Monday, May 10, 2010

In Case You Missed It: This Week in Victim Blaming...

This week's recommendations for In Case You Missed It:

~ An Australian jury decides the rape of woman in skinny jeans is not really possible -- clearly getting her out of the jeans meant she must have consented and helped. Proof that juries will find any excuse to victim-blame.

~ I tend to side with Justices Breyer and Ginsberg that the US Supreme Court decision to close its iconic main entrance due to fear of 'terror threat' when even Israel hasn't taken such a step is overkill and fear-mongering.

~ Arizona rushes ahead to compete, once again, for top place I don't want to move because the politics are crazy by grading its teachers on fluency, as State Pushes School Districts to Reassign Instructors With Heavy Accents or Other Shortcomings in Their English. As my husband noted, why do I suspect that the "heavy accents" they're referring to aren't the one's my Texas family members have?

~ Elizabeth Hasselbeck's teary apology neither impresses me nor excuses her entirely inappropriate comments that "ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews has been wearing 'next to nothing' on Dancing With the Stars, and that if she were the stalker behind bars for secretly videotaping Andrews naked in hotel rooms in 2008, she’d think, 'Man! I just could've waited 12 weeks and seen this -- a little bit less -- without the prison time!'" Yes, because when women wear very little, they deserve to be stalked!

~ Blog recommendation: Stupid Nail Polish Names is pretty funny.

~ Grain de musc asks: what notes/scents do you gender and why?

~ Last, but not least, MTV bans Tiombe Lockhart's video "Ropes" for being too graphic in its attempts to address depression and suicide. See it below and judge for yourself -- more graphic, violent, or disturbing than other MTV-okayed videos, say like Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" (homicidal school shootings), Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box (bird-pecked, emaciated self-crucifixion victim; aborted fetus tree) or hell, even Tom Petty & the Heartbreaker's "Last Dance with Mary Jane" (complete with the manipulation of a woman's corpse for male pleasure and then discards her when bored -- necrophilia, the ultimate in objectification)?

1 comment:

Kathy said...

The only thing that I found disturbing about the Ropes video is the fact that MTV found it to be too graphic. What?! As the mother of a depressed, anxious teen, I can say that the issue of teen depression and suicide needs to be addressed and acknowledged. I also saw nothing visually disturbing in that video particularly compared to the other videos you mentioned.