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I know that everyone has been talking about this for days, but I just have to comment on this “Open Source Boob Project.” So, in case you haven’t heard about it, some dudes were sitting around at a comic convention or something, and talking about how awesome it would be if they could just go around touching women’s breasts, and then someone offered her breasts up for touching, and then many more breasts were fondled over the course of the convention. This, naturally, led to the creation of color-coded buttons (green for yes, red for no, natch) and the title “Open Source Boob Project”. Get it? Boobs that everyone can access, like open source software. Free! And finally, this led to the writing of a super-smug blog post by one of the masterminds of the whole thing and then a  groundswell of protestations from the feminist blogosphere.

Here’s a link to the original post, but don’t read the whole thing if you don’t want to vomit just a little. I’ve bravely waded through it and excerped a few key points for your enjoyment.

“This should be a better world,” a friend of mine said. “A more honest one, where sex isn’t shameful or degrading. I wish this was the kind of world where say, ‘Wow, I’d like to touch your breasts,’ and people would understand that it’s not a way of reducing you to a set of nipples and ignoring the rest of you, but rather a way of saying that I may not yet know your mind, but your body is beautiful.”

Allow me to translate: “Guys, I want to be able to grab boobies, but I don’t want the boobie-carriers to get all pre-menstrual about it. Is there any language I can appropriate towards that end? Something about liberation, perhaps? Yup, chicks love hearing about that crap! Let’s proceed with the button-making!”

You know how dudez like to say douchey things like, “The only reason people are opposed to strip clubs and porn is because we live in a puritanical society where people are, like, *afraid* of expressions of sexuality. I think it’s totally brave to just be totally open and honest about what you like and, you know, stand proud in the face of that sexual oppression. ” Uh, sure, buddy. Strip clubs are so totally liberating, and you’re obviously so mature and cool for really *getting* it. Well, liberating for mainstream hetero males who are into fake body parts and long hair and female degradation, anyway, and lord knows that people like that have been woefully underrepresented in our culture for far too long.

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Luckily for men, their continued access to female bodies has been upheld in court, again. This is from the Feminist Majority’s Feminist Daily News Wire:

Oklahoma’s Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that taking pictures up someone’s skirt in a public place is not a crime. The court voted 4-1 in favor of 34-year-old Riccardo Ferrante who was arrested for putting his camera up an unsuspecting 16-year-old girl’s skirt in a department store, reports the Associated Press.

Ferrante was charged under Oklahoma’s “Peeping Tom” statute, which makes such offenses felonies punishable of up to 5 years in prison. Tulsa World reports that the court ruled that the statute only applies in situations where the victims are in a reasonably private place such as their own homes, a restroom, or a locker room.

The Associate Press piece says, “testimony indicated he followed the girl, knelt down behind her and placed the camera under her skirt.” I suppose it’s a relief to the women of Oklahoma that men are NOT allowed to do something like that to them when they are in locker rooms, bathrooms, or their own homes. I fail to understand, though, why that sort of assault become acceptable once you enter a public space.

Actually, I do understand it. The understanding of women’s bodies as public property, present primarily for the pleasure of any man who can be bothered to shuffle out into the daylight, is being institutionalized here by the Oklahoma Court of Appeals. The responsibility for not being grabbed, ogled, harrassed, what-have-you,  continues to lie on the shoulders of women, and woe be to any woman who dares step into the public realm, where consent is implied because of her mere presence there.  It’s a way of keeping uppity bitches in line, and the examples of the great expertise men use in applying it never cease to amaze.

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Here’s a tidbit of news that made me want to vomit this morning. Apparently, in Massachusetts, a rape cannot be considered a rape if consent was granted as a result of fraud or deceit. So, this pharmacist in Springfield has been conducting pelvic exams on women who believed that he was a doctor, which of course he is not, but charges have been dropped because he tricked the women into consenting, rather than forcing himself on them. This is some seriously fucked up shit. Who the hell wrote a law explicity exempting fraud and deceit from the definition of rape?

I heard about this awhile ago when a man was not charged with rape after pretending to be his brother and raping his brother’s girlfriend, but I didn’t realize that it was because of a state law until now. This is totally revolting. I wrote to my legislators just now about it. Wow! What a red-letter day for civic participation! And how sad that it’s required on this front!

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Babysanta

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From Katha Pollitt’s column in The Nation:

Teens getting pregnant: bad. Teens having babies: good. If this makes no sense to you, wake up and smell the Enfamil. It’s 2008! The hot movie is Juno, a funnyquirkybittersweet indie about a pregnant high school hipster who gives her baby up for adoption. The hot celebrity is Jamie Lynn Spears, 16-year-old sister of Britney and star of Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101, who’s pregnant and having the baby because she wants to “do what’s right.” The teen birthrate, after falling for fourteen years, is up 3 percent, a phenomenon perhaps not unrelated to the fact that abstinence-only sex ed, although demonstrably ineffective at preventing sexual activity and linked to higher rates of unprotected sex, is the only sex ed taught in 35 percent of our schools. (Although maybe teens are having babies for the same reasons grown women are–the birthrate for adults is up, too.) (more…)

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In last week’s New York Times Op-Ed, Gloria Steinem asserted, basically, that women are never frontrunners because sexism is a more pervasive and powerful influence in our society than racism, stating

Black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot, and generally have ascended to positions of power, from the military to the boardroom, before any women (with the possible exception of obedient family members in the latter).

Putting aside the dubious utility of debating “who is most oppressed?”,  I found the two responses below to be interesting. (more…)

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Open letter to dudes strolling down bike paths:

I imagine that you and I had very similar thoughts yesterday afternoon. “What an unseasonably mild day! Why don’t I take advantage of it and spend some time on the rail trail?”

So, I pulled on my running tights and sneakers. You pulled on your trenchcoat. I slipped my hands into some thin cotton gloves, you grabbed your thick leather pair. I ran my hands through my hair so it wouldn’t be sticking up too crazily, you smoothed your mustache. (more…)

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Twisty is back!

For those of you who have been regularly checking iblamethepatriarchy since late October in the hopes that Twisty would finally have something funny and smart and clever (and new) to say, here you go!

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