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Monday, May 21, 2018

Links - 21st May 2018 (2)

Pig, dog missing from CNY zodiac T-shirt sold at popular hypermart - "There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, but two of them are conspicously missing from a T-shirt sold at a major hypermarket chain, drawing reactions from Malaysians online. The T-shirt has the image of all the animals except the pig and dog, which are instead replaced with Chinese characters... In 1995, Malaysia banned the comedy film “Babe” for portraying the main character of a pig, although a DVD release was approved years later. In 2016, the character of a pig was removed from promotional posters for Hong Kong blockbuster film, “The Monkey King 2”. Two years earlier, activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi drew the ire of Islamic authorities for organising an event giving Muslims the opportunity to touch the dog, as well as how to cleanse themselves after that. A guideline by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), which oversees the halal industry, also prohibits the use of the name “dog”, forcing popular products such as A&W’s famed Coney Dog to be renamed."

3 Things to Learn from Japanese Porn - "Cute can be very sexy
Let the man be a man...
Japanese women tend to whimper and make more girly sounds instead of moaning and groaning like in western porn. Clearly, the domination and submission aspect of sex is a big thing in Japanese culture...
Be open to try new things...
In Japanese porn, the girls often appear demure and innocent by bashfully saying no at first. But then they try whatever it is anyway, and really fucking get into it."

Minneapolis To Reduce Testing - "The city of Minneapolis may fire its police psychology evaluator because his tests screened out too many minority candidates, despite already lowering psych evaluations far below the national standard. The July police shooting of Justine Damond triggered the city to scrutinize its psychological standards for police, with many claiming they’d become lax. Psychiatrist Thomas Gratzer has run psych testing for the Minneapolis police for the past five years, and in that time, he has eliminated four of the five tests used to determine whether a candidate is fit to be an officer... Mohamed Noor, the officer who shot Damond, is Somali and was one of 200 cops approved by Gratzer’s standards over the past five years, which were already far below the national standard. Minneapolis used a more standard five-test procedure up until 2012, and according to a 2004 federal study, those tests worked. The study found that the officers flagged as concerning by the tests were three times more likely to engage in misconduct... Noor has not faced any charges"

What Hillary Knew About Juanita Broaddrick - "Enough time has passed that outing Clinton for his alleged sex crimes now has the same retro “Oh grow up” feeling as revealing that John F. Kennedy had lovers—nobody’s perfect. But let’s not fool ourselves. “I believe Juanita” doesn’t just mean that you’re generally in favor of believing women when they report sex crimes. It means you believe that for eight years our country was in the hands of a violent rapist. Broaddrick’s account—now accepted not just by a vast right-wing conspiracy, but also by a gathering number of liberal writers—is of an attack as brutal and unambiguous as the worst of the alleged assaults by Harvey Weinstein... When three of Clinton’s principal accusers accepted Donald Trump’s invitation to sit front-row at a presidential debate, they were largely regarded by the left as a gallery of ghouls and liars. But that was politics, and an election was stake. Now—when all is lost—there’s been a change. The truth bats last. Liberals seem almost giddy with relief, admitting what they believe—which is how it always feels when you finally decide that you’re going to say what you really think and to hell with the consequences. The truth does set you free, but it usually comes at a price, which is why it will probably take another 20 years to open The New York Times and read an editorial called “Hillary Knew.”"

Are Women Really Victims? Four Women Weigh In - "When the recent #MeToo phenomenon included horrendous accounts of rape but also clumsy flirting and unwanted compliments, when rape and possibly unintentional knee brushing are discussed as part of the same phenomenon and when 28% of young people think winking is sexual harassment, society could be excused for doubting women’s ability to evaluate danger and cope with public life. This is a reputation we cannot afford if we want to succeed in it. Feminists of my mother’s generation resisted furiously the claims that women were too timid, too fragile, too neurotic and too easily upset to function in the public sphere... This is currently under threat from a cultural shift within feminism which has shifted the aim from female empowerment to status-by-victimhood... It’s not good for either sex for men to become afraid that talking to women, complimenting women, criticising women, flirting with women or touching women in friendly greeting could destroy their careers and reputations...
I don’t identify as a victim, I can laugh, take a joke, and tell somebody who’s bothering me to cut the crap—instead of tattling to an authority figure. Of course, it helps that I am not a feminist. I instead call myself a humanist... Though feminism claims to advocate for “equal rights,” it now busies itself demanding special rights for women—under the guise of equal rights. (By the way, there’s little that screams that women aren’t equal like calls for special treatment.) Feminism now regularly calls for women to be treated as eggshells instead of equals. And through this, it does something pernicious to the women it claims to advocate for: Feminism has become a movement for female disempowerment, or what I call “encouraged helplessness” (from psychologist Martin Seligman’s “learned helplessness”—the feeling that there’s nothing you can do to escape your fate). In fact, feminism, bizarrely, has morphed into paternalism—instructing women that they are fragile, passive, powerless victims who need authority figures to advocate for them...
It is often the people who have experienced serious adversity who refuse to think of themselves as victims... Feelings of confidence rarely come from fixating on things that are outside of our control, including events that have happened in the past. Meaning and contentment arise from doing things that create value for others—not demanding special treatment or recognition... ultimately, none of us are victims unless we tell ourselves we are."

