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Buy a gun, stop rape: Your sex and gender morning roundup

April 27, 2011 - 09:00 AM
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MICHIGAN HANDGUN AD: Step right in to the NRA instructor's lair, ladies: "Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her own pantyhose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." THOUGHTS: (a) So this is how to end rape: By individually exterminating all rapists before they rape us, and all for the low, low price of $79 (plus range fees). (b) I'm not convinced they didn't get that from a zombie movie. (c) Since the vast majority of rapes are committed by acquaintances, it's more likely that you'll be explaining to police how your husband got that fatal bullet wound. (d) That gun's more likely to kill you than him, also. (e) Shouldn't they update this with "leggings" at some point? (f) I still kind of want to take this class. BONUS FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: "Men Who Support Women Against Gun Control."

AFTER THE JUMP: Vince Orange on LGBT issues; Aaron Sorkin, Keith Olbermann, and Olivia Munn together at last; gay judges:

THE HORROR of the Aaron Sorkin-Keith Olbermann-Olivia Munn trifecta, courtesy of Sady Doyle. In the collaboration, "the Munn is in talks to play 'a sexy financial analyst.' Which, you know. Good for her? I’m glad that they took the time to specify that her brand of financial analysis is 'sexy.' Otherwise, I might remain under the false impression that she gave dour, puritan financial analyses, with not a hint of the sensual deliciousness that a good financial analysis can convey. 'This just in: The Dow is up. Up, up, pulsating with profit, its rock-hard security searching and probing the tender moisture of the American investor’s financial future, as their lush, ripe profiles quiver with delight. Or something. No, wait, it’s down and everybody is broke again.'”

ON GAY JUDGES RULING ON GAY THINGS: "Amazing because they're always denying this is about bigotry, and yet bigotry is the only grounds the appeal is being made on," Amanda Marcotte writes on the latest attempt to derail the overturning of Prop 8 . . . because the judge is too gay. "Of course, the argument against gay marriage that's forwarded to hide the bigotry is that it somehow threatens straight marriage, so by their own measures, straight people should be even less objective."

RICK ROSENDALL on our new councilmember Vince Orange: " I'll say this: if Vincent Orange is to be our new At-Large councilmember, he'll have to demonstrate by his actions that his recent friendly words to the LGBT community can be relied upon. In his previous stint on the Council, he was one of the least reliable. Mind you, this is a city where open homophobia has not sold well in three decades; so even a lackluster legislator beats the average in most other jurisdictions. Our long series of amendments to the domestic partners law in the past decade mostly passed on the consent agenda. To separate the wheat from the chaff, one must look at the rare controversies, such as Harold Brazil's demagoguery over D.C.'s version of Megan's Law back in 1999. Orange was not reliable there. And his turnaround on marriage equality came only after we had won. So I offer him my tentative congratulations (awaiting confirmation of his victory on Wednesday morning), but trust must be earned. I understand that Orange has been helpful to the DC Center. That's a start."

GAMING Title IX: "At the University of South Florida, more than half of the 71 women on the cross-country roster failed to run a race in 2009. Asked about it, a few laughed and said they did not know they were on the team. . . . At Marshall University, the women’s tennis coach recently invited three freshmen onto the team even though he knew they were not good enough to practice against his scholarship athletes, let alone compete. They could come to practice whenever they liked, he told them, and would not have to travel with the team. . . . At Cornell, only when the 34 fencers on the women’s team take off their protective masks at practice does it become clear that 15 of them are men. Texas A&M and Duke are among the elite women’s basketball teams that also take advantage of a federal loophole that allows them to report male practice players as female participants."

 

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  1. C4talyst

    C4talyst

    Apr 30, 2011 - 07:27:59 AM

    TJ, Amanda took something the instructor said and either completely misunderstood it, or intentionally misrepresented it. By individually exterminating all rapists before they commit crimes? Her interpretation of the instructor's words is laughable. Quit simply, firearms can be used to stop crimes from happening. If you have a victim mentality, are afraid of guns, or don't believe in protecting yourself from criminals, by all means, it's your right. TJ, threats are easily identified. If you can't tell whether or not your life is in danger, you're right, YOU should not own a firearm.

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  2. TJ

    TJ

    Apr 27, 2011 - 03:36:52 PM

    @C4talyst, I am with Amanda on this one. You are putting a lot of "ifs" in your argument, which makes it a little less valid. Yes, you can defend yourself with a gun IF you know that you are in imminent danger. You are assuming that everyone has the same level of awareness. And who's to say that your gut is right? What if you think that someone is a threat (based on personal prejudice, etc.), you shoot, and you're wrong? And that's all assuming that this is the boogeyman jumping out at the bushes at you. And what about if it is your boyfriend or a friend you thought would never do that to you? Are you going to break out your gun at them?

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  3. TJ

    TJ

    Apr 27, 2011 - 03:36:14 PM

    @C4talyst, I am with Amanda on this one. You are putting a lot of "ifs" in your argument, which makes it a little less valid. Yes, you can defend yourself with a gun IF you know that you are in imminent danger. You are assuming that everyone has the same level of awareness. And who's to say that your gut is right? What if you think that someone is a threat (based on personal prejudice, etc.), you shoot, and you're wrong? And that's all assuming that this is the boogeyman jumping out at the bushes at you. And what about if it is your boyfriend or a friend you thought would never do that to you? Are you going to break out your gun at them?

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