Triggered by Kobe

Meanwhile back on Glindr:

with kobe Bryant’s death today, I dread the incoming canonization of a rapist

Yeah I was proper shocked when I read it but he was a rapist and you’re right, he’ll be revered as a saint.

hes a rapist?

The nurse] stated that there were several lacerations to the victim’s posterior fourchette or vaginal area, and two of those lacerations were approximately one centimeter in length,” testified Det. Winters. “And there were many, I believe, 2 millimeter lacerations. Too many to count… [The nurse] stated that the injuries were consistent with penetrating genital trauma. That it’s not consistent with consensual sex.

Detective Winters further stated that the nurse told him the vaginal injuries had most likely occurred within “24 hours,” and that the accuser had “a small bruise on her left jaw line.” Also, that examiners had found “blood excretions” on Bryant’s T-shirt “to about the waistline.” The blood, testified Det. Winters, had ‘the same DNA profile as the victim in this case.‘”

from his statement : Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

ie, i raped her

When asked about bruises on the accuser’s neck, Bryant admitted to “strangling” her during the encounter, stating that he held her “from the back” “around her neck”, that strangling during sex was his “thing” and that he had a pattern of strangling a different sex partner (not his wife) during their recurring sexual encounters. When asked how hard he was holding onto her neck, Bryant stated, ‘My hands are strong. I don’t know.’

What is this about strangling women during sex?  I am reading about this more and more.

About Kobe’s “half-apology”: A lot of people are leaving this link in the WaPo obit.

While reading something else on Reddit, I stumbled across a transcript of the entire police interview, the link now buried under more than a thousand comments. He thinks it will cost him a million bucks to make it go away.

One Colorado reporter talks about the social and racial divides between the money on the hill and the lack of money in the valley:

Painful memories of Kobe Bryant linger in Vail Valley:

But apparently only men can write about it; when Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez tweets a link to an old article about the trial, she gets suspended by WaPo, not to mention the death threats, and people publishing her address.


Since we’re already at Glindr, and talking about the difference between what rapists can get away with, as opposed to child rapists (so why is it called “jailbait”?) here is a discussion of

“‘Pederastic Intimacy’: University Professor Lays Academic Ground Work for Legalization of Child Rape”: These professors are encouraging abuse.”

And this article on “The legacy of the Kobe Bryant rape case” shows how to carry out effective victim blaming, using the research of professor Renae Franiuk (red link) at Aurora University.

Franiuk has studied rape myths, which are “generalized and widely held beliefs about sexual assault that serve to trivialize the sexual assault or suggest that a sexual assault did not actually occur.”  For example, using the word “accuser” instead of “alleged victim” has been proven to elicit sympathy with the accused.

Here is a handy chart, specific to the Kobe case:

Last word goes to Mrs. Ovary of – where else- Manchester.


WaPo has now cleared and reinstated their reporter, but not before the Beeb wrote a scathing report, that includes the information that the [alleged] rape survivor declined to testify against Kobe after she received death threats when her name was [inadvertently] published.

Lessig sues NYT

Just in case anyone has forgotten the time Lawrence Lessing advocated for secretly taking money from Epstein, he is now suing the NYT for printing it, which he claims is “clickbait defamation”.

And in case anyone has forgotten what this has to do with Wikipedia, Jimbo was the campaign manager for Larry Lessig’s 2016 run for president.

The background to the current drama:

The lawsuit is here:

This is what Lessig wrote, back in 2019:
The Streisand Effect is strong with this one. But as we know, Larry has been flogging his book, there is no such thing as Bad Publicity.

Dutch Wikipedia fails the global Wikimedia survey

The global Wikimedia report  singled out the Dutch Wikipedia several times for being below standard. (See Global Wikimedia survey: the number of women users drops to an all-time low of 9%.)

