Digital Crumble

Crumbly on the outside, sweet and squishy inside. An attempt to bake sense into my online wanderings.

Sep 2
“It is not the responsibility of our female population to take “ X” number of steps to lessen the chance that a member of our male population will engage in untoward conduct towards them, be it assault or street harassment. As a society, we deal with violence, especially sexual violence, against women in much the wrongheaded manner that we have fought the war on drugs. We focus on the supply-side, with an emphasis on the things that women must do to “stay safe” instead of focusing on lessening mens’ “demand” to view women as purely a disposable commodity. In short, we emphasize how women can prevent being assaulted instead of telling men and boys not to assault women in the first place. Instead of condemning those who would steal the private photographs and publish them online for all to see, we condemn or belittle the women who chose to create said private photographs in the first place. Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Winstead, and the like have absolutely nothing to apologize for. They have not been scandalized, but rather victimized.” Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime.

Sep 1
“This is clearly a violation. It is a crime of theft with the intent to exploit its victims as punishment for the unpardonable sin of being female.” Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime.

“It is not Ms. Ritter’s or Ms. Dunst’s responsibility to protect their own property from theft by not creating said property or only storing it in a specific place any more than it’s any woman’s responsibility to dress a certain way, travel in groups, wear special nail polish, or what-have-you to lessen the chance that someone will attempt to assault them. As is often the case when we discuss crimes of this nature against women, we have it backwards. It is not on the (usually, but not always, female) victim to take “enough” measures to protect herself but rather on the (usually, but not always, male) victimizer to choose not to commit said crime. That notion was lost on the Disney Channel back in 2007. They treated Vanessa Hudgens like a sinful child after personal nudes were leaked and stated that “Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.”” Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime.

“You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be act and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or gratification.” Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime.

“Ms. Lawrence and the other victims have absolutely nothing to apologize for in terms of the contents of the photos or the nature in which they were leaked. The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.” Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime.

“After we said goodbye, I wondered if the desire to find some grim punchline to Josh’s story speaks of the magical thinking we sometimes indulge in when it comes to sex. Surely it must be dangerous to trade it, as if it were no different to putting up a shelf? But Josh is convinced that the bargain he’s made is more than equal to the cost of escape. And, after visiting Ammanford, I too found it hard to believe that he’d have been better off staying, with his father and the amphetamines and the Tesco. There are risks in what Josh does, of course: a chance he’ll end up beaten and bitter. But I say his father should be proud of the son who refused to accept the oblivion of his hometown and is working so hard to write his own happy ending.” Story of a male escort | Society | The Observer

“The only thing left for these people to do is put their toys back in the pram and huddle together as the tide rises against them, until they wake up in five year’s time and realise that Assassin’s Creed 7 was actually a pretty good game, even though they had to waste three precious seconds flicking the gender over to ‘male’ on the character creation screen so they can feel comfortable again. Change is inevitable, especially when half of the freaking gamers in the country are women and actually want to play some games that don’t treat them like disposable trash.” Announcement: Readers who feel threatened by equality no longer welcome |

“This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened, of course. This crap just keeps going. People who proudly call themselves “gamers” everywhere have been harassing and trying to exclude women for the last ten years, citing every pathetic excuse in the book from a “feminist agenda” to “gamer culture is under attack”. It’s disgusting and it’s awful, and it doesn’t even make sense. What are these people even afraid of?” Announcement: Readers who feel threatened by equality no longer welcome |

“How could I see something like this so differently as someone with whom we clearly related in terms of the vision of our boy filled families? I had to see if I was the anomaly, so I sounded out a bunch of dads. Their attitudes were like mine—their sons were venturing in as early as 4 years old, and certainly were autonomous pros by 7 or 8. The dads I talked to had no concern about predators, their leading concern was cleanliness.” Gay Dad Offers Men’s Room Tips For Single And Lesbian Moms

Aug 27
“It’s an archetype, I realized, that taps into a particular male fantasy: of being saved from depression and ennui by a fantasy woman who sweeps in like a glittery breeze to save you from yourself, then disappears once her work is done.”

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” -

Been there, done that.

Aug 25
“Maybe nothing, and maybe your carousel is working. I know we’ve created some great ones for clients. But take another look at it. Ask yourself (or maybe someone without a vested interest in your website) whether your carousel works for you, or whether it’s annoying users and reducing visibility. Is your carousel converting or is banner blindness taking over instead? If you don’t know, check your analytics. The answer is already there.” What to Include (& Leave Off) Your Homepage - SEW

Aug 22
“I called out to some as they left, ‘Can’t you even listen to ideas you disagree with? In Oxford, of all places, you should be open-minded enough to hear alternative views’. But no. They said I needed an open mind. This really got to me, raising painful memories of my early research on psychics and clairvoyants who said, ‘You just don’t have an open mind,’ when my careful experiments showed no psychic powers. By the time I moved on to showing Internet memes and viral videos more than half the audience was gone.” A hundred walked out of my lecture | Richard Dawkins Foundation

“I explained the idea of religions as memeplexes: they package up a set of doctrines, tell believers to learn them, to pass them on, to have faith and not doubt, and they ensure obedience with fearsome threats and ridiculous promises. This I illustrated with images of Christian heaven and hell. Then I read from the Koran “those that have faith and do good works, Allah will admit them to gardens watered by running streams … pearls and bracelets of gold.” “Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. They shall be lashed with rods of iron.” More walked out. By the time I arrived at a slide calling religions (Richard’s fault!) ‘Viruses of the mind’, the lecture hall was looking rather empty.”

A hundred walked out of my lecture | Richard Dawkins Foundation


Aug 21
“What you saw is the reality of what garbage patches are. It’s an issue that’s invisible to the naked eye until you are actually looking down at the water and you a see speck go by, and then another. You put your net in the water and you drag it for two miles and you have a handful of confetti. That’s the garbage patch, and that’s more sinister than the misconceptions that have been created.” The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium

“Then he saw combat. In his stories of the First Gulf War, all roads lead to the Highway of Death, the road to Basra on which the Iraqi army in retreat was slaughtered by coalition air power. He made four visits to the battle site. “The first time I was really cautious, picking my way through the wreckage,” Marcus says. “But by the last time I was kicking grenades out of my path. I didn’t believe I could be killed. I didn’t care if I was. I was in despair.”” The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium

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Stephanie Booth. Stephanie Booth is a freelance internet geek who lives in Lausanne, Switzerland. Digital Crumble is where she dumps all sorts of interesting stuff she finds online.

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