Totes Stupid Tuesday

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This wasn’t the post I was gonna write.

Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress:

Why Rape Prevention Activists Don’t Like The New Nail Polish That Can Detect Roofies

A group of four college students is taking the media by storm with the development of an innovative nail polish that can detect date rape drugs that have been slipped into young women’s drinks. While the new product has captured its fair share of headlines over the past week, sexual assault prevention advocates warn that it’s not necessarily the best way to approach the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses.

Four male students at North Carolina State University have created a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with several common drugs intended to incapacitate victims. According to the undergrads, their goal is to “invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.” Although the product isn’t available yet, their Facebook page has already been flooded with positive responses from people who can’t wait to give it a try.

[…]

“I think that anything that can help reduce sexual violence from happening is, in some ways, a really good thing,” Tracey Vitchers, the board chair for Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), told ThinkProgress. “But I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women.”

Women are already expected to work hard to prevent themselves from becoming the victims of sexual assault. They’re told to avoid wearing revealing clothing, travel in groups, make sure they don’t get too drunk, and always keep a close eye on their drink. Now, remembering to put on anti-rape nail polish and discretely slip a finger into each drink might be added to that ever-growing checklist — something that actually reinforces a pervasive rape culture in our society.

“One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, one of the co-directors of an activist group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture that challenges the societal norms around sexual assault, explained. “As a woman, I’m told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn’t just controlling me while I’m actually being assaulted — it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don’t want to fucking test my drink when I’m at the bar. That’s not the world I want to live in.”

[…]

“The problem isn’t that women don’t know when there are roofies in their drink; the problem is people putting roofies in their drink in the first place,” Nagle pointed out.

“I think a lot of the time we get focused on these new products because they’re innovative and they’re interesting, and it’s really cool that they figured out how to create nail polish that does this. But at the end of the day, are you having those tough conversations with students, and particularly men, who are at risk for committing sexual assault?” Vitchers added. “Are you talking to young men about the importance of respecting other people’s boundaries and understanding what it means to obtain consent?”


People shouldn’t steal, but nobody says that padlocks reinforce a pervasive theft culture.

But wait! there’s more!

Melissa McEwen at Shakesville:

Being able to detect roofies in your drink only protects you; the person who put them there can move on to someone who isn’t wearing nail polish.

How can you argue with logic like that?

I don’t want to be the victim of ANY crime. I keep my valuables locked up. I don’t flash large wads of cash in public. I avoid sketchy neighborhoods. I take reasonable precautions to protect myself and my possessions.

If I didn’t take precautions and someone robbed me, they would still be wrong. Somebody might say I was “asking for it” but nobody would treat that as a “get out of jail free” card.

Rape is a bad thing. In prison, murderers have high status but the only thing lower than rapists is child molesters, which is basically child rape.

Unfortunately for the rest of us there are some predators out there who look like human beings. The best way to protect yourself against predators is to avoid them. If you can’t avoid them a gun comes in handy because talking to a pack of hungry wolves is a waste of time.


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140 Responses to Totes Stupid Tuesday

  1. votermom says:

    That nailpolish, if it works, would be amazing.
    Also, do you think a college girl would just quietly dump a roofied drink without making a big fuss and telling everyone in earshot that that guy handed it to her? I dunno how he will “just move on the next victim” then.
    But all that is irrelevant. The victim class MUST remain panicked while doing nothing at all costs. It’s the Dem secret to success.

    • Somebody says:

      I thought the exact same thing VM, just quietly move on to the next victim…..in what world? I know I’d raise a stink and so would both of my daughters.

      As I was reading this woman’s logic my mind was going exactly where yours went Klown, what about locks, car alarms, etc. We need to stop the culture of theft! I don’t want to lock my stuff up. I want to walk around dripping in jewels with a huge wad of cash and leave all my doors unlocked……waaaaaah.

      Utopia doesn’t exist, when will these people get that? I think this nail polish is a wonderful idea and I agree with the inventors that it will empower women.

    • elliesmom says:

      It would be like trying to commit a robbery in a room where half the people might be carrying a gun. It’s called a reasonable deterrent. These people have obviously never been parents. You can’t tell children to do something and just expect them to do it without ever putting up barriers to their making the wrong decision unless you want to spend a lot of time dolling out punishment.

    • Constance says:

      I wouldn’t yell I would sneak up and dump the drink in his glass and try to get the perp to drink the drink and see how he likes it. That would be funny.

    • DandyTIger says:

      These groups have a major conflict. They want to avoid predators, but they want to support their cult that requires they remain helpless victims. Must be hard for the poor dears.

