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wmtc: when real life meets the onion: espn wants us to know that rape is traumatic… for the rapist

Ah, the things we miss when we don’t follow mainstream media. I didn’t even know the sports world was celebrating a rapist.This week, drinking wine in a hotel room in New Jersey, Allan and I were pleased to discover that the Red Sox were on the ESPN We… . . . → Read More: wmtc: when real life meets the onion: espn wants us to know that rape is traumatic… for the rapist

Susan on the Soapbox: The Ghomeshi Verdict: We Deserve Better

“Violence against women is not about the behavior of the women.”–Gillian Hnatiw, lawyer for Lucy DeCoutere By his own admission Jian Ghomeshi likes rough sex. The legal question is whether the three women who met Ghomeshi in 2002 and 2003 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Ghomeshi Verdict: We Deserve Better

A Puff of Absurdity: A Reasonable Doubt?

A post wherein I get a little grumpy and swear-y about it all. What does reasonable doubt look like? Is there really, REALLY, a reasonable doubt that Jian attacked the women who had their lives scrutinized on the stand? With sexual abuse cases, … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: A Reasonable Doubt?

wmtc: a brief thought on ghomeshi (yoko ono was right)

In a country of 35 millionJian Ghomeshi: was known to be a sexual harasser and a sexual assailant; was employed by the CBC; remained employed by the CBC until public allegations and public outcry forced them to fire him.Jian Ghomeshi: is good-looking; … . . . → Read More: wmtc: a brief thought on ghomeshi (yoko ono was right)

A Puff of Absurdity: The Terrifying Ramifications of the Verdict

I can just barely read about Jian’s acquittal on all charges. The Guardian has a telling interview with Lucy DeCoutere today. And of course some people, like Aaron Harnett, see it all as a “win” for Canadians because it safeguards us from accusations … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: The Terrifying Ramifications of the Verdict

Politics and its Discontents: Those At The Top Just Aren’t Doing Their Jobs – Part 1

Probably everyone has encountered those who vie for the top positions in an organization; with their eyes always on the prize, they are the ones who see each job within as a stepping stone to something much greater: a management position that entails b… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Those At The Top Just Aren’t Doing Their Jobs – Part 1

wmtc: call me lucky: a hilarious, heartbreaking, and inspiring movie

Barry Crimmins might be the most famous person you’ve never heard of.In “Call Me Lucky,” a documentary tribute to Crimmins created by Bobcat Goldthwait, an A-list of comics talk about the influence Crimmins had on them and their community: Patton Oswal… . . . → Read More: wmtc: call me lucky: a hilarious, heartbreaking, and inspiring movie

Montreal Simon: Why Peter MacKay Should Not Lead Any Canadian Party

When I saw Peter MacKay heading off into the sunset, and paying for his own flight for a change.After jumping over the side of the sinking Con ship…

I was hopeful that we'd seen the last of him.But sadly it's pretty clear now, even if he won't admit it, that he is planning to run to replace Stephen Harper…Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Lauren Bialystok: Empty Schools Campaign denies children essential education

Opponents of Ontario’s sex education curriculum are broadcasting misrepresentations and bigotry “under the guise of parental rights”, argues Lauren Bialystok, an Assistant Professor of Ethics and Education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

The post Lauren Bialystok: Empty Schools Campaign denies children essential education appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church.

About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy for what it is. About the Pope, I wonder why progressive people allow themselves to care.

Sanders is the new Dean

Bernie Sanders has been praised as a maverick, an independent, and a socialist. All of which may have been true at various points (Read more…)

wmtc: 35 survivors of cosby assaults speak out in new york magazine

In a powerful show of courage, strength, and feminist solidarity, 35 women (of the 46 total) who have officially accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them share their stories in New York magazine.

Read, watch, listen.

wmtc: action bronson, hate speech, and protest: rape culture vs. freedom of speech

As part of the NXNE concert series in Toronto, rapper Action Bronson was slated to perform a free concert in Dundas Square. Bronson is apparently known for lyrics and videos that degrade women and glorify rape. He has also bragged about assaulting a trans woman. Many people felt that this performer was inappropriate for a headliner act and a free event in the heart of Toronto.

A petition was circulated calling for NXNE to cancel the Dundas Square show. Eventually they did. Their statement says they will try re-book Action Bronson as a ticketed event in a different venue.

That (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives nuke motion seeking end to violence against women in Canada

Today, the Harper Conservatives voted down M-444, an NDP-sponsored motion seeking to end violence against women in Canada.

The post Conservatives nuke motion seeking end to violence against women in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Forces Member Vandalized Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide Wikipedia Page

The father of one of the four boys who gang-raped Rehtaeh Parsons edited her Wikipedia suicide page, wrote that her vicious attack was “consensual sex.”

