Today in Cis Privilege: Players of Popular Video Game Can Pick Up, Rape, and Then Kill Women

Grand Theft Auto V makes it cool to pick up – even kill – prostitutes. My students play GTA V instead of studying. It teaches them to kill prostitutes and demean women in the game – and beyond.

Prostitutes walk certain locations at night. There’s a line of them in the industrial area. In something backless with thigh-high stockings. You can beep your horn to pick one up. “Get in gorgeous! Let’s party,” you’ll shout. “Let’s find someplace quiet, baby,” she’ll say.

Drive her to a secluded place, on a beach, next to the surf and palm trees.

“Go ahead, sugar. Tell me what you crave.”

Select your service from a drop down menu on the screen – $50 for a blow job, $70 for a half-and-half or $100 for everything. Use your joystick to move the camera on the game, to get a good angle.

“Oh my god, fuck yeah, give it to me,” she’ll say. She’ll keep talking for 20 seconds.

When you’re done you leave her there, run the car forward next to her, then reverse, backing over her. You can get out of the car and beat her. She’ll let you. Once she’s dead, you can grab your money back from the ground.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/27/grand-theft-auto-v-prostitutes-killed

Today in Cis Privilege: Egypt Arrests 7 Men for Sexual Assault of 19-Year-Old Woman in Tahrir

Egyptian police on Monday arrested seven men for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student during celebrations marking the inauguration of the country’s new president in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square the day before, security officials said.

Police were investigating 27 complaints of sexual harassment against women in Tahrir, where tens of thousands celebrated Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s inauguration on Sunday late into the night, the officials said.

Sexual harassment has been one of Egypt’s enduring social ills. Over the past three years, Tahrir Square has seen multiple instances of sexual attacks on women amid the large crowds that mass there for protests, rallies or celebrations ever since it became the center of the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/09/egypt-sexual-assaults-arrests_n_5472395.html

Today in Cis Privilege: White dude thinks that being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”

Washington Post columnist George Will doesn’t believe the statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Instead he believes that liberals, feminists and other nefarious forces have conspired to turn being a rape survivor into a “coveted status that confers privileges.” As a result of this plot, “victims proliferate,” Will wrote in a weekend editorial that ran in the Washington Post and New York Post.

Further compounding the crisis of people coming forward about sexual assault to stay de rigueur is the fact that “capacious” definitions of sexual assault include forcible sexual penetration and nonconsensual sexual touching. Which is really very outrageous, according to Will. It is really very hard to understand why having your breasts or other parts of your body touched against your will should be frowned upon.

It’s not very surprising that George Will does not think that sexual assault on campus is a big deal. It’s also not very surprising that he thinks that definitions of sexual violence are somehow overly broad because they factor in forms of sexual contact other than penetration. But what is puzzling — about this editorial and the army of nearly identical pieces of rape apologia that find a way into national newspapers with some regularity — is how much one has to ignore in order to argue these points.

http://www.salon.com/2014/06/09/george_will_being_a_victim_of_sexual_assault_is_a_coveted_status_that_confers_privileges/

Today in Cis Privilege: Rape ‘sometimes right’, says Indian minister Babulal Gaur

An Indian minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party says rape is “sometimes right, sometimes wrong”, amid mounting public anger over sex attacks against women.

Babulal Gaur, the home minister of central Madhya Pradesh state who is responsible for law and order, said rapes could be investigated as crimes only if they were reported to the police.

The minister also defended the government of northern Uttar Pradesh state, which has been the target of global outrage since the gang-rape and murder of two girls in the village of Katra Shahadatganj last week.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/rape-sometimes-right-says-indian-minister-babulal-gaur-20140606-zrzat.html

Today in Cis Privilege: Indiana church creates ‘humorous’ warning video of girl beaten with bat for ‘talking back’

Colonial Hills Baptist Church youth program Youth E.D.G.E. Indy created the video to teach 7th graders to obey church rules. The blog Stuff Fundies Like reported that the video was originally posted to the youth group’s Facebook page, but was removed after complaints about violence against women.

In the video, youth pastor Nate Utley demonstrates the importance of Youth E.D.G.E. regulations.

“Don’t disrespect or talk back to your leaders at any time,” Utley warns in one lesson.

After a girl tells him to “Shut up,” the pastor picks up a plastic “baseball bat” and beats her until she appears lifeless.

Later in the video, Utley beats a second girl with the “baseball bat” because she failed to put a pizza box in the trash can.

Young Adults Pastor Keith Lewis eventually explained that the video “was meant to be a humorous introduction for the incoming 7th graders.”

Today in Cis Privilege: Mainstream media depicting violence against women as something to laugh about

An editorial cartoon aimed at Canadian Premier Kathleen Wynne depicts the result of Ontario’s leadership debate by showing broken glasses and bloody, knocked-out teeth.

teeth

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/04/june-6-2014

Today in Cis Privilege: 1 in 4 women in the US is a victim of domestic violence, 1 in 2 if they are married to a cop

Law Enforcement officers beat their significant other at nearly double the national average. Several studies, according to Diane Wetendorf, author of Police Domestic Violence: Handbook for Victims, indicate that women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families. For American women overall, the figure is 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to The Advocates for Human Rights Organization, studies indicate that police families are 2-4 times more likely than the general population to experience domestic violence, making the potential for disparities in protective success particularly troubling.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-beat-wives-girlfriends-double-national-rate-receive-promotions/