  2. Somebody says:

    BTW her sign is stupid too.

  3. The Klown says:

    Is there any place in this country more solidly liberal than our college campuses?

    Why is there a rape epidemic at our colleges and universities?

    (Do the math, I’ll wait)

    • elliesmom says:

      I went to a college that was pretty much apolitical at the time. We were too busy polishing our slide rules to know what was going on in the world. When someone from another campus hung a bed sheet up in the middle of campus that said, “Free Angela Davis!”, we had to go to the library to see if we could find out who she was. But not until after we finished our chem lab. Our profs didn’t know who she was either.

  4. The Klown says:

    I am really busy this week doing Spring Cleaning. Yesterday I took down the Christmas lights.

    I have two piles:

    1. Stuff for Goodwill

    2. Stuff Goodwill won’t take

    Guess which pile is bigger?

    • piper says:

      Christmas Lights – put up in what year?

    • Lulu says:

      I just pulled off all the “best” guest room linens to wash them. Decided I hated them (knit sheets that will not smooth out and are like fighting a blob of bubble gum) so I put them in garbage sacks and hauled it off to Goodwill. All of it gone. Sick of looking at it all. I may let a nephew have the ugly lamp for target practice. If someone wants to sleep in there they can bring a sleeping bag or their own sheets. I am purging greasy stained kitchen linens next after I finish my coffee.

    • Somebody says:

      Um, it’s summer almost fall not spring, LOL! I think I would have left the Christmas lights up, you’ll regret having taken them down in about 90 days.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Your local dog pound probably takes clean, worn bedding, linens, rags and towels, but I repeat. Local battered women shelters love old but clean clothes. Of course, after you’ve cleaned all those things they might not be so old. Local disabled persons day centers are often e-Waste drop off points. The term e-Waste covers a multitude of crapola.
      There, the second pile is almost gone.

      • Somebody says:

        I need to find this e-Waste. I wonder if they have any here? None of the local charities will take any kind of electronics so they wind up in the trash.

        • 49erDweet says:

          It’s big deal out here in earthquake country. The handicap day programs here operate it under a grant and make even more money off the parts they strip off and scrap out. Plus it keeps that stuff out of the normal waste stream, which is a term one doesn’t wish to spend too much analyzing. 🙂

        • Kathy says:

          There’s a city recycle place on McDuff. Call. 630-CITY. For info

        • DeniseVB says:

          I tried donating old tv’s, lap and desktops to the local votechs and occupational therapy schools thinking take apart to study or something. NO, WANT NEW. Picky, picky.

  5. piper says:

    “As Hodgson reports:
    Of the 2,850 men and women surveyed, the researchers concluded that men engaging in sex with a familiar partner have a greater chance of orgasm than women – a mean ratio of 85% of men compared with 63% of women. Lesbians, though, had orgasms 75% of the time. For the guys, it didn’t matter if they are gay, bi or straight – having a penis was enough.
    Sounds good enough for me. Today, I would like to make announcement: I am coming out as a lesbian and no matter how many men try to beg me otherwise, I absolutely refuse to have sex with anyone who is not female. My orgasmic future deserves no less.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/24/Study-if-you-want-good-orgasms-become-a-lesbian

  6. DeniseVB says:

    OH NOES! Sofia Vergara was OBJECTIFIED on the Emmys ! The twitchy feed includes the short video segment that upset the feminists. Please note, Sofia was in on the joke and makes about a million dollars an episode (Modern Family) for playing this character on the turntable. Funny that those who were upset weren’t actually listening to the guy’s speech. Heh.

    http://twitchy.com/2014/08/26/feminists-and-pajama-boys-clutch-pearls-after-sofia-vergara-sketch-at-emmys/

    • Constance says:

      It was a joke! And it was pretty accurate. Pretty much all the men who run media do with women’s roles is think up ways to use them as pieces of ass or plot devices to justify male characters anger. So while they pay lip service to diversity they do the only thing they know to do with a woman. I actually didn’t think the men who ran media were that self aware. And Sofia actually had clothes on, I didn’t think they were capable of sexual subtlety.

    • DandyTIger says:

      That’s funny. Sofia is a business genius and knows exactly what she’s doing. Apparently she didn’t get the memo to be a victim.

