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Okay. I decided to write a short thing about this type of typical response I get (usually, but not always, from cis white dudes) in response to a horrific story about rape, in this case an Oklahoma police officer who has been accused by eight women of rape and assault.

It’s a horrible story, but of course this cop has supporters who are raising money for him on Go Fund Me, which is the same site supporters of officer Darren Wilson (the cop who murdered Mike Brown) used to raise funds.

I’m posting these tweets here as an example of what not to say when someone is trying to talk about rape, specifically police rape against communities of color (all of the women in the above OKC case are black).

These are great examples of micro-aggressions, annoying attempts at derailing a conversation.

1. NO ONE IS ASKING FOR CENSORSHIP. Bigots and rape apologists have the freedom to raise funds, and we have the freedom to call them assholes (and if that entails an organized campaign to pressure Go Fund Me into dropping this page, that is also not censorship. That’s called feedback)

2. If your immediate concern in the wake of a terrible story like this is to play devil’s advocate on behalf of a rapist, you’re an asshole

3. You cannot convince me for one second that the public’s response would be the same if these eight women were white.

4. YOU ARE NOT AN ALLY. You call yourself progressive, but really you’re a PUW (progressive until women). For example: 

Here we have the “you used to do great work until you started talking about ladies” and “outright threat for talking about ladies and yelling at someone for being a rape apologist” varieties. (Jamie is tweeting the author of the threat, @Boss1000, in the above tweet, who said he was going to cancel his pre-order of our book)

Here at Citizen Radio we get these tweets ALL THE TIME whenever we talk about rape culture or women’s issues. These are the boys who luuurve when we yell at Blackwater or Wall Street, but recoil when we suggest maybe a crowdsourcing website shouldn’t support a rapist.

Again, no one is suggesting there shouldn’t be a trial, but you don’t need to send this guy money in the meantime.

But whatevs. I guess it’s easier to cry about censorship.

YES. Apparently people need to learn the actual meaning of censorship.


WASHINGTON — A multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed in federal court in Missouri on Thursday, seeking compensation for “excessive force” by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in the days after the shooting of Michael Brown.

According to the suit, the excessive force included false arrest, assault and battery; led to intentional infliction of emotional distress; was the result of negligent supervision and discipline; and resulted in a violation of the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.

The lawsuit, filed by three out-of-state lawyers — including Malik Shabazz from Black Lawyers for Justice, who participated in the protests in Missouri — seeks multi-million dollar judgments against the City of Ferguson and St. Louis County, as well as one specific ands several unknown officers on behalf of Tracey White, Dewayne A. Matthews Jr., Kerry White, Damon Coleman, and Theophilus Green.

In addition to the city and county, the chief of both city and county police are named as defendants, as is Justin Cosma, a police officer with the Ferguson Police Department.

The underlying cause:

The underlying cause:

The general reason for the lawsuit:

The general reason for the lawsuit:

The facts underlying Tracey White’s claim:

The facts underlying Tracey White's claim:

The facts underlying Dewayne A. Matthews Jr.’s claim:

The facts underlying Dewayne A. Matthews Jr.'s claim:

The facts underlying Kerry White’s claim:

The facts underlying Kerry White's claim:

The facts underlying Damon Coleman, and Theophilus Green’s claim:

The facts underlying Damon Coleman, and Theophilus Green's claim:

Read the complaint:

Source: Chris Geidner for Buzzfeed News

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Just a reminder that we could not have won World War II if women were not building planes and ships more efficiently than anyone else.

Colorized Photos of Women Building War Planes in the 1940s






Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

Everyone should know these things.

thanks to mainstream media and being unable to show breasts on TV, way too few people know about female signs of cardiac distress, and impending heart attacks. they only know about the “pain in the left arm” male symptom.

i had all these symptoms once and they sent me right to hospital

it was scary bc i didnt know these were the symptoms for female heart issues

Please, please, PLEASE, reblog this. i don’t know if I did save or called false alarm, with my boss’ life tonight. I felt I was being a bit paranoid, overreacting, but I told Mirage my thoughts and he, after reading over the article I showed him, immediately sprung into action and then shooed her off to the hospital. I don’t know if I did or not, but I knew she’d been super stressed. She’d off-handedly commented on her arm tingling and I asked her if she felt queasy on a hunch. I went to look at the symptoms and we went from there.

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Episode #1072: Allison and Jamie discuss Elizabeth Warren’s terrible foreign policy, Bill O’Reilly claiming white privilege doesn’t exist, a shooting range instructor who was shot by a 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi, video footage that shows John Crawford was shot on-sight as he leaned on a toy gun, why mugshots should be illegal, and George Washington University’s ex-president blaming rape on drunk women.

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