I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t afraid of sharks. I’ve heard hella people say that Jaws made people afraid of sharks, and that’s probably true—but I’m sure it also has something to do with how sharks TOTALLY FUCK YOU UP FOREVER AND MAKE YOUR BODY LOOK LIKE SPAGHETTI BARF if they get their jaws around you.
Sharks are scary in a primal, universal way, so nobody is going to give you the business for being afraid of sharks. If you’re in the water and you see a shark and you flip the fuck out like you for real saw a ghost, nobody is going to tell you you’re overreacting. If anything they’re probably going to be the Shaggy to your Scooby-Doo. Sharks are fucking terrifying. Sharks, on average, kill five people a year.
Now, I understand the urge to say “not all men” when someone points out the violence and oppression men routinely level against women. I know how unfair it feels to see your entire gender impugned because of the evil, disgusting actions of a few of its members. After a lifetime of respecting physical boundaries and being shy and pleasant and nice, you’re lumped in with a bunch of rapists and misogynists and miscreants and monsters just because you also have a penis—a penis YOU didn’t force on anyone, you would like to point out.
I understand the urge because I used to indulge the urge. I used to say “not all men” when someone would complain about the way society treated women. If you’re presently the type of person who still needs to point out “not all men”? I get it, I really do, but get this: NO FUCKING DOY.
Of course not all men, you yutz. The fuck is someone supposed to do? Type “men (except Seth, who is cool)” when they’re talking about trends? Or even just “men, but not ALL men” every single time, like some kind of waffling dingus? Why, because it might hurt your feelings if they don’t? Are you afraid someone will read that women have a fear of men because of personal experiences and then go, “Wait a minute, a man somewhere raped a woman, THAT MEANS SETH IS A RAPIST.” NO SETH, NOBODY IS DOING THAT, NOW ALSO GET THIS:
One in five women have REPORTED being the victim of sexual assault, and it’s important to note the word “report,” because there are people who don’t report. One in five. Women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day. Women are killed simply because they’re women, and at a rate that is so fucking disgusting and horrifying and unfathomable that if Steven Spielberg made a dramatic black-and-white movie about it, that movie would immediately win every Oscar forever.
The problem is real, women are sharing their experiences, and you think it’s important to point out that it isn’t all men, that it’s a small percentage committing these atrocities. One in five women report being sexually assaulted and you would have the world believe that it’s all being done by 12 MEGARAPISTS, traveling from town to town, raping and assaulting, while the other 3.5 billion men on Earth act chill. Your mother or your sister or your girlfriend or your wife or your daughter or your best friend, or more than likely a combination of those people, has been fucking raped—and you’re afraid of sharks.
Some hottie walks by who you find sexually attractive. You’d like to get their attention and let them know this in hopes of a future hookup, by yelling, gesturing and whistling at them. But should you do it?
Never fear, Playboy's here with a handy-dandy flowchart to help you figure out this perplexing question.
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We’re not people really. Our concerns are not America’s concerns. We are just here for entertainment. We’re a convenient treasure trove of limitless creativity to be pillaged, watered down, and re-purposed for White audiences and the people getting rich from bastardized stereotypes and simplified caricatures of everything we bring to the table have nothing to say when shit gets really real.
In Jonah from Tonga (a 6 part ‘mockumentary’ tv series to be shown on HBO) the main character, Jonah, is a criminal teenage Australian boy of Tongan roots. There are several areas of serious concern with this series.
First, Jonah is played by a Caucasian, 39-year-old Australian in brown face make-up and a curly haired wig. Brownface in 2014, really?
Second, Jonah is clearly identified as ‘Tongan’. The name of the show is Jonah from Tonga. The series starts in ‘Tonga’. The logo is a caricature of of a ‘Tiki’ carving. Etc. We get it. You want us to think it’s about a Tongan. And for Americans, most of whom have little previous knowledge about Tonga, this series will shape the way they think about the nation, its culture, and its people. So what will they learn?
1. All the teenage ‘Tongan’ boys shown in the series are low achievers, gang members, or in jail. The school’s high achievers are Caucasians.
