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[2013 edit: I realize that this post isn’t as clear in re: statistical analysis as I would like it to be. I doubt the premise will change, but I will do a more thorough data combing in a later post and link to it here in a edit when I do.]

Since I’ve been criticizing people that shit-talk men in my Cosmo post and my defense of DSK. I feel like I have to prove my gender egalitarianism now.

Progressive Current TV newscasters The Young Turks were straight up wrong about something last week. They called it a “fact.” I sent them an e-mail, but they never responded, so in my truth-crusading the need to bitch on my blog kicked in.

Dear Young Turks,

I’m writing in regards to your video “Men Raped More Than Women in US?” To your eponymous question, Cenk answered “yes” to men are raped more than women. This notion is simply wrong.

Cenk didn’t cite a statistic in the video, (which he should, if only to pass off blame in case the source is wrong) but the video comments cites Justice Department guidelines (but has no link).

You need to learn how to read and interpret primary sources before passing them off to your anchors as facts. Just because there are more men in prison than women, and there are prison rape epidemics, it does not immediately statistically necessitate that men are raped more than women.

Here is an excellent blog post from Feministe, which cites the Justice Dept. survey about prison sexual assault released in 2012:

The Justice Department survey is linked here. And… yeah. Those numbers are not quite correct, but they are nonetheless horrifying. First of all, “sexual assault” is not always the same as “rape,” and includes a variety of behavior that wouldn’t meet the legal standard for rape. So it’s not clear that there are actually more rapes of men than women, or more rapes of prisoners than non-prisoners…

According to RAINN, there are 213,000 victims of sexual assault in the United States every year.More than 9/10ths of those victims are women and girls. The numbers RAINN uses come from the Department of Justice National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS, though, is clear that its methodology for gathering sexual assault stats is pretty limited, and probably doesn’t present a 100% accurate picture of what victims experience. The NCVS also doesn’t seem to include prisoners (at least as far as I can tell), but would include people who were sexually assaulted in prison within the past year, but were out of prison at the time the NCVS was taken.

You had better be careful in the future with your fact-checking or risk alienating your women viewers.

People on youtube tried to be all snarky and present other studies with incompatible sampling techniques to prove the amount of men that underreport rape make up the difference. They failed and then I got downvoted for simply citing statistics from the same studies they were supposedly getting their information from.

One such study is the The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey on the CDC website, which still says, “Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.”

Including stalking and other forms of violence bring the stats up to “More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States.” I still think it’s a good idea to include different forms of sexual violence, but if they broaden the definition too wide, example “stalking,” the statistics are going to include a bunch of unrelated experiences.

Prison rape is still a problem. Male and female rape are still problems. But we need to have honest conversations about the data and where it’s coming from if we’re going to fix it.

For more information on modern masculinity check out The Good Men Project.

Categories: Social commentary Tags: Fact-checking, feminism, feministe, male rape, prison rape, rape, rape statistics, sexual violence, The Young Turks, TYT

Aw yeah.

Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad will be on Sunday, July 15 at 10 PM on AMC.

This is a good year for TV.

Categories: Pop-culture Tags: 2012 TV, AMC, breaking bad, breaking bad trailer, methamphetamine, season 5

Eleven days into my new project and I haven’t given up. Pimp my Twitter. Pimp my Twitter. Pimp my Twitter.

23% follower to following rate. Could be worse.

You know what’s more important than followers? Retweets. It’s hard to do on twitter if you’re not in a tweet circle jerk. Do me a solid, guys, and check the page and retweet your favorite quote. And comment if you have suggestions!

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, Viral Things Tags: Brooklyn, Greenpoint, heard in NYC, HeardinBK, hipsters, long island, Overheard Brooklyn, Overheard in Brooklyn, park slope, retweet, twitter, Williamsburg

(Louie Season 3 comes back June 28 on 10:30 PM on FX.)

Since his $5 Paypal Beacon Live stint, Louis CK has been getting a reputation for being a bleeding liberal, making the funny affordable for the people, and working against monopolies. He deserves it. This is great work, setting up newer comedy consumption models that make capitalism work in the ways it’s supposed to work.

Louis CK is so popular that apparently whenever he has a cheap show, scalpers buy a shitload of his tickets and then jack up the price.

I just got an e-mail from him:

By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I’ve cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price. To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING.  Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing.  opt in to the email list if you want, and

you’ll only get emails from me.

