Breitbart Editor Disparages an Entire Gender and Rape Victims in One Interview

Well, this is stupid.

It’s not just stupid. It’s stupid, inflammatory, and meant to belittle victims of sexual misconduct.

Alex Marlow, editor-in-chief over at the alt-right launching pad of Breitbart News weighed in on the mountain of sexual misconduct cases, and frankly, he should have kept his mouth shut.

Seriously. It’s as if it was his goal to prove how crass and obnoxious he could be.

Said Marlow:

“Rape used to have a narrow definition. Rape used to have a definition where it was — it was brutality, it was forced sexual attack and penetration,” Marlow said on SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, according to Media Matters.

“Now it’s become, really, any sex that the woman ends up regretting that she had.”

OH, no he didn’t.

Marlow said that “leaves us without a lot of clarity.”

Well. One thing is clear as a bell.

You’re a jackass.

I’m not going to say it’s outside the realm of possibility that some women lie about sexual abuse or misconduct. They’re human, and as humans, they’re flawed.

We are all flawed.

But when a man has a platform, such as that of Marlow, and he uses it to paint all women with such a broad brush, what sort of narrative is he attempting to create? What kind of effect does that have on others, who may be afraid to speak up because of any potential negative blowback?

Marlow continued:

“Because when words lose their meaning, then they can be manipulated,” he said. “Rape used to mean something. We used to all know what it meant. And now we don’t know what it means. And then we don’t know what’s credible and what’s not.”

Only a few of the recent revelations of sexual misconduct include claims of actual rape, so maybe Marlow is confused, uninformed, or having some sort of Freudian slip.

Whatever was going on with this performance, he was way off the mark. Is he trying to say that every woman that has come forward to make charges against Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, Russell Simmons, and so forth are liars?

As a society, we can’t afford to allow for such callous and casual dismissal of the claims of potential victims.

We’re seeing now the result of devaluing and attempting to silence these women. They labor with the memories and shame, until they can no longer remain quiet, then it comes in a torrent.

What we’ve also seen is that the world is full of hammer-brained idiots, willing to blame the victim, just as quickly as some are willing to condemn the accused.

Stop it.

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Promising Republican Candidates Are Being Torpedoed by Antiquated Notions of Sexual Morality

By now you have probably heard about the resignation of Ohio state representative Wes Goodman. A conservative Republican and former aid to Congressman Jim Jordan, Goodman was compelled to resign when he was caught having extramarital—yet consensual—sex with another man in his office. Goodman is like Roy Moore, just another Republican being sacrificed on the altar of puritanical notions of morality that really have no place in electoral politics.

While Moore, being the seasoned veteran has courageously bucked the prudish GOP establishment and remained in the Alabama U.S. Senate race despite a growing number of allegations of sexual “misconduct” happening nearly 40 years ago while Moore was in his early 30s and almost all the women involved were above the age of consent.

As we’ve learned the hard way, not a single piece of  the conservative agenda can be implemented—or even pursued—without solid control of all three branches of government. Still, some believe that these crucial majorities are less important than the moral character of individual candidates and office holders. We need Republicans who will do what is necessary to get elected and keep Democrats from holding office. How they conduct themselves in public or private life only matters insofar as it keeps them from achieving that goal.

Unreasonable litmus tests are being applied to candidates by some Republicans, as if marital fidelity or refraining from soliciting sex with children were reliable indicators of whether a politician can be trusted to vote in a way that gives his party political victories. If not for the priggish expectations and outdated sexual mores of some voters, the GOP could have a far more bragging rights in Washington and in state governments.

This brings us back to Wes Goodman, a solid conservative by any political metric. Here are just some of his conservative bonafides:

I have never run for office before. I got into this race because too many of our career politicians have stopped fighting for what matters to us. Continuing to elect the same people and expecting different results for our county, our state, and our nation will not work.

I’m proud to be the endorsed conservative Republican in this race. We have been endorsed by Congressman Jim Jordan, Ohio Right to Life, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, Ohio Pro-Life Action, Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio, Citizens for Community Values Action PAC, Ohio Family First PAC, the Ohio Citizens PAC, and business leaders, pastors, community leaders, and current and former elected officials across the district. I also have the highest rating in this race from Buckeye Firearms Association. I’m the only candidate in this race who has pledged to oppose tax increases.

Pro-life, family values, gun rights, and opposition to tax increases. This is exactly the kind of person we need on the Republican farm team but self destructive “stupid party” members have aborted a promising political career over nothing more than some less than discrete sex Goodman had with a man who was not his wife, and fewer than 50 allegations from young people that Goodman made sexual offers or advances either in person or via social media.

