An Exercise In Futility


Merced Sun-Stroke:

UC Merced students participate in effort to end violence against women

About a dozen people used their Monday morning to add UC Merced to a global campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Students and staff shot a video under the shadow of UC Merced’s “Beginnings” statue, where they danced to R&B song “Break the Chain.” It’s part of a campaign that encourages people all over the world to shoot similar videos.

The effort is called 1 Billion Rising, which takes its name from a United Nations statistic: 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped over their lifetimes. That means more than 1 billion women and girls have been physically or sexually assaulted.

“People from all different countries are doing this dance as a form of protest,” said Molly Bechtel, coordinator of women’s programs for the university.

The UC Merced dancers were a few days early, as the day to bring recognition to the violence is Friday. Bechtel said the group plans to launch the video on the UC Merced Women’s Program and the 1 Billion Rising websites on Friday.

Last year, on Feb. 14, the 1 Billion Rising campaign kicked off when people from 207 countries participated in events to raise awareness. It was spearheaded by Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues.”

There were reports of participants in several U.S. cities, along with India, Peru and South Africa, to name a few. The campaign resonated in India, according to reports, where discussions about violence against women were prevalent after the highly publicized gang rape of a 23-year-old female student.

I’m sorry, but I don’t get it. I know they mean well, but I just don’t see how dancing at a university in rural California is gonna do anything to end violence against women and girls.

Is there anybody out there that isn’t already aware of violence against women? I’m pretty sure that the women in India were already aware of the gang rape incident. I’m also pretty sure they did not approve of it.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this “protest” just trivializes the issue. The only real purpose I see is it allows the participants a risk-free and cost-free way to feel good about themselves for “helping” to end a serious problem.

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113 Responses to An Exercise In Futility

  1. The Klown says:

    Most of modern progressivism seems to be based on feeling good about yourself without taking risks, personally paying a price or really accomplishing anything worthwhile.

    • Lulu says:

      It is the movement of the meaningless gesture. They would probably feel much better if they made a pie and then ate it. Then they could dance around. But nooooo. They get off their asses to dance and want a pat on the head because they rationalize that it is for something of which they MIGHT be a victim if they weren’t so elite and smart and shit. It is why I quit the Junior League thirty years ago but at least they raised money as long as they were the center of attention. Look at me! I have self esteem issues!

      • DeniseVB says:

        The Susan Komen (?) Foundation is an “awareness” group too. I was shocked when I found out they gave more to Planned Parenhood (who doesn’t even do mammograms) than actual cancer patients or research. To this day I won’t buy a product with a pink ribbon on it.

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  2. The Klown says:

    Apparently Shirley Temple has died. She was waaaaay before my time, but RIP.

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      • elliesmom says:

        I’m too young to have ever seen a Shirley Temple movie in the theater, but they were on TV a lot. Adult Shirley Temple had an anthology series on TV called “Shirley Temple’s Storybook” I remember watching as a little kid. I and many other little girls my age had a Shirley Temple doll. What I remember about her most now is that she was a child star who seems to have survived the system and became a gracious lady.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I had the perms from hell so I could have her hair, or it was my mom who wanted me to have her hair? Total fail for my baby fine super straight hair 😉 Toni sold a lot of perms in the 50’s.

  3. The Klown says:
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      • Lulu says:

        Do you get the impression that Salon writers do not believe in biology? They are creationists in that they just make stuff up and “believe” in it.

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    • elliesmom says:

      Perhaps Michael Sam came out before the draft so he could gain victimhood status before he had to compete?

      • Lulu says:

        I think the story is that it is well known that he is gay to his friends and associates and he is just getting out in front of the story. Once you are destined for big NFL bucks you don’t really get to be a private person anymore. It is kind of sad if he had to do it. I’m not sure he had a choice so claiming he is some kind of icon is not really true.

        • The Klown says:

          I’m not sure how “destined for big NFL bucks” he was. I doubt that most people in or out of the league really care which way his door swings, they are more concerned about how well he plays.

        • Lulu says:

          They do some kind of background checks on them before they are even considered by teams for the draft is my understanding. Credit, criminal, behavioral problems, stuff like that are looked at. They do a kind of cost/benefit analysis on how much trouble they may be versus how good they are. It is done by personnel departments everywhere and the higher paid someone is the more they dig. In normal hiring no one would probably care but this is the media saturated NFL and some teams may not want to mess with it. Again it would play into cost/benefit according to the team.

  4. The Klown says:

    You can’t see much, but they were in and out in less than sixty seconds:

  5. DeniseVB says:

    R.I.P. Shirley Temple. She was a young adult by the time I was born but I grew up with her movies. The big studio of the day wanted her as Dorothy for Wizard of Oz instead of the unknown Judy Garland. Here’s a “historic” scene from one of her movies in 1935…..

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Oh fer crissakes… the deductible 20k on this “plan” ?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Barack, Eva and I are in moderation, how can I help spread the good word? 😉

    • Lulu says:

      Wild guesses: The subsidy is huge because her trust fund doesn’t count as assets or income; the deductible is $75,000 a year; the plan has one GP provider (graduate of University of Bupkis medical school with residency at hospital that no longer exists) and one hospital which is currently in bankruptcy; the drug formulary lists aspirin as the preferred anesthesiology for surgery, it is really a add on to the Federal Employees health plan at the Dept of Justice for gay partners, it is a lie, etc. All of these are possible in the desperate search for extremely rare cases of great benefits due to Obamacare that will not enrage the public. Who could get mad at a woman holding a cat?

