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Saleh al-Saadoon, Asshole of the Day for February 13, 2015
We highlight plenty of American politicians who say horrible things about rape. In the last week or so we’ve had
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Saleh al-Saadoon, Asshole of the Day for February 13, 2015

We highlight plenty of American politicians who say horrible things about rape. In the last week or so we’ve had 

But this is certainly not limited to American assholes. It’s world-wide. Here’s a Saudi historian lecturing about why women shouldn’t drive, which somehow ends up with rape:

In December, it was announced that two women who flouted the driving ban were to be tried in a special court for terrorism.

“They don’t care if they are raped on the roadside - but we do,” he told his host Nadeen Bdeir, according to a translation from the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).

“Hold on, who told you that they don’t care about getting raped by the roadside?” she asked incredulously.

“It’s not a big deal for them beyond the damage to their morale,” Dr al-Saadoon claimed. “In our case, however, the problem is of a social and religious nature.”

The amazing thing is how rape is something women must tolerate if they insist on independence. He doesn’t imply that anything should be done to prevent rape other than having male relatives drive women around. That’s some serious rape culture shit right there.

So, for using possible rape as an excuse to oppress women, rather than thinking men should, you know, stop raping women, Dr Saleh al-Saadoon is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Dr. Al-Saadoon’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: The Independent


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Rush Limbaugh, Asshole of the Day for September 16, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Colleges are finally starting to tighten rules on sexual assault and rape, though certainly not as much or as fast as they should. And while many people...

Rush Limbaugh, Asshole of the Day for September 16, 2014

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Colleges are finally starting to tighten rules on sexual assault and rape, though certainly not as much or as fast as they should. And while many people consider less rape to be a good thing, there are those who come to its defense, especially on college campuses. For example, back in June George Will derided studies about the prevalence of rape on college campuses by calling rape victims liars.

But George Will is not alone in decrying attempts to stop rape on college campuses. Yesterday Rush Limbaugh explained how new rules at Ohio State violate his own beliefs about what is and isn’t rape:

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh mocked The Ohio State University’s new policy telling students to get clear, verbal consent before having sex. Limbaugh went on to ask guys “how many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that no means yes if you know how to spot it?”

“Let me tell you something in this modern world — that is simply, that’s not tolerated,” Limbaugh continued. “People aren’t going to try to understand that one. I mean it used to be a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See that’s got to change. We have got to change the way we raise men.”

Why do you think permission every step of the way — aren’t these just lawsuits just waiting to happen if one of these steps are not taken,” Limbaugh said.

“Why do you think permission every step of the way?” To ask this question is to just not care about consent. To not care whether the other person wants to have sex with you. So they kissed you, so you think you can ignore them now saying no and go all the way? That’s what Rush is crying over.

As I mentioned when CeeLo was named Asshole of the Day for saying it’s not rape if they’re asleep, focusing on whether there is a no is the wrong discussion. Rather than “did she say no?”, we should teach people that they should only have sex with people who want to have sex with them, just like we do with everything else. Amanda Marcotte pointed out that someone has to have permission to come into your house, with her basic argument being that it’s not OK unless the homeowner says no in a certain clear way. You’re just not allowed to barge in, so you shouldn’t be allowed to force yourself on someone sexually unless they tell you no– they have to invite you. And an invitation to sex, just like an invitation into their house, is revokable. They can change their mind and ask you to leave. If they invite you into the living room, you aren’t allowed to barge into their bedroom unless they lead you there or tell you that you can. Why is it so hard for people to understand that the same rules should apply to sex?

Probably because they don’t want to. They don’t think it’s wrong to have sex with people who don’t want to have sex with them. They don’t think it’s wrong to take more from someone than that person is willing to give.

Look, the rules around rape won’t trip up anyone who is focused on only having sex with people who want to have sex with them. But Rush Limbaugh doesn’t care– he feels entitled to sex with women, and wants to keep them from expressing that they don’t want to have sex with him, because then he thinks it’s OK. And he thinks all men should be so entitled. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Rush Limbaugh’s seventh time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Talking Points Memo.


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CeeLo Green, Asshole of the Day for September 3, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Last night CeeLo Green was defending himself against accusations of rape and sounded a lot like Todd Akin when he tweeted:
“ “If someone is passed out they’re...

