1. The things happening to LGBT people in Iraq are horrifying. I hope at least they seek asylum in some western countries easily (if they manage to escape, that is) (via Camels with Hammers):
On a bright afternoon in late March, an 18-year-old named Fadi stood in a friend’s clothing store in Baghdad checking out the new merchandise. A worker in a neighboring store walked into the boutique with a newspaper in his hand and shared a story he had just read. It was about “sexual deviants,” he said. Gay men’s rectums had been glued shut, and they had been force-fed laxatives and water until their insides exploded. They had been found dead on the street.
And this is just the first paragraph.
All of the men who had escaped Iraq were still very fragile. The evening after I arrived, I met a slim man in his late twenties named Mukhaled. A driver for a Baghdad delivery company, Mukhaled had been in only one relationship in his life, with a man named Ali whom he met in high school. Ali was a year younger than Mukhaled. They lived in the same neighborhood and, as far as anyone knew, were just friends.
One day in April, armed men burst into Ali’s house and shot him dead. There were incriminating photographs of Mukhaled and Ali in Ali’s bedroom, and other personal information that could lead the death squads to Mukhaled. For the next two and a half months, Mukhaled slept at the homes of different friends, and sometimes in a park. He lost twenty pounds. His black hair became streaked with gray. He worried that people were following him and planning to kill him. And then one day a woman named Rasha called him. She said she had been given his name and number by a gay friend of his. She said she was from New York, but was phoning him from a safe city inside Iraq, and asked if he needed any help. Mukhaled left Baghdad for the safe city inside Iraq on July 3, and moved to the second refuge city shortly after that.
There are no words.
2. Something of which I have been completely unaware is that in a developed and civilised western country like the Australia* 90% of women with intellectual disabilities were abused at some point in their lives, and many of them by their care-givers.
Women with disabilities, unlike their non-disabled counterparts, are much more likely to be the victims of other crimes of violence, such as assaults and theft. In South Australia, Wilson and Brewer (1992) found that women with an intellectual disability were more than 10 times as likely to be assaulted as other women.
Other statistics indicate that 90% of women with intellectual disabilities have been sexually abused. 68% of women with an intellectual disability will be subjected to sexual abuse before they reach 18 (Frohmader, 2002).
There is a dearth of research in Australia about the relationship between gender, violence and disability. Research into the extent of violence against women with disabilities in Australia is also limited by the lack of data collected on disability by law enforcement agencies and violence support services (Cattalini, 1993; Sobsey and Doe, 1991). Traditionally, much of the literature on violence against women with disabilities has tended to focus particularly on sexual abuse and mainly in relation to people with intellectual disabilities (McCarthy, 1996; Sobsey and Doe, 1991).
Overseas studies have found that women with disabilities, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or class are assaulted, raped and abused at a rate of at least two times greater than non-disabled women (Sobsey, 1988, 1994; Cusitar,1994; Stimpson and Best,1991; DAWN 1988).
Sobsey (1988) suggests that 83% of women with disabilities will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. A qualitative study by Nosek, found approximately one third of women with physical disability had experienced sexual abuse at some stage in their life (Nosek, 1996). Similarly, in Doucette’s study of Canadian women with disabilities, 40% experienced abuse and 12% had been raped (Nosek, 1996).
There are relatively few studies into the incidence of physical violence and rates vary widely. A study for the Canadian Ministry of Community and Social Services in Toronto found 33% of women with disabilities were assaulted mostly by their husbands compared with 22% of non-disabled women (Nosek, 1996). Feuestein estimates that upward of 85% of women with disabilities are victims of domestic violence in comparison with 25% to 50 % of the general population (cited in Waxman, 1991).
This is, incidentally, why humans should have been replaced by cockraoches a long time ago.
Also, this pdf, too.
3. When you’re naive and young you might think to yourself that there’s no way a commercial for raising breast cancer awareness could ever be so very very very wrong you’ll want to pull your hair out when you see it.
But it can!
You see, because women’s tits are only here for other people’s entertainment.
Where by “people”, I mean “men”, of course.
(Also, every woman enjoys having her tits ogled. It means she’s appreciated!** And we, wimminz, the shallow and vain creatures that we are, cannot possibly live without that sort of validation***)
4. The Catholic Church proudly announces that the abuse and rapes of children perpetrated by Catholic priests were all because of the ghey. You see, there were no paedophiles in the CC! Also,
He said: “Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90 per cent belong to this sexual orientation minority which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17.”
Tomasi added that it would be “more correct” to refer to ephebophilia, a homosexual attraction to adolescent males, than paedophilia.
Um. Personally, I always find people who go on prattling about how it’s oh-so important to keep paedophilia and ephebophilia apart a bit skeevy. It’s almost as if they were suggesting that ephebophilia is like the lesser evil or something.
That or too much Plato.
Also: Yay, CC, we know you hate us already. Shut up, you’re boring.
He added that “available research” showed that only 1.5 to five per cent of Catholic clergy had been implicated in cases of child sex abuse.
Hahahaha. YES PLEASE SHOW US YOUR LEARNINGS RESEARCH!
5. Crazy things happen when cheerleaders are no longer allowed to use Bible quotes o.O (via Camels with Hammers again). Watch the vid! It’s, like, at first it seemed to me to be a 1) joke, 2)Confessions of a Hardened Criminal or something, but the guys are actually proud of themselves. Wow.
Um, wow. Jut wow.
6. The pope weighs in again, this time on materialism. IN AFRICA.
Dude, when you pee on a golden see it’s maybe a tad hypocritical to criticise for materialism people whose HDI so low almost their entire continent is in red red red on this cute little map? But no.
Food is evil, and so are the condoms.
* This was completely unironic.
** I’d like the person who thought of the commercial to choke on their own dick, or a giant dildo.
*** *Froths at the mouth*