What’s Current: Harvey Weinstein has now been accused by three women of rape

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  • The list of female celebrities speaking out about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment includes Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. (Although too many men have remained silent.) Three women have now also accused Weinstein of rape and The New Yorker has published a disturbing audio recording wherein the producer admits to groping Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.
  • A Michigan man who raped a then 12-year-old girl, was awarded joint custody of the eight-year-old child who resulted from his assault, until the order was stayed this afternoon after widespread outrage.
  • Female, Black, and Hispanic technology industry workers in the U.S. are more likely than white men to think that workplace discrimination is a problem.
  • An Edmonton lawyer representing a man accused of sexual assault has asked to review the judicial training materials on prosecuting sex crimes to look for anti-male bias.
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  • Hekate Jayne

    Prosecuting sexual assault=anti male bias, says male attorney.

    Prosecuting sexual assault is so bigoted against males. Amirite.

  • Hekate Jayne

    And a male rapist (of a little girl, no less) gets joint custody of the child that he forcibly impregnated her with.

    And yet, males continually claim that courts are biased against males. No matter that evidence shows otherwise.

    I wonder how much child support he has been paying since he raped her. Just kidding! I would be shocked if he ever paid a dime.

    • Kathleen Lowrey

      that case has everything:

      “the judge’s action in the custody case was prompted after the county surveyed the victim seeking reimbursement regarding child support — about $260 a month in food stamps — she had received for three years.”

      It was important to re-involve the rapist in her life, and involve him in the child’s life, because otherwise the state might be overpaying in food stamps to keep the kid alive. That is such a good use of state oversight! God forbid this woman raped at 12 raising a child alone should get an extra nickel from public monies. Meanwhile, the male titans of the finance industry who almost destroyed the U.S. economy in 2008 and who were totally bailed out by the taxpayer have never been prosecuted for a damn thing.

      • Hekate Jayne

        Oh my fucking god.

        The government is a male system. So of COURSE, Kathleen, they not only reinvolve the rapist, but they give the rapist joint custody. Because he obviously *feels* like he deserves it, and male feels are the most. Important. Thing. Ever.

        Males protect their own. Males protect each other because they love each other to the exclusion everyone/everything else. They are parasitical predators.

        They tell us all of the time that violence, hatred, lack of self control, etc. is their “nature”. I have no choice but to believe them.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Also, how many of Weinstein’s victims had a “ladypenis”?

    What’s that? None? All of the humans that Weinstein raped/assaulted/harassed were all actual born women?

    How very terfy of Weinstein, then. Surely he didn’t pick his victims based on biological sex?

    It is almost like biological sex actually fucking matters. Especially when males are choosing whom to rape.

    • lk

      I’m going to assume that Weinstein asked all these women if they identified as women..because unless you ask someone, you have absolutely no way of knowing if they are male or female.

      Once all these women let Weinstein know that they identified as women, he felt free to sexually harass and assault them.

      Perhaps someone needs to tell all these women in Hollywood that they just need to identify as men….since “biology is a construct”…

      • Hekate Jayne

        Well, then. It is obviously obvious that these women asked to be raped. I mean, all they had to do is say that their vagina is actually a man vagina!

        If only they had been smart enough to identify as male. So it is essentially their own fault. For choosing to be oppressed.

        And it is the same for the young woman that was ordered to share custody with the rapist. Surely she could have identified right out of pregnancy from rape! Why did she choose to identify as a 12 year old rape victim that was impregnated?

        Maybe a tranny will be along and explain it to us stupid ladies.

        • Safa

          Ok. Now let me see if I have this figured out. If ole Harvey said “no way” to a lady-penis, doesn’t that make him EXCLUSIONARY and a BIGGOT because he prefers the man-vaginia? What a fucked up world we live in! Talk about doublespeak! Where are you George Orwell?

  • lk

    “According to a Michigan Department of Corrections database, Mirasolo was sentenced in December 2010 to 5 to 15 years in prison and paroled in July 2016.”

    Everything about this story is disturbing, but I am trying to wrap my mind around the fact that a man who raped and impregnated a child and sexually assaulted another child only served 5 years in prison?!

    5 years in jail for what he did is absolutely nothing. Do I think long jail sentences solve all problems? Of course not. But I do think justice counts…how can it be just for a man who molests children to only lose 5 years of freedom.

    When we allow men who do horrendous things (like rape and molest children) to only serve 5 years…we are really saying that rape is not that big of a deal and doesn’t really deserve much of a punishment.

