Category Archives: WTF OTD

UPDATED: WTF OTD: FB Post Teaches Men How to Rape Children; FB Won’t Remove IT

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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?!?!

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UPDATE:

Shortly after publishing this post to Twitter and Facebook, I received the following notification from Facebook:

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It looks like Facebook finally had a live human review the post I reported (only after I sent a not-quite-so-politely worded response to their original denial of my request) and have removed the post in question.

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Readers, I can’t even explain to you the rage I am feeling right now at this situation. A fellow twitter user (@blackdove) pointed this out to meet last night.  It is a post on Facebook from a user known as Ukachukwu Anokuru.

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On September 10th, in response to the death of an eight year old child on her wedding night in Yemen due to injuries she sustained when her 40-year-old husband raped her, THIS was what he posted:

yes we all vent anger and frustration no doubt,that’s ok.But we must realise that we still cannot stop this practice.In order to save the lives of future victims,we should educate the men on how to do it.If that Yemeni child husband had rubbed his limp penis(I don’t know if it’s the same with uncircumcised men)up and down the little girls vagina,he would have ejaculated within 15-20 seconds.Wipe her clean with tissue or clean cloth she wears back her panties and runs along to play,she would certainly have been alife today,safe,healthy, all forgotten.Nature permits this than Obama’s man marry man legality.I am talking from experience,I am not a hypocrite.Child sex,if done well is even safer and sweeter than adult sex.No injury,no pregnancy,nothing.The Yemeni bride was not ready for penetration and her husband must be arrested for murder.He is a mad man.How can he seek to enter a child sexually,instead of standing up the moment he notices that he has become erect.

After reading the link, and breathing for a few minutes to keep myself from vomiting or throwing my Macbook, I started going through Facebook’s reporting process. The first thing I noticed is that Facebook has absolutely NO mechanism for reporting sexual violence. You can either report something for violence, for which there is no option for reporting sexual violence:

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Or you can report something as sexually explicit:

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I attempted to report the post under the only option under which it fell (sexually explicit content), and received the following message from Facebook:

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RAGE. Unbridled rage.

Facebook gave me an option to comment on their refusal to remove the post, in which I may or may let have let a few choice words come out to play in explaining why a freaking BOT should never review these complaints. (Because I am POSITIVE that had a live person reviewed my complaint, this post would have been removed IMMEDIATELY).

So what can you do? You can go to Ukachukwu Anokuru’s page and report that disgutingly vile post in hopes that enough reports will force them to review it manually.

I’ve also created a Change.org petition asking Facebook to add a sexual violence option to their abuse reporting feature, and to hire more staff to review reports, so if you’re in the mood to do more, please sign that, as well.

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© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

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

If you found this post informative, or educational, witty, etc., you can click on the subscribe button just a few inches up and to your right to receive updates when I post on new womensy topics (you can unsubscribe at any time – I promise I won’t be offended). If you feel so inclined, you can also click the Donate button to help support the work I’m doing and keep me fighting the patriarchy. Thanks!

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

WTF OTD: Missing History Class is Problematic

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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?!?!

Good afternoon, lovely readers. My apologies for not visiting you in forever, but the non-digital world has been taking up quite a bit of my time as of late. I promise to try and get back to a more regular blogging schedule sometime soon. My goal is to get back to at least one “regular” blog per week, and my regular once a day WTF OTD by September, so be looking for those.

In the meantime, here’s today WTF OTD:

I found this “lovely” gem on Facebook, which is a treasure trove of the worst of the worst of antichoice vomit-inducing vitriol (it’s amazing what they say when they thing you’re not looking). This morning (before I had my coffee, I might add), I came across this picture, pointed out to me by a friend:

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Photo credit Jonathan O’Toole and Christian Gallery

Now, just take a moment to let that picture sink in. Because my immediate reaction was the standard WTF??? But then I actually took a moment to LOOK at it. And then my reaction became a WTF?!?!?!?!?!??!!?

I’m going to try not to delve to deeply into the fact that this isn’t even a relatively close depiction of member of ANY Native American tribe (and actually seems to be rather gender amorphous – I mean, good for antis if that’s what they were going for, but somehow I doubt they really believe that not all persons who give birth are women).