2. Much of the ‘comedy’ is derived from this blackface/brownfaced ‘Tongan’ character’s acts of violence, sexual aggression, ignorance and profanity. This is problematic not only because of the show’s astounding inherent racism, but because much of his behavior is deeply counter to Tongan culture. He swears at his sister and his father. He is extremely disrespectful to teachers. He makes sexual edvances on his cousin. He is sexually suggestive to his Aunt and a Nun. And much, much more. All this is deeply offensive in Tongan culture. Tonga is a devoutly religious country, very family-oriented, with one of the highest PhD rates per capital. None of this is reflected in Jonah from Tonga.
3. In another nod to the racism of minstrel shows, Jonah’s only saving talent is presented as dancing, and his brother’s as singing.
4. The excuse given for all this is ‘lighten up, it’s only comedy’. First, even reviewers who liked it thought it was not that funny. A typicalreview is: “the documentary truth of the situation and the people seems more important than the laughs here” (Julia Raeside, The Guardian). Which captures the problem — many viewers will assume there is a ‘documentary truth’ in the series that teaches them something about Tonga. And it will be equally unfunny when a Tongan boy, already doing his best to fit in an American high school, gets taunted with a variation of ‘Hey Jonah - show us your dXXk tattoo!’
Tonga is a loyal friend of the US. It has troops in Afganistan, large, devout communities in Salt Lake City, academics in US higher education, and players in major US sports teams. This show drives a wedge in that relationship. And for what? The only saving grace is that Jonah from Tonga was a ratings disaster in Australia and the UK.
Young Tongans have been taking to Change.org, Facebook and Twitter (#MyNameIsNOTJonah) to try to get the message out that they are not like Jonah. They are listing academic achievements, work in the community, the fact that they have no criminal record. They shouldn’t have to. Please HBO, Mr. Lilley, Ms. Brunt and Ms. Waters, please don’t slander a whole nation and sacrifice the future of young Tongans for the sake of this series. It WILL affect them.
We, the undersigned, ask you to please do the right thing and pullJonah from Tonga from the schedule. It won’t cost you that much but running it will cost Tonga, and Tongans a lot, for years to come.
Fuck Chris Lilley. Us Australians lack so much in tv and comedy that we’ll put that douche on a pedestal. He’s done other racist portrayal too; it ain’t a one off.
Just days after a national campaign was launched to highlight the effects of casual racism in Australia, this appears. Racism is far from being a thing of the past. Racism is alive and kicking today. Absolutely no doubt about that. And y’know, whites are proud to say that British invasion was necessary and justified. They are proud to state that the genocide that was committed upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was necessary, too. They are completely and wholly proud to be treating us as sub-human. Whites are proud to be the descendants of murderers and invaders. This is now and it’s terrifying. Stay safe everyone. We are living among these people.
And this is why white people can’t be trusted.
TW: STALKINGLast year I ended a brief online friendship with a woman in another state who had clearly become fixated and obsessed with me, making me uncomfortable with the intensity of her attention and the demands she put on my time and energy. After weeks of her blogging constantly about me being her star-crossed soul mate, of having led her on, of her passionate and undying love for me, I snapped and told her with great finality to leave me alone, that the connection she saw between us was a fantasy, that her behaviour was creepy and inappropriate and that I wanted nothing more to do with her.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine what would happen next.
Her obsession with me not only grew, but became hostile and vindictive in nature. As she refused to come to terms with my boundaries, she gradually recharacterised me from a perfect symbolic figure of all she desired into a malignant villain who had deliberately set out to make her fall in love with me only to discard her cruelly. Already showing signs of delusion, she diagnosed me as being a “narcissistic sociopath” determined to destroy her.
She became similarly fixated on a woman living in the same state as her and began claiming this woman was me, in disguise to hunt her down and kill her. She started harassing this woman and I daily, threatening us with various forms of actions if “I” did not leave the state. All efforts to explain that we were two separate people who had nothing to do with each other, and that I was carrying on my life in my own state, fell on deaf ears. She continued to insist this woman was me in disguise and engaged in constant, defamatory claims about me, including that I was out to kill her.