Also, you’ll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel your ticket (and refund your money).  this is something I intend to enforce.  There are some other rules you may find annoying but they are meant to prevent someone who has no intention of seeing the show from buying the ticket and just flipping it for twice

the price from a thousand miles away.

Some of these rules may be a pain in your ass, but please be patient.  My goal here is that people coming to see my shows are able to pay a fair price and that they be paying just for a ticket.  Not also paying an exhorbanant fee for the privalege of

buying a ticket.

Tickets across the board, everywhere, are 45 dollars.  That’s what you’ll actually pay.  In every case, that will be less than anyone has actually  paid to see me (after ticket charges)  in about two years and in most cases it’s about half of what you

paid last year.

The benifit for me is that I won’t get angry emails from anyone who paid a ton of money to see me due to circumstances out of my control.  That makes me VERY happy.  The 45 dollars also includes

sales tax, which I’m paying for you.

I love this guy.  So much.  Maybe I’ll actually be able to afford a show one day soon.

https://buy.louisck.net/

Categories: Pop-culture, things that amuse me Tags: capitalism, comedy, funny, Louie, Louis C.K., Louis CK, scalpers, ticket prices, tour 2012, When is Louie season 3?

[6/28 Edit:  Those 19 constitutional scholars were wrong about the Court.  Reax on my blog “Holy Shit Mandate” here.]

Sarah Kliff of Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog does some of the tightest health care news blogging I’ve ever seen.

Kliff on the SCOTUS individual mandate decision:

Bloomberg surveyed 21 top constitutional scholars and found that, while 19 think the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act ought to be upheld on the basis of legal precedent, just eight think the Supreme Court will actually do so.

Sigh. Yup, pretty much. Kennedy is supposed to be the swing Judge, the new Sandra Day O’Connor, but he really does bend conservative. It’ll probably turn out to be a 5-4 ruling against the mandate. There’s hope though, according to Kliff.

The other thing they are ruling on, but people are talking about less, is the proposed Medicaid expansions. States are arguing that it puts excessive burden on them and suing. Suck it, Red states. Eat your own Christian values, and help your poor people have basic human dignity.

I think, hopefully, a lot of the bill should remain intact. Otherwise everyone with a college kid under 26 is going to be pissed.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: health care bill, individual mandate, Justice Kennedy, medicaid, obamacare, Sarah Kliff, SCOTUS, supreme court

Here is an attempt at viral marketing that pushes against paperless. I never knew paper companies felt so threatened by iPads.

I’ve never heard of them, but apparently Domtar is the largest manufacturer of uncoated sheet paper in North America.

http://www.paperbecause.com/

Bullet points from Big Paper include:

> Opening a nice envelope is surprisingly exciting.

> The mail carrier is getting a little pudgy.

>Underneath all our wireless streaming, hands-free technology, we’re still people.

Paper is PERSONAL!  Paper is PURPOSEFUL! Paper is KNOWLEDGE!

Guys, this is a call to action. Our love of opening envelopes is in a precarious position. If we let Clouds overtake our planners, our humanity will fall like Domtar’s stock prices. Our children will descend into the chaos of ADHD. Our corporate ideals will be ripped like babies from their mothers’ breasts, and freedom will be eaten by the fascism of inefficiency.

Thank you, Domtar, for opening my eyes to the dangers of digital; you should make an app for this.

Categories: things that amuse me, Viral Things Tags: Domtar, enviornmentalism, paper, Paper because, paper sustainability, paperless

Ahaha. Maybe what that hipster told me, “We’re living in a dystopia!” wasn’t so crazy after all. Even Americans can be enemy combatants. Rejoice in our executive branch’s power.

http://www.donotkill.net/about.php

The National Agency for Ethical Drone-Human Interactions (N.E.D.H.I.) was founded in September of 2001 to monitor and regulate the use of drones both domestically and internationally.

Disclaimer: Adding your name to the ‘Do Not Kill’ Registry does not guarantee that you will not be the target of a drone strike but only that an additional review process will be undertaken before you are labeled an enemy militant and added to the national kill list. For further information on the drone program and newly instated ‘kill list’ click here.

Sign the Whitehouse.gov petition to get Obama to officially create a Do Not Kill list. 25,000 are required by June 29 to get an official response from the White House.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: do not kill list, drone strikes, drones, enemy combatants, kill list, militants, NEDHI, obama