Lily Allen slammed after claiming Rochdale abuse victims 'would have been raped or abused by somebody else' even if sex gang didn't exist - "The 32-year-old's comments prompted an instant backlash as she was labelled 'vile' and 'sick' and accused of victim-blaming... The millionaire singer deleted the original comment and blocked a number of critics on the social media site. It comes just days after she tweeted football should be banned to protect children from sexual abuse - in comments she later said were made tongue-in-cheek."

Judith Butler Overestimates the Power of Hateful Speech - "Butler’s instincts are different than mine in part because she believes that wrongheaded speakers wield extraordinary power over college students, and implies one cannot really oppose bad values without suppressing the expression of them... all people are created equal and endowed with dignity by virtue of being human. A trans student’s dignity—their quality of being worthy of honor or respect—is not something an anti-trans speaker can take away... Butler suggests excessive protections for speech might threaten Berkeley’s commitment to nonviolence; suppressing speech with the coercive power of the state is the position that not only threatens but is antithetical to principled nonviolence."

Ku Klux Klan media star admits lying being an Iraqi war veteran: "I am a media whore" - "Howard detailed payments by national media fabricating racist events, according to documents and interviews with the Klan leader... Howard detailed manufacturing cross burnings and other Ku Klux Klan public confrontations in exchange for cash payments from multiple national media groups."

Feminism and grotesque rape lynch mob culture - "Increasingly, from the moment an allegation of rape is made, the police and judiciary tend to use language that implies it is based on fact and that all men are potential predators of women... I recently spent a week in court, watching the trial of a young man accused of rape. The experience shocked me. First, the alleged victim and the accused were treated very differently. The young woman — rape victims are, of course, always anonymous — was called by her first name and treated deferentially by the barristers and judge. The young man was treated almost as a criminal from the start. He was addressed by his surname and, to me, it seemed a subliminal sub-text was ever-present — that there was no doubt he had committed the crime. In the end, however, the jury found him not guilty by a unanimous verdict. Undoubtedly, the court experience for any rape-accuser is not pleasant, but unlike the men in these two cases, they will not risk facing long-lasting shame for simply being charged with rape (even though both accused men were cleared)... to pretend women are incapable of telling lies — is to imply absurdly that women are more morally virtuous than men. This is disgracefully belittling of women... the tragedy is that such a culture is not just being promoted by feminist academics but is being encouraged by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Alison Saunders. In what seems to be a personal crusade, our top prosecutor has continually pushed for more rape prosecutions and has recently suggested a rape acquittal did not mean the alleged victim was not telling the truth."

Strata Malls: Where Retail Goes to Die - "While simple necessities like lights, lifts and escalators are usually in working condition, strata malls appear less than pristine because of their plain and functional interior design. This suited the purpose of the generic strata mall back in the 1960s, which was originally created simply to generate profit. Today, one can’t deny that flashier malls attract customers largely due to how they look. But unlike malls run by professional developers like CapitaLand Mall Asia, individual units in a strata mall are owned by individual landlords. Here, it’s “every unit owner for himself”."

You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie - "In comic books, superhero universes survive in part because of what Stan Lee famously called “the illusion of change.” The status quo looks like it’s constantly evolving, because our hero defeats the latest threat, but really everything just resets to zero. Time, in comics, stands still. But in the Star Wars universe, time moves. Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and the legacy actors playing them can grow from callow youth to wise old age and then pass the torch. Literally. Like, count on a lingering scene of one of those olds offering a lightsaber to one of the new kids in Force Awakens. The universe can extend for 10,000 years forward and back from the moment Luke blows up the first Death Star. “In the case of Rogue One, we’re essentially making a period piece,” Hart says. “The benefit of making additional episodes that move forward on the timeline is that we are making new space for ourselves.”"

Feminist Germaine Greer slams the #MeToo campaign - "One of Australia's most famous feminists has slammed actresses accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment claiming 'opening their legs' for the disgraced movie producer was 'tantamount to consent'... Slamming the #MeToo campaign, Ms Greer said: 'I want, I've always wanted, to see women react [to sexual harassment] immediately', emphasising that women facing sexual harassment should take 'direct and immediate action' against their attackers. Ms Greer lamented that 'in the old days', women weren't afraid to 'slap down' foolish men who leered after them."
Feminists can't dismiss her like they can Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve (apparently actresses are only allowed to support the feminist consensus even if they don't profit from marketing their bodies anymore). Then again because of her views on trans people she's already a shitlord

The Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood Accused of Crimes Against Feminism for Defending Due Process - "Atwood must counter charges that she is actually a "bad feminist," because she thinks the University of British Columbia denied due process to a male professor accused of sexual misconduct... Atwood has not taken a position on Galloway's guilt or innocence; rather, she believes the university was unfair to everyone involved in the dispute, and has made it impossible to determine the truth... due process has become synonymous with rape denial in the minds of some feminists... "In times of extremes, extremists win," wrote Atwood. "Their ideology becomes a religion, anyone who doesn't puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor, and moderates in the middle are annihilated." Indeed, the supposedly "good" feminists in opposition to Atwood should keep in mind that automatic, unfailing, unquestioning belief is a hallmark of religious extremism—of precisely the kind of society Atwood was warning us against in The Handmaid's Tale."