CeeLo Green, Asshole of the Day for September 3, 2014

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Last night CeeLo Green was defending himself against accusations of rape and sounded a lot like Todd Akin when he tweeted:

“If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously. People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”

“Really been raped” sounds a lot like “legitimate rape”. And I noted that they each had different reasons for narrowing the definition of rape, but they were engaged in the same bullshit. Since tweeting that, CeeLo deleted the tweets, deleted his Twitter, restored his Twitter, and tweeted a short apology. But forced apologies aren’t worth much, and there’s no hint that he really understands why his reasoning is wrong, only that he’s sorry he said it (maybe).

Now Green wasn’t even charged with rape, but the assertion is out there, so he feels he must defend what he’s accused of:

Green’s lawyer argued the two had “consensual relations,” despite the woman’s claim that she woke up in bed next to Green and was unsure of what happened the night before.

Green faced one felony drug charge. Prosecutors’ claim of lack of evidence led to no rape charges being filed, but he was still sentenced to three years of probation, plus 45 days of community service.

The Voice coach also emphasized that he wasn’t admitting guilt by making a no contest plea.

This case and CeeLo’s defense goes to the real heart of many debates about rape these days– guys like CeeLo, along with their defenders over on Fox News, such as George Will, think that it’s not rape unless there’s a very clear no. That is, they aren’t focused on consent, but on protest. But that just ignores all the time that the person is incapacitated or under threat not to protest. The absence of protest is not consent. Consent must be a positive act, and without it, you’re in rape territory.

Amanda Marcotte at Raw Story explained this very well in July under the headline Instead of asking, “Did she say no?”, we should start asking, “Did she want to have sex?”

Here’s a piece I wrote kind of detailing out my problems with that argument, mostly that it’s a strawman and that assuming someone is automatically in a state of consent unless they phrase their refusals just so is not held for any other intimate behavior, such as allowing people in your home or allowing people to watch your children, and just for sex. Which is to say anti-feminists are actually arguing that the barrier for someone barging into your house should be higher than for them barging into your body. (And considering how most of them are anti-abortion, it follows that they believe the barrier for to force someone to have a baby should be lower than to force yourself into their house to sit on their couch.) Which is fucked up, to say the least.

What if, instead of saying, “Did she say no?” to this young man, the question was, “Did she want to have sex with you?” The answer to that seems screamingly obvious. Far from making things more complicated, framing the question this way would have made things much simpler.

Sure, there will always be men who will whine that it’s so hard to get laid if you have to bother knowing if your partner wants to have sex, too. But so what? If I ran around saying that it’s so hard to get invited to dinner without just walking into people’s houses uninvited, that wouldn’t change the fact that I’m criminally trespassing. If I insisted the only way I get to visit people is by barging into their houses, you’d tell me that it’s my responsibility to learn how to make friends so I get invited. Men who want to have sex should be held to the same minimum standard.

So, just as it’s not OK to rob someone’s house while they are asleep, it’s not OK to violate their person because they are asleep or too sleepy or drunk to put up a fight. But CeeLo thinks there’s a difference between the two, and for that he is the Asshole of the Day.

It is CeeLo Green’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many for saying horrible things about rape.

Full story: Buzzfeed.


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CeeLo Green is starting to sound a lot like Todd Akin

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Behold how they both try to split hairs on rape to suit their own purposes.

Todd Akin redefines rape so he doesn’t sound like a heartless monster for forcing raped women to carry their rapist’s baby:

If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

CeeLo Green redefines rape so that it doesn’t include what he’s accused of:

Green’s lawyer argued the two had “consensual relations,” despite the woman’s claim that she woke up in bed next to Green and was unsure of what happened the night before.

“If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously,” he said, adding, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”

Photo source: 

https://twitter.com/toddakin

https://twitter.com/CeeLoGreen


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George Will, Asshole of the Day for June 9, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Rape and sexual assault on college campuses and in society at large are in the news a lot lately. And of course how big a problem it is perceived to be is important...

George Will, Asshole of the Day for June 9, 2014

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Rape and sexual assault on college campuses and in society at large are in the news a lot lately. And of course how big a problem it is perceived to be is important because that should determine how important it is to change things. If it’s a widespread problem, then the call for action should be that much stronger.

