Why the worm turned

Most people who are familiar with the Manchester enablers know there is an admin on English Wikipedia known as “Worm that turned” (see The BU Rob13 resignation, admins, and AGF), the same one whose talk page was for so long not just an “adoption center” for children to learn to edit Wikipedia, but also a safe haven for the now globally banned Demiurge 1000.  But how many people know that was also the name of a British television program.

The opening credits feature a worm, er, “walking” down the street.  This worm must have read the instructions from #ManFriday UK, whose “random acts of manlinesss” include “manspreading on public transport, mansplaining – interrupting a person speaking, and generally acting with a chauvinistic sense of entitlement, and walking in straight lines and letting others weave their way around you.”

This worm is proceeding in what must be a “manly” fashion, down the middle of the street without consideration for anyone else, when a woman does the unthinkable.  Not only does she fail to notice him and acknowledge his male privilege by getting out of his way so he can have the street all to himself, but she accidentally pins him to the ground with her shoe.  The worm is not injured, and quickly slips free, but that is not the point.   The woman has failed to recognize her place in the universe, and retaliation is swift. The worm turns around and bites her on the foot. She is hurt, and she jumps away, but does the worm apologize, or even explain his actions?  No, he laughs.  Just in case we don’t get it, there is a laugh track that instructs us on the proper response.  Hurting women is hilarious. HAHAHAHAHA.

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In the first episode, we are introduced to the premise of the series, a sort of “world turned upside down” where women treat men the way that men now treat women. That means women make the corporate decisions while men make the coffee.

And this gives rise to the second purpose of the show, to have an excuse to show women being hurt and humiliated. After all, in this fictional universe, men are now OPPRESSED. And in case we are just a tad uncomfortable with the fictional nature of that premise, and tempted to feel a smidgen of empathy for women who are the targets of reprisal, the laugh track guides us through the series, as the camera ignores the faces of the female actors in order to zoom in on their butts.

First “joke”.

Women take over the world, and their first act is not unlimited access to chocolate, but to close all the men’s toilets. Why? Can’t figure that one out. But since that’s what men do in the Netherlands with women, maybe it’s a Thing, and dudes somehow resonate with it.

Ha, “toilet”, ha ha ha.

Next “joke”.
Women in Nazi uniforms, but without pants. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Let’s stare at their crotches and butts. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Never mind if that’s someone’s sister, or someone’s mother.  It’s okay to treat them like that because they’ve already been demonized as Nazis, get it? Of course they are just actors who were paid to put on the uniforms, and probably paid very little at that – it’s not even a speaking part, they are probably just doing it to get a foot in the door with the studio – but why should they, or any woman, be treated with dignity. Men are OPPRESSED, remember? Bite that foot, worm.  Ha ha ha ha ha.

Next “joke”.

Men go to the wall, but in this case it’s not in the military sense of retreating until there is no escape. The men are going to the wall in order to pee on the wall. Ha ha ha ha ha.

“Go to the wall”, get it? Ha ha ha ha.

Toilet, ha ha ha.

Well, that’s about enough internet for one day, yes?
that's enough internet for today gif

This one is for all the pussy-grabbing, boob-groping male politicians in the world,


who have given us plenty of reason to start electing women.

Respect, justice, fairness, and google

“Google’s famous for its culture. But in reality we’re not even meeting the basics of respect, justice and fairness for every single person here.”

Now here is a good use of All Saints Day.

Last week the New York Times revealed that “Google paid millions of dollars in exit packages to male executives accused of harassment and stayed silent about their transgressions.”

On Thursday more than 1500 employees, mostly women, plan to walk out in protest.

Hmm, … respect, justice, and fairness….now I wonder why that sounds so familiar.

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.

Taxpayer-funded sexual harassment

Farenthold

Can’t keep track of these all.

Last week Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas resigned from Congress amidst yet another sex scandal. As a result the House Ethics Committee dropped their sexual harassment investigation of him, and he had pledged to pay back the $84,000 of taxpayer money he used to settle the claim. [source]

Since 1997, the taxpayers have shelled out more than $17 million to pay for these claims.

