Random Headlines — 1/30/15

VICE – How bakeries got caught in the middle of the gay marriage war.

Mother Jones – Inside the men’s rights movement — and the army of misogynists and trolls it spawned.

The Raw Story – The all female Ghostbusters movie is announced, destroying the last vestige of manhood in America.

Talking Points Memo – Idaho publisher explains why his paper ran a front page anti-gay ad.

Feministing – A critique of Christina Hoff Sommers’ article on campus rape.

Right Wing Watch – Meet David Lane, the anti-gay Christian-nation extremist of the RNC.

The Atlantic – The sophisticated bigotry of Bobby Jindal.

The Nation – How the Roberts Court strengthened the powerful at the expense of everyone else.

Random Headlines — 1/27/15

Right Wing Watch – Alabama’s anti-gay Chief Justice wants his state to defy federal courts on marriage.

We Hunted the Mammoth – 7 tactics of highly effective harassers: How A Voice for Men’s Internet hate machine works.

Mancheeze – Paul Elam’s racism and homophobia rears its ugly head.

The Raw Story – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R – TX) says that “Republican females” sent the “wrong message” by wanting a rape exception to the GOP’s abortion ban.

Rolling Stone – 3 signs we have a long way to go on trans rights.

Politico – Michelle Obama’s uncovered head draws Saudi Twitter critique.

Talking Points Memo – Denver cops open fire on car full of teens and kill a 17-year-old girl.

Washington Post – Mormon church announces support for legal protections for gay people.

The Clarion-Ledger – Study suggests that same-sex marriage could garner $10.6 million for Mississippi.

Random Headlines — 1/26/15

Right Wing Watch – Bobby Jindal’s extremist prayer rally brings together prophets, bigots and far-right activists.

Salon – Fertility is not a “disease.” How extremists fundamentally misunderstand contraception.

Think Progress – Rep. Sally Kern (R – OK) introduced three bills to discriminate against gay people.

Talking Points Memo – Gay Ala. lawmaker threatens to reveal her colleagues’ marital infidelities if they continue to oppose same-sex marriage in the name of “family values.”

Jezebel – Doctors are right, and politicians are wrong, on prescribing abortion drugs.

Media Matters – Meet the U.S. Pastor Council, the group working to repeal Texas’ non-discrimination laws.

Feministing – Colorado lawmaker says IUDs stop “a small child from implanting.”

AlterNet – Ten ridiculous products made especially for men or women.

Incel Misogynist Brags About Intentionally Knocking Women Down

Just picture him with a fedora.
Just picture him with a fedora.

Another day, another sad, angry virgin raging against women online.The relatively new blog Rants of an Incel is run by a “43 year old incel man” who rails against “the female collective” which committed the unpardonable crime of not throwing themselves at his feet. “There is little difference between one woman and the next,” he wrote in the “About” section. “They all behave the same way and they are all attracted to same dumbass, useless men(the badboy), making useless spawn which my tax dollars are stolen from me to fund.  This is why they love liberalism/socialism/communism, it is hypocrisy at its finest.” In a particularly disturbing post, he explains how he’s made a game of intentionally bumping into women on the street, which he calls “Bump-O-Cunt-O”:

I am originally from a very large urban area, where people usually do not own cars and walk to get everywhere.  I have long since moved to a much smaller city where people drive everywhere.  But recently I had occasion to go back and visit.  One thing about big liberal feminzed cities is that when men walk down the sidewalk, women expect men to move out of their way.  In the past, I always moved out of the way of the female on a busy sidewalk, and when I went to visit, I resumed the old behavior of giving them way on the street, but then again, what has the cunt ever given me?  I then decided that I would invent a new game “Bump-O-Cunt-O”, where if they did not get out of my way, I would just bump right into them.  Now, I am a pretty big guy, and I don’t know what goes through the cunts mind to not get out of the way of a much bigger object heading towards them..  Maybe it thinks that the gubment will be there to protect it, or maybe it thinks that it is a goddess who can defy physics and the man will disappear..  Sorry ladies, not only did you create the incel, you don’t care, not only don’t you care, you actively try and push the incel out, not only do you try and push the incel out, but when convenient, you get your horde of nagina’s to do him mental/physical harm, not only all that, but my taxes have to pay for services for women, but nothing in return for me.  It must be the life mission of all incels to hold women accountable for their actions.  Whatever the case, I decided to create a scoring system the few days I was there.  I would say about half of the women moved out of my way the instant before collision.  The other half bumped right into me and got knocked to the side.  Here is how the scoring works

