I’m Confused About How I Feel About Chris Brown

I recently read some anti-Chris Brown playing the Grammy posts, most notably “I’m Not Okay With Chris Brown Performing at the Grammys and I’m Not Sure Why You Are” on Hello Giggles. I can’t say I disagree with anything stated in the article, because I really don’t. The article is mostly on-point. But my retort to this question is “Why Do We Care So Much About Chris Brown But None of the Other Domestic Violence Perpetrators in Hollywood?” Read More I’m Confused About How I Feel About Chris Brown

On #MooreandMe, Pt. II: Naomi Wolf and Protecting Accusers’ Anonymity

Part of what has so revived the #MooreandMe Twitter hashtag this week is renowned feminist Naomi Wolf’s January 5 op-ed for the Guardian, titled “Julian Assange’s sex-crime accusers deserve to be named.” Wolf argues that shielding rape accusers from the public spotlight infantilizes women, allows unethical organizations to hush up accusations, and is morally irresponsible. Read More On #MooreandMe, Pt. II: Naomi Wolf and Protecting Accusers’ Anonymity

On #MooreandMe, Pt. I: How the Rhetorical “Rape Card” Silences Women

On December 15, Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown launched #Mooreandme, the Twitter hashtag protest designed to call out progressive icon Michael Moore, and while Moore has since clarified his views and voiced an apology to Doyle, the #MooreandMe tag lives on.

Jockeying over the legitimacy of the accusations against Assange has metastasized into wider debate about the nature of rape allegations everywhere, whether accusers/accused should be shielded behind anonymity, and whether women have an ace in the hole in the form of the so-called “rape card.” Read More On #MooreandMe, Pt. I: How the Rhetorical “Rape Card” Silences Women

Political Round-up: Republican Grinches, Trillion Dollar Bills, & First Responders

As this week wraps up, let’s take a look back at what’s happened and make a few educated (entirely speculative) guesses about the future. But first, do you ever feel like you’re on a carousel and keep passing the same waving parent, or it’s Groundhog Day and you keep eating the same diner breakfast, or you fell in a black hole and now every day is the worst day ever? You’re not alone–millions of people feel this way, and it’s because our government keeps debating the same issues, over and over, ad nauseam, and true change has gone the way of the 8-track and typewriter. Read More Political Round-up: Republican Grinches, Trillion Dollar Bills, & First Responders

Michael Moore Greases Wheels for Powerful Crony

Michael Moore, you’re acting like a douchebag.  I’ve defended you, I even wrote about your rousing plea to get my fellow liberals and me out to and vote in the primaries right here on Persephone. My dad was an autoworker for forty years, I believe in what you tried to do for people like him.  I’ve worked in human services, I believe in what you’ve tried to do for the average American who has been decimated by healthcare and a corrupt insurance system. Read More Michael Moore Greases Wheels for Powerful Crony

The Power of Censorship

Simmering just below the surface of all the drama in the news over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s alleged crimes is a very interesting debate about censorship, freedom of the press, and what even counts as being “the press.” Frankly, Assange has done his beliefs and supporters a real disservice by being such an asshole. If he hadn’t allegedly done the things he allegedly did, then everyone would be talking about censorship instead of debating the meaning of consent. Read More The Power of Censorship

WikiLeaks vs. The Pentagon Papers

Two months ago, when WikiLeaks’ latest document dump was just a speck in Julian Assange’s nefarious eye, I watched the documentary The Most Dangerous Man in the World ““ Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. As an aspiring journalist, I find it fascinating how, despite the lengths to which government officials routinely go to protect classified information, it has a way of worming out. I respect Ellsberg’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in an effort to end the Vietnam War, but Assange is no Ellsberg. Read More WikiLeaks vs. The Pentagon Papers