  • Dutch Wikipedia was lower in measurements of collaborative intent, awareness of self and others, feedback and recognition, individual commitment to diversity, and inclusive interactions.”
  • “…contributors from other Wikimedia projects (projects that are not Wikipedia, Wikidata or Commons) reported statistically significantly higher perceptions towards inclusive interactions than Dutch Wikipedia (-15.7%) …”
  • “Dutch Wikipedia contributors reported lower than at least one other project in two areas of diversity and inclusion: individual commitment to diversity and inclusive interactions.”
  • “On “Awareness of Self and Others” …Dutch Wikipedia was statistically lower from the strongest scoring community, Italian Wikipedia, and was consistently lower than all other Wikimedia projects (e.g. Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, etc.).

A recent comment here points to the global WMF office ban of a particular individual from the Dutch wiki. Small groups and small wikis can be particularly vulnerable to even limited disruption. If the problem is just one person, perhaps they can recover.

But I note that there still is no Dutch article for:

Feminism in the Netherlands [] Feminisme in Nederland (red link)

Geerte Piening [red link] There are plenty of sources, including:

ZegHet hashtag

#ZegHet hashtag [red link] Again, lots of sources, it was reported internationally:

Anke Laterveer [red link] Not sure about the notabiity standards for, but she ought to be in there somewhere.  Sources:

Anne Faber (red link), murdered by a convicted sex offender with a violent background. This was a huge deal in the Netherlands, but if you are looking for the Dutch explanation from Dutch language sources, they haven’t put it together.

Netherland’s First National Public Urinal Urinating Day (red link).  There is an article for Wildplassen, but where is the article for the protest?

Americans are not so complacent.  We have an article for Every. Single. Demonstration.

And where is the English translation for the “Plaskrul” article?  What exactly is this abomination? At least the article has a video of Geerte (on a talk show, not wild-peeing).

What on earth is “plaskruizen” (urinate crosses)?

And what are all these hashtags? #peehitsthefan #first #genderequality #publictoilets #hogenood #zeikwijf

Here is a “Krul”.  Women are expected to use this or the police will arrest them.  Ask Geerte Piening. (Oops, red link.)

How does a woman use this?  Well, here is a purple plastic fake penis.  It only has one star though, the text in Dutch says it doesn’t work and the lady ended up putting it in the barn to use as a funnel.

Did you know that Amsterdam is “a city where so many men urinate publicly each year that at least 15 of them drown by falling into canals while relieving themselves.” Wouldn’t that make a great DYK hook for the front page of the Dutch Wikipedia”.

But where is the Dutch Wikipedia article for “Dutch urination deaths“?

  • British tourist dies after falling into Amsterdam canal while urinating.(Okay, it looks like a Daily Mail type publication, but still. If the Amsterdam Public Health Service (GGD) has warned about the danger of urinating into canals, there must be some reliable source for it, somewhere.
  • “Guido Reijnen, forensisch arts bij de Amsterdamse GGD, hebben veel van die incidenten een gemene deler. Tachtig procent van de verdrinkingsslachtoffers is man – zo ook de slachtoffers deze maand.” Source.
  • Death by taking a piss: “These deaths are easy to spot: they find the body with the fly open.” Oh my.  What a terrible demise.  Does Wikipedia have no responsibility in this matter?
  • Yes, a reliable source has turned up, and once again, it leads back to Manchester, which also has canals.  From no less than BBC:  “The Dutch study also contains other clues to what may be happening in Manchester. Many drownings happen on Saturday night and Sunday morning. More than half of those who died had been drinking or taking drugs. Ten per cent of the men’s bodies recovered from the water were found with their zips open.” That must be a British word for zipper.

Yes yes I know “what about the men” is always an excuse not to talk about women, but in this case, what ABOUT the men? They are expected to act decently on the Dutch Wikipedia, but then the Dutch government turns around and builds men’s urinals right out on the street that come out of the ground when you push a button. What kind of mixed message is that?  They have to pee out in public, in front of God and everyone. 

amsterdam public urinals

Amsterdam will be cold this week, and there they are, out there in the cold cold air, with their fragile and delicate Gentleman Parts exposed to the icy winds.

Enough is enough.  I do not believe that Dutch Wikipedia’s  gender problem will be solved until the Dutch men have a proper place to pee.  With baby-changing stations.Maybe now that Amsterdam has its first woman mayor, Femke Halsema, there will be some action on this.  She will have to pee somewhere.

