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On Renisha McBride's Shooter Charged With Second-Degree Murder

"After a national outcry, 54-year-old Ted Wafer has finally been charged for shooting Renisha McBride"

I find this sentence somewhat insulting. It seems to assume that minus a national outcry Kym Worthy the Wayne County Prosecutor would not have brought charges. I believe this to be far from the truth. In point of fact even the family of Renisha McBride as well as local community leaders in Detroit such as National Action Network Detroit Chapter president Charles E. Williams II expressed both before and in the case of Rev. Williams after the announcement of charges that they had the utmost trust in Kym Worthy to do what she needed to do to insure not just charges but a conviction in this case.

Kym Worthy is a hero. Her record, if anyone cares to read up on it, speaks for itself. She made her name in the early 90s SUCCESSFULLY prosecuting two white Detroit police officers in the beating death of Malice Green. She has more recently attempted to clear the enormous backlog of rape cases in the city of Detroit. Unfortunately her budget has been dramatically slashed in recent years. Perhaps you've heard but Wayne County (Detroit in particular) is having a bit of a cash flow issue. Earlier this week she testified before Wayne County Commission Public Safety Committee asking for more money to be allotted to her department which has been cut to the BONE. She said the typical time frame of issuing warrants is 2-3 weeks. She said there were currently "a backlog of 180 child abuse arrest warrants, 75 child sex abuse warrants and 40 homicide warrants." She has been BATTLING to get more money for her office for years now.

Today we moved one step closer to getting justice for Renisha. I'm glad and I'm glad to have Kym Worthy helming this case.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm 2

On Women In Sports: Fight the Power Outage

I loved this piece. I'm a sports fan (specifically I love football but I follow to some degree all major sports...except golf) and I used to listen to a local sports talk radio until one day the evening "drive time" guys devoted an entire show to "how do you feel about women who are sports fans?" and the outpouring of hate was overwhelming. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Did I expect there to be plenty of dudes professing to not like women sports fans? Sure. I'm not naive. But it was literally like 95% of the callers INCLUDING the hosts of the show. And no one could really articulate their distaste for women sports fans beyond "it's OUR THING though. Leave us ONE THING." It really stunned me. It totally bummed me out. Just the idea that so many guys just want me to SHUT MY MOUTH anytime I start talking about the game last night.

I would hate to be a woman working in that industry.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm 2

On On the Death of Renisha McBride

@Blushingflwr This is the whole problem with Stand Your Ground laws. It's not about what an objective "reasonable person" would do. That's not the standard. Rather it's a completely subjective standard ie. was THIS PERSON fearful for his/her life in the instant the crime was perpetrated. That's very dangerous because it basically legally sanctions racist fears.

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm 0

On Remembering the Early Days of Jezebel with Anna Holmes

I really enjoyed Jezebel in the first few years. (also Deadspin when Will Leitch was there)

I know it's cliche to say it but the site makes me cringe now. There's nothing original or interesting about anything they're posting. I get why and what happened. It's just a totally different website. I think Anna Holmes is great and anytime she has an article anywhere else I read it and enjoy it. But the idea of the Book of Jezebel just kind of bums me out.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 10:54 am 1

On bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's "Faux Feminism"

@WorldofSass

I feel bell hooks went out of her way to engage with Sandberg and her book critically and respectfully. She pays her a compliment by taking her work seriously and reading it with an engaged critical mind. The points she addresses in the article are valid never petty. I DO find it odd that Sandberg doesn't mention money but once in the entire book. It is glaringly obvious to most people that not all women can wake up one day and attain Sandberg levels of corporate success simply by working for it hard enough (ie leaning in). I do think it's fair to question where Sandbergs aggressively corporate world view ultimately leads us as women and how that effects ALL women not just upper class white American women such as Sandberg.

I would hardly call that a "school yard fight" and I think to categorize it as such does a disservice to both Sandberg and hooks.

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm 3

On Film Programming for the Bedroom

My husband and I decided to watch Last Tango in Paris on a whim one night. We had to turn it off after like 30 minutes. It wasn't that it was not at all sexy, although it was NOT, it was just so ridiculously cheesy and terrible! Lots of like easy listening sax music montages. It seriously felt like a made for tv movie from the 70s-80s with sex.

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm 0

On Man Quits Internet: Goodbye, Hugo Schwyzer

@Mae RIGHT??? And he included juuuuuuuuust enough detail that if you were around/knew the right people you could figure out who it was.

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm 0

On Man Quits Internet: Goodbye, Hugo Schwyzer

@eli manning He's the James Frey of bloggers

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm 1

On Man Quits Internet: Goodbye, Hugo Schwyzer

@Mingus_Thurber

Re Jez: It's funny you mention that. Some of the last comments I bothered to leave on that site were on his absolutely atrocious articles. One were he basically outed one of his ex wives. Who, even if she was out to her friends and family, may not have wanted all that other detail of her struggles with her personal sexuality made public. We knew he didn't get her ok because he admitted in the article they hadn't spoken in 15 years. How do you publish something like that and have the BALLS to pretend to be even a nominal quasi feminist site?

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm 2

On Man Quits Internet: Goodbye, Hugo Schwyzer

@Quinn A@twitter He's def coming back. He's not even really gone. When he goes 48 hours without updating his website/talking to reporters I'll believe he might be taking a short sabbatical.

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm 3