So naturally people who don’t care about rape and sexual assault will be inclined to diminish the scope of the problem, as a way of saying we shouldn’t make an effort to stop it. On Saturday George Will looked at the problem and here’s the stats he cited:

The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12% of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12% reporting rate is correct, the 20% assault rate is preposterous.

Now, sure, he qualifies “if the 12% percent reporting rate is correct”, but then the rest of his column is about how the 20% number is preposterous and there’s lots of ladies running around pretending to have been assaulted who haven’t been. There’s two problems here– one is his interpretation of the numbers and the assumptions that go into why he makes them, and the second is what conclusions he comes to. And what conclusion does he reach?

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating.

They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.

Yes, he thinks that focusing on the sexual assault problem has created a lot of fake victims. For someone to claim that without really digging in and figuring out if it’s true is to call 8% of women liars and at the same time tar the other 12% as possibly lying.

So let’s go back to the question of the 12% reported versus 20% who say they’ve been assaulted. If 12% is the real number of assaults, then the additional 8% are false reports; if 20% is correct, then that’s 8% not being reported. So which is more likely?

George Will is a conservative who believes in markets, even more than he believes in Jesus probably, and perhaps almost as much as he loves St. Ronnie of Reagan. So if he believes in markets, then he believes that people respond to incentives and he wants to remove government incentives for bad behavior. His argument suggests that focusing on rape and sexual assault has given college women an incentive to false report, which he condemns.

But the problem is he sees only this one incentive for false report, while ignoring all the incentives to not report. And why would a woman who has been assaulted not report? Well, there’s plenty. Even if there were an incentive to false report while on campus as he claims, outside campus

  1. claiming you’ve been raped or assaulted doesn’t help you get a job.
  2. claiming you’ve been raped or assaulted doesn’t help you get a spouse.
  3. claiming you’ve been raped or assaulted doesn’t win friends.

And many people still blame the victim. Or at least consider the victim partly to blame. Like for example this judge who reduced a rapist’s sentence because the victim didn’t cry during the rape. Or the Wall Street Journal editor who claimed drunk women were equally to blame for their own rapes.

College women know all those things. But does George Will know them? Does he care? Why does he only focus on one incentive that women face, and not all? Clearly he’s not interested in the evidence about rape and sexual assault, and doesn’t mind if it turns out he’s falsely accused large numbers of rape victims of being liars.

So, for saying that the federal government is giving college women an incentive to make false claims about being sexually assaulted, George Will is the Asshole of the Day.

It is George Will’s fourth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Media Matters


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Michael Simmons: “If a female student got drunk and had her car stolen the university would call the police. If she got drunk and had her computer stolen, they would call the police. If she got drunk and had her phone stolen, they would call the police. The fact that she was drunk would not even be factored in when assessing if a crime had been committed. But if she gets drunk and has her body invaded and her humanity stolen, school administrations are perplexed about what to do.”

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Keith Ablow, Asshole of the Day for May 15, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
It seems not a day goes by where someone in power or in the media says something horrible about rape. Today we add Dr. Keith Ablow, a Fox News’s expert. Dr. Ablow...

Keith Ablow, Asshole of the Day for May 15, 2014

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It seems not a day goes by where someone in power or in the media says something horrible about rape. Today we add Dr. Keith Ablow, a Fox News’s expert. Dr. Ablow defended a middle school banning tights on the grounds that boys will be boys:

ABLOW: You cannot come in with leggings. Because my son wants to learn and the truth is it is distracting. And it is kind of inappropriate because when did we decide as a culture that tights would become an overgarment instead of an undergarment. The reason we’re doing that is because girls are in a panic to be more and more sexual because we’ve taken all the restraint away from femininity. We’ve made girls into boys.

[…]

ABLOW: I don’t know that we can restrain boys from being boys. So the long stare, the offhand comment, you have to – what do you do, excuse it? Because it was certainly provoked. And I think girls put themselves in the line of fire that way.

“I don’t know that we can restrain boys from being boys.” And he also thinks we shouldn’t even try. Sorry, girls, your needs don’t matter when they interfere with boys’ needs. I mean, why would we even try to restrain boys so that girls could be allowed to learn?