  7. WMCB says:

    Beyonce’s bit was not objectification (even though it was acually much worse objectification), because see, she had a FEMINIST sign. I think one could probably have a man beat a woman on live TV, but if you did it in the name of The Sisterhood, as a loyal prog foot soldier, it would be called totes empowering.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    The full dirt on Miley’s Jesse the Homeless Guy. It’s a choice……has a nice home and family in Oregon he can go back to at anytime.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2734161/Miley-Cyruss-date-VMAs-revealed-wannabe-model-destitute-slept-bush-mom-reveals.html

  9. SHV says:

    “OH NOES! Sofia Vergara was OBJECTIFIED on the Emmys ! ”
    *****
    I know who Angela Davis is, but Sofia Vergara?? The google says she is 40, Colombian, and her bra size is 32F…she must have bad shoulder strap marks and a sore back.

  10. The Klown says:
  11. Somebody says:

    I thought this was rich given Mexico’s immigration policies
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/california-governor-welcomes-mexican-president-25122300
    BTW I didn’t know the voters in CA had voted not to allow illegals access to social services. The courts overturned that? Talk about a putting out the welcome sign.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Small World ….. Merced, CA shows up on my local news 😀

    http://www.wvec.com/home/Woman-carrying-fake-babies-in-maternity-ward-charged-with-trespassing-272566411.html

    So the story’s she’s sticking to is that these fake babies were to console parents of stillborns ? Hope they don’t try to “test” another hospital.

  13. WMCB says:

  14. Somebody says:

    I’ve never been to national report, but apparently none of us should bother.
    http://polination.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/conservatives-beware-national-report-dot-net-is-a-satire-site/
    I wonder when Salon is going to be put into that category?

    • DeniseVB says:

      National Report is the worst parody/satire site in the Worrrrrrrld. Yet I keep seeing it sourced on many lefty and righty blogs/websites/MSMs ! They just make up stuff.

      Sidebar: I’m one of the Founding Members of PoliNation, it’s a great site! For those of you who enjoyed Chrissy and her graphics on the original HillBuzz before Kevin Dujan went mental, that’s where you’ll find her now.

  15. Anthony says:

    OBAMA OUTSPINS SOPHIA VERGARA – ‘Teh Won’ just finished speechifying in front of a bunch of vets. You think Vergara was spinning? This jackass makes her look like a rank amateur.

    Some choice tidbits:

    “That is why I’ve done so much to ensure that Veterans have the best healthcare!”

    “I’m making sure we take out these ruthless killers (ISIS). Let me be clear: I am doing everything I can to make sure they will stop their savage attacks on Americans!”

    “Six years ago, our economy was at its worst. Since then, we’ve rebuilt our economy and have created a record number of jobs and made sure that each and every American has healthcare!”

    JAYYYYYYzzzzussss take me now!!! I can’t stand another f*cking minute of this bullshit…

  16. gram cracker says:

    Last summer I dumped off two very old tee vees (1980 era) at Best Buy. Didn’t even have to buy anything. Call first & see if they accept electronics at your local Best Buy.

    • piper says:

      Also computers, parts, disks, cords and other electronics. They have bins in entryways, don’t even have to go into the store.

      • Somebody says:

        Thanks guys, I’ll check that out. I have a 37 inch LCD TV in my garage that was going to be the man cave TV, but hubby was unable to get it fixed. He ordered and put a brand new tecon board on it, but that didn’t fix it. I think it’s the power supply, because once it warms up it runs fine……but it’s a hot mess until then. Hubby seemed reluctant to replace the power supply and/or the main board, it’s one of those two.

        I thought my son might want it, but he doesn’t and I hate to just throw it away. So I’ll look into one of these other options.

    • DandyTIger says:

      There can be a lot of value in some old electronics. There’s a very good reason lot of places accept old computers and TVs and such “for free”.

  17. WMCB says:

  18. 49erDweet says:

    Back on thread momentarily, applying Rebecca Nagle’s “logic” to other situations, I have an intersection where I always turn right from a side road onto a divided four lane highway. I look left at oncoming traffic until there’s a safe gap and then start the turn and scoot into traffic. I shouldn’t HAVE to look right before I move, cause it’s a DIVIDED road.
    Except, cars making a left turn from the other direction – even though they have their own, well defined turn lane – sometimes cut the corner into my lane. Where they would strike me head on with force if I were exercising my legal and moral rights. Sigh. So to save time and expense I look to the right, too, before I move. I’m a rape victim, too, but didn’t know it!

  19. WMCB says:

    No hate crime or racial animus here, nuthin to see, move along….

    • Somebody says:

      Nope, nothing to see here, move it along.
      Clearly you don’t understand that only whites are capable of being racist and if you think anything different then you’re probably a racist……check your privilege hon.

    • SHV says:

      “According to Knighten, Weems, 32, began arguing with customers not long after he entered the Waffle House.”
      *****
      Must say, after reading the story, sounds like the guy and his friend were looking for trouble and found it.

