“"By their own party." Exactly. Representative Weiner is still an excellent politician, and his fellow Democrats have no reason to ask for his resignation. There is very little "shame" to be had here. The picture might be his; he might have sent it. He has not been asked under oath to proclaim that one way or another, so he's committed no perjury. He's a savvy enough politician that one can reasonably assume he wouldn't knowingly leak a picture like that to the public. He's doing his best at damage control and to remain focused on the real issues at hand. Why would Democrats want him to resign? This is a cyber crime and/or a stupid distraction, but it certainly is not a reason to call for the Representative's removal from office.”
“And what if it is a picture of him? He's allowed to take pictures of himself, and he's allowed to send them to whoever he wants to. It may be in poor taste and it may be inappropriate, but he wasn't using tax money to do it and for all we know he had his wife's full permission (or even enthusiastic consent) to do it. Or, you know, he could be telling the truth, and a hacker could have accessed his personal files and sent the picture to damage his reputation. Or it could be some strange combination of several of these things topped with a generous dollop of Andrew-Breitbart-is-a-master-at-distracting-the-public-from-important-issues and sprinkled with Anthony-Weiner-is-the-only-politician-who-is-actively-opposing-Republicans-right-now-wouldn't-it-be-great-if-something-came-along-to-turn-his-constituents-against-him.
Either way, he didn't hurt anyone. He didn't abuse his power. He is still a good Representative and fit to hold the job. It's time for the media to stop buying into this nonsense and go back to work reporting real issues.”
“Some people volunteer for the Peace Corps in order to combat misogynistic practices. For some, the potential benefits outweigh the risks. That doesn't mean it's their fault if they are raped; nor does it mean they deserve less support and/or justice if an assault occurs. It certainly doesn't mean it's the victim's fault for simply being in that country. Sure, it's probably safer to live in suburban US than in third world countries, but it's also benign. If no one ever takes these risks, how can progress be made? We should congratulate people who are willing to work in dangerous situations, pressure the organizations who put them there to provide adequate support and protection, and commiserate with them if something bad does happen. Would you say "Well, that slain soldier should have known better than to go to that war zone"? It's the same line of thinking.
"Not putting yourself in a dangerous situation" is not a start. It's a reaction to the fact that rape is so pervasive in our world that women are expected to abstain from activities they might otherwise enjoy, reject clothes they might otherwise wear and stay in their own safe little corner of the world when they would rather be elsewhere. A real start is making sexual violence unacceptable by teaching men that womens' bodies are not for their personal use and that rape is not to be joked about...hence my problem with your initial comment.”
“I think you should give people the benefit of the doubt. If you have something to say, and your true intent is to educate people so they will make safe (or at least fully-informed) decisions, you could certainly have gone about it another way. Your comment won't help anyone; it's more likely that someone will dismiss any real concern on your part because of how you presented it.
Additionally, as was already said by someone else, there's no way to keep someone from becoming a statistic. A person is raped if and only if they come in contact with a rapist. That could be a stranger in a third world country or it could be a trusted family member. If you honestly want to do some good for rape and sexual assault prevention, educate yourself with the facts and join the fight against rape culture and rape apology.”
gposner29 on May 12, 2011 at 17:56:13
“Natalie...yes rapists can be everywhere but deliberately placing yourself in a vulnerable position, oblivious to the possible consequences is not, in my view, the optimal move for young women with the best of intentions. An adventure to a thrid world nation CAN be controlled..don't go. A frisky family member is a whole other issue which initially the victim may have very little control, depending on the situation. This is not going to be resolved by a few aggressive postings here..My position is, for starters, don't put yourself in a vulnerable position to begin with. Is this the answer for every single rape situation? Of course not. But it's a start.”
“Natalie it was...But sometimes this is the only language people can grasp...minus the flowers, sugar coating and political correctness. The world is a dangerous, dangerous place. If "disgusting" finally reaches someone and keeps them from becoming a statistic or victim...then "disgusting" did it's job! I certainly respect your opinion.”
“I absolutely do believe in the criminal justice system. I do admit, however, that parts of it are problematic and in desperate need of reform. But I will say it again: No one, ever, for any reason, deserves to be raped. Ever.”
I'm not sure if you realize it, but you just stated that you're in favor of (and even hopeful for) rape and/or sexual assault. So rape is okay if it happens in jail/to men/to those who "deserve it?" Rape and sexual assault are never okay. Rape is never justified. No one EVER deserves to be raped. I understand your emotional reaction to this story; I feel it too. But please be careful with your words. Even said cavalierly, these things are harmful to society as a whole and to many, many individuals.”
benefit15 on May 12, 2011 at 01:58:46
“Some people do deserve to get raped. I can name a few off the top of my head: cop-killers, rapists of women and men, pedofile priests, serial murderers, animal abusers, etc. It's not legal in the US to enforce rape as a punishment, but if it happens in prison, I will not be one to complain. I'd like to see how you would react to having one of your family members raped and killed and then you can preach that "no one deserves to be raped." You probably believe that no one deserves to be kept in prison cages for the rest of their lives too.”
“All moral issues aside...medical science is amazing, isn't it? There's no possible way that this child could have survived without the medical services provided to her. Whether you agree with it or not, the mere fact that we possess the ability to do this is exciting and fantastic.”
“How can a moral being who supposedly has the power to save or destroy all life justify saving this one while allowing millions of others to suffer and die? There are two logical answers: either God is immoral (and thus not worthy of our adoration and worship) or God does not have the power to save or destroy lives (and by definition, not a supreme being).
“I really wish the title of this article was, "Jesus Gets Hammered."”
anelder on Apr 19, 2011 at 00:49:16
“Don't e normally attack, in a personal manner, that which we fear or don't understand. Don't know what category you people fall into but I liken it to hetero men and their attacks on homosexuals. It takes a heap of fear to make one attack.”
OneFish on Apr 19, 2011 at 00:27:21
“Wine was reasonably plentiful, I'm sure he got hammered on more than one occasion.”
“Between the shifting of blame to the whistle-blower, the whiny "Come on, it was only a joke" defense and the no-one-says-this-in-real-life "But I have black friends!" response, you'd think this article originated on The Onion.”
Joseph Scott on Apr 19, 2011 at 00:39:09
“What, you mean this wasn't an ONion article?
And to invoke that old Chevron commercial, wherein they said they cared so much about this land of ours, I'll twist it just a little for our purposes:
Do people actually act like racists in this country?
Stop being willfully ignorant and diverting attention from the (very real) issue at hand. This woman represents and makes legal decisions in the name of many people, some of whom are most assuredly not white. She has shown multiple instances of prejudice against nonwhite people. That is a problem.
And to answer your question, I can't say if you're a racist--I don't know you. You've admitted to finding racism (or at least racially-motivated jokes) funny. Does that make you a racist? Probably not. Does it make you complicit in racism? I guess you'll have to answer that one for yourself.”
“I think you're right, Nelson. Both of these moms totally forced their sons to wear toenail polish with the specific intention of "de-masculizing" them. In fact, I hear J.Lo douses Max in glitter and forces him to practice his curtsies while she paints them! *eyeroll*
Also, fact check: these boys use nail polish, so...boys do use nail polish. #you'rewrong”