I have seen plans and proposals, and even engineering drawings for some of these infrastructure solutions.

The Dutch Wikipedia should be in the forefront of education, making this information easily available to the public, and to public officials. If necessary, they could even hold a few edit-a-thons to pry some of this information loose from whoever is holding it, and get it into the public domain.  And if there are not enough reliable sources, they need to hold some more meetups with the news services, so they understand the whole concept of sourcing, and their role in it.


This week in #metoo

It’s been a busy week for #metoo.

Ian Buruma


The top editor of the New York Review of Books, Ian Buruma (Netherlands again!) is gone, after he published a controversial essay by Jian Ghomeshi, a Canadian personality who was accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women.

Did Jian Ghomeshi write any books? No.

Ian Buruma

The essay was published September 11. On Sept. 19th, a spokesperson for New York Review confirmed that Buruma had left the magazine.

The only thing you really need to read about this is the Sept. 14th interview with Buruma in Slate. “Why Did the New York Review of Books Publish That Jian Ghomeshi Essay? We asked the editor.” By Isaac Chotiner.

Dr. Blasey

dr blaseyThe other thing that happened this week was Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who will now face a lifetime of death threats after coming forward to talk about her experiences with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when she was 15. Kavanaugh is seen as Trump’s get-out-of-jail-free card in case of impeachment, as well as the key to rolling back women’s reproductive health and access to contraception not just to pre-Roe, but to pre-Griswold.

Thank you, Dr. Ford Blasey  (goes by Dr. Blasey professionally).

A witness to the attempted rape, Mark Judge, has refused to testify. Judge has written his memoirs describing drunken debauchery at Georgetown Prep.

In the meantime a clip has emerged of Kavanaugh saying: “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep, and I think that’s been a good thing for all of us.”

Soraya Chemaly

A footnote: Soraya Chemaly has published her first book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger.   Reviews: Washington Post. Mashable. Bustle. The Nation. Refinery 29. &c &c. Bio at Women’s Media Center.

Death Threats

UPDATE: It has started already, Dr. Blasey has been forced to leave her home by death threats, a “Go Fund Me” has been started for her family’s security costs.

Dutch perverts and gropers: #ZegHet

‘Ik pik dit niet meer!’
“I will not take this anymore!”
it doesnt happen to me
Frame 1: “Hé, dit is mij overkomen”. Frame 2: “Het is me nog nooit overkomen, ik denk niet dat het gebeurt.” “Ik zeg je dat het gebeurt.” Frame 3: “Het is mij ook overkomen.” Frame 4: “Het is me nog nooit overkomen, ik denk niet dat het gebeurt.”

There are a few Dutch, male, former Wikipedians who dominate the Wikipedia criticism sites.  If you ask them, and probably even if you do not ask them, they will man-splain to you that the Netherlands is One Big Happy Family, and that they personally created equality for Dutch women by marching in the 60s.

They refer to women in the Wikimedia movement as “gender bitches”, and the criticism sites let them get away with it.

But what do Dutch women say?

The #ZegHet hashtag is the Dutch “Me too” movement. It means “tell all” and was started by Anke Laterveer. You can read about it in English here, and in Dutch here.

As a result of speaking out about her own experience with sexual violence, Laterveer lost her job, but she can’t even talk about it, because of a non-disclosure agreement.

Laterveer werd een landelijk boegbeeld. ,,Ik heb mijn baan erdoor verloren. Het was voor mijn werkgever te ongemakkelijk wat ik aan het doen was, dus moest ik weg. Hoe het precies gegaan is, mag ik niet zeggen.

But slowly, women are coming forward to tell their stories.

Sexual harassment occurs on the street, with friends or at festivals….  Almost every woman has a story about the station in Rotterdam.

Seksuele intimidatie komt ook voor op straat, bij vrienden of op festivals….  Op het station in Rotterdam heeft vrijwel elke vrouw wel een verhaal.