  20. DeniseVB says:

    This is a golden oldie, Dinesh D’Souza’s passing it around because it’s the speech Sharpton/Jackson won’t give ? LOL…..

  21. WMCB says:

    Re: the CNN tapes.

  22. DeniseVB says:

    The Queen would like to have her PRIVATE MOMENT…….WZ has the story with video…..

    http://weaselzippers.us/197731-video-queen-michelles-security-detail-shuts-down-journalists-so-she-can-walk-on-public-property/

    Poor thang, I wonder how much of that traffic that whizzed by was frisked at the checkpoints along her walkies route ? Not the safest place to parade a First Family member. Geeeesh.

  23. DandyTIger says:

    From the can’t make this shit up department:

    Police have charged Michael Jones with murder after he smuggled methadone into a Kentucky prison, gave it to other inmates and caused the fatal overdose of fellow prisoner, Corey McQueary.

    Jones, who was initially imprisoned for a DUI charge, had been out on a court-ordered furlough and came back to the Jessamine County Detention Center with a pair of underwear soaked in methadone. He then gave pieces of his undies to other cellmates, unbeknownst to jailers.

    • Somebody says:

      Eeeeewwwww, what a disgusting way to go……speaking of going I hope Jones didn’t have a burrito special while he was out…….Eeeeeeewwww!

  24. 49erDweet says:

    I see that Morning Joe is having a cow bc BK might be buying Tim Horton’s and relocating corp HQ to Maplevania, next door. Just to escape our 35% tax rate. Those quitters!! Don’t they realize Dhims were counting on that money? So unfair!
    Oh, well. Maybe some of us can soon go out a have a great cup of coffee without all the pretence and drama of going to a Starbucks.

    • Ann says:

      I have a bunch of Tim Horton stock. I bought it because I LOVE Tim Horton’s coffee (it is an addiction). The stock is up over 200% today from when I purchased it. I know I should sell, but man I love me some Timmie’s. Burger King? Not-so-much. Although if they get Tim Horton’s coffee into their restaurants, the world is in for a real treat. There are Burger King restaurants in 100 countries, and Tim Horton’s in only 4 or 5 countries.

      Oh, and how to solve (or at least slow down to a crawl) the inversion issue? Maybe making the US corporate tax a flat 15%? Nawwwww can’t have a flat tax. What would all those out of work ex-congressional-lobbyists do for a living if the tax code was fair and you couldn’t buy a tax break? Not to mention the accountants, tax collections, book keepers and more…

      • 49erDweet says:

        See, there you go with that “reasonable tax” stuff. We need the money so any rate we charge is “reasonable”. THAT should be the rule.
        Only wimpish companies think they have to earn a “profit”, if you’ll excuse my language.

      • Somebody says:

        I’ve never heard of Tim Horton coffee, but my husband is a cofeeholic. Do they have a good dark roast? He likes Sumatra coffee.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Apparently, you can’t be Canadian and not drink Tim Hortons. At least according to the one actual Canadian I know. There’s a few THs in New England, but the rest of the country is too violent or gun toting or beer belching for them to have spread further away from the border….apparently.

          • Ann says:

            LOL The last Tim Horton’s on our way down south to snowbird is in Kentucky. There are a few in Virginia too. We always laugh that we know we are heading into “civilization” when we see a Tim Horton’s.

            Maybe because we are on the border, but the joke in my area of NYS is ‘you could build a Tim Horton’s next door to a Tim Horton’s, and they’d both make money.’ And that it is probably more true than funny.

            (Well I did say I was addicted… I wasn’t kidding)

          • 49erDweet says:

            🙂 🙂 🙂 Years ago I commented with a blogger from Saskatchewan who always raved about his mornings at Tims. Really nice guy. Then he was appointed the minister of something or other in a new gov’t and had to quit blogging. But not going to Tims, I’ll betcha.

        • Ann says:

          They just started a dark roast quite recently. I haven’t tried it, I am not a dark roast lover.

  25. The Klown says:

    I think I overdid it yesterday with the Spring Cleaning. Today I’ve been wiped out and couldn’t keep my eyes open. I’m still groggy.

    But I had this really vivid dream that was so weird that I went to a dream analysis website to see what it meant. It said “Describe your dream here” so I typed in everything I could remember and hit enter.

    For the longest time it said “Processing – Please Wait” then it came back with this response:

    “Dude!”

    Should I be worried?

    • votermom says:

      That reminds me, I want to do a thread polling about recurring dreams. Maybe tomorrow.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Only if that little light in your webcam was on during the data processing session. If it was, best advice is to move. Today.