Woman gets out the way – 5 points

Bump into a woman – 10 points

Bump into woman, and she falls down – 30 points

In 3 days, my tally was roughly 690 points.  The best one was some cunt who thought she was a goddess was running for a cab and apparently thought she could go right through me, because men don’t exist, you see..  That is until it needs something.  I did not move and she slammed right into me and I stepped on her foot(by accident, I was walking you see), and felt the satisfying snap of her high heel shoe breaking.  All she did was grunt and continue to grab her cab.  I kept the heel of her broken shoe as a trophy.  If you are incel, and live in a major urban area, I encourage all of you to play this game.  I want to see your score, and hear your stories..

Of course, what’s worse than a man clearly assaulting women because of his inability to have sex with them, is the fact that so many murderers and spree killers begin by abusing and stalking women. It makes me wonder if this man’s violence will stop, or simply escalate from here.

The “Twisted World” of Elliot Rodger, Misogyny and “Men’s Rights”

Elliot Rodger

On the night of May 23rd, 2014, a familiar tragedy played out in the affluent community of Isla Vista, California. 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a murderous rampage which left six dead and thirteen wounded.

In his 140-page manifesto, which he titled “My Twisted World,” Rodger laid bare his reasons for slaying his three roommates before gunning down several more innocent women and men. Bubbling beneath his well-crafted, preppy façade were feelings of inadequacy, envy, and murderous rage. He railed against the upper-class popular kids who snubbed him; the jock “brutes” who bullied him mercilessly; and, above all else, the “spoiled, heartless, wicked bitches” who never gave him a second thought, forcing him to “rot in bitter loneliness” as a “kissless virgin” without any romantic or sexual experience to speak of.

In a final video uploaded to YouTube shortly before his killing spree, Rodger announced to the world that he would soon “punish” the women who were never attracted to him. In a chillingly calm tone of voice, he declared: “On the day of retribution, I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of [UC Santa Barbara], and I will slaughter every spoiled, stuck-up, blonde slut I see inside there. All you popular kids, you’ve never accepted me, and now you will all pay for it,” he said with a sneer. “And girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, and to be loved by you. I’ve wanted a girlfriend, I’ve wanted sex. I’ve wanted love, affection, adoration. You think I’m unworthy of it. That’s a crime that can never be forgiven.”

This latest bloodbath – like George Sodini’s in 2009, Marc Lépine’s in 1989, and Richard Farley’s in 1988 – revealed, yet again, the extent to which toxic masculinity and aggrieved male entitlement continue to threaten the lives of women everywhere.

Yet beyond Elliot Rodger’s “twisted world” lies something far more sinister. His violent, misogynist rage is but a microcosm of a dangerous anti-woman mentality that festers in the loosely-connected network of Internet forums and blogs which comprise the so-called “manosphere” – a digital world inhabited by Men’s Rights Activists, Men Going Their Own Way, and “incels” (shorthand for “involuntary celibates,” a term used to describe men who, try as they might, remain virgins). Much like Elliot Rodger, the folks who own and comment on these websites not only believe they are entitled to attention from, and sex with, beautiful women — but they also view violence as an acceptable means to get what they desire.