  • Kay Bee

    Interesting how in one week alone, 2 high profile ‘male feminists’ (Harvey Weinstein & Mitchell Sunderland who was the head of the women’s section at Vice & encouraged the alt right to target women) have been revealed to be anything but advocates for women. Reminds me of an African proverb my grandmother used to tell me anytime I visited her in our village: ‘when the cat tells the mouse he’s her friend, she should be on guard!’

  • Lucia Lola

    The amount of outrage against the women involved in this Weinstein debacle is incredible. It’s true when they say the insane don’t know they are. It’s the only way to understand how this is happening.

    • Cassandra

      Yes, it’s nauseating. If you read any of the comment sections of the NY Times they’re FULL OF MALES who are full of excuses and “so what’s!” It’s amazing how males crawl out of the woodwork like roaches and infest comment sections to defend a sexual predator. It’s almost like they’re just outright saying “Well, why else would a man want to become big and powerful in Hollywood? Having power over pretty actresses is ENTIRELY THE POINT!”

      It’ fucking disgusting.

  • Christine

    The lawyer is obviously a total ignoramus (to be more charitable than he probably deserves). To say that training about sexual assault myths is “biased” is a little like saying affirmative action is “biased”. So many white dudes don’t seem to understand that these things are an attempt to counter the overwhelming odds against women and minorities in the courts, on the job market, or in any of the deeply flawed systems that they created.

    It’s somewhat heartening, I must say, that The National Judicial Institute is fighting Engel’s application.

    It’s also good to see the MOSTLY FEMALE judges in the higher courts in Alberta coming down hard on MALE lower court judges whose rulings betray their extreme bias against women and girls w/r/t sexual assault — you have probably heard all of these stories, but they just keep coming up:

    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/appeal-court-overturns-sexual-assault-acquittal-finds-judge-relied-on-myths-and-stereotypes

    https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/albertas-highest-court-challenges-myth-in-sexual-assault-rulings/article31994887/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/not-a-difficult-concept-alberta-judge-overrules-sexual-assault-acquittal-1.3003865

    https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-sex-assault-trial-ordered-after-a-fourth-alberta-judge-rebuked/article31922789/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

    • Cassandra

      “So many white dudes don’t seem to understand that these things are an attempt to counter the overwhelming odds against women and minorities in the courts, on the job market, or in any of the deeply flawed systems that they created.”

      Most of them understand all too well; they do not want *any* counter measures in place *at all.*

  • Americus91

    This is what infuriates me about Hollyweird and attempts to get involved in politics. They go berzerk over an, openly, shameless, misogynist pig like “President P#ssy” grabbing Trump – but look the other way with

    Harvey Weinstein
    Woody Allen
    Bill Cosby
    Roman Polanski
    and let’s face it many others.

    Also Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner as far as politicians go. And allowing men into our spaces.

    So people feel women can hardly cry foul when a disgusting pig like Trump gets elected. At least he’s overt about it and not sneaky – everyone knew what they were gonna get.

    But at least with the left – women could have access to birth control and abortion – to deal with pregnancy after getting raped. So the left has that going for them.

    But decent men who give a shit about treating women with respect. Nope.

    • Alienigena

      The Weinstein Company produced “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” which Woody Allen directed.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Weinstein_Company_films

      Sleaze bags helping sleaze bags. Lovely.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicky_Cristina_Barcelona

      • Americus91

        Ugh not surprised! Woody Allen makes me sick. They all make me
        F- ing sick to my stomach. Men are disgusting.

    • Wren

      Let’s not forget Casey Affleck since he represents the next generation of hollywood misogyny:
      https://www.thedailybeast.com/casey-afflecks-dark-secret-the-disturbing-allegations-against-the-oscar-hopeful

    • lk

      If you care about women, you would critique men who harm them-whether they are Republican, Democratic, football players or movie directors.

      The way that men remain oddly silent or outright defend men who abuse women irks me. These men have power, money, fans, the ears and eyes of millions of people…yet choose to use their power to help out even the worst of men.

      I remember when the Chris Brown abusing Rihanna story came out so few celebrities (especially in the r&b, hiphop community) came out and said CB abusing women is wrong. It’s been awhile, but if I remember right…the only person who really spoke out was Miranda Lambert (a female country singer). I remember thinking where are all the men-why are none of the producers, rappers, musicians etc who made money off of and with Rihanna speaking out.

      It disappoints me every time. Because there is a part of me that really hopes there are good men with power/money who will actually support women..who will not support other men who hurt women….you cannot turn a blind eye to female abuse and then claim to “care about women.”

  • Hekate Jayne

    I read yesterday that he is going to Europe for “treatment”.