The post Canadian Forces Member Vandalized Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide Wikipedia Page appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Leah Parsons’ Message To The Man Who Assaulted Her Daughter Rehtaeh

In a victim impact statement, Leah Parsons said the voice of her late daughter, Rehtaeh, “was not heard while she struggled to be heard, but it sure is now.”

The post Leah Parsons’ Message To The Man Who Assaulted Her Daughter Rehtaeh appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Man Implicated Rehtaeh Parsons Sexual Assault Spared Jail

A judge in Nova Scotia has decided that there will be no jail term for one of the four boys implicated in the fatal gang-rape and online shaming of Rehtaeh Parsons.

The post Man Implicated Rehtaeh Parsons Sexual Assault Spared Jail appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: solidarity forever

Poor neglected wmtc. In addition to having absolutely zero time and mental space to write, I have some kind of head-cold-thing. So instead of trying to string words together in an order that conveys meaning, I will use this blog as a Tumblr, something formerly known as a photo blog.

I’ve been seeing such beautiful, creative displays of solidarity lately. These actions can be so inspiring – reminding us that we can demonstrate not only against bigotry and hatred, but for love and compassion, and for justice.

After anti-Muslim rhetoric was scrawled into an Uppsala mosque wall yesterday hundreds of (Read more…)

Left Over: The New (Old) Victim Shame Game…

Whistler rape posters pulled after making bar patrons uncomfortable Howe Sound Women’s Centre has agreed to change its campaign after complaints from bar owners

By Jesara Sinclair, CBC News Posted: Nov 26, 2014 10:59 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 26, 2014 10:59 AM PT

The article itself was a bit of a nonentity, but reading the comments was extremely revealing..

The CBC media online has more than its share of nickle a comment trolls, but this truly surpassed expectations for sheer defensiveness, not to mention offensiveness..equal to or greater than anything that poster could have engendered..

Below is my reply to (Read more…)

wmtc: when sexual assault goes public: #beenrapedneverreported and the presumption of innocence

The revelations about Jian Ghomeshi hit my Facebook feed in waves.

First many friends were shocked by CBC’s announcement that they were “severing their relationship” with the longtime and very popular radio host. I don’t listen to radio and I’m always surprised at how many people do.

Then came Ghomeshi’s own statement, which one friend very perceptively recognized as likely Ghomeshi’s attempt to get ahead of a story in which he would be accused of assault.

Then came his victims – now 14 people – who have courageously come forward to tell their stories.

Despite the corroboration of multiple victims, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study

A new study says gender inequality in Canada has persisted or worsened in critical areas such as violence against women, women’s economic security, and the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.

The post In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi

High profile public relations firm Navigator announces it’s no longer representing beleaguered former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

The post PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Ghomeshi claims he was fired by CBC over sex allegations

The plot is thickening around Jian Ghomeshi’s departure from the CBC as the radio star announces a $50-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.

The post Ghomeshi claims he was fired by CBC over sex allegations appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Left Over: Take the Keys and Lock ‘Em Up…..

Lock up chronic runaways to keep them safe: Winnipeg police officer The longer they are on the street, the worse it becomes for them, says Supt. Danny Smyth

CBC News Posted: Sep 30, 2014 4:11 PM CT Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014 4:11 PM CT

At what point do the police have the ability to lock up anyone for any reason, to save themselves some aggravation? How about dealing with the reasons for chronic runaways at the source, instead of this obviously useless style of warehousing them?? There are many reasons for children to be runaways, and yes, I am (Read more…)

wmtc: paris day three encore, in which I admit ptsd is forever

So it turns out it’s not just my snoring that’s keeping Connie up at night. It’s noises “that sound like you’re upset,” says my mother. Allan recently told me that I cry or startle or semi-scream in my sleep on a regular basis. The incidents I think of as rare are not, in fact, rare. What’s rare is my memory of them.

I feel I must apologize for ever telling a fellow PTSD sufferer that it eventually goes away. I was 21 years old when I was raped. If it hasn’t gone away by now, it obviously never will. Thank (Read more…)

wmtc: josh lueke is a rapist and why we should continue to say so

Stacey May Fowles has written a incisive, biting, and definitive piece about shaming men who rape. I can scarcely quote from it (although I will), because every word is not only necessary but perfect. Please join me in reading this stellar essay, and in cheering for Fowles and every survivor of sexual assault, and in calling out every Josh Lueke we can find.

May I add, too, that this essay explains exactly why I will never stop saying animal torturer and dog murderer every time I hear or read the name Michael Vick. A blog reader recently told me I (Read more…)