CoAlphaAntiModernistIncelBlogger, for example, is a blog run by a Croatian man and self-styled “incel” who once proposed that governments procure dates for male virgins. “Caamib,” who admits to having propositioned his own mother “a couple of times” when he was “frustrated and sex starved,” wrote in a February, 2014, post that he was “genuinely sorry” for not murdering a teenage girl he was once attracted to. Following Elliot Rodger’s rampage, he wrote that while Rodger was “scum,” so were the women and men he killed. “Stupid, spoiled, brats,” he wrote. “I have no pity for, as one commentator said ‘blonde sorority sisters in Isla Vista.’ These girls were bad, immoral trash. And so was he.”

Commenters on CoAlpha Reactionary Forum similarly revel in the torment and murder of innocent women. The forum, which carries a dedication to Elliot Rodger, is owned and operated by “fschmidt,” a proponent of “Biblic Judaism” who believes that American women are “worse” than Nazi Germany. In one comment thread called “Observations on How Women Dress,” a user with the online handle “Drealm” wrote:

As you can imagine, my university town, Berkeley California, is one big liberalized hypersexual runway show. I’m forced to stare at hundreds if not thousands of women a day, all of whom bring sluttiness to all new pinnacle…I’ve discovered only my base urges are awakened when I see sluts. It’s as though I’m operating on autopilot and anything short of sex, goes off the radar. Simply put, I cannot on a primal level get passed my sexual urges when looking at sluts. I can argue with myself intellectually all I want, but ultimately my actions will be dictated by primal urges. So I’m only able to view sluts as sexual objects. This means as far as actions go, that at best I just want to exploit them for casual sex and at worst I want to rape them.

And on a thread about the Isla Vista massacre, commenters were generally supportive of Elliot Rodger. “As a fellow incel, I agreed with most of Rodger’s criticisms of: women, society as a whole, and the messed up male/female dynamics that are rampant today,” wrote one. Another commenter who goes by the name “Cornfed” wrote, “Had Elliot shot up a sorority house like he said he was going to, I don’t see why anyone should condemn that because 99.9% of his victims would have deserved it and any that somehow didn’t would be acceptable collateral damage.”

On Happier Abroad — a forum comprised mainly of American men who seek foreign women — “Cornfed” elaborated on his final solution to “the woman problem”:

I can think of a couple of potential solutions. One would be to perform a kind of triage on the female population. Those of breeding age deemed to have good genetics would be ensconced in body fitting cages and kept permanently pregnant via artificial inseminationl [sic] like other breeding sows. Those not used for this purpose but who were physically attractive would be sent to state brothels where worthy men could use them for sexual release, and they might also be farmed out to cook and clean for men. The remainder of the Western female population would be shot. Once the generation of post-feminist females being cranked out by the breeders came on stream, they would be apportioned to men as wives and the remaining feminized females would be shot.

Another solution would be for Western women to be declared wild animals and dealt with in a similar manner to how certain animals are under the wild animal control statutes of various countries. Hence the owners of women would be required to brand, tether or tag them, or they would be considered “wild”, in which case men would be free to claim them or hunt them or whatever. There would be a limit to how many women a man could own at any given time (excluding daughters), and husbands and fathers would have first claim. Women allowed to roam around unsupervised and cause trouble by irresponsible owners would be impounded and destroyed.

This kind of fantasy is, without question, absolutely nightmarish for most people. Yet it remains the norm for men trapped in an ideological echo chamber of toxic masculinity and aggrieved entitlement. Compare this to the rhetoric used by Elliot Rodger in his manifesto concerning what should be done with women:

The ultimate evil behind sexuality is the human female. They are the main instigators of sex. They control which men get it and which men don’t. Women are flawed creatures, and my mistreatment at their hands has made me realize this sad truth. There is something very twisted and wrong with the way their brains are wired. They think like beasts, and in truth, they are beasts. Women are incapable of having morals or thinking rationally. They are completely controlled by their depraved emotions and vile sexual impulses. Because of this, the men who do get to experience the pleasures of sex and the privilege of breeding are the men who women are sexually attracted to… the stupid, degenerate, obnoxious men. I have observed this all my life. The most beautiful of women choose to mate with the most brutal of men, instead of magnificent gentlemen like myself.