      • DeniseVB says:

        LOL Lulu, that’s about it ….

        Oh about that brave Holder and his DOJ gay rights thing, Sarah Palin did that in her administration 7 years ago 😀

    • Lulu says:

      She is really, really afraid of the Clintons now. Too late. Once on the shit list always on the shit list.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Hmmm, wonder if Hillary’s going to hit the campaign trail for the Dems? Didn’t think of that.

        • Lulu says:

          The big money PAC that has converted to a Hillary 2016 behemoth announced (I think last week) that they were not sharing especially to weasel Dems who f^@%ed her over in 2008. The DNC and Congressional re-election funds can’t raise any party money because it is going to Hillary so she has had to tell donors give it to her in late November and again in January 2015 so as not to piss off the party openly. Dem donors are already acting like Bronco is gone and so is the House and Senate so Onward to 2016, Let’s Take it Back even though it isn’t gone yet. The Congressional Dems are running from Bronco and Hillary is running from the Congressional Dems. So the cheese AKA as Broncobama stands alone.

  7. helenk3 says:

    one little thing to get the new delay in obamacare for your company, you have to swear under penalty of perjury that you did not fire or lay off anyone to get the delay

  8. helenk3 says:


    the weather might be cold but you will be inside the casino for this

  9. helenk3 says:

    maybe the management at MSNBC is getting the message. one problem is you would have to get rid of most of the tv people and start over to change the rhetoric

    • Lulu says:

      They could send them all to sensitivity training. I would suggest that they be assigned to do interviews in the hinterland out of their comfort zones in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Maybe Staten Island would be a good start.

    • sleepyhead says:

      I tell you what, though – I’d rather her be on TV any day of the week (you can always turn it off) than running for President in 2016 as “some” have suggested. Heaven help us.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I enjoy ribbing on Michelle, but run for President? As crazy as that sounds, she could win on the misogyny and racist fauxrage. Would have to run SarahP against her for the win 😀

        • Constance says:

          I think Republicans have to run a woman VP to have a chance. Condi Rice would be good or a woman Governor.

        • 49erDweet says:

          I’m thinking the winning 2016 candidate is gonna hafta be female because “we’ve had our first black president, and now it’s a woman’s turn and it’s the only fair thing to do” will rule the day (sigh). I will bet money that’s the way the Dem’s go. SP might be a smart choice, except the GOP doesn’t do “smart”.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I would love a deeper reply nest here. I’m just getting frustrated now 😦 Hello, Admin 😉

        • helenk3 says:

          could you imagine the shake up in DC with Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer as president and vice president.
          both have governing experience. both have international experience due to the US borders. Would pay to watch both parties handle that

          • 49erDweet says:

            Since I’ve had dynamite lady bosses I’d be great with that. One I had from Madera could run the WH and her family farm/deep pit barbecue business with one hand tied behind her back. Laughing.

  10. wmcb says:

    Campaigns to raise “Awareness” made sense when they were aimed at things where the problem that was blocking a solution actually was that most people were unaware of a problem.

    Almost all of the current “awareness” campaigns amount to nothing more than a cargo cult. And, coincidentally, a handy way of deliberately instilling a soothing sense of “Lookit me! I have power and control and A Voice!” into a population that that is almost entirely powerless, herded, controlled, manipulated, and purposely mal-educated.

    There was a time when the masses were actually continuously needed for the Left to advance their goals. Ahhh, those were heady days! Making a Difference!!! That time has (mostly) passed, and the masses of useful idiots are (mostly) superfluous now. But see, you can’t just jettison them – they might get pissed off and become A Problem. Also, they might be Useful at some point again. So they are given some busywork to do, and the resulting crayon drawings are dutifully displayed and cooed over by the elites making the assignments, before they hie off to another meeting wherein they decide how the masses may next be Useful.

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  12. wmcb says:

    HAHAHA! So the Washington Redskins have responded to a bunch of lame grandstanding senators who decided that getting all exercised over a team name and introducing !!!LEGISLATION!! to !!FIX THIS OVERWHELMING PROBLEM!!! would be a good election year stunt/circus to up their poll numbers. The Redskins response was basically “Go do your fecking jobs that you have been utterly FAILING to do, and leave us the hell alone.”

    That’s how you do it. Expose the kabuki theater.

    ““Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans,” the statement said. “Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do,” the statement said.”

    • DeniseVB says:

      But, an NFL draft prospect came out as GHEY, will the Redskin Potatoes take him now?

      Sorry for the silly, I’m just so over this sh*t. 😀

    • Constance says:

      Oh God Cantwell is my Senator. Why does Washington State need our Senator to but in to the culture of other parts of the country?!

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Hey Twit peeps, if you get new followers who already have 150k followers, do you follow them back?

  14. wmcb says:

    In reality, there is no such thing as Rule of Law, and there never has been. It’s an utter abstract. There is only community, society, peoples. Law can only ever ratify/endorse who we are, not create it.

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  16. helenk3 says:

    have read articles on this today. some say yes , others say no

  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Love the Onion. 🙂

  18. DandyTIger says:

    Best reaction to a progressive “awareness” activity:

  19. Lulu says:

    Ladies for all of your Valentine needs. NSFW mostly for because of really poor taste.

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  23. helenk3 says:

    Megan Kelly to have more info on Benghazi tonight

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