Thursday, April 28, 2016

"What Rape Culture?"

I found both of these in the span of a half hour.

One of Docker's star engineers got so many death and rape threats that the company hired private detectives to protect her.

Gee, why aren't there more women in STEM fields? Why are women complaining about being harassed all the time? This woman wasn't a "social justice warrior" talking all feminist online. She's just an amazing coder who basically made Docker possible. And for that, she was put through hell. Literally, the harassment started after she started speaking for the company at conferences. She made herself visible in her field and she got horrific harassment.

Ever since I started speaking at conferences and contributing to open source projects I have been endlessly harassed. I've gotten hundreds of private messages on IRC and emails about sex, rape, and death threats. People emailing me saying they jerked off to my conference talk video (you're welcome btw) is mild in comparison to sending Photoshopped pictures of me covered in blood.

What. The fuck. Is wrong. With men.

AND THEN.

Oklahoma court: oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking.

What the FUCK.

An Oklahoma court has stunned local prosecutors with a declaration that state law doesn’t criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious.  
The ruling, a unanimous decision by the state’s criminal appeals court, is sparking outrage among critics who say the judicial system was engaged in victim-blaming and buying outdated notions about rape.

Victim blaming? This isn't victim blaming. This is victim creating. This is a complete miscarriage of justice. This is a society that still doesn't consider forcing someone to commit a sexual act upon them when they can't or didn't consent to be rape. This is telling rapists that they can rape an unconscious person and get away with it. This is a judicial system supporting rapists and shitting all over victims.

This is rape culture.

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