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12 March 2011 @ 07:40 pm
...WTF. Boosting the Signal.  
Originally posted by [info]lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.

THIS IS RAPE CULTURE, PEOPLE.

Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

I can't even go into how fucking FURIOUS this makes me. I want to say more, but I'm afraid I'll fry my gasket. I mean, seriously, people? WTF?!
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athenesolon: Prince Adamathenesolon on March 15th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
I have to echo you're arguments but I'm kind of wishy-washy on it. On the one hand, I have always (even ten years ago) noticed something of a movement downward when it comes to more adult-looking clothes (my sister's term for it is "prostitot") On the other hand it does NOT justify the boys actions and in fact is quite horrifying (it reminds me of what I remember reading about with the rap culture back in the 70s when a gang of men went around Central Park raping and causing MAJOR trouble and no one did ANYTHING.)

I think I get what the people (the person interviewed above) are saying but it's US that helps to make them (the "boys") remember. Forever. They need to be taught a lesson when it comes to how they treat women (and yes, she counts as a woman in this instance).

*takes a deep breath as she gathers her thoughts on this* I'm so glad my brother was taught how to treat women right (this may have in part come from having two older female siblings and being one of a few boys in a dance class but I believe my mom and dad's lessons were even more important.) I don't want to go all "kids today don't know manners" but it really does seem to fit the bill here.

*growls even more* this is why Superman is needed in this day and age. They need the role models. Now more than ever.