Friday, March 27, 2015

WisCon finally acts on the Lemberg v. Bergmann "harassment by poetry"

Subcommittee public statement on findings & recommendations | WisCon, WisCon, do you read?

In classic committee fashion, they've come up with a solution that should satisfy no one.

If you wonder about their take on the poem, read it and the writer's take: Meet and Marry a Gorgeous Russian Queen: A Poem by F.J. Bergmann.

The backstory:  No, this should be my last post about Wiscon: Harassment by poetry

ETA: Can something be "potentially sexist"? Does the phrase mean you suspect something isn't sexist, but you fear you might be attacked for thinking that, so you're covering your ass? Ah, committees.

ETA 2: Will WisCon investigate Alex Daily MacFarlane's harassment of Bergmann next? See Disorient Express - Statement regarding Alex Dally MacFarlane. Once you decide that anything which throws you into a tizzy is harassment, the fun never ends.

ETA 3: Bergmann's very right when she says at Disorient Express - Divide et Impera: "The tl;dr version seems to be that 1) I did nothing wrong with respect to the complaints being investigated; but 2) I should be punished anyway. To which my response is 3) this is both unethical and batshit crazy."

Monday, March 23, 2015

Add "Jackie" to the list of hoax hate crimes

Police unable to verify 'Rolling Stone' rape story: "He said the woman identified as "Jackie" in the story declined to provide a statement to police. But he said the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, cooperated with the investigation. Fraternity records and other evidence indicated the party Jackie described taking place on the night of the attack did not take place, Longo said. Friends of Jackie also disputed her description of events that night, he said."

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mad TV skit: Life Through the Eyes of SJWs

If you don't think Gamergate began because Zoe Quinn failed Ethics 101

Being neutral in the gamergate wars*, but fascinated by the SJW phenomenon, I keep trying to figure out where the greatest failures are when both sides have their doxxers and threateners. One thing is clear: on the ethics issue, Gamergate wins.

Here are the most basic rules of ethics in journalism and business:

!. Avoid conflicts of interest.

2. If you cannot avoid them, acknowledge them.

Here's a breakdown of how Quinn was helped by one of her lovers:


* I'm not a gamer, and unlike some prominent critics of gamers, I'm not willing to pretend I'm one.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Signal boost: The Hidden Face of Hypocrisy: Randi Harper

I find Stephanie Greene (@Sushilulutwitch) | Twitter interesting because I love her ability to laugh at the tactics of SJWs and because I also would have to identify as a Gamergate Neutral, as she defines it here:



She written about one of Social Justice Warriordom's would-be censors in three posts (so far):

The Hidden Face of Hypocrisy: Randi Harper - Ship 2 Block 20

The Hidden Face of Hypocrisy: Randi Harper (Part 2) - Ship 2 Block 20

The Hidden Face of Hypocrisy: Randi Harper Part 3 - Ship 2 Block 20

And just because it's a sensible take: Law and Order: SVU #GamerGate - Ship 2 Block 20

Encouraging dissent and discussion by banning dissent and discussion

Student Barred From Class For Disputing Rape Statistics | The Daily Caller:
“This is an excellent example of a professor taking initiative to take care of his students,” senior Rosie Dempsey told BuzzFeed. “Of course, we are an institution that encourages dissent and active discussion, but there is a difference between stimulating discussion through opposition and making other students feel unsafe.”
 Bonus point: The student appears to be black. If he hadn't been disagreeing with SJWs, SJWs would say trying to silence him was racist.

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His letter to his teacher from Petition · Restore Jeremiah Josias Luther George True to His Humanities 110 Conference · Change.org:

First, allow me to say that I don't believe that I'm sexist, but even if I am, that doesn't mean I'm wrong about rape culture. Much as Aristotle made the mistake of believing that some people were born to be slaves yet crafted much of ancient philosophy, I think it is possible for a person to hold incorrect views and still have a valid argument. I don't care what I'm labeled as being as long as truth has its day. I was raised by a single mother and my two sisters and was always taught about how powerful and passionate women could be by their examples. I do not believe I am a sexist, but I do place reason above emotion.
I just wanted to point you towards my sources for my argument on Wednesday (and there are many sources beyond these). You say that all arguments must have textual evidence. This is my textual evidence. It is not based on opinions. It is based on data and hard facts. You said to me that it's impossible to be objective. I think when it comes to data and numbers, it must be possible to be objective. We do not serve actual rape victims by over inflating the numbers on rape.