At the same time she was harassing a friend of mine, claiming she was harbouring me in her home while I waited to kill her. As my friend lived in the same state and feared further action, she persued and successfully obtained an intervention (restraining) order.
This infuriated the stalker who escalated her attacks and claims against me, vexatiously reporting me to the taxation office, harassing me online, continuing to make false and defamatory accusations, attempting to sabotage my business (and therefore source of income) and contacting my family to harass them as well. She published my phone number and other highly personal information and obtained my residential address through underhanded means. She also continued to harass the woman she claims to believe is me in disguise and after this woman went public on twitter to expose the harassment she had been subjected to, this stalker filed for an intervention order against me - the basis of which she claims are the (understandable) actions of this other woman objecting to being harassed.
This means I now have to obtain legal counsel and travel to another state to attend a court date.
I am self-employed in the sex industry, a student with debts I am struggling to catch up on and continue to pay off, with severe depression who is still recovering from a nervous breakdown I had a couple of years ago. I am attempting to rebuild my life and gain qualifications that will enable me to persue employment (in beauty therapy) that will bring balance to my life. I have PTSD that makes it very difficult for me to work in my current job without being triggered and further traumatised (a fact my stalker has also used against me in psychological attacks). This stalker’s actions have caused strife between me and my family members, which has been devastating to me. For a very long time I have resisted persuing legal action as I am aware this woman is mentally ill and I also believe the justice system is flawed and oppressive, but I cannot allow a false order against me with no basis go forth when it has the potential to affect my future.
The emotional distress caused to me by this woman’s harassment and abuse has been extreme. Anxiety, turmoil, insomnia, emotional instability, intense fear and even paranoia are some of the consquences I have been living with. At times I have been left unable to work and have even feared she has set up friends of hers to pose as clients, as she has done with the other woman she claims is me. I am also concerned her constant diatribes that I am a psychopath will be accessed by potential future employers and affect my ability to find steady work.
I am not this woman’s only victim. She has targeted several people, mainly women and many of whom are marginalised in various ways, in the last year and subjected them to various forms of harassment and abuse. It seems that I serve as the proxy for all her rage and resentment and so am the one she focuses her most concentrated efforts on.
I am asking for donations to help me cover the cost of travelling to the state where the court date will be held and of paying lawyer’s fees. My income is inconsistent and highly dependent on my psychological ability to work, my study commitments and whether the industry is in flux so it is concentrated on paying my rent and utilities and covering my debts. I have nothing extra left over to account for these unexpected and unjust costs I am facing and am imploring those of you out there who might be able to afford $5 here and there to consider helping me in this time of need.
I have stated a goal of $3000 which I hope will be sufficient and in the instance there is money left over it will be donated to a women’s shelter in either Victoria or NSW I will select after investigation to identify those that are inclusive of trans women. Receipts will be provided.
If you are able to donate, please accept my enormous thanks and gratitude. I am hopeful that opposing this vexatious order will discourage this woman in her harassment of her other victims and ultimately be beneficial for us all. Thank you so much for your support.
This is happening here in Aus. I’d really like to donate, even though I don’t have a job. I hope that the $3000 goal is met.
and stop viewing feminists as man haters!
Oh, hey; so my shitty boss uses “cute” names for everyone (admittedly, regardless of gender) and when I complained to HR about it, the woman told me, “Oh, that’s his way.”
And that’s when I realized, no one in a company actually cares for the cogs in the machinery; just the machinery.
the reason male comic book fans work themselves into a frenzied rage over “fake geek girls" is because they think they can’t get a girlfriend because of their love for comic books (a.k.a nerdiness). if they accept that geek girls genuinely love comic books, then they’re left with the cold harsh reality that it’s not their nerdiness that makes them unattractive to women, but the fact that they are misogynistic condescending dickbags who need to be avoided AT ALL COSTS
"Men’s Rights" activist and self-proclaimed philosopher Stefan Molyneux pretends to be a woman posting a positive comment on his own video “debunking” Frozen but completely fails at account switching
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