatball's bigoted hypothesis is impossible. But given that we live in a country where women are 3 to 4 times more likely to be raped than they are in any other industrialized nation, a country where violence against women is an everyday part of life, a country of brotherhood, and where boys will be boys, which of these two hypotheses, feministing's or Meatball's, seems more likely? In which case would we be causing more violence through the act of believing?

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It's fairly common knowledge that the Beatles were a horrible band. Everything they wrote is painfully stupid.

But I've figured out why that stupidity bothers me. I listen to a lot of stupid music (stupid's obviously the wrong word for simple), but that music's stupidity doesn't seem to bother me. The problem is in the canonization process. For example: Mos Def is a great rapper. He's got what the kids call mad skills. But he's not a genius (well, maybe he is, but that's not the common claim). Rappers, it seems to me, are viewed more as craftsmen than artistic geniuses. And The Cure are great, as are any number of other bands I like, but again, they're not canonized into the cult of genius. The Beatles, as well as Bob Dylan and a host of others, are sacred (which is why it's so fun to make fun of them). I think my frustration has grown from these people being considered geniuses while their music so clearly reveals that they are crafts(wo)men (wo in rare cases. Or maybe in no cases, as I try to think of an example...). I don't think there's anything wrong with craftsmen. I'm not so caught up in a dead modernism to believe that, even if geniuses exist(ed), they are necessarily better musicians than craftspeople.