The sexism here is so breathtakingly clear: Boys will be boys and there’s no need or desire to change that. Girls must accommodate themselves to boys, not the other way around. Only the girls have to make accommodations according to this sexist asshole.

And the part that really annoys me is that middle school might be a great time to start explaining to boys that it’s not acceptable to treat women as sex objects, and that they should act with restraint and empathy towards all people, including those of the opposite sex. It will be a lot easier to teach this lesson at 13 than at 23, at which point you’d have to unlearn all the bad lessons. But Dr. Ablow doesn’t want to do that– he wants boys to have no restraint and do whatever they want, no matter who it hurts. This is sexism, and to some extent what rape culture is based on. And for that, Dr. Keith Ablow is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Keith Ablow’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but of course one of many, many people featured here who’ve excused rape and blamed women for the crimes committed against them:

Full story: Media Matters


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Judge Jeanine Howard, Asshole of the Day for May 2, 2014
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A judge sentencing a rapist to community service instead of real jail time? Shameful.
A judge sentencing a rapist to community service at a rape crisis...

Judge Jeanine Howard, Asshole of the Day for May 2, 2014

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A judge sentencing a rapist to community service instead of real jail time? Shameful.

A judge sentencing a rapist to community service at a rape crisis center? Unbelievable.

And yet that’s exactly what happened with Dallas County Judge Jeanine Howard.

Howard recently sentenced Sir Young, a 20-year-old confessed rapist (he admitted to raping a 14-year old when he was 18), to 45 days - yes, days - in jail, and gave him a five-year deferred probation. Young does not have to stay away from children, as most sex offenders are required to do, must attend sex offender treatment, and has to spend October 4, the anniversary of the rape, in jail for the five years he is on probation.

While the short jail sentence and the absence of an order to stay away from children are disturbing, Howard manages to up the ‘what the hell is she thinking?’ factor: Young has also been ordered to do 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center.

Victims advocates were floored by Howard’s community service order. And for good reason. Sending a sexual predator into a space that is dedicated to healing victims of sexual assault is a slap in the face to victims everywhere, and a knock on the work of those who try to uplift them.

Howard, of course, attempted to defend her 'creative’ sentencing, saying she never intended for Young “to work with rape victims”. Her decision to order his community service hours at a rape crisis center was “spur of the moment” and she thought he could “mop floors, mow the lawn or cook”.

Perhaps Howard should have put more thought into her sentence and come up with something that didn’t further victimize people who have already been through so much. It won’t be easy for the victims and staff of a counseling center to look a confessed rapist in the face, knowing that he received no real punishment for his crime.

But, wait…Howard’s asshole-ish behavior doesn’t end with the sentence. Her justification of why she handled Young’s sentencing the way she did is by far the most disturbing piece in all of this: she blamed the victim.

Howard says her sentence was based on the fact the victim had previous sexual experience, had given birth to a child (the victim’s mother says this is a lie) and had texted Young asking him to spend time with her. During the trial, Howard also spent a lot of time asking the victim if she cried during the attack. Because, as we all know, it’s not real rape unless the victim cries and fights back.

“She wasn’t the victim she claimed to be,” Howard said. “He is not your typical sex offender.” Howard also said she thought she was “doing a good thing” with her sentence.

As if victim blaming could ever be a good thing.

Howard is apparently one of those people who believe that to be raped you have to be as pure as the driven snow, and that you can’t have had any previous contact with your rapist prior to the attack. Scary, considering 2/3 of all rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.

Not surprisingly, the young rape survivor is not happy with the sentence Howard handed down, saying everything she went through “was for nothing” and that it would have been better had she not said anything about the rape.

With one bang of her gavel, Judge Jeanine Howard has re-victimized countless women (and men) and made a mockery of the justice system. She’s also further convinced victims of sexual assault that reporting their attacks to the police are more trouble than its worth. For this, she’s Asshole of the Day.

It is Judge Jeanine Howard’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many judges to be named Asshole of the Day:

Full story: Dallas Observer


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Is Patrick Howley Asshole of the Day?

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Is Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley asshole of the day for saying the term “rape culture” is just a smear?

Here’s what he tweeted yesterday here and here:

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So he’s saying that there’s no culture that blames the victim for rape or covers up for rape? That diminishes its crime?

Photo source: https://twitter.com/PatrickHowleyDC


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