Instead, I’m going to focus on the fact that, once again, they named a woman a PLACE. A woman’s body is not a fucking location. You cannot find my uterus on google maps, thank you very much.

I’m also going to focus on the fact that they’ve chosen to put a GIGANTIC undeveloped fetus –  covered with a Davey Crocket hat and armed with a non-period correct firearm – INSIDE the body of a supposedly Native American pregnant person. And then proceed to tell us that this arrangement is meant to be symbolic because settlers were “unjustly” attacked by those “savage Indians,” just like fetuses are “unjustly” attacked by their “savage” mothers and doctors during abortions.  W.T.F.

[Excuse my while I go laugh and then vomit]

Okay, I’m back.

What these antis don’t seem to realize is that neither the settlers NOR fetuses actually had/have a right to be where they were/are. Settlers were STEALING lands from Native American peoples, and fetuses are NOT persons – they do NOT have the right (NO ONE does) to use a pregnant persons body without that person’s permission. Just as Native American peoples had every right to tell the settlers to get the fuck back to where they came from and to protect their lands with force*, so, too, do pregnant persons have every right to terminate a pregnancy they do not wish to carry to term.

It really IS that simple.

Till next time,

– H

* Can I also just point out the utter laughability of the idea that Native Americans were behind the worst of the atrocities during that time period. A cursory reading of any introductory history text will show that while certain tribes did commit violence against settlers, the vast VAST VAST amount of violence was committed against Native Americans by settlers and by the US government. So, yeah…STFU antis.

If you found this post informative, or educational, witty, etc., you can click on the subscribe button just a few inches up and to your right to receive updates when I post on new womensy topics (you can unsubscribe at any time – I promise I won’t be offended). If you feel so inclined, you can also click the Donate button to help support the work I’m doing and keep me fighting the patriarchy. Thanks!

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

WTF OTD: Restaurant Uses Drink Name to Make Light of Domestic Violence

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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?!?!

I saw a picture in my Facebook feed today, and it was egregious enough that I felt it deserved a space in my WTF OTD.

It seems that the 44 1/2 Restaurant in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen prides itself on coming up with celebrity inspired drink names:

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Photo courtesy @alisonturkos

If you look about 5 drinks up, you’ll notice the drink that had my blood pressure skyrocketing. It’s called the “Bloody Rihanna.”

I can’t imagine it would EVER be okay to make light of someone’s personal troubles through a drink name (which means I’m not okay with the Britney Breakdown, either – also, Lady Gaga’s Guava Stick? Umm…), but when 1 in 4 US women will be the victim of intimate partner violence in her lifetime, and when 1.3 MILLION US women are abused each year, to name a drink after a survivor of domestic violence as a joke?

FUCK YOU, 44 1/2. FUCK.YOU.

Making light of domestic violence and domestic violence survivors is not cute, it’s not funny, and it is NEVER okay.

h/t to @alisonturkos for this story

If you found this post informative, or educational, witty, etc., you can click on the subscribe button just a few inches up and to your right to receive updates when I post on new womensy topics (you can unsubscribe at any time – I promise I won’t be offended). If you feel so inclined, you can also click the Donate button to help support the work I’m doing and keep me fighting the patriarchy. Thanks!

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

WTF OTD: El Salvador “Protects Women & Children”

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?!?!

I know it’s almost tomorrow, but this pic  just popped up in the #prochoice feed on twitter and it literally had my jaw dropping, so I thought it was worthy of an extra WTF OTD post. Continue reading

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WTF OTD: More Proof That Rape Jokes Just Aren’t Funny

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?!?!

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Even my Badass Playlist isn’t enough to calm me down right now. Seriously? On stage, at a major promotional event for Microsoft’s XBox One at E3, someone thought it would be “cool” and “funny” to make a rape joke? REALLY?!?!? Continue reading

WTF OTD: “When an internet activist gets more jail time than rapists… that’s when you know the world has gone to shit”

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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?!?!

The title quote comes from a close friend of mine (thanks, Kate!), and I’m sharing it because I can’t think of a better way to put it.

The member of Anonymous who helped publicize key social media events in the Steubenville rape caseDeric Lostutter, aka KYAnonymous – recently had his home raided and is now facing federal computer crimes charges in relation to his work on the case. Continue reading