Women should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with. That decision should be made for them by rational men of intelligence. If women continue to have rights, they will only hinder the advancement of the human race by breeding with degenerate men and creating stupid, degenerate offspring. This will cause humanity to become even more depraved with each generation. Women have more power in human society than they deserve, all because of sex. There is no creature more evil and depraved than the human female.

[. . .]

The first strike against women will be to quarantine all of them in concentration camps. At these camps, the vast majority of the female population will be deliberately starved to death. That would be an efficient and fitting way to kill them all off. I would take great pleasure and satisfaction in condemning every single woman on earth to starve to death. I would have an enormous tower built just for myself, where I can oversee the entire concentration camp and gleefully watch them all die. If I can’t have them, no one will, I’d imagine thinking to myself as I oversee this. Women represent everything that is unfair with this world, and in order to make the world a fair place, they must all be eradicated.

A few women would be spared, however, for the sake of reproduction. These women would be kept and bred in secret labs. There, they will be artificially inseminated with sperm samples in order to produce offspring. Their depraved nature will slowly be bred out of them in time.

The similarities between the two are striking, and become even more disturbing when one takes into account the fact that the post on Happier Abroad is from 2012 — two years before the Isla Vista massacre and the release of Elliot Rodger’s manifesto. On websites where so-called “incels”, “MGTOWs” and MRAs congregate, this same type of hatred burns white hot, and may have lethal consequences for innocent women and girls.

Take, for instance, the writings of Eivind Berge, an anti-feminist blogger from Norway. The bespectacled Berge, who for years identified as an “incel”, blames women and feminists for his plight and that of other Norwegian men. In his desperation for sexual intimacy, Berge wrote that sex “is a female resource,” and that if women refuse to have sex with men, men should respond by taking what they want. “Remember that due to the hypergamous nature of women, men get less sex as women get more money and power. Women are generally incapable of feeling attraction for men who are not better than they are, and soon men are no better than equal,” he wrote. “So it is about time men in feminist countries such as Norway stop thinking of rape as wrong.”

In 2011, following Anders Behring Breivik’s gruesome terrorist attacks at Oslo and Utøya — the deadliest attack in Norway since WWII with 77 fatalities — Berge wrote that he had been planning a similar assault, but aborted it when he finally obtained a girlfriend: “At the time I wrote my last blog post, I believed I would probably become Norway’s first modern violent activist in peacetime. Celibacy enforced by a feminist regime had driven me to the point where I saw no other option. I would target the pigs who enforce feminist law, knowing I could realistically at least kill one of them before I would be captured or killed myself. Thus revenge would be assured and if I lived, my reputation as a violent criminal would make me attractive to some women.”

This disturbing mentality, like that of Elliot Rodger, cannot remain trapped within the confines of blogs owned and frequented by sexually frustrated, misogynist men. At least, not indefinitely. After all, Elliot Rodger was not the first killer of his kind, and he will certainly not be the last.

For months, a dateless man named George Sodini ranted about his inability to get a date or get laid. On his personal blog he expressed astonishment with his own predicament: “Who knows why. I am not ugly or too weird. No sex since July 1990 either (I was 29). No shit! Over eighteen years ago. And did it maybe only 50-75 times in my life. … Women just don’t like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one.” Thus, he planned an “exit strategy,” designed to take out the people whom he believed denied him what was rightfully his. On August 4th, 2009, Sodini stormed a Pittsburgh-area gym and opened fire, killing three women and injuring ten others before turning his gun on himself.

