1: “The offensive material was part of a draft for a “seduction guide” that someone was using Kickstarter to publish. The posts offended a lot of people — us included — and many asked us to cancel the creator’s project. We didn’t.”
2. “Let us be 100% clear: Content promoting or glorifying violence against women or anyone else has always been prohibited from Kickstarter. If a project page contains hateful or abusive material we don’t approve it in the first place. If we had seen this material when the project was submitted to Kickstarter (we didn’t), it never would have been approved. Kickstarter is committed to a culture of respect.”
3. “The decision had to be made immediately. We had only two hours from when we found out about the material to when the project was ending. We’ve never acted to remove a project that quickly.”
And while the $25,000 towards RAINN, the U.S.’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, is good; I’m pretty sure that KICKSTARTER is still able to put a stop to the distribution of the funds to one KEN HOINSKY, the individual behind this project that promotes violence against women.
Apparently, there is a giant fiberglass Mr. Darcy standing in the middle of Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake in England. If anyone has more information about him, erm, it? Please let me know. Seems hilarious.
28 year old French tennis player Marion Bartoli is your 2013 Women’s Singles Wimbledon champion!
That’s Bartoli there on your left. And I’m sure you can see the problem here. You don’t? Oh, that might be because you’re not a BIG SEXIST ASSHOLE. Because, if you were, you’d take one good look…
Initially I was shocked when I first read about the way Marion Bartoli, the Wimbledon champ for 2013, was treated by people on the internet after the 28 year old claimed victory. Then I remembered, it’s the internet and this is just par for the course. This level of blatant sexism, degradation and disrespect because this star athlete doesn’t meet whatever ridiculous standards have been set by, well, by whom, exactly?! Is extremely depressing, but again, not surprising. And you know what? It’s really sad that it isn’t surprising.
We cannot allow ourselves to become numb to things like this or let them slide because the moment we do, then it’s over. Then we’ve accepted this idea that a human being is worthless if they don’t look a certain way.