https://www.rainn.org/about-rainn "RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine."

https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/frequency-of-sexual-assault "Sexual assault has fallen by more than 50% in recent years."

https://rainn.org/statistics

https://rainn.org/news-room/rainn-urges-white-house-task-force-to-overhaul-colleges-treatment-of-rape “In the last few years, there has been an unfortunate trend towards blaming “rape culture” for the extensive problem of sexual violence on campuses. While it is helpful to point out the systemic barriers to addressing the problem, it is important to not lose sight of a simple fact: Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime,”

The argument that our culture propagates and permits rape is simply unfounded. The total population of the U.S. has grown consistently over the past century, yet as our population (and thus, our culture) has grown, rates of rape have fallen. We don't live in a rape culture which propagates the rape of women.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/tables/1tabledatadecoverviewpdf/table_1_crime_in_the_united_states_by_volume_and_rate_per_100000_inhabitants_1994-2013.xls

I am critical of the idea of a rape culture because it does not exist. We live in a society that hates rape, but also hasn't optimized the best way to handle rape. Changing the legal definition of rape is a slippery slope. If Sexual assault becomes qualified as rape, what happens next? What else can we legally redefine to become rape? Why would we want to inflate the numbers of rape in our society? Why would we define someone who was groped at an SU dance as a rape victim when just a couple of blocks away, there is an actual, forcible penetrative rape occurring that will actually mentally scar a person for life? Why are we treating someone as a rape victim when they haven't been raped? A groping is not rape, nor should it be redefined to become rape. Rape is traumatic. Sexual assaults (such as groping) can be traumatic, but they are not an invalidation of a person's identity. They do not force someone to open themselves up to violent intrusion and brutal, psychological damage. They are not crimes which women feel afraid to report because they fear backlash and victim blaming. We need to change the system, not change the definition of crime. We have limited resources available to rape victims, and hysteria is not the solution to dealing with the very real problem of rape in our society. I do not believe I am a sexist, but I also think that because I have had family members and dear friends that have been raped, I want accuracy, not hysteria and overblown statistics. I think it's important to treat rape seriously, and not to over inflate it and cause panic. I think it's important to listen to experts when we're talking about these things, and not college students.
http://time.com/3633903/campus-rape-1-in-5-sexual-assault-setting-record-straight/

See you in conference,

Jeremiah True

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The first actual "fake fangirl" I've ever seen has outed herself in the Batgirl cover outrage

I always thought the "fake fangirl" nonsense was, y'know, nonsense. But the latest fannish gender kerfuffle (Batgirlcovergate?) has made one fan's ignorance painfully obvious.

People who believe there are "fake fangirls" should note that this one was set straight by a not-fake fangirl. (Well, this being the internet, both of them could be dogs, of course.)


Azealia Banks: the reparations-supporter who manages to be racist, classist, and fat-shaming in three sentences

Azealia Banks Hates "Fat White Americans," Slams Lorde, Kanye - Us Weekly:

Her tour de force: "Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma—that’s really America."

As for what she supports: ""Because y’all motherf---ers still owe me reparations! [laughs] That’s why it’s still about race." What she misses is that while the African slave trade is a blight on human history, many communities have been horribly abused by America's rich—a group the includes rich black slave owners like Richard Edward DeReef and William Ellison. Martin Luther King's solution is much more practical: Martin Luther King on guaranteed income social dividend.

She does a nice job of showing that racism is taught early in childhood: "my mother used to say stuff like that—'White people are of the devil. Stay away from them.'"

She and her mother must have little use for Malcolm X, who said, "I totally reject Elijah Muhammad's racist philosophy, which he has labeled 'Islam' only to fool and misuse gullible people as he fooled and misused me. But I blame only myself, and no one else for the fool that I was, and the harm that my evangelical foolishness on his behalf has done to others."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Offended by Words - Doug Stanhope

One quibble: I must feel a bit sorry for anyone who thinks vaginas are ugly. Well, except for gay guys like Dan Savage, who, if I remember correctly, thinks they're ugly—he has a right to that just as lesbians have a right to think dicks are ugly. But straight guys who don't like vaginas should not be allowed near them.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The privileged, fact-free world of Noah Berlatsky


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And, of course, he blocked me. Facts are inconvenient to warriors.

ETA: Why Doesn’t the Atlantic Fire Noah Berlatsky? | Ted Rall's Rallblog

ETA 2: I'm also struck by the usual huffiness of privileged people who hate the idea of treating others with respect.