Tag Archives: domestic violence

Charlie Sheen’s logic problems are our logic problems, America.

1 Mar

I know I should technically be talking more about Charlie Sheen, because that is today’s rule for the internet and he “beat the Oscars” (subtle) out for Monday’s entertainment news cycle. But, meh. I made you this Perez-style drawing instead.

I don’t really have anything to add on that front except this: he beats, shoots and threatens the women in his life, so I hope he dies bleeding to death from his dick artery after his penis has been chopped off with a dull instrument. Or, you know, imagine your own version.

Then again, he has managed to avoid prison, so that “American logic/ justice fail” probably means we should all die a painful death for forgetting at any point in time that this guy is a walking shit popsicle of the first order who makes millions of dollars in spite of being a known and unapologetic woman abuser. Michael Vick went to jail for abusing dogs, but Charlie Sheen is still a free man.

So, totally unrelated to this (but I will now relate them), chronically sex-obsessed National Review Online columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez today shares some totally incomprehensible thoughts about how birth control is causing alienation in society, not systemic antagonism between humans and the labor process, blah blah blah I’m already lost BLAME LADIES.

We’ve come to expect less for and from ourselves, for and from one another. In part, it’s the poisoned fruit of the contraceptive pill. A cover feature in New York magazine recently observed: “The Pill is so ingrained in our culture today that girls go on it in college, even high school, and stay on it for five, ten, fifteen, even twenty years….While it is remarkably safe, almost like taking a vitamin, that’s a long time to turn one’s body into an efficient little non-procreative machine.” That, of course, has had all kinds of fallout. It gives a false sense of freedom, of security. Even more important, it has ravaged women’s fertility, as it seeks to mute exactly what women’s reproductive power is all about.

Right. I have no idea what she is saying. We expect less of ourselves and our communities because, paradoxically, birth control actually ruins women’s power over their own reproduction. Those are two unrelated thoughts. I can’t get from point A to B in her argument.

Know who else can’t keep a logical thought going from point A to B in a string of more than six consecutive words? CHARLIE SHEEN. So there.

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The Baby Rapist ad

9 Feb

Hero domestic violence shelter chief Josh Jasper of Dubuque, Iowa solved a simple math problem which goes like this: adults who are violent and rape their partners were also once children.

Then he made a commercial starring a baby crawling around on screen. KGAN CBS2 reports:

“He’s tough, he’s strong, he’s aggressive.”  It starts off subtle but then….”He raped his girlfriend.”

“You are not born to be a rapist,  or born to beat up your kids, you learn it,” says Josh Jasper of the Riverview Center.

The ad depicts a baby as a future rapist, asking the question “ what are you teaching your children?”

Oh my god why would you say this cute baby is a rapist? Here this baby had probably just been saved from an abortion with a Dirt Devil! Not a rapist, babies don’t make rape, rape makes babies, cried viewers, still kind of confused. But who almost killed the baby? THE WOMEN.

His email inbox is full of hate mail, comments degrading women, some even saying women deserve to be raped.

Okay, it’s women’s fault. It’s all figured out again.

Christina Hoff Sommers hates when liberals distort facts about violence against women, because only she is allowed to.

4 Feb

Adding to the (apparently) annual pre-Super Bowl collective conservative whine about how the “Super Bowl Hoax” has made women into permanent feminist-agenda domestic violence exaggerator hysterics, American Enterprise Institute “resident scholar” and Hoax-debunker Christina Hoff Sommers wants us to know that AG Eric Holder is also making shit up about violence against women, damn librul.

“The facts are clear,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.”

That’s a horrifying statistic, and it would be a shocking reflection of the state of the black family, and American society generally, if it were true. But it isn’t true.

Here is the speech that Holder made. She quotes him correctly and then checks his statistics with the latest Centers for Disease Control statistics from 2006, which do not place homicide at the top of the list for black females in any of the age groups from 15-45. Holder doesn’t say where he’s getting his statistics from. The Bureau of Justice statistics put intimate partner violence homicides for black females at a total of 337 in 2005. (Less than half of the 789 reported for white females.)

But Hoff Summers does a little editing of her own in her missive about “distorting facts.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Justice Department’s own Bureau of Justice Statistics, the leading causes of death for African-American women between the ages 15-45 are cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries such as car accidents, and HIV disease. Homicide comes in fifth–and includes murders by strangers.

She is in fact quoting only the statistics for the 25-34  and 35-44 groups in a jumbled order. For the 15-24 group, homicide is the second-leading cause.

Here is the CDC chart:

Why? Maybe because she knows her argument sounds dumb if she goes “it’s the SECOND-LEADING CAUSE” and not the leading cause, because 2nd place is still pretty bad. The CDC report does not distinguish between intimate partner and non-intimate homicides, so the number is still smaller, but she’s obviously trying to make the tired conservative point that domestic violence against women is not as serious as feminists would like everyone to think, because, like, omg, there are so many other worse things going on out there, so it doesn’t count. FEMINISTS SUCK.