Posts tagged ‘News’

Gender and Violence


One of my favorite things about Googly Eyes (besides the fact that it’s awesome) is the intelligent debates/conversations we often have through comments. I would like to use this post mostly as a means of creating a discourse to consider an ever-growing topic in the news: violence and gender.

So we all know the Chris Brown/Rihanna story, and I’m pretty certain that any woman who was raised with a shred of self-respect would say that this was not okay. Regardless of if she pissed him off or read his texts or whatthefuckever, there’s no excuse to hit a woman and especially no excuse or justification for beating a woman as badly as Brown beat Rihanna. He should serve time for assault, and she should get the hell away from him as soon as possible, and permanently.



March 19, 2009 at 11:38 am 9 comments

This Shit is Wack

So I’m totally lifting this story from Jezebel, but it’s news, and I feel it’s important enough to spread and get other people outraged about.

This is a video of Hope Steffey being attacked and assaulted by police officers, who she called because she had been assaulted. She is forcefully strip searched without being told why, by male and female officers, who allegedly never even requested for her to take off her clothes before becoming borderline violent. Even if they had asked her to, why?? The officers involved claim they became “confused” when arriving on the scene, and mistook Hope for the attacker. Confused?!? About what?! How?! Did they think a woman called the cops because she was assaulting herself? And if you’re not sure who to arrest, you probably shouldn’t start by beating up the first person you see when you walk in the door.

This is the definition of a dangerously incompetent, bumbling law enforcement agency – a woman calls them for help and instead of arresting her attacker, they beat her up, stuff her in a squad car, and then sexually assault her. 

WARNING: The video is kind of upsetting. Actually it’s infuriating.


February 20, 2009 at 2:09 am 3 comments

Pregnancy Pact Gives Me Morning Sickness

Apologies for my lack of posts all, I am out of town enjoying the fragrant air and hooting owls of suburban Maryland. Yesterday morning I heard on the news a story about several high school students in Gloucester, Massachusetts who made a “pact” to all get pregnant at the same time, so that their kids could grow up together. All of the students involved in the pact are under 16 years old, and apparently used the high school clinic to get their pregnancy tests. Sources say that the town of Gloucester is a small fishing town, where the median household income is below the state average.

The mere idea of this is sickening to me. It’s like some twisted Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I can bet it doesn’t end with the girls dancing around in their pajamas and singing into their hairbrushes (okay I didn’t see Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I assume that’s what the entire film is.) We are left to ask ourselves why these girls would choose to become pregnant and significantly reduce their chances at a successful life, professionally, academically, and romantically, in the future. Did someone dump and ten ton barrel of stupid into this high school’s drinking water? Or are America’s suburban youths really this uninformed about sex, its consequences, and the ramifications of actually having a baby and parenting? The TIME Magazine article that covered the story raises the notion of “hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up glamorizing young unwed mothers,” and while the film (or music or television) industry shouldn’t have to bear responsibility for the dim-witted decisions of viewers, this is an interesting point. I would be interested to know if any of these girls saw Juno, and if so, what they thought about it. Even without films about pregnancy, the media glamorizes unwed pregnancy more and more it seems, with constant coverage of “celebrities” like Jamie Lynn Spears, and endless features about “baby bumps.” But of course, these people have endless financial resources and would have no problem paying someone else to care for their child. Not so for Gloucester High students, especially when their town is losing jobs. One school official had this to say about the cause behind the “pact”: “Families are broken,” says school superintendent Christopher Farmer. “Many of our young people are growing up directionless,” citing hard economic times and job loss as a reason for familial breakdown in Gloucester.


June 21, 2008 at 10:16 am 12 comments

Toilet Abuse

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I am currently sitting on the Chinatown bus headed to Baltimore and enjoying free wireless internet. That’s right – I’m in an internetmobile. So I initially got on here to write a post about Mother’s Day, but upon coming to WordPress was confronted with this headline: “‘Bishop’ and Mother Arrested After Making Kids Live with Corpse.” A-say what??

Apparently this religious “bishop” (obviously of the Psychotic Bastard Religion, Wisconsin Chapter) deemed that if this 90-year old dead woman sat on a toilet, she would be resurrected. I mean, that makes sense, right? Sometimes after a long enough time on the toilet I feel like I’ve been reborn. This religion sounds like this shitty movie I watched last night called Inside, starring Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame, but that’s another post altogether. Read the whole story here.

Now this may be old, but in other toilet news, authorities are considering charges against a man who allowed his girlfriend to sit on his toilet for two years, so long in fact, that her skin grew around the toilet seat and it had to be removed at the hospital. Now, that’s shocking and disgusting, but how is the man culpable here? Don’t bother a woman on the toilet, that’s what I say. He brought her food and water every day and asked her to leave the bathroom, but she refused. (Wouldn’t he eventually have to go? Bitch get off ma terlet!) He’s a hero for not urinating on her while she hogged the jon for two freakin’ years. Read the whole story here.

You’re welcome readers, for your daily dose of bizarre and fucked up news. So next time you’re grappling for a conversation starter or suffering through some awkward silence, you’ll have something to say to that complete stranger at the bus stop.

P.S. – Happy Mother’s Day!!

May 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm 2 comments

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