    Sex addiction is utter bullshit. It is another tactic of rapists to garner sympathy.

    Because see, once again, males refuse responsibility for their own actions. They rape because they are addicted! How can we help the poor, sick male get better? Poor male needs help!

  • Hekate Jayne

    I don’t “display” myself. I also don’t “present” myself. I walk around female, just existing.

    Fuck her.

  • Marla

    I heard the recording by the model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez who was wired in a sting operation to document his sexual harassment. It was difficult for me to listen to not because of Weinstein’s sick, sexual nature but how he kept on ignoring her pleas to not be with him or nurse his fantasies. Never once during that “conversation” did he ever once regard her as a human being. That’s just one woman. How many others did he subjugate or threaten to destroy their careers if they did not comply to his whims?

    Now Weinstein thinks therapy and a female “tutor” will correct his disturbing behavior. Nether one will. It never will. For this type of behavior cannot be fixed much less alleviated whenever he is among women.

  • Alienigena

    “I used to live in (d)Edmonton, but have noticed in recent years that it’s become a hub for man-o-spherean shit-for-brains. It’s blue collar, for sure, but for some reason it has an extra dash of hopelessness added in there that makes all the fukbois rise to street level.”

    Agree completely about Edmonton, which claims its blue collar sensibility makes it morally superior to Calgary. Corporate vs. blue collar dickheads. Both are dickheads, not much to choose between them. I still live in Edmonton and even the university I work for has a fukbois vibe. Its employees regularly distribute tickets to football games, hockey games and individually solicit other employees to join gyms whose members (based on photos included with emails) seem to be prepping for fight club or the WWE.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Here is something else.

    According to “makers in america”, a PBS documentary about women in history, women were the original “hollywood”.

    When film and acting was first a thing, women did ALL of it. All of the writing, directing, acting, production, everything. Males just looked at it as a waste of time.

    Until males discovered that they could make money. So they took entire thing over, just like the cancerous parasites that they are.

    I am sure that women would have ended up making money from film, if that is what they had wanted. But just like everything else that women take up, learn, and try to utilize as a positive, males took it over and bled it, turned it into a profit machine, while using it to abuse and use.

    Steal, use, abuse, destroy. Males in a nutshell.

    • -Jane Don’t-

      Don’t women tend to “all of it” all of the time & dont get credit? Ugh!

    • Missy

      Same with computer work. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2014/10/06/345799830/the-forgotten-female-programmers-who-created-modern-tech Computers used to be a woman’s thing until men took it over. A woman wrote the first software. An actress who was also an inventor named Hedy Lamarr created Wi-Fi. It’s amazing how much STEM related discoveries and inventions women were responsible for, which I only found out about recently. Of course we’re never taught about this in school. That’s why it’s called HIStory. It’s time that HERstory became much more widespread. Women everywhere need to know the stories and be inspired by the great things our foremothers accomplished despite extreme resistance from pathetic, resentful males. One way to stop patriarchal brainwashing or at least take away some of it’s power is to popularize the proof that women are more than capable of doing traditionally male jobs and are usually better at them too, especially when it comes to STEM and other work that requires intelligence since let’s face it, women are and always have been the smarter sex. That’s one of the reasons why misogynistic men despise us so much, like the entitled man-babies in Silicon Valley with their dicks shriveling in terror as more and more women get into the STEM fields.

      • Hekate Jayne

        That’s why males try so hard to keep us out of everything.

        I mean, if they are so much smarter, they would have let us into education, for one example. If we were so stupid, we wouldn’t have lasted. They were afraid of our abilities and their own stupidity.

        But we not only do well, we out do them. Even when every advantage is aimed right at them.

        No wonder that some of them want to attempt to be a woman, lol. I can’t imagine ever wanting to be a male. The only thing that they excel at is being violent. They tend to just be overly emotional, controlling parasites, infantile black holes of endless neediness. They are kind of exhausting.

  • Kay Bee

    Exactly & as a feminist from the Global South currently living in North America, I’m confused about why men in the West are being appointed as heads of institutions/ departments dedicated to women & their issues? As a black person, I would have a fit if a white person was to head an institution dedicated to pushing equality for blacks so why is it ok for men to head institutions pushing equality for women? I’m seriously confused

  • Tinfoil the Hat

    I know. I KNOW! It’s disheartening and infuriating all at once.

  • Jani

    “a dude walked into a restroom and stuck his dick into a random glory hole, and someone had put a mousetrap on the other side”
    Hahahahaha!
    You’ve made my day 😉
    I’ve always said that if some guy asked me to tie him up I’d do it and then walk out and leave him there. Boy, bye!