All 22 female senators have asked for reform in how this process is handled. It goes something like this:

The “burdensome and confusing” process for addressing sexual harassment in Congress that the letter describes goes something like this. Staff who have been harassed have 180 days to file a complaint with the little-known Office of Compliance. They must then undergo up to a month of legal counseling and then a mandatory “mediation” involving a taxpayer-funded lawyer representing the congressional office’s interest. If no settlement is reached, the victim must wait through a month-long “cooling-off” period before filing a lawsuit or requesting a hearing. Should a settlement be reached, it usually includes a nondisclosure agreement—and the member of Congress uses taxpayer dollars to pay the victim. Since 1997, the US Treasury has shelled out more than $17 million for Capitol Hill workplace violations in the form of awards and settlements.

And this Farenthold dude?

Lauren Greene, Farenthold’s former communications director, had sued him in December 2014 for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment and wrongful termination. According to Greene, another co-worker had said Farenthold said he had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about her and had told Greene that he was “estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years.” When she complained about the comments, she was fired. Greene filed a lawsuit, but that was dropped after a private settlement was reached through the Congress’ Office of Compliance.

Ewww.

The Mash Report explains sexual harassment

From The Mash Report, the British version of The Onion. A handy guide to what actually constitutes sexual harassment, with stand-up comics Rachel Parris and Nish Kumar.

Bonus genuine real headlines from The Daily Mail ™, welcome to the world.

“Because even talking to a woman is completely off limits, isn’t that right, Nish?”
“NO”
“No, it’s not, Nish, but it’s fun to pretend to be confused about that, isn’t it.” [laughter]

#MosqueMeToo

The BBC annual “100 Women” series is back, and this time with stories of sexual harassment at the hajj:

Muslim women are often taught that modest dress is their protection, but at the hajj, husbands will walk behind their wives to prevent them from being groped.

Says Mona Eltaway, the Egyptian who started the hashtag, “It is hard to talk about assault in sacred spaces. I hope all of us who are speaking can be of help to those who for whatever reason can’t speak right now.”

And more and more that talk is turning towards violence. And the images in these threads are getting more stark, less upbeat.

Try unfolding all the sub-convo in this thread:

This one is embedded in the other one:

I just beat the fuck out of a man who grabbed my backside. After two days of tweeting non-stop for that asshole got every iota of rage that has been building up inside me. The whole time I was yelling at him “Don’t you touch a woman again!”

My fingers are bruised – beating someone hurts -but it was worth it. An idiot man tried to pull me off the asshole but I was not done. I have never in my life beaten a man – anybody actually -like that.And I feel fucking fantastic. I am done. I will break your hands if you touch me.

I don’t think men understand this moment we’re going through. They have no fucking idea how enraged us women are. None. And if you guys want to survive this rage – and it is mounting and will get bigger – you had better fucking stop assaulting us.

…which leads us to a legal argument for “justified violence by women against men”. “Men, Women, and Optimal Violence“.

…and a new hashtag, .where women post photos of their bruised knuckles. “Why are my knuckles so sore?” “Because you beat the crap out of some guy tonight, honey.”

And there is this “I once beat a guy who groped me with an umbrella until it broke.” OMG I did that once, only it was a flasher, they just don’t make umbrellas sturdy enough.

Well, enough of violence, let’s move on to the next article in the BBC series: “100 Women: Suffragists or suffragettes – who won women the vote?” And the answer seems to be….suffragettes?  …because violence?

I’m beginning to see a pattern here. It looks like the pussy hats didn’t work after all, so we are being prepared for…the next thing…?

New York Times deep history of protecting abusers

The more I think about this, the more disturbing I find it, and wonder how it has been compromising the NYT ability to report objectively on sexual assault and gender issues.

The money quote is at the bottom

And I am not surprised. The NYT protected Weinstein forever and still has reporters like Thrush in their payroll. A deep cleanse is never gonna happen.

“Thrush” being Glenn Thrush, who was returned to the New York Times after being suspended over sexual harassment of four different women as young as 24 years old.

This sexual harassment piece is not Bret Stephens’ first brush with an “abundant evidence” controversy. Turns out he is a climate change denier.

In columns for the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Stephens has baselessly claimed that the abundance of evidence for global warming has been “debunked”; that climate change is an “imaginary problem”; and that those who accept the scientific evidence of climate change are akin to totalitarians, anti-Semites, and Communists.[Source]