What We Missed

Anti-DADT activist Dan Choi was recently hospitalized for mental health issues. Pam and Autumn have some great commentary on society’s ignorance of mental health issues and the emotional burdens of being a full-time activist.

Interesting: Go Daddy, the website domain seller that have a history of ridiculously sexist commercials during the SuperBowl, gave $500,000 to fund a women’s HIV/AIDS health center in Phoenix. Let’s see what this year’s Super Bowl ads bring us.

Michael Moore joins the Assange media rape apologist bandwagon. Sady at Tiger Beatdown has more.

SAFER on the Campus blog brings attention to universities’ amnesty policies. Does yours have one?

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  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Do you really think it’s fair to label Moore, or anyone else who questions the CIA agent’s story as a “rape apologist”? Isn’t it possible to hate rapists with all your heart and still find this particular story a little fishy? If he is a rapist, why is Sweden now claiming he’s charged with a misdemeanor & he’ll do no jail time for his crimes? Yet he was the subject of an international arrest warrant?(source: Democracy Now radio program 12/15/10. Downloadable here: a href=”http://archive.wbai.org/”>http://archive.wbai.org/)

    The American Heritage dictionary defines an “apologist” as such: A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution. Are people saying that they do believe Assange committed rape but find it excusable (which would be apologism) or do they condemn rape but are skeptical about what occurred in this particular incident?

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m a survivor of rape and I hate them all and often fantasize about harming or killing rapists. I also question if this is being used as a way to divide the left and call attention away from what those cables have actually said (among other things admissions of torture and spying) I’ve actually not commented on it here so far because I didn’t want to get accused of liking rapists or being easy on them or anything. I just don’t know if being skeptical about this case automatically means someone is a rape apologist.

    • http://feministing.com/members/alynn/ aLynn

      Check out the first blog linked up there in greater detail: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2010/12/michael-moore-doubles-down-on-rape.html

      It’s pretty clearly lays out how Moore is being an apologist and not just complaining that Assange is being targeted for rape because of this politics.

      Like the blog says, “Assange is entitled to bail, and he is entitled to a fair hearing on the allegations. That is an argument that can be made (like I just did) without any hint of victim-blaming..”