    • Somebody says:

      Perhaps the dream analysis site is trolling for script ideas. I once hired a private detective that I later found out peddled scripts in Hollywood, mostly lifetime type movies. He basically wrote scripts based on his client’s lives.

      Your dream may end up on lifetime……or if wasn’t that kind of dream perhaps Cinemax late night.

  26. WMCB says:

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I was reviewing a couple techie articles and there was a link to an post that, from the title, just had to be from the Church of Gore. I decided to see what twists and turns Hurricane Al is taking these days. Apparently they are now spinning that the cooling trend is just a fluke (no not THAT fluke) and the warming trend will start returning in 2025. Or maybe 2035. Or 2045.. . . .

      It made me think of this bright and beeezy optimistic song from yesteryear:
      “In the Year. . .”

  27. 1539days says:

    Sadly, I am not surprised at all

  28. Somebody says:

    OT this guy is running for judge
    https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=46780
    Klown beware of blonde Romanians, she’s in CA now!

  29. The Klown says:

    #headdesk

  30. HELENK3 says:

    what part of this nail polish is a helpful tool to protect women and maybe some men, does this twit not understand? every little bit helps.

  31. Somebody says:

    Ruh roh, cursing coming from the man cave. It seems the studs are 25 inches apart. I don’t think the new TV is getting mounted tonight…….need a plan B.

    • lyn says:

      My hubby retired in January, and I wish he had a man cave.

      • Somebody says:

        He really enjoys having his own space and I like having some space too…..win/win.

        You don’t have to spend a fortune, the biggest thing is getting some kind of climate control. We put in a mini-split, but that was pricey. If your neighborhood allows it you could just use a window unit A/C or a space heater of some kind in the winter.
        As for anything else surf craigslist or hit clearances. Aside from the mini-split, most of the stuff in my husband’s has been close out and clearance items……a few ebay items too.

    • 1539days says:

      25 inches? Is that on center? Most of those wall mounts are designed for 16. A couple of well-hidden 2x4s can fix that.

      • The Klown says:

        Is 25 up to code?

        • 1539days says:

          24 inches on center is standard for rafters. If the man cave is in a basement, the studs can be anywhere along the cinder block. It might be different for a finished basement.

        • Somebody says:

          No, but building codes are none of my business or so I’ve been told. I once had an interesting website that detailed all sorts of things, but I had to take it down. Now I’m not allowed to say anything that could be construed as disparaging toward a certain unnamed company, so I pretty much don’t say anything. I honestly don’t understand how the stone cold, verifiable truth is disparaging, but it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m just a little peon and not a multi-billion dollar corporation.

          It’s a garage and the studs should be 24 inch on center, actually this particular wall is an interior wall with my laundry room on the other side so I think it should be 16 inches on center. We bought a wall mount that could be mounted either 16 or 24 inches, but surprise, surprise, surprise! We’re going to use 2×4’s to remedy the situation. I don’t think they’ll be well hidden though because we’re not going to rip the wall out, but we can paint them to match the wall.

  32. WMCB says:

    I’m seeing a lot more push for support of localism in the more libertarian-ish wing of conservatism. Good. The Left shouldn’t “own” localism. Localism is really as conservative as it gets: self-reliance, family, voluntary community structures.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Agree. Localism is small government, local government and local communities at its core. We need more of this. I’m OK if both parties battle over “owning” it. It’s the right direction for everyone to go.

    • The Klown says:

      The cool thing about localism is that if the voters in your local area want more government and higher taxes, you can have it!

      • WMCB says:

        Exactly. I seriously think that so many of our issues are issues of scalability. If you let the locals decide, they’ll work out what’s best for their unique community. Detroit is not Topeka. And a rural town in the Dakotas is not a Louisiana parish, or an Appalachian county, or a ranching community is west Texas.

    • 1539days says:

      I’m a fan of grass roots populism. One of the things I love is the idea of cities who create their own electric utilities, foregoing the “smart” grid for drastically lower energy prices. Other cities are doing that with internet service.

  33. angienc says:

    Sorry I haven’t been around much — busy at work so just able to read the OPs and not comments, — forgive me if you’ve seen this already — but the other day you were wondering about that Homeless guy Miley brought to the VMAs. Welp, looks like he’s wanted in Oregon on some outstanding warrants re: criminal mischief & trespass.

    http://arts.nationalpost.com/2014/08/26/homeless-man-who-accepted-miley-cyrus-vmas-award-wanted-by-oregon-police/

  34. The Klown says:

    Weird Things Couples Do In Public:

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