Don’t sit back.
Don’t waste time.
Don’t say “what if”.
Don’t say “but everybody else”
Don’t stay silent.
Don’t praise yourself.
Don’t be “that” person.
Don’t lose control.
Don’t go off the rails.
Kickstarter messed up. They didn’t kick the Rape Manual project out, but they have made a proper apology. No wishy washy language. No mention of “if we cause offence” or it’s like. Simple to the point and the right thing to do. Kudos.
1. Don’t let anyone fool you, This Book Is A Rape Manual
I heard a lot of people telling me that I was taking some of those quotes out of context or that “JEEZE when he said take your dick out she was already making out with you!” Well, fuck you. Because acquaintence rape is a real thing. Because a girl kissing you or letting you do SOMETHING does not mean you get to do ANYTHING. And by creating a book whose leitmotif (YEAH FUCK YOU PRETENSION I WENT TO FILM SCHOOL FOR A FEW MONTHS) is “be aggressive, and do what you want because women like that,” you are telling people to rape. Not everyone who’s going to read the book is going to be a rapist, but I promise you - someone who read this book will rape someone. And they might not even know they did it, because you told them the woman wanted it that way, you human nightmare. The whole thing is a boiling cauldron of rape culture, and you are not going to convince me otherwise any more than you could convince me the sun has been replaced by a bran muffin.
Source: Casey Malone
The book Casey refers to is a Kickstarter project to fund a book that can teach nerds to pick up women. There’s no emotional aspect to this, just how to get your end away.
To get an idea of some of the dangerous content read Casey’s other post – This Is Not Fucking Harmless.
I honestly didn’t understand the cries about a “rape culture” existing but given my recent reading of the Everyday Sexism Project’s tweets and yesterday’s article by Colette Browne I am flabbergasted. I honestly didn’t know a world like this existed to the extent that it does.
I don’t know anything about the current sex education curriculum in Ireland. Is it still the case that there isn’t any? We need to educate our youth about this, it’s important.
It’s been proven in numerous academic studies that cyclists and runners who fail to return waves have shorter life spans, sadder weekends, and terrible taste in music.
That line in this WSJ article made me laugh.
Waving when running is a bit weird, as you’re passing within a meter or two of the other runner. I mutter “How’s it going?” and move on. A personal greeting.
On the bike, normally the other cyclist is on the opposite side of the road, so a wave or nod is more appropriate. Greeting at a distance.
When approaching a runner/cyclist from behind is trickier. Do I say something and it might come off as smug in a “Quake at my awesome speed fellow earthling”, or nothing which could be interpreted as “I’m so good I don’t even acknowledge you”. I don’t think I can win (if there’s something there to be won) so I still mutter “How’s it going” and keep the head down.
For some reason, professional footballers behaving badly continue to be held up as some of moral compass about how there is a general decay in society, lack of decorum, a dumbing down and dwindling standards relating to how human beings treat each other.
In other sports such as cricket and rugby union, where the participants and spectators, generally attract a lesser earthy and more niche middle class crowd, some may say a smattering of snobs, old money and the nouveau riche, drunken antics are viewed as a touch of high jinks.
That quote is from the latest Early Doors post on Eurosport.
The misdemeanour doesn’t have to be so grand either. Don’t blame the sport blame the player. Don’t judge the sport judge the incident.
- Father and Son (Cat Stevens)
- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
- Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald)
- Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
- Piano Man (Billy Joel)
- Titanium (David Guetta)
- My hear will go on (Celine Dion)
- Skyfall (Adele)
- Wanna dance with somebody (Whitney Houston)