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  • After Tory MP Gerry Ritz called Environment Minister Catherine McKenna “climate Barbie” on Twitter, McKenna says “misogynistic comments” like his demand a conversation about the way women are treated in politics.
  • PR flop inspires Ottawa Public Library to stop allowing dudes to watch porn on its computers.
  • Zex — a punk band which enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame after their music was accidentally pressed onto vinyl copies of Beyonce’s Lemonade — has been dropped from its label as the guitarist is investigated for sexual assault.
  • Embrace your natural beauty by covering yourself in a thick layer of makeup!
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: a “flaming feminist litigator.”
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  • fxduffy

    The new porn viewing policy at the Ottawa Public Library continues to put the ONUS on those that are offended by seeing the images in a public place.

    In other words, children, adults, and library monitors have to absorb the brunt of these sexist pictures/videos before any action against the viewer is taken. That most of these individuals are female, makes the library’s position itself doubly sexist.

    Rather than point the finger at male offenders, the library chooses to point the finger at the offended, and no doubt suggesting that their complaint is narrow and prudish.

    ‘Like we don’t need filters, we’re all adult here and tolerant. We’ll just wait on the offense (they are so few you know) and try to appease both sides.’

    So, who gets laced with more shame? the dirty old man or the young girl; the hip, liberated dudes or the few feminists who happen into the libe; brash male egos or “sheltered” female sensibilities.

    • M. Zoidberg

      How did “kink-shaming” become worse than sexually harassing people with violent, sexual images?!

    • Wren

      I think there were debates in the U.S. about legalizing porn viewing at libraries, but I don’t remember the outcome and I don’t want to google it for obvious reasons.

      But the fact that this is even remotely a consideration speaks volumes to the decline of the status of women in society. Not to mention that I know that many sex-offenders love to hang out at the library. Before I had a computer, I spent hours in libraries and would see their mugs on posters, and then I’d inevitably see them there, just chilling like they ain’t some dirtbag.

  • Omzig Online

    They’re starting to do the same thing on college campuses in some areas. After realizing that a huge chunk of their WiFi’s bandwidth was dedicated to viewing porn, they blocked porn and torrent sites. The Internet in a dorm is a community resource that is there to help students do homework. It’s not there to enable young men’s rapid decline into a state of sociopathic misogyny. It’s pure dick logic to believe that any public institution should be required to help someone masturbate.

    • Lucy Potato

      No great analysis to share, just enormous appreciation that you’ve introduced “dick logic” into my vocabulary. What an efficient term!

      • Omzig Online

        Actually, I should give credit where credit’s due: I borrowed that expression from a commentor named Hanukai.

  • Alienigena

    Canadians! Not being facetious. I haven’t been impressed by public library staff in Canadian cities since I was 16 and was at a downtown urban library on a Sunday to do some research and was harassed by two men (over the period of the day), the last time they approached me they threatened to overturn the library table I was studying at because I refused to engage with them (politeness hadn’t worked at getting them to cease and desist). I think it is more important for library staff in Canada to be SJWs and be seen to provide services to homeless people, services that are really outside its mandate (it isn’t wrong to provide access to the library, it gets very cold in the cities in my province in the winter). Canadian libraries should support 1) the freedom to read 2) digital, information and media literacy 3) literacy for new immigrants, ESL, children and the functionally illiterate (including I assume a proportion of homeless people) and maybe 4) promote Canadian artists, authors and thinkers. I think it is a very libertarian not progressive position (from women’s and children’s rights perspective) to not prohibit the viewing of porn in the library space. What freedom does porn viewing represent? The freedom to be sleazy?

  • Alienigena

    I started reading the comments but the majority seemed to be offensive and ridiculous so I stopped. They tried to legitimize their criticism by saying that there was a more worthy book and author, likely a male author.

  • Rich Garcia

    Public libraries everywhere implement this policy since they’re locations where people often go to read and socialize. I live in New York, and the libraries I have gone to emphasize a fun, curricular environment for children to get involved in, since the library personnel double as tutors. So access to anything lurid and pornographic is prohibited.