On April 25th, 2014, students at Jonathan Law High School were gearing up for their junior prom. The celebration was cut short when a student named Christopher Plaskon encountered his classmate Maren Sanchez in a school stairwell. Using a knife he smuggled from home, Plaskon slashed her throat, chest, and face. She succumbed to her injuries shortly thereafter at Bridgeport Hospital. According to Jonathan Law students, Plaskon had invited Sanchez to the prom prior to the attack. Sanchez, who recently began dating another boy, had turned Plaskon down.

In October, Mary “Unique” Spears, a Detroit resident and 27-year-old mother of three, was approached by a 38-year-old man as she was leaving a relative’s funeral. “Can I get your name, your number,” he asked. “I have a man I can’t talk to you,” Spears replied. Unable to take no for an answer, the man continued harassing her. When the man grew violent, Spears’ fiancé intervened, prompting the man to pull out a gun and begin firing at Spears and her family. A wounded Spears attempted to flee until the man fatally shot her in the head.

And in the same week as the Detroit murder, a 26-year-old Queens resident found herself the target of unwanted advances when a strange man asked her out on a date. When she declined, the man grabbed the victim from behind, slashed her throat and fled the scene.

On October 24th, 2014, Jaylen Fryburg entered the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and fatally shot four students, three of whom were girls. One of the victims, Zoë Raine, had recently turned Jaylen down when he asked her out on a date.

Most recently, a British teenager named Ben Moynihan has been found guilty of attempted murder after he stabbed three women in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The reason for the attack was Moynihan’s hatred of women. “I was planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me, I’m still a virgin at 17,” Moynihan wrote in his diary. “And why do women have to be fussy when choosing a boyfriend, or cheating on them with others. I attack women because I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed.”

And on and on it goes. Men feel slighted when they don’t get what they want. They feel emasculated. And the only way to rid themselves of these feelings of humiliation and rejection — the only way to reclaim their masculinity — is through violent retribution. It can manifest itself in a typical schoolyard fight, the kind that parents and teachers still claim is “just boys being boys.” Or it can manifest itself in much more horrifying ways, such as the brutal rape, torture and murder of women.

And when men like Elliot Rodger and George Sodini seek out and kill innocent women, they are sending a very clear threat to women and girls everywhere: You can feel free to reject a nice guy like me, but you do so at your own peril. Each time you refuse to smile back, turn down a date, or refuse to have sex, you’re risking your life. As Elliot Rodger once wrote to other online misogynists, “Start envisioning a world where WOMEN FEAR YOU.” And while Elliot Rodger is dead, his spirit will live on in the hearts of men who hate women, from Men’s Rights Activists who believe intoxicated women are asking to be raped, to violent catcallers and street harassers, to murderous domestic abusers, to every self-proclaimed “Nice Guy” who feels like women owe him sex.

A Voice for Men’s Dean Esmay Mansplains the Meaning of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Credit: news.harvard.edu
Credit: news.harvard.edu

It’s time for English Lit 101, with Professor Dean Esmay. In this lesson he’ll be covering Harper Lee’s 1960 classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird*. As Dean Esmay explains for the youngins:

I was asked recently by someone still learning about the Men’s Human Rights Movement if there were any books, movies, or other media that are generally popular with or illustrative of what the movement is all about. He was really surprised when I mentioned Harper Lee’s 1960 masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. To me that’s funny; I think Harper Lee’s masterpiece more relevant today than ever.

Perhaps one of the great tragedies of forcing kids to read “the classics” while they’re in school–and To Kill a Mockingbird is assigned reading in schools all over North America–is that they don’t learn to love books like this, they learn to view them as a chore. So they move as quickly through them as they can, and then forget them. On the other hand, maybe it’s a hidden blessing, as an article like this one might suddenly prompt them to remember it, and look at it anew as adults.

[. . . .]

Certainly, To Kill A Mockingbird portrays racism. But at a much deeper level, as Harper Lee herself said, the story isn’t about race. No, it’s about prejudice. And while this probably wasn’t her intent, the book also illustrates the fact that for centuries, the best way to get people irrationally angry and defensive is to accuse “the bad man” of hurting a woman.

