When is victim behaviour used to judge whether something is a crime?

29 Apr

If you guessed ‘in cases of rape’ then you win…nothing, because we all lose when a fucking court has upheld the fact that, if the victim is unconscious, then s/he cannot be raped.

Even if s/he’s penetrated without consent–remember, unconscious?–that is, in legal terms in Oklahoma, in this USofA, in this year 2016, NOT rape.

WHAT IN THE FUCKING FUCK?????

Mind you, I do understand that a court cannot change the law, that’s what the legislature is for–and I also understand that, if the court were to change the law, the case would be appealed up to hell and back. What irks the fuck out of me is that there are laws out there, today, which basically are providing predators with a ‘free out of jail’ card.

Eloisa James’ interview on Freedom

26 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

I love it when my interests intersect, don’t you?

Here’s a very interesting, and long, interview with a very successful, very well known, historical romance author. Eloisa James has written a fair number of my ‘keeper’ romances (those books you’d take with you, if you had to flee something like, say, the zombie apocalypse).

She also happens to be a graduate of Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and a tenured Shakespeare professor (sorry, Maturin!) at Fordham University.

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Skintight, by Susan Andersen

25 Apr

SkintightI am so very late with this month’s TBR Challenge review, it ain’t even funny. This year, though, I’m just going to push through; better late than skipping the month entirely.

(Sez I)

I actually got this book signed by the author, which means that I either got it at RWA 2009 in DC, or RWA 2010 in Orlando. Either way, it’s been sitting on the TBR mountain range for ages. Oh, and I note that this is a rare one for me: a straight contemporary that is not a category romance.

There’s explicit sex and adult language, so if those are not your thing, skip this one.

Skintight, by Susan Andersen

I’m pretty sure that this is only the second of Ms Andersen’s novels that I’ve read, and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I did All Shook Up; partly, because I’ve been in a filthy reading mood–my inner critic (hat tip to Liz at My Extensive Reading) just wouldn’t shut up. And partly because…oh, where to begin?

But I’m getting ahead of myself; here’s the blurb:

Professional poker player Jax Gallagher should have known better than to wager a World Series baseball that wasn’t his to lose. Now the man who won the collectible is demanding his prize…or else. Trouble is, the ball is owned by his estranged father’s widow–a flamboyant Las Vegas showgirl. Jax will do whatever it takes to get it back.

Yet Treena McCall is anything but the ruthless gold digger Jax expects. She’s build a life for herself filled with good friends and hard work. And she’s got enough on her plate trying to hang on to her job as a dancer without being wined, dined and seduced by sexy Jax Gallagher.

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Online abuse and gender: comments on The Guardian

23 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Over at my blog, on posts that are not network-tv safe, I have discussed the prevalence of violence against women who dare express their opinions in public, and particularly online.

At The Guardian, where comment threads are often turned into cesspools, someone finally decided to examine how online abuse falls on the gender divide. Not surprisingly (for anyone who’s been paying attention), the results confirm a prevalence of misogyny fueled by anonymity:
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The unacknowledged ‘motherhood penalty’

22 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

The unacknowledged, but pretty damned real, ‘motherhood penalty,’ in an article on a major news outlet:

Taking median earnings of women and men who worked full time, year-round, government data from 2014 show that women make $0.79 for every dollar a man earns. The average earnings for working mothers come out to even less — $0.71 for every dollar a father makes, according to a 2014 study conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Children.

In a 2013 study, Mary Ann Mason, professor and co-director of the Center for Economics & Family Security at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, revealed some alarming outcomes for women in academia: Women graduate students who are pregnant or mothers with young children are 132 percent more likely to be working in a contingent position, while men with a young child are 36 percent less likely to be in a contingent position. Contingent positions are non-tenured, adjunct, or temporary jobs that are not secure.

This is why women keep asking for equality and parity–because, despite all the bloviating by (mostly white men) who are in positions of power, there is no parity, in salary or in how women are treated in the work place.

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So, about that “writing reviews” thing…

19 Apr

As some of you may know, I am a moderator at MyMedia, which started as one of the biggest LOST discussion forums back in September 2004. I cross-post most of my reviews over there, and recently I was asked to write a quick and dirty primer for the movie review subforum.

After a bit of thought, I realized it addresses one of my main pet peeves about reviewing (i.e., what makes for a good review). The post is after the fold, minus the bits that pertain specifically to MyMedia; I also have added a few further thoughts after it.

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Gender (im)parity in Hollywood

18 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Do you like graphs and statistical analysis based on data you can gather independently, and thus replicate the study and corroborate or debunk its results?

Then check out this wonderfully thorough analysis of the gender imbalance in the movie industry:
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