Category Archives: Sexism

WTF OTD: Rapist Gets Only 31 DAYS in Jail???!?!?

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This piece is part of a daily “What the Fuck of the Day” series here on Antigone Awakens, where I briefly discuss one thing each day that has me seriously saying, WTF?!?!

Today’s WTF OTD comes to you from Yellowstone County. Montana, where this man:

enhanced-buzz-7092-1377640981-13Stacey Rambold, a 54 year old former high school teacher was sentenced to just 31 days (yes thirty-one DAYS) for repeatedly raping a 14-year-old student. This same student later committed suicide just weeks before her 17th birthday.

Want even more shocking details from this story? Apparently Mr. Rambold could have avoided sentencing COMPLETELY if he completed a sex offender treatment program and agreed to other conditions. Yes, dear readers, you read that correctly. A 50+ year old man had sex with a FOURTEEN YEAR OLD student REPEATEDLY and could have received ZERO jail time had he simply completed a sex offender treatment program and stayed away from minors.

Read that again. A RAPIST could have avoided prosecution for his crimes simply be completing a sex offender treatment program? WTF?!

Moving on.

So what did he do to warrant this “terrible” punishment of 31 days in prison (with one day credited for time already served)? He skipped out on his treatment program and began spending time, unsupervised, with minors!

And instead of of agreeing with the prosecution’s request of a twenty year sentence, with a minimum of serving ten, the judge determined that the fact that Mr. Rambold had lost his teaching career, his marriage (the poor man!), and his home, had received an internet scarlet letter because of the publicity about the case, and (I’m not even joking here folks) that his victim “was older than her chronological age” (read: the slut must have been asking for it), the judge decided that leniency for this statutory rapist was in order, and gave him a mere 31 day sentence.

This might be my biggest WTF OTD yet.

Till next time,

– H

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WTF OTD – Using Sex to Sell Pap Smears???

Came across this Singaporean ad on Buzzfeed and had my WTF moment for the day:

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“Lift your skirt. Save your life.”

Wow – copywriters and editors are really hitting home runs this week, aren’t they? SMDH.

While I don’t deny that the ad is eye-catching (it’s hard not to notice the iconic imagery), I can’t believe that the copy or the image made it into final print. As a cervical cancer survivor, I can agree that promoting awareness and screening is incredibly important. But voyeuristically using women’s sexuality to accomplish those goals? That gets a gigantic WTF from me. You can get your message across without dehumanizing women, kthxbai.

Till next time,

– H

p.s. FTR, I feel the same way about breast cancer awareness programs like “save the tatas” – that shite’s offensive.

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

WTF OTD: Urban Decay’s Mother’s Day Naked Ad

Maybe I’m having a “Heather is Sensitive” kind of day, but this just popped up in my Facebook feed, and I immediately did a double-take:

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That might honestly be the creepiest non-antichoice thing I’ve ever seen in my Facebook feed.

“[S]how mom how much you love her, get her Naked…”

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First, I hope whoever wrote that copy is getting seriously reamed by their boss right now, perhaps even fired.

Second, why is it that this double entendre even crossed someone’s mind as something appropriate to put into an ad?

Way to go, Urban Decay. You’ve found a way to objectify women to sell your products without even showing a single woman. W.T.F.

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.