Photo of the Week, 14 September 2014

I love football.  I really do.  As I went to meet a friend to watch the Cincinnati Bengals- Atlanta Falcons game, I wondered if it was wrong that I was excited for the game, given the NFL headlines regarding Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.  The issues at hand go far beyond the field of play and my hope is that eventually, professional football can live up to the aspirations and adulation bestowed upon it by fans.

Here’s to a better future, football.



Thanks Media for Such a Great Year

Bah humbug.

For more information, check out The Representation Project, watch Miss Representation, or read Geena Davis’s two easy ways to fix this whole media mess.


Photo of the Week, 25 March 2012

The case of Trayvon Martin is troubling for so many reasons, first of which is that a 17 year-old who went to the store for tea and Skittles at the half-time of the NBA All-Star Game was shot dead.  We may never know the truth but enough has come out that leads me to believe that it’s a tragedy all the way around.  The news that Trayvon’s hoodie was part of George Zimmerman’s initial suspicion is even more troubling, akin to rape being ’caused’ by a women’s provocative clothing.  From Marion Wright Edelman to the Miami Heat, hoodies are becoming a political statement.


Men’s Magazines and Rape?

For the umpteenth time– why are we a culture that tells women not to get raped instead of telling men not to rape?

A recent study at the University of Surrey reports that the sex advice given in men’s magazines or British lad mags like FHM and Loaded is hard to distinguish from comments made by convicted rapists. As Jezebel reports the University’s finding will soon be published in the British Journal of Psychology. Among the many disturbing results the study found was that “most men who took part in the study identified themselves more with the language expressed by the convicted rapists.”

How would you do on the quiz?

1. There’s a certain way you can tell that a girl wants to have sex . . . The way they dress, they flaunt themselves.

2. Some girls walk around in short-shorts . . . showing their body off . . . It just starts a man thinking that if he gets something like that, what can he do with it?

3. A girl may like anal sex because it makes her feel incredibly naughty and she likes feeling like a dirty slut. If this is the case, you can try all sorts of humiliating acts to help live out her filthy fantasy.

4. Mascara running down the cheeks means they’ve just been crying, and it was probably your fault . . . but you can cheer up the miserable beauty with a bit of the old in and out.

5. What burns me up sometimes about girls is dick-teasers. They lead a man on and then shut him off right there.

6. Filthy talk can be such a turn on for a girl . . . no one wants to be shagged by a mouse . . . A few compliments won’t do any harm either . . . ‘I bet you want it from behind you dirty whore’ . . .

7. You know girls in general are all right. But some of them are bitches . . . The bitches are the type that . . . need to have it stuffed to them hard and heavy.

8. Escorts . . . they know exactly how to turn a man on. I’ve given up on girlfriends. They don’t know how to satisfy me, but escorts do.

9. You’ll find most girls will be reluctant about going to bed with somebody or crawling in the back seat of a car . . . But you can usually seduce them, and they’ll do it willingly.

10. There’s nothing quite like a woman standing in the dock accused of murder in a sex game gone wrong . . . The possibility of murder does bring a certain frisson to the bedroom.

11. Girls ask for it by wearing these mini-skirts and hotpants . . . they’re just displaying their body . . . Whether they realise it or not they’re saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got a beautiful body, and it’s yours if you want it.’

12. You do not want to be caught red-handed . . . go and smash her on a park bench. That used to be my trick.

13. Some women are domineering, but I think it’s more or less the man who should put his foot down. The man is supposed to be the man. If he acts the man, the woman won’t be domineering.

14. I think if a law is passed, there should be a dress code . . . When girls dress in those short skirts and things like that, they’re just asking for it.

15. Girls love being tied up . . . it gives them the chance to be the helpless victim.

16. I think girls are like plasticine, if you warm them up you can do anything you want with them.

Questions originally provided by Middlesex University to Answers: 1. Rapist, 2. Rapist, 3. Magazine, 4. Magazine, 5. Rapist, 6. Magazine, 7. Rapist, 8. Magazine, 9. Rapist, 10. Magazine, 11. Rapist, 12. Magazine, 13. Rapist, 14. Rapist, 15. Magazine, 16. Magazine.

IN RELATED NEWS: The University of Vermont chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has been closed indefinitely after it was discovered that the fraternity circulated a questionnaire to members asking them to rank the women they would prefer to rape.


Ernie Davis, Heisman Trophy Winner 1961

Congratulations to this year’s Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. I was personally rooting for you–not that that had anything to do with your victory… It was also very cool to see a woman, Caroline Pisano, announce the winner’s name. Fifty years ago the award went to Ernie Davis of Syracuse University. It may shock some people to know that I think The Express is the best film ever made about football. Davis died at the age of 23 after battling leukemia. So, on this Heisman Night, I’m thinking of the Elmira Express.


Rick Perry vs. Parody

The social media sphere is full of shared videos, photos, links, and blog posts. I do it– I share my favorite stories with my genuine and facebook-qualifying ‘friends.’ So when someone first posted Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad I didn’t pay attention to it. If the current governor couldn’t remember what three agencies he would eliminate as President, let alone not knowing how many Justices serve on the Supreme Court, I was pretty confident that I didn’t care what he had to say in an ad airing in Iowa. I finally decided to watch it after I started seeing it as the subject of news reporting, not just social reporting.

I watched. I watched Rick Perry in his Ennis Del Mar jacket. I listened to background music that was highly evocative of gay, blacklisted, Jewish-American composer Aaron Copland. I tried to figure out when President Obama supposedly declared ‘war on religion.’ Was it before or after opponents tried to say that Presidential candidate Obama was a resolute follower of his Christian pastor Jeremiah Wright? And this war on religion and God… is this the same God that supposedly called Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain to run for President? Maybe Obama’s just trying to declare war on the bad cell reception that gave all three candidates the same message.

Mr. Perry, you do realize you’re not going to be President right?

For the record, I like this one better.