What’s Current: Milo Yiannopoulos disinvited from CPAC; dropped by publisher for defending ‘relationships between younger boys and older men’

Infamous troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, has been disinvited from this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference and dropped by his publisher, Simon & Schuster, after a year-old podcast reveals him defending and joking about “relationships between younger boys and older men.”

Drought in Somaliland leaves women even more vulnerable to sexual assault.

Norma McCorvey, “Roe,” in Roe vs. Wade abortion ruling, died on Saturday at 69-years-old.

Theresa May plans to introduce a new law that will increase prosecutions for domestic violence.

Three former US gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by Dr Larry Nassar, a volunteer team doctor for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades.

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  • melissa

    That clown is all over the news. They’re just finding his pedo defense now?

  • Wendy Lev

    Meghan, they cut out this part of the video re: Milo: https://twitter.com/TheSwogBlog/status/833547728907096065 He also made a video explaining. Its posted as ‘unlisted’ so dont know if you can watch it through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osFtCcpFrXI&t=2s
    To me its clear media framed him negatvely intentionally.

  • FierceMild

    Now drought causes rape as well, my goodness. I thought it was just the holiday season that causes rape. Or economic downturns. Or stress. Or, if you live in rural areas of some nations, lack of indoor bathrooms. Sometimes, I know, rape is caused by women being out of doors. And sometimes it’s alcohol that causes rape and sometimes rape is a result of homophobia. Or seltzer water…wait, I totally made that up. Hell, I’ll just leave it in. If lack of rain can cause rape I don’t see why seltzer water can’t.

    • lk

      Other things that cause rape:
      -women being indoors
      -wearing too much makeup or not enough
      -wearing shorts, skirts, or bathing suit
      -drugs
      -women who are alone
      -women who are virgins
      -women who are not virgins

      ….We certainly cannot say that men and boys rape, that all these other ideas are just flimsy excuses that men & boys use to justify violating the body of women and girls.

      On any site when someone talks about male violence against women..there is always all this talk about man-hating and how women rape/sexually assault men too and how sooo many women lie about rape and etc..

      While I know women commit sexual crimes, why can’t people ever admit that men commit the vast majorities of these crimes? It’s not like there are gangs of somali women using this opportunity to sexually assault men and boys…

      • FierceMild

        Oh wait, we know why. Because patriarchy. That’s why.

  • Michelle

    The age of consent laws are not arbitrary, most people get this wrong. They are meant, like child labour laws and other legislation covering children such as contract laws, to prevent exploitation from the very adults who are meant to protect their interests and meet their needs when they are too young to do so themselves. Many deliberately misread them to be something about being ‘old enough’ or ‘mature enough’. Not so.

    It’s interesting, no one would advocate sending 6 year olds up chimneys these days, but I’ve seen many men advocate for removal or lowering of consent laws, this is common in MRA’s and even the sceptic, atheist and progressive movements. It seems to be startlingly similar to what Milo Yiannopoulos said there, the laws are arbitrary, they claim young people differ in maturity and that it’s only “natural” that men are attracted to young women using evo psych ignoring that young women have higher rates of maternal and foetal mortality, they use close in age examples and claim they are being criminalised to advance their claims when they are talking about much older men being able to prey on children at younger ages. I even googled and picked up an article on the Huffington Post “Embracing Teenage Sexuality: Let’s Rethink the Age of Consent”, Peter Tatchell and more out there in the mainstream, and there have also been articles sympathetic to paedophiles as well. Definitely it is out there.

    Just strikes me as odd that this is the one that caught him out and not the many other inflammatory claims, not the anti-feminist statements, nor the slagging off of lesbians but he says something that affects men in some way, the gloves come off. Some of us would call that rank hypocrisy, but others might have better terms.

    • Cassandra

      It is mind-boggling to me that this is a discussion. “Let’s Rethink the Age of Consent?” ??!!! That makes my fucking blood boil. Young people do not have the life experience or judgment, period. Fucking men. God damnit.

  • The Milo garbage boggles my mind. He spent years — years — committing criminal harassment against women, organizing pile-ons against women by his tens of thousands of followers, doxxing women, etc, etc, etc.

    And that’s all apparently just one of those things. No biggie.

    When are people who are not women going to start realizing that how someone treats women, who are people, tells you how they’re going to treat people in general?

    It feels like every big atrocity recently has a footnote, “Oh, yes, and by the way he spent years torturing or killing women” before they move on to the real news.

    Part of me is glad to see him put where he belongs at any price. Part of me wants recognition of *all* the people he’s worked to hurt.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I am also baffled by this. Why *this* — why now??

      • Cassandra

        Because little boys are much, much, much more important than little girls. It’s totes UNDERSTANDABLE why grown men would prey on little girls and teen girls but the precious boys?! Now they’ve gone too far!

        “Society” always gets very upset about male pedophiles who go after little boys. Little girls, meh, not as much. And women? Who cares?!

    • FierceMild

      Absolutely. If only women were recognized as people the atrocity of male violence against men could be all but eliminated by punishing its precursor…male violence against women. I may just have found the way to market abolishing male violence against women to the masses.

  • rosearan

    Great to see Milo (‘feminism is cancer’) Yiannopolous finally trip all over his motormouth attention seeking. Enough rope and all that.

  • G L.C

    when your whole public persona relies on increasing shock value this becomes inevitable. Guess his choice was between going over the edge or the novelty wearing off. As Helen Lewis was saying in New Statesman, he’s outlived his usefulness for the right.

    As some have already pointed out though, what he’s saying here is no different from what ‘progressive’ queer icons Janet Mock and Alock have said on the same subject: the former saying underage prostitution was an ‘underground railroad’ to empowerment; the latter saying girls getting assaulted in bathrooms is ‘complex’. Didn’t notice the same horror then from liberals!

  • G L.C

    when your whole public persona relies on increasing shock value this becomes inevitable. Guess his choice was between going over the edge or the novelty wearing off.

    As some have already pointed out though, what he’s saying here is no different from what ‘progressive’ queer icons Janet Mock and Alock have said on the same subject: the former saying underage prostitution was an ‘underground railroad’ to empowerment; the latter saying girls getting assaulted in bathrooms is ‘complex’

  • lk

    The title of that article: “In Somaliland, women are being raped as a result of extreme drought and lack of support.”

    I’d like to change that too: “In Somaliland, gangs of men are raping women and girls who are vulnerable due to social conditions caused by extreme drought”

    (Hey, it ain’t catchy..but at least it names the agent).

    “The women explain that the land they stay on is privately owned and recount frequent visits by violent landlords. “If we don’t pay, they set our shelters on fire.”

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say that these violent landlords are male. I’ve really been thinking a lot about land ownership and just how exploitative people who own land and rent it out can be. The price for rent and housing is constantly going up, but wages basically remain stagnant. If you can’t pay, you will essentially be homeless.

  • FierceMild

    My mother defended this to me by saying basically that it’s worse for boys to be raped than girls because sodomy is a sin whereas vaginal penetration is not.

    • Zuzanna Smith

      Jesus, I’m so sorry.

      • FierceMild

        Thanks, it was a hard road for me, but it’s much harder for her. She’s turininf over a new leaf at an advanced age and with a great deal to regret.

    • Cassandra

      Holy shit. I’m sorry.