[. . . .]

To Kill A Mockingbird‘s central plot line is about a man falsely accused of rape, and an entire community that presumes he’s guilty (of something or other) and presumes that anyone who defends him is scum, while we are sometimes led–mostly by our own prejudices–to believe that another innocent man is guilty because he’s just plain strange: “strange” means “different” and “different” means “dangerous” don’t ya know?

I have said many times that we as men are all Tom Robinson now. I have had people scratch their heads in confusion over that, or become outright angry with me, suggesting that this story is about Racisim [sic] In The Old South–even though in one of the few interviews she ever gave about her own work, Harper Lee states unequivocally that the book isn’t really about racism at all.

What Harper Lee wanted us to think about, besides her really good story, is prejudice, and the lack of empathy that comes from trying to understand other people–from putting yourself in other people’s shoes.

What most of today’s Men’s Human Rights Activists notice is that, since To Kill A Mockingbird came out, instead of becoming a more enlightened society that thinks a black men deserves the basic rights of due process and presumption of innocence that are supposed to be the birthright of all free people, we’ve become more “enlightened” by putting the presumption of guilt on all men.

This analysis is certainly . . . different. While Esmay acknowledges the racial narrative of the story, he weirdly downplays it in favor of his own pet narrative about women and false rape. Of course, entirely absent from Esmay’s discussion is the possibility that Bob Ewell (the drunken, racist, dirt-poor antagonist) had intimidated his daughter into lying about her own rape. Atticus Finch’s cross-examinations of Bob and Mayella Ewell, as well as his closing argument, suggest that Bob was responsible for Mayella’s physical injuries. (The physically handicapped Tom Robinson, as Finch tried to establish, could not have committed the crime in question.)

Finch also pointed out that the motive for pinning the blame on Robinson was society’s disapproval of interracial relationships. Which means either Mayella, after being disciplined by her father and of her own accord, concocted the false rape story, or her father threatened her with more violence if she didn’t claim Robinson raped her and stick to that story. (At one point during Mayella’s questioning, as perfectly illustrated in the film adaptation, she fearfully glanced at her father when Atticus Finch demanded she tell the truth before reiterating that she was victimized by Robinson.) That she was coerced by another man — in this instance, her father — into making the false claim would not mesh with Esmay or AVfM’s desire to portray a great majority of rape victims as manipulative liars. Which is probably why Esmay brings in this tidbit:

Indeed, while it has become a taboo subject to discuss in academia, back as the 1990s heretic researcher Eugene Kanin found that in studying why women in particular lie about rape, the most common reasons were “…to serve three major functions for the complainants: providing an alibi, seeking revenge, and obtaining sympathy and attention. False rape allegations are not the consequence of a gender-linked aberration, as frequently claimed, but reflect impulsive and desperate efforts to cope with personal and social stress situations.”

A “heretic researcher” roughly translates to one whose academic research has been called into question or, at the very least, appears suspect. Kanin’s 1994 study on false rapes, which concluded that somewhere between 40 to 50 percent of rape allegations were fabricated, is indeed a flawed one. It was far from national in its scope, having focused on a small Midwestern city between 1978 and 1987, and the sample size was a mere 109 rape complaints. Moreover, a “false rape accusation” was one which the police determined to be false, after the complainant withdrew her complaint for whatever reason.

Esmay goes on to say that false accusations are “frequently worse than an actual rape” since “a falsely accused man may have his life ruined, he may have his family destroyed, he may be raped himself in prison” or “he may ultimately wind up dead.” And in a conspiratorial postscript, Esmay determines that the reason there has never been a thesis done on To Kill a Mockingbird and false rape accusations is that the elite feminist establishment would never allow for such a thing:

While this is one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th Century, winning not just popularity but an endless number of awards and translated into countless languages, it’s impossible to do anything more than a superficial review of this book without addressing the fact that its most central and dominant plot point is a woman who has lied about being raped.