Ohio State Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) was quickly notified and, in turn, asked Goodman to resign from his position — which he did. But many people have long been aware of Goodman’s inappropriate sexual behavior; behavior that is very different than his married “family man” persona, IJR has learned.

Goodman has a reputation of reaching out to those involved in politics via Facebook Messenger — but things tend to quickly turn south, as he has been known to flirt with men, solicit sex, and even send pictures of his genitals, according to dozens of sources. The majority of the people he targets are between the ages of 18 and 24 and have had very little interaction with him personally.

In many instances of his alleged sexual misconduct, Goodman apparently offered to be a “mentor” for those looking to get into politics. Because of the power he had, his victims say they were afraid to report instances of abuse for fear of damaging their own political careers.

Goodman clearly has the social media savvy that is crucial in today’s politics, is apparently very generous with his time, and appears tuned in to the needs of millennials. These are all areas where Republicans tend to be weak but sanctimonious moralizers discount all that in favor of their Victorian views on sexuality. Like Roy Moore, Goodman also seems to recognize and honor the age of consent for the most part.

Democrats have learned the important lesson that the time to hold people accountable for their moral decisions is after they have outlived their political utility, while the GOP still foolishly squanders political potential still in its prime all for the sake of an antiquated obsession with honor and virtue.

This is why even when Republicans win, they lose. The desire to be represented by honorable people who practice what they preach is as naive and unrealistic—not to mention hateful—as expecting people to use bathrooms appropriate to their biological sex. Republicans should all be focused above all on winning elections over Democrats and winning legislative victories even if the results don’t match their campaign rhetoric. Instead, many Republicans inexplicably choose to live in a fantasyland where truth and decency are considered more important than victory.

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Accused TTU police officer shooter pleads not guilty

According to court documents, 19-year-old Hollis "Reid" Daniels III has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting a Texas Tech University Police officer. Daniels has been charged with capital murder of a peace officer after Officer Floyd East Jr. was shot and killed in the campus police department on Oct. 9.
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BREAKING: Trump Is Signaling Support for Roy Moore

President Donald Trump may now be standing behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been plagued with allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to The Hill, Trump told reporters that it was important that a Democrat does not take the seat Moore is running for:

President Trump on Tuesday appeared to throw his support behind Roy Moore, despite allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against the Republican Alabama Senate candidate.

“We don’t need a liberal Democrat in the seat,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

“He denies it. He totally denies it,” Trump said of the accusations against Moore, noting the alleged incidents took place around 40 years ago.

Trump spoke before departing for Florida, where he will spend Thanksgiving.

Moore has been asked by many different Republicans to bow out in the face of the allegations, yet Moore has maintained his innocence.

UPDATE: Trump has said he’ll consider supporting Moore as soon as next week.

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Women in the North Korean Army Repeatedly Raped, Live in Horribly Unsanitary Conditions

The horrors in North Korea expand far beyond nightmarish work camps and starvation for its citizens. Women who serve in North Korea’s army also face their own horrors, including rape and extreme malnutrition.

North Korean defector Lee So Yeon told the BBC that women in the North Korean military are treated as the troops that do less physical work, but also do the most chores, such as the cleaning. Women are often subjected to unsanitary conditions, including showers with no heat that invite animals like frogs and snakes to travel through the pipes.

Conditions are so unsanitary that women are often forced to reuse feminine hygiene products such as menstrual pads. However, the malnutrition and stress put on the women is so intense that they stop having periods altogether.

But on top of all that, the women within the North Korean army are often raped by their commanding officers.  Juliette Morillot, author of North Korea in 100 questions, and Jieun Baek, author of North Korea’s Hidden Revolution, describe the stories of former army women whom they have interviewed.

Sexual harassment, say both Baek and Morillot, is rife.

Morillot says that when she broached the subject of rape in the army with serving female soldiers, “most women said it happens to others”. None said they had experienced it personally.

Lee So Yeon also says that she was not raped during her time in the army between 1992 and 2001, but that many of her comrades were.

“The company commander would stay in his room at the unit after hours and rape the female soldiers under his command. This would happen over and over without an end.”

North Korea’s military says that it takes sexual abuse seriously, with a jail sentence of up to seven years for men found guilty of rape.

“But most of the time nobody is willing to testify. So men often go unpunished,” says Juliette Morillot.

North Korea is famously known for the mistreatment of its own people under the communist regime overseen by the Kim family. Defectors from North Korea are common, and each new story told by an escapee is as horrifying as the last.

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