“I’m not scared of desperately uncool cultural reactionaries like Jack Thompson or anti-witchcraft Harry Potter burners. I’m scared of the people who do hold cultural power, who have the loud voice, who are, in fact, the cool kids, but think they’re embattled underdogs. I’m scared of the people who think that because disco was “taking over music” they had the right to “fight back” bullying and attacking disco performers and fans.
I’m scared of people who look at someone like Zoe Quinn, an individual who makes free indie games, or Anita Sarkeesian, an individual who makes free YouTube videos, and honestly think that these women are a powerful “corrupt” force taking away the freedom of the vast mob of angry young male gamers and the billion-dollar industry that endlessly caters to them, and that working to shut them up and drive them out somehow constitutes justice. The dominant demographic voice in some given fandom or scene feeling attacked by an influx of new, different fans and rallying the troops against “oppression” in reaction is not at all unique. It happens everywhere, all the time.
But let’s be honest: It’s usually guys doing it. Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is.”—Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage - The Daily Beast (via brutereason)
“It’s (expletive) wicked,” said Steven French, an 18-year-old who was said he was visiting from Haverhill, Mass.
“It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops,” he said, sometime after 9 p.m. “It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.”—
One person’s quote from the New Hampshire Keene State riots sums up white privilege in America. Whites don’t have to worry about police/other people coming down hard on them for simply existing, for walking down a sidewalk (Michael Brown), for carrying a gun in a Wal-Mart (John Crawford), for walking home after going to a convenience store (Trayvon Martin), for trying to get help after a car crash (Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell).
So, yeah, Steven, go on and enjoy your white privilege. Never mind that African-Americans are literally dying while you and other whites get to literally stand on top of upturned cars without threats of being killed for simply existing.
Meanwhile, thank you for giving us a quote to illustrate white privilege in America. You’re an asshole, Steven. [Sentinel Source]
“Most mass murderers do not go from zero to 60. Rodger made escalating assaults on women (splashing coffee on them, attempting to shove them off a ledge) before his killing spree. Both Cho and Justin-Jinich’s murderer harassed women before they killed anyone. When such acts go unnoticed and unpunished — because we expect men to harass women, and it’s not outrageous or even noteworthy when they do — they can become stepping-stones to more conspicuous and less socially acceptable acts of violence.”—
Shit like this is why I don’t put up with men disrespecting my autonomy. Microaggressions are signals that he thinks he can just do whatever he wants, and men who do what they want to a woman over her protests terrify me.
It may start small, but there is no fucking way to tell where it ends without living it, and that is too big a risk.
Because the riots occurred at a pumpkin festival and not, say, an anti-police violence demonstration, many felt the right wing outrage that followed the Ferguson protests was noticeably absent. Cue the mockery.
If the secretary of state doesn’t find out what happened to those applications, he’ll have to answer to a judge.
It’s one thing to misplace your keys, your wallet, a receipt from Macy’s or your favorite pen, but Georgia’s secretary of state cannot account for approximately 40,000 voter-registration applications that, if processed, would enfranchise predominantly black and Hispanic Georgians.
According to an Al-Jazeera report, it’s a sentiment that the staffers at Third Sector Development are expressing. The nonprofit organization was on a mission to register as many black and Hispanic people in the state of Georgia as possible so that voter turnout for the upcoming midterm elections in November would be high. And they were successful at it, until they received word that about half of the applications they submitted for processing have gone missing in action.
“Over the last few months, the group submitted some 80,000 voter-registration forms to the Georgia secretary of state’s office—but as of last week, about half those new registrants, more than 40,000 Georgians, were still not listed on preliminary voter rolls. And there is no public record of those 40,000-plus applications, according to state Rep. Stacey Adams, a Democrat,” Al-Jazeera explained.
Georgia Secretary of State Brain Kemp explained that his office is not doing anything differently from how it usually processes applications. But some people aren’t buying his story, seeing as how he’s a Republican, and black and Hispanic people tend to vote for Democrats.
Georgia Republicans have been raising eyebrows for some time now with regard to early voting and voter-ID issues. One state Republican didn’t like how black and Hispanic voters had easy access to early-voting opportunities.
The “Republican whip of the state Senate complained that DeKalb County, Ga., was making it too easy for minorities to vote by allowing early voting in an area mall close to many predominantly African-American churches,” Think Progress reports.
Third Sector Development is not taking lightly the news that no one knows what became of its hard work to get people to register to vote. The group is going to court so that a judge can look into it.
“To that end, Third Sector Development announced yesterday that, after weeks of fruitless negotiations with the state, they were going to court to find out the status of the missing registrations—or, more to the point, the eligibility of more than 40,000 potential voters,” Al-Jazeera reports.
This happened at my undergrad—the county courthouse “lost” over a hundred registration cards that had been collected on campus, because they didn’t like the idea of students voting in local elections. But this to orders of magnitude more frightening.
Why did Affleck get so much attention for calling out Maher’s leftwing flavored Islamophobia? Reza Aslan, Rabia Chaudry and others have publicly discussed Maher’s beef with “the Muslim world” – why were Affleck’s comments the firestarter?
The simple answer: because Affleck isn’t Muslim. He is considered, in popular consciousness, to be “neutral” in this issue, so his impassioned defense against stereotyping resonated more powerfully. More people were inclined to listen when it comes from Affleck.
Celebrity activism is moving away from the publicity-focused photo ops as we see more celebrities get involved with causes on an intimate level. Instead of just joining an established charity, more and more stars are starting their own foundations and NGOs to address complicated issues.
But the sad reality is that attention still follows a script in our society: white men are encouraged to champion anything and everything, while women and people of color are encouraged to discuss issues that are closer to their gender and racial identity.
“At age 18, every American man gets a card in the mail from the federal government notifying him of the requirement to sign up for the Selective Service—commonly known as “the draft.” Women have always been excluded from this rite of passage, but New York lawyer Roy den Hollander is on a mission to change that. Hollander, a self-described “anti-feminist” lawyer, is planning a class-action lawsuit to force the federal government to include women in mandatory draft registration. The only problem is that Hollander can’t find any women to join his lawsuit. For the past year, Hollander has been trying to find a female plaintiff between ages 18 and 25 to act as the lead representative of his case. “It’s kind of like dating,” he explained in an interview. “First they say yes, then no, then maybe, then no.” In response to a reporter’s observation that women’s groups do not seem to like him very much, Hollander responded, “I think that might be the problem.” Hollander has made headlines by filing challenges to things such as ladies’ nights at bars, arguing they amount to gender discrimination. “There’s no justice for guys in this day and age,” Hollander, 67, said after a court threw out his case alleging age and gender discrimination because a New York nightclub forced him to buy bottle service to enter while allowing young women to walk in for free. An appeals court threw out two of his other lawsuits to halt federal funding of Columbia University’s feminist studies program. Hollander argued that feminism constitutes a “modern-day religion.” In a follow-up email to the Washington Free Beacon, Hollander sent along a list of the kinds of women he has attempted—and failed—to recruit for his case. The extensive catalogue included entries such as “Girl rugby players,” “Sororities,” and “Prof. Camille Paglia.” “Even [novelist] Erica Jong dissed my efforts,” Hollander wrote.”—