Monday, 16 January 2012

Who I Hate #4

Haven't done one of these in a while, and this one might actually be the most relevant of the series thus far (excluding, of course, my numerous rants on why I hate Steven Tyler).

Who do I hate?

Hugo Schwyzer

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So, if you don't know who this fucking shithead is, I'll give you a quick rundown. Hugo here is an instructor of gender studies and history at Pasadena City College. He blogs a lot too, at his own shitty blog, at the "Good Men Project", at the ever-disappointing (and misogynist!) Huffington Post and, for whatever reason this was allowed, at Jezebel. He co-organized the Los Angeles Slutwalk and wrote some shitty books that I won't bother to mention. When he's not busy with all of that, you'll probably find Hugo pretending to be the epitome of a male feminist, raping his female students, writing columns about how anal rape and facials are great for women and men(but mostly men) or trying to kill his ex-girlfriend in a drug-fueled rage.

Hugo's a snake. That's about the mildest way it can be put. He poses as an ally to women, but in reality he is a huge misogynist, has no respect for women or womens' spaces and derives great pleasure from the perpetuation and normalization of humiliating, degrading and harmful male-centric sexual practices against women. Anyone with an ounce of awareness can see right through his bullshit, but the problem is that the real feminist viewpoint gets shushed by the media and leaves only dickheads like Hugo to speak to the masses. Hugo is the perfect reason that women should be extra wary of men. He is the reason that womens' separatism makes sense. He IS the reason that men should not be able to infiltrate womens' spaces.

I don't even know what more to say about this pile of shit. He's the fucking worst. I wish only the worst things in the world upon him. I worry that this post might sound a bit hypocritical to some, me being a male myself, calling myself a feminist and shitting all over this dude. None of you readers (if there are any of you out there) know me at all. You'd be forgiven for wondering what the difference between myself and Schwyzer is. But I hate him so fucking much. How dare he lecture women on feminist ethics and patriarchal culture?!?! He exploited young women for sex. His students. He held a position of power over them and used it to rape them. Does no one see that as just a tad wrong? Doesn't that at least call for the repossession of his "#1 Male Feminist" coffee mug? Fuck! How does this fucker still have a job, a teaching job,  a teaching job where he teaches about womens' issues like he has a fucking goddamn CLUE about them!!! All the while writing pro-pornography articles like they're going out of style. He just makes me so damn sick and sad.

Hugo Schwyzer, I hate you so very, very fucking much.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

(Minor) Inquiry Update 3

RCMP could have done more in Pickton probe

Yeah. No shit.

However, it's not like the VPD did any better on their side of the investigation. At least the fact that both the RCMP and VPD were wasting their time squabbling with each other, rather than arresting a serial rapist and murderer has come to light. Although, no one really seems to be paying attention to that. So, I'm just going to save everyone a lot of trouble and lay out what happened right here:

Both police forces knew Pickton was guilty. Both police forces couldn't give two shits about the victims. Both police forces had separate but equal information that could've led to a timelier arrest of Robert Pickton. However, I believe each police force wanted the other force to do all the work, without the sharing of each of their respective information and each force wanted credit for the collar, even if they weren't the ones who actually caught the bad guy. So, the endless fighting between municipal and federal police let Pickton rape and murder forty-nine women before he was caught. And the police still don't care about the victims. They just want to come out of this looking as good as they possibly can. And they most likely will. The longer this inquiry goes on for, the less media attention it will receive and eventually the populace at large will forget about this case altogether, until the conclusion of the inquiry, whereupon one or two people will get a slap on the wrist and the VPD and RCMP can go back to ignoring crime against women as usual.

Fuck all of you officers who were too busy worrying about your egos and reputations, and not giving the slightest shit about the growing number of dead and missing prostituted women in your midst.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

This Can Only End Well

A while back I wrote about one Brad Trost, a Conservative MP who thought that the Conservatives weren't being Conservative enough when it came to the issue of abortion. As you may recall, Trost was one of the leading characters in the defunding of Planned Parenthood's Canadian arm. Which is what I thought about when I read this.

It's happening here, too. All of those things that everyone wants to believe are only happening in the backwards, hick-ass, bible-belt southern United States are starting to happen up here in Canada. Abortion clinics are being closed all over the place. Wait times are unbelievable. Sometimes, a woman might have to travel to another city to have an abortion. And now, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth would like to redefine when a fetus is considered to be a full-fledged human being, complete with rights that supersede the rights of the woman carrying said fetus. And, in a textbook case of 'no fucking shit they did', the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada was all 'Fuckin'-A right on, Stephan!'. So, yet another Conservative MP challenging Harpers' as-of-yet unbroken promise to not reopen the abortion debate. Only this gets worse, because as we've seen down in the States, when fetuses get rights, abortion becomes murder, not only in the eyes of evangelical types, but in the eyes of the law, as well. Women who abort their pregnancies, or even miscarry can be charged with a crime, fined or jailed. Don't think for a minute it won't happen here, too.

As stated, Woodworth has beef with the current definition of when a fetus becomes human, and is leading the charge to have the law redefined. He says the current law defining a human being dates back to centuries-old English common law and Parliament has a responsibility to lead a debate on whether it's time to rewrite it. Quote Woodworth:

"Our definition of human being says that a child does not become a human being until the moment of complete birth,"

Ever notice how these dudes seem to hate centuries-old laws when they give women and children any sort of autonomy (which is rare enough), but they got no problem following the centuries-old laws in their magic-bible-storytimebooks? Ah religious types, you infuriate me to no fucking end. Seriously, a caterpillar ain't a butterfly until it busts outta that fucking cocoon, and a baby isn't a baby until it's born. It can't order a pizza in the womb, it can't vote and it can't actually exercise any other rights these evangelical dipshits want to give it. And nobody's being fooled. Joyce Arthur, spokeswoman for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada knows exactly what's up. Quoth her:

"When the anti-abortion movement says they want to reopen the debate, it means they want to recriminalize abortion. That's really what it's about," 

"When you're talking about giving rights to fetuses, essentially, which is what they're talking about here, obviously that is going to impact abortion rights."

So, yeah, that's pretty much what I was thinking, too. Shit is getting bad, folks. I saw this coming. There's a butt-ton of Conservative MP's out there who want abortion to be a criminal offense again. And I believe that even if Harper doesn't reopen the debate, he thinks that if should be a criminal offense as well. These backbenchers will just keep coming out of the woodwork, probably on the Prime Ministers' orders and whipping the evangelicals into more of a frenzy than they're usually in. Evangelicals and pro-lifers are loud. And that's a problem. Because if they stay loud for long enough, well Harper might just decide that (much to his fake chagrin) he has to reopen the debate, if only to calm the masses. We have to get the Conservatives out of power in the next election. Speak for womens' rights with your votes. Support womens' safety with your votes. I know the next election is a long way off, but get organized now. Talk to people, get them on board. If you're not a voter, or not registered, do it. Religious people, racists and sexists are already mad good at voting. That's why so much of this shit happens. So, if anyone like-minded is reading this, and you're NOT at the very least voting against the bad guys, then please, I implore you to get active to at least this level. You'll be happy you did. And you've got time to do it. Now is the time, before things can get any worse.