Berfin Dem (age 36) will no longer go to the Kruiskade shopping district in central Rotterdam.  “I am completely finished with it. One man is in the car, the other one jumps out and is on the other side. Then they try to talk you in, or to drag you.”

Op de Kruiskade in Rotterdam komt Berfin Dem (36) niet meer. ,,Ik ben er helemaal klaar mee. De ene man zit in de auto, de ander springt eruit en staat aan de andere kant. Dan proberen ze je naar binnen te praten, of te sleuren.

So what does Wikipedia say about ZegHet and Anke Laterveer?  Crickets. According to Dutch Wikipedia, the hashtag is “#ikook”, not #ZetHet.  Completely unsourced, of course.

The #me too” movement has had an impact in the Netherlands.  There was Daniele Gatti of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, who resigned after an article in The Washington Post.

Soprano Alicia Berneche told The Washington Post that while she was working at the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center in 1996, the conductor invited her to his dressing room for a coaching session before forcing himself on her: “his hand on my rear end, and his tongue down my throat.”

Berneche said she had wanted to report his behaviour but that a friend had warned her not to, saying: “If you come forward, you will be fired, and he will continue.”

Another singer, soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet also made an allegation against the conductor. She told the paper that in 2000, while they were both working on a production of Wagner‘s The Flying Dutchman in Bologna in Italy the conductor had tried to force himself on her: “I pushed him off and ran out of the room.”

If the Netherlands is such a paradise for women, why does it take an American newspaper to expose these things?

This one is just weird.   Amsterdam has 35 public urinals for men and just 4 public toilets for women.  A male judge in Amsterdam fined a woman €90 for peeing in public and told her that she could have used a men’s urinal.  The resulting “Amsterdam pee in public protest” was cancelled after too many women (around 8,000) wanted to attend.

And then there’s catcalling, and the “dearcatcallers” project on Instagram, similar to the “ten hours of walking in New York as a woman” video. A young Dutch woman spent a month taking selfies of herself with her tormentors.  Like the New York video, it went viral.

The Netherlands is way more violent towards women than the rest ot Europe.  By the time Dutch women reach the age of 15, 45% of them have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence, compared to 33% for the rest of Europe.

But what about equality for women? Haven’t Dutch men have given them everything?

Nope.  When it comes to the pay gap, the Netherlands lags behind much of Europe. Although the Netherlands is first in educational level of women, it ranks 32nd for gender pay equality and 50th in wages for similar work.

The moral of the story?  If you are female, do NOT go to Holland.

Playing doctor

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar

This is just gross.

Dr. Larry Nassar was only one of 450 doctors who were brought before medical boards on sexual misconduct charges in 2016 and 2017. According to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, half of those doctors are still practicing medicine, even after being convicted of a sex crime.

“Medical boards are unwilling to sanction physicians because ‘He’s recovering’ or ‘He wouldn’t have done it if he hadn’t been using drugs.’ They make all kinds of excuses,” said Dr. John K. Hall, a medical doctor and attorney who is a former executive director of Mississippi’s medical board.

Dr. Hall, who was brought in to reform the agency, was fired from the board after waging a fight against doctor-patient sexual assault. Mississippi ranks last in the nation in protecting patients from doctor sexual assault.

After the post was left vacant for nine months, Hall was finally replaced by a doctor who has been sued for malpractice 12 times.

Says Hall,

“I’m hopeful for continued change and transparency at the board. Ultimately, I’m not optimistic that the new director will have meaningful effect. The board has deep, irremediable conflict of interest that arise directly from its structure. By statute, the board members are nominated by the state medical association and appointed by the governor. This leads to the disciplinary body being controlled by the same ‘trade guild’ it’s supposed to regulate. Numerous recent cases demonstrate the board’s inability to subjugate physician interest to the welfare of the citizens. This is fundamentally a legislative problem.”

This is not the AJC‘s first investigation of doctors and sexual assault. In 2016 it published a report of more than 3,100 doctors who were publicly cited for sexual misconduct from 1999 through 2015.

Apparently #MeToo does not apply to doctors.