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      Of course- Buzzfeed got a phone call from the plaintiff’s lawyer’s PR flacky, so let’s turn that into an article. Meanwhile, the press release from Singer’s lawyer that shows that Bryan Singer WAS IN TORONTO when some of the alleged assaults took place is completely unreported on this site. Buzzfeed claims to be the future of journalism, but they’re more interested in public shame and fame than anything that resembles objective reporting. Of course, they also shut down posters who criticize their strategies, so I don’t expect anyone else to ever read this.

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      For those who are curious
      -The Missoula County DA was last elected before the DOJ investigation. He has already said he won’t run for the office in November, but continues to waste time and resources fighting the DOJ.
      -All the declared candidates for DA have said they would reform the office and accept the DOJ’s recommendations/guidelines.
      -The current DA, in addition to being a fatuous ass on this issue, also has a reputation for bullying and insulting public defenders in court.
      -Both the local university (University of Montana) and the Missoula Police Dept. were subjects of the same DOJ investigation as the County Attorney’s office. Both settled out of court with the DOJ.
      -Despite the problems here, I think its important to note that Missoula doesn’t have a statistically higher rate of sexual assault than the national average (in fact, its slightly lower). We just have an asshole in office who doesn’t want to “waste” his time prosecuting offenders. Missoula is home to about 80K people, the county is home to about 100-110K. The county is a little more conservative than the city. From my experience, most people are sick and frustrated of the incompetence and back-room deals that have come to characterize local politics. It’s led to some lawsuits and election upsets recently. Hopefully things here will get better soon, and safer.

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      I am going to respond to this article with some criticisms. I hope they will be read without anger and with an open mind.
      First, rape culture is an interpretation. It is not revealed truth. If someone disagrees with rape culture- the definitions provided here, in whole or in part- it does not mean they support rape. It means they have different beliefs and interpretations of events, trends, and motives.
      Elements 1-3? Completely agree.
      Victim-blaming is not unique to victims of rape. It is quite common to blame victims of other crimes as well- “Car got stolen? Guess you should’ve locked it.” “He deserved to get shot- he was a drug dealer.” “If you didn’t want to get mugged, you shouldn’t have walked home through the park.” Victim blaming definitely happens, and is definitely wrong, but I don’t think its a sex-crimes issue. I think its an anti-community, anti-sympathy issue.
      Street harassment definitely happens, but I think its not as widespread as often reported. I’ve heard reports from women in cities who’ve lived there for years and never experienced it, and reports from other women in different cities that deal with it every day. It seems to be more local than universal, and is probably related to different environments (cultural makeup of city/neighborhood, economic health of city, car city vs. public transport city, etc.)
      There is a limit on the self-defense issue. At a certain point, it becomes insulting. But there are precautions anyone, any gender can take to reduce their exposure to street crime. Its not wrong to educate people about what those precautions are. Public safety issues exist in the real world, even if they have no place in academic feminist theory.
      Rape jokes- I do not believe in constraints in art. Short of a direct threat or fraud, we have the right to express ourselves as we see fit. It is a vital human right. You can discourage it privately, but not legally.
      The friend zone is pretty much bullshit, and “nice guys” are pretty much assholes. But it worth noting that sometimes, a male friend will develop sexual or romantic feelings for a female friend. It doesn’t mean he’s an asshole. It doesn’t mean he was tricking you with friendship to get into your pants. It means his feelings changed. Suggesting that men’s feelings can’t change implies that men are or should be aroused/attracted at first sight. We don’t all work that way.
      Fear of reporting is an important issue. Some of the problems listed here are fixable- crime labs need greater funds, laws to reform military sexual assault procedures are being debated- and I would add that if you are the victim of an assault, report it to the police- not the campus police, not the diocese, the actual police. Their hands may be tied by legal or political issues, but they are less likely to have an institutional interest in ignoring a complaint.
      The power of celebrity is not a panacea just for sexual assault claims- the force of wealth overcomes most crimes. I also believe that it is important to maintain the innocence of the accused until proven guilty in court. It is more just to err on the side of innocence and pardon a guilty man that to err on the side of guilt and condemn an innocent one.
      In the Steubenville case, it is important to remember that the perpetrators and victim were all minors. We have a separate system of justice for criminals under 18 because, among other reasons, we know that the brain of a 16 year old is not fully mature and developed. It may feel righteous to condemn a teenager guilty of a crime and to strip away his future and his life, but it is also wrong. Any just person should recognize this.
      Male rape- the one thing MRA nuts got right (although male-male rape is a vastly larger issue than female-male rape). You may now ignore everything else they say.
      I think its important for Americans to tread lightly when dealing with issues of sexual assault and gender inequity in other countries. I know we mean well, and I know we are moral, but when the scolding and admonition comes from privileged members of the sole remaining superpower, people get defensive and retrench.
      In closing, I agree with most aspects of rape culture. But I disagree with the connection, the linking of all these issues into giant force. No one has yet made a compelling argument that each of these issues feeds into each of the others so completely that they must all be a part of the same problem. Rape culture is an important conversation. It is a legitimate interpretation. But it is not the only explanation.
      Full disclosure- I’m a male, a virgin, and a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Take that grain of salt as you will.

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      Once again, Buzzfeed starts in with the fear-mongering, anti-science articles. Sucrose is the sugar from sugar cane. Fructose is the sugar in fruits and vegetables. Fructose plus glucose equals sucrose. Think HFCS is evil? Well I hope you don’t sweeten your chai with agave syrup- same thing. It just comes from a cactus rather than corn. Why does my bread have corn syrup in it? Because in order to make bread rise, yeast need something to eat: sugar. Corn syrup, or fructose, is cheaper than table sugar, sucrose.
      Of course rats preferred sweetened water over plain water. Sweetened water has calories in it, and every form of life evolved to seek calories to burn for energy.

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      This is an industry and science still in its infancy. The computational power necessary to do fast, accurate work with genetics didn’t come into being until about fifteen years ago. That said, there are strains of corn, rice, and cassava already developed that provide better nutrition. And of course, there’s Norman Borlaug, who developed dwarf wheat varieties that are credited with saving a billion lives. Borlaug didn’t use the techniques that biotech companies use, but only because they weren’t available to him in the fifties.
      And, of course, its ridiculous to expect Monsanto or anybody else to welcome an uninvited cameraman into their conference room for an ad hoc PR session. Take a camera into any institution’s lobby- Greenpeace, NRA headquarters, the ESPN offices- and the only person who’ll talk to you is the security guard throwing you out on your ass.

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      This film is nothing more than a privileged, anti-science diatribe. Monsanto is an asshole corporation with asshole business practices, but there is no evidence that GMOs are dangerous. We live in a world with 7 billion people. By 2050, there may be as many as 10 billion. Meanwhile, our oceans are dying, we’re running out of oil, fresh water, and arable land. Something has to give, and GMOs can help. You can’t feed that many people with organic food: the yield per acre is too small, and the crops are too vulnerable to erratic weather (which we’ll see more of in the coming decades) and crop diseases (which are more easily spread in the era of globalization). Monocultures suck, and we should protect genetic crop diversity when we can. But modifying plants to use resources more efficiently, or to deliver a broader set of nutrients, is vital to the continued survival of human beings. Believing that GMOs will cause cancer or viral outbreaks is on par with thinking that nuclear testing will give rise to Godzilla. Nobody needs to watch more New Age anti-science bullshit. They need to go back to middle school and pass an eighth grade biology course.

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