Archive for February 2013
We will be starting the Professional Victims Club very shortly. All those attacked by #SPhaters will feel safe and welcome.
Because certain entities on the web feel like redefining all forms of internet harassment and threat as “trolling” just because it happens online or via unusual media, I decided to look at what actually qualifies as harassment in psychology (rather than in law, since we’re talking about whether it affects people, not whether it’s illegal). I looked at a couple psych studies that were doing experiments on the effects of harassment, and excerpted the part where they describe the form of experimental harassment they subjected their test subjects to, as well as relevant results:
Harassment used in experiment:
For subjects in the harassment condition, scripted harassing comments were delivered on a ﬁxed schedule, at minutes 2, 6, and 10 of the task, by an experimental assistant of the same gender as the subject. All experimental assistants (three women and three men) were trained to deliver the harassing statements in…
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NB/ there’re descriptions of violence in this, obviously – don’t read on if that’s not something you want to deal with today.
Another guest post for you, readers. This time, my friend Ben recounts his transition from misogynist to feminist. Yes I am happy to call him a feminist; I don’t think one needs to experience a form oppression to disagree with and stand against it. Men can be feminists; many are and they’re valuable allies.
I think this is an important post because it’s from a man who confesses his attitude was wrong, who noticed that, and then changed it over time. That doesn’t seem to happen too often and hopefully it might inspire some people, or at least help us to make sense of why people can harbour these common, irrational feelings of hatred.
NB/ text by Ben; I have added in headings, images and links.
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This is a long read BUT well worth it!
(The following text is a transcript of the above video)
This is going to be a video unlike any I’ve done before and will probably ever do again. I’ll be talking about something I really don’t want to talk about because it is personal to me & my wife but I’ve been convinced by others that I should tell this story because it is relevant to the topic at hand which is the supposed myth of male harassment of women.
I’m guessing there’s a reason you don’t get lots of examples like ours showing that the problem of harassment of women by men and the protection of those harassers by our society really does exist because women and their family members who have been harassed and stalked don’t want to talk about it.
I suspect that like us they just want to put it behind them and forget about it…
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The tweets were flying so fast it was hard to keep up with this hashtag. It was my evening entertainment.
So: many if not most of you have probably heard about the whole #INeedMasculismBecause thing. For those who aren’t: a bunch of Men’s Rights Redditors and other MRAs, inspired by a post on 4Chan, decided to swarm Twitter with #INeedMasculismBecause tweets in response to the #INeedFeminismBecause hashtag. Feminists responded by outswarming the MRAs, flooding their new hashtag with often quite hilarious parodies of MRAspeak, as well as some just plain ridiculousness.
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Lakeland Prayer Lawsuit To Be Heard On Appeal –Plaintiff EllenBeth Wachs
Date: Thu, February 7, 2013 3:20 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lakeland Prayer Lawsuit To Be Heard On Appeal – Plaintiff EllenBeth Wachs
Lakeland, FL, Thursday, February 7, 2013 — The Lakeland Prayer Lawsuit (“Atheists of Florida & EllenBeth Wachs v. City of Lakeland and Mayor Gow Fields” ) will be heard on appeal next week as plaintiff Wachs faces yet another trumped up arrest threat conjured up by one of her own members in part of a leadership coup, orchestrated by its then chairman, Edward “Golly” Gollobith in late 2011 against Wachs, its vice-president and John Kieffer, its president. The three are currently embroiled in litigation over control of the non-profit. Wachs is also suing Gollobith and seven others for defamation.
Wachs gave Atheists of Florida legal standing as plaintiff in a 2010 federal lawsuit to replace the all Christian prayer rituals at City of Lakeland meetings with a more inclusive seated moment of silence. The case will be heard on appeal in Atlanta on February 13 and has the potential of affecting current case law as it applies to government prayers, at least in the Southeast if not appealed to the Supreme Court.
Of the litigation with Gollobith, Wachs stated, “He has been doing a smear campaign against me claiming that I have misappropriated funds despite any evidence to back up his assertion. For a year Mr. Gollobith has made this ridiculous claim that I have stolen money based upon the fact that I wanted keep my attorney-client privilege protected. Now that the judge has ruled that my attorney-privilege will remain protected, he is getting the attorney invoices the way that I’ve offered them all along.”
In the most recent court filing, Gollobith’s new attorney claims that Wachs, a retired attorney, “has acted as the attorney for … Kieffer.”
Wachs responded, “Resorting to this underhanded tactic, Mr. Gollobith must be feeling very desperate if he feels he should have the authorities of Polk County take me down instead of facing me in a courtroom.”
Wachs is referring to an event in March 2011 in which the sheriff of Polk County, Grady Judd, sent over a dozen SWAT deputies to arrest her and search her home. The charge, practicing law without a license, a felony, was eventually dropped by the county’s prosecutor. The arrest was in retaliation over Wachs’ public records request that she had made on behalf of the atheist organization to Judd, an outspoken evangelical, over his highly publicized Christmas gift transfer of his jail basketball goals to eight of his county’s churches.
That arrest, which occurred after the Lakeland Prayer Lawsuit was filed in July 2010, was facilitated in part by Lakeland’s Mayor Gow Fields, one of the named defendants in the federal suit and an affiant in the 2011 arrest affidavit.
Kieffer remarked, “Gollobith sabotaged our rapidly growing state-wide movement for his own personal objectives, making false accusations against us and, in the process, defamed one of our most outspoken, courageous defenders of state/church separation, which of course includes Ms. Wachs’ role as plaintiff in this Lakeland Prayer Lawsuit. And now, because Gollobith knows that he cannot win on the merits of his unsubstantiated and ever changing allegations, he is amazingly going to try to win by alleging that she is practicing law,” said Kieffer.
For more information contact John Kieffer at:
Additional information about the Lakeland Prayer Lawsuit:
“EllenBeth Wachs & AoF Sue City of Lakeland” (July 2010)
“Prayer lawsuit moves forward; plaintiff curiously arrested” (March 2011)
“Motion for Summary Judgment Denied in Part” (February 2012)
and cats, you don’t have to justify cats
I hate Applebees. I stopped going there after a takeout person called me a “bitch” for having the audacity of wanting a hamburger cooked my way. I guess I mistook them for Burger King
Hell hath no fury like a Facebook scorned. In today’s digital age, most of us assume everyone understands this fact. But every now and again, people surprise us. An ever-increasing element of this reality is that the hounds of Reddit, the Twitter armies, and Facebook vigilantes are more than willing to remind people that we live in a publicized world. You can’t hide behind privacy statements or legal jargon or appeals to company policy to pacify an Internet mob. Once you cross the line of Internet etiquette, the people of the World Wide Web will hunt you down and do their best to ruin you forever.
Applebee’s apparently never took note of this. You’ve most likely heard about their most recent encounter with virality. But in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a brief summary:
A waitress at a St. Louis Applebee’s lost her job for…
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