Possibly during the 1960s someone could have written an academic thesis on this masterpiece, but it would have seemed too early when the book was less than a decade old. By the 1970s, feminist indoctrination became standard in academia, and despite the fact that this book was written by a woman, and is indisputably one of the greatest novels of the last 100 years, no one would dare: feminists would brand them rape apologists, and any actual feminist who tried analyzing the book herself would likely have an ideological meltdown trying to talk about it without disrespecting its author–and since the author is a woman, that would be unthinkable.

See? The central point here, as Esmay explained, is “a woman who has lied about being raped.” Anyone who points this out would be blacklisted by the feminists who destroy all that is good and honest in society. Poor Dean Esmay. Sometimes I feel like Atticus Finch myself:

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* For the record I absolutely love this book, and the film adaptation which I just watched again a couple of nights ago. To me, there are several themes in the book, but the strongest for me would be standing up for the downtrodden and oppressed, especially when no one else will do so.

Random Headlines — “Down with the Sickness” Edition

So yeah, suddenly I feel like complete crap. Sore throat, coughing fits, the works. Came right the hell outta nowhere after months of staying totally healthy through cold and flu season.

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With that in mind, I can probably muster up some links, but not much more than that. At least not now.

We Hunted the Mammoth – A Voice for Men issues a $100 bounty for a photo of its newest feminist foe.

Politico – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to settle the issue of same-sex marriage once and for all.

Talking Points Memo – University uncovers a long-lost speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joe. My. God. – Kentucky lawmaker introduces a bill which would put up a $250,000 reward for anyone who catches a trans person in the “wrong” restroom.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters – Hate group leader Tony Perkins cannot argue against marriage equality in a debate with Ted Olson.

Right Wing Watch – Personhood advocates come out against 20 week abortion ban because of its rape exception.

Jezebel – “Journalist” Charles C. Johnson slut-shames a conservative provocateur on Twitter because he’s a terrible person.

The Daily Beast – Terrorist organization ISIS goes Medieval on gays.

See the Trailer for the #GamerGate Movie (Which Will Totally Happen Sometime…Maybe)

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After Breitbart writer and sentient parasite Milo Yiannopoulos announced that he would be writing a book about #GamerGate — presumably one filled with ripped-off Tori Amos lyrics — I figured it would be inevitable that the pro-GG crowd would be branching out to butcher other art forms. And lo and behold, we have #GamerGate: The Movie! Or at least the super official “BANNED RED BAND Trailer” for it. And by trailer I suppose I mean “YouTube video of sloppily-cobbled together and selectively edited clips of Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu and others”:

Now, is this real? Or is this Poe’s Law in action? The video’s creator, LeoPirate, appears to be a genuine #GamerGate sympathizer, especially in the video’s description. Or it could be some elaborate joke, based on how horrible the quality is. All I know is that there are folks on Twitter who seem to want this to be real, and I tend to agree with them. After all, I haven’t seen such a laughable concept for a documentary since Ben Stein’s 2008 cinematic disaster Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

So, I guess what I’m asking is, can we crowdfund this shit or something?

Random Headlines — 1/15/15

AlterNet – Clergy come together to condemn “Religious Freedom” Bill that would legalize anti-gay discrimination.

Think Progress – Pastor brings a woman’s funeral to a halt when he learns she was a lesbian.

Feministing – President Obama calls for paid sick and parental leave for all.

Media Matters – First female S.F. Chronicle editor-in-chief speaks out on the industry’s glass ceiling.

Right Wing Watch – Far-right pundit claims that Leelah Alcorn’s suicide proves that LGBT advocates are “Satan’s little soldiers.”

xoJane – In defense of keeping queer “safe spaces” queer.

Salon – Women’s college will no longer perform “The Vagina Monologues” because it isn’t “inclusive.”

The Vagenda – Why you should stop watching porn.

Vox – Science shows that “nice guys finish last” is a myth.

Ebony – On having an abortion as a black woman.