August 8, Montreal
A gaggle of feminists with male satellites in tow flocked to Bethune Square in Montreal to manifest against rape culture and peripherally the presence of Roosh V in the city.
The assumption here, for any reasonable person hearing the term rape culture for the first time, is that these women are raising awareness towards sexual violence, which would be more than laudable. Unfortunately, this is very much not the case as it was explained by the first speaker.
During the opening remarks, rape was defined as employment discrimination, racism, intolerance, emotional aggression and another half dozen or so social issues not even remotely related to forceful sexual intercourse. Apparently, third-wave feminists have openly appropriated this horrific word and redefined the crime of rape to include any emotional (but especially female) feelings of powerlessness.
In their view, the term rape is transposed to mean something violent on a purely meta-linguistic level, a sort of brutally poetic description of catching a man peeking at a woman’s cleavage for instance.
However, the common definition of rape is not terribly ambiguous. These girls are using the word because it instantly elicits sympathy. Absolutely nobody but a sociopath would “support” a rape culture, and they hedge on this fact to gather crowds. Their crusade against “rape culture” oversimplifies the world of sexual dynamics, trying to expand the notion of actual rape to other types of interaction (kissing, touching, etc.).
Two ineloquent keynote speakers went on to talk about consent, which they did not even attempt to clearly define. This is consistent with their very overt and awkward attempts to swim in a linguistic morass of victim buzzwords and hazy concepts. Since they have desexualized the term rape, then what is the definition of consent and how does one “obtain” it? No clear answer was given.
Flashmob de Noël au Complexe Desjardins 6 décembre 2014
L’objectif était d’offrir aux spectateurs une opportunité de réfléchir l’origine et au sens de la célébration de la fête de Noël par le biais d’un potpourri de chants de Noël présentés par une soliste (Marianne Lambert), un quatuor (Jérémie Baldi, Yuri Carter, Jean-Michel Carter et Olivier Carter) et plusieurs chorales de la région Montréalaise.
L’ensemble comptait plus de 230 personnes.
Hidden stories of Canada’s immigration detention
By rabbleTV | December 20, 2012
On Dec 15, 2012, as Canada implements laws that will see more immigrants locked up in jail, past and current immigration detainees share their stories. Read more about these laws and get quick facts on immigration detention at toronto.nooneisillegal.org/node/751 Filmed and edited by the Liberation Cooperative at the Pan-Canadian Day of Action Against Security Certificates & Immigration Detention in Toronto. For addition information, please visit nooneisillegal.org and facebook.com/NoOneIsIllegalNetwork
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