Margaret Atwood is a blood-drinking monster - "Several tweets accused her of being an old, cisgender white woman. In this intersectional age, that alone is proof of guilt. Margaret Atwood as an enemy of feminism is a tough concept to get your head around. She is, after all, the author of The Handmaid's Tale, the universally acclaimed dystopian fantasy in which women are enslaved to men. Her impressive body of work – one that has profoundly informed the feminist zeitgeist – is a 50-year-long attack on misogyny and the patriarchal state. Ms. Atwood is probably the leading feminist author in the world. So what happened? What happened is that the Revolution has entered a new phase. Having vanquished the reactionaries, the Jacobins are sending the moderates to the guillotine. The buildings must be razed so that society can begin anew. Everyone who isn't for them is against them. Moderates like Ms. Atwood, with their odious ideas about due process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, are traitors to the Revolution. As one letter to The Globe put it the other day: "Revolution isn't about justice. It's about change"... My fundamental position," she wrote, "is that women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviours this entails, including criminal ones. They're not angels, incapable of wrongdoing "... many younger feminists regard such sentiments as heretical"

Catherine Deneuve signs letter denouncing #MeToo 'witch hunt': 'Men should be free to hit on women' - "The French actress Catherine Deneuve is one of about 100 female writers, performers and academics who have put their names to an open letter denouncing the "puritanism" they claim has emerged in the wake of the recent sexual harassment scandals... “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not – nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack,” the letter, which has also been signed by Catherine Millet, author of the 2002 bestseller The Sexual Life of Catherine M, says. “Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss.”... “What began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite – we intimidate people into speaking ‘correctly’, shout down those who don’t fall into line, and those women who refused to bend are regarded as complicit and traitors. “Instead of helping women, this frenzy to send these ‘pigs’ to the abattoir actually helps the enemies of sexual liberty – religious extremists and the worst sort of reactionaries. “As women we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality. “[Women] sufficiently aware that the sexual urge is by its nature wild and aggressive. But we are also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward attempt to pick someone up with a sexual attack.”
If famous women say (a form of) feminism is man and sex hating, is it misogynistic to dismiss them? Is feminism really about hearing female voices?

Brigitte Bardot: sexual harassment protesters are 'hypocritical' and 'ridiculous' - "“Many actresses flirt with producers to get a role. Then when they tell the story afterwards, they say they have been harassed … in actual fact, rather than benefit them, it only harms them.” Saying that she had never been a victim of sexual harassment, Bardot added: “I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a pretty little ass. This kind of compliment is nice.”"

MeToo: Women Rebel against the Sexual Revolution - "What we are seeing in the broader culture now is something that has been evident on college campuses for some time — women are unhappy about the state of sex and romance. They feel pressured, they feel disrespected, and they are fighting back. Sadly, our culture has so exalted sexual license that the only form of sexual conduct women are permitted to protest is coercion. It should not be surprising, then, that the terms “assault” and “rape” have been expanded beyond reasonable bounds... Feminists hate to seem to pine for love and romance, yet their responses to Grace hint at the disappointment the sexual revolution has delivered"

'Airline poo' falls on India village causing confusion - "people "sneaked a few pieces into their clothes", stored them in refrigerators at home"

L'Oreal Spox, YouTube Star Amena Khan Deleted Anti-Israel Tweets - "For the first time in L'Oreal's 108-year history, it has a hijab-wearing spokeswoman"

Malaysian man slaps Muslim woman for not wearing hijab

FATAH: A hijabi hoax that fooled Canada - "Khowlah’s story that an Asian man cut her hijab with scissors was a physical impossibility. To cut the hijab with scissors through the winter jacket was only possible if the jacket was completely removed. This was not the case. There was obviously more to it than met the eye, but not for our bleeding-heart, guilt-ridden politicians, hungry for the Muslim vote bank in some pockets of Toronto. Within hours, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared with his Muslim Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen to validate the yet unsubstantiated story of a Muslim being attacked because of her religion. Toronto Mayor John Tory and Premier Kathleen Wynne, both facing elections, joined the chorus of condemnation, without waiting for any police confirmation about whether a crime had been committed... Sad, that at a time when Muslim women in Iran are risking their lives to tear off their hijabs, Canada is becoming a place where little girls are being used to carry the burden of Islamism on their heads. Amir Taheri, the Iranian-born author and expert on Islamic issues wrote an extensive piece on the phenomenon of the hijab for the New York Post in 2003. According to Taheri, “This fake Islamic hijab is nothing but a political prop, a weapon of visual terrorism. It is the symbol of a totalitarian ideology inspired more by Nazism and Communism than by Islam. It is as symbolic of Islam as the Mao uniform was of Chinese civilization.”"
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