The problem with sexual assault and sexual harassment is sexual ASSAULT and sexual HARASSMENT .
Do we get it now? Don't make me break out the 72 pt font and comic sans, people!
It’s incredible how quickly the obvious awfulness of this story is obscured with nonsense. Is this actually about me trying to get famous? Does Martin really mean it when he says on a public video feed that he "get[s] to f*ck Lauren Duca"? Am I the true aggressor because I tweeted about him being at Guy Fieri’s Flavor Town Bar & Grill in August 2016?Really just pounds of nuance to unpack here, but if we can set all of that aside, I’d love to zero in on the simple reality eternally holding this conversation back: Online harassment victims feel they are not allowed to share their stories.Edited to add (4-27-28): Now that Bill Cosby is going to J-A-I-L...O I thought a reminder is needed that that putting this justification in blackface doesn't make it any less ridiculous or disengeous.
He arrived at church ready for war, wearing black tactical gear and a ballistics vest and toting what authorities described as an "assault-type rifle."
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) views the deadliest mass shooting in his state’s history as evidence that more church parishioners should carry guns for self-protection.
“I’m not a neo-Nazi. I don’t belong to a German workers’ party from 1933,” he told the paper. “... I’m a moderate Republican.”
Taking my thoughts for a test drive here...
OK, if you were at the protests in Charlottesville, and you threw a rock or a bottle or a brick, you shouldn'ta done it. Regardless of whose side you are on. Causing someone else's serious injury will not advance your cause. It will stop it dead in its tracks, in fact. And you don't need that stain on your soul.
That being said (clears throat), if you traveled to Charlottesville to take part in the neo-nazi rally, and you marched around chanting nazi slogans like "Blood and Soil", and you got a bloody nose or a black eye or a bump on the noggin, I don't have the slightest bit of sympathy for you. You went looking for a fight, it found you, and you get to live with the outcome. You wanted war, you became a casualty. Think twice, count the cost, and understand there are consequences for living your racist dreams.
Sermon over, stay for the potluck
I think the problem is that too many people take "Liberal stereotypes" for granted (including, unfortunately, many liberals who feel pressured into internalizing them.) We're suppose to be all wishy-washy and "touchy-feeling" and spineless. We are the "equivocating party." We're suppose to "feel their pain" in a way that transforms empathy into hand-wringing rationalization. Our kindness is suppose to be taken for weakness to the point where it's blunted down to good-natured long-suffering, a Marge Simpson if you will ("Now let's forget this racist carnage with a big bowl of strawberry ice cream!") "Libs" are suppose to be be all "wimpy." We're not suppose to take a stand, remain firm in our resolve and (most importantly) fight back (sometimes vigorously and with passionate fervor). No, we're suppose to be like "the chick" in a stereotypical horror/action movie, a weeping mess flailing helplessly in a corner while her man is being hacked to death by demon axe murders ("LIBERAL SNOWFLAKE TEARS!").Therefore it confuses and infuriates these cretins when don't act according to (artificially-imposed) orthodoxy with actions that are thought to be "reserved" (you can even say entitled) only for them (cue the "hypocri-shaming!") The fact that we can show gumption and subvert these stereotype being enforced upon us is what the assholes are REALLY protesting. The "America" they want to "make great" again is one where people simply took whatever they hashed out.
THAT is what's different
"Be wary of people who claim to have their finger on the pulse of society because often their extremities are somewhere a lot lower and smellier.