Rethink the Rant


The following includes descriptions, photos, and video that may serve as a trigger for victims of sexual violence.
Please be advised. 

Someone asked me today, “What is ‘rape culture’ anyway? I’m tired of hearing about it.”

Yeah, I hear ya. I’m tired of talking about it. But I’m going to keep talking about it because people like you keep asking that question.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, no one says, “Stop.”

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, they can’t get anyone to come forward.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and adults are informed of it, but no consequences are doled out because the boys “said nothing happened.”

Rape culture is when a group…

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In my ongoing exploration of the social nuances of #AusPol I have discovered some curious Twitter accounts. In the Twitterverse those who tweet longest, loudest and most often are either (a) Socially Savvy or (b) Social Spammers; or in this case (c) Political Social Spammers.

Take for example @LaborDirt – who with only 743 followers is churning out tweets at a rate of knots, effectively spamming the #auspol feed.

Let me introduce you to the spambots at work a la @GregHuntMP style as exposed in the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 January 2013.

A quick scan of #auspol on Twitter shows a constant stream of overtly anti-Labor rhetoric from the likes of:

(This list is by no means extensive – just a quick snapshot of the accounts whose tweets far outweigh their interactions and following.)

Is Social Propaganda in Australian Politics an effective weapon in election…

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Opine Season

One of the happy hazards of writing weekly op-eds is that sometimes, someone says exactly what you wanted to say, better than you could have said it. There’s been a lot of quality writing about the importance of dismantling rape culture lately, from Jessica Valenti at the Nation, Elizabeth Plank at PolicyMic, Samhita Mukhopadhyay at Feministing, and others.

But this piece from Zerlina Maxwell at Ebony called “5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape” is the kind of stop-what-you’re-doing-right-now-and-read-this essay that deserves to be linked-to and reposted as much as possible. Go ahead and read it if you haven’t already—I’ll wait here.

If I were going to add anything to this conversation, it’d be about the specific responsibilities that men have to fight against, disrupt, and ultimately dismantle rape culture. While Maxwell’s piece focuses on things that we as a society have to…

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Perrett urges AFP to investigate #Ashby now, adds Abetz to list

Australians For Honest Politics

By Margo Kingston
March 20, 2013


Graham Perrett has written to the AFP demanding it resume its investigation into possible criminal activity surrounding the court action by James Ashby against the then Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Slipper.

He has also added Liberal Senator Eric Abetz to  the list of people the AFP should investigate for possible involvement in an alleged conspiracy to abuse the judicial system to bring down the government, referring to an email provided by a member of the public.

On December 21 last year Mr Perrett referred Mal Brough, Christopher Pyne, Julie Bishop, James Ashby and Karen Doane to the AFP.

On February 14, the AFP said by letter it would not investigate until Mr Ashby’s application for leave to appeal, to be heard in May, was finalised.

The appeal concerns the correctness of Justice Rares dismissal of Mr Ashby’s case as an…

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