August 12, 2015

"In honesty, I didn't make my sign": SlutWalk revisited (Edmonton edition)

Lauren SouthernArchive

After my Vancouver SlutWalk video went viral, I knew it would be hard for me to cover another one of these marches, but I decided to go to the one in Edmonton anyway.

I went with a Rebel volunteer whose signs were ripped up by feminists who were offended by... data from Statistics Canada!

Marchers called me "ignorant," a "troll" and a "fake journalist."

The ones who did talk to me were sometimes confused and inarticulate.

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commented 2015-08-26 23:17:28 -0400
Sadly as long as we have men like this, and street gangs, there will always be a rape culture. Legality has no basis here, as even pirates, and the Mafia have a culture.
commented 2015-08-25 23:55:49 -0400
wow just wow……
they want to lockup men on accusations of rape… Well I guess more then a few men I know would be in jail if that came to pass… since the Ex accused them of rape on a night they were accounted for… like on the other end of town… or even out of town… like out of province kinda out of town. Just recently One of my coworkers held a small house party. A female guest got black out drunk early on so him and a couple of other guests carried her downstairs put here to bed (dressed) and went backup to the main level to carry on the party. He is now being investigated because she claimed rape. Despite many of the guests claiming its false (his friends her friends, random people that were there), the prosecutor is still going forward with the charge.
That single accusation has become a weapon to be wielded against men because of the stigma it creates and the bias it brings against the man .
commented 2015-08-19 00:43:13 -0400

I concede that getting into a car with strangers isn’t the smartest decision in the world – but having said that, the odds that she was drugged and gang raped – assuming this is the first time that she has done this, doesn’t bode well for any argument about not living in a rape culture. It’s not such a crazy thought that one can get a ride from a stranger for whatever reason and not be raped.
commented 2015-08-18 21:03:26 -0400
Getting into cars with strangers CAN, not will result in harm. The risk is high, its best to avoid it. Don’t be willingly obtuse. It makes your argument useless, and makes you seem less intelligent when I’m sure your not.
commented 2015-08-17 23:27:45 -0400
Those are the kinds of choices 4 sick criminals in Brandon Manitoba made. They deserve no mercy. Painting with a broad brush is unhelpful.
commented 2015-08-17 23:11:33 -0400

Fair enough – so then the lesson learned is that riding home with strangers will result in a gang rape. Those are the kind of choices that Canadian men are making.
commented 2015-08-17 21:17:08 -0400
Don’t get into cars with strangers. I was taught that when I was 3or 4. I deeply hope the police service in that town have a good lead on those guys. And that woman can receive some closure.
commented 2015-08-17 13:06:28 -0400

What lesson should she have learned before the event exactly?
commented 2015-08-17 10:35:58 -0400
In answer to your question, no, I don’t think you victim blame at all. Not what I meant. I thought you might take what I said as victim blaming.
That is why I said,"If you call that slut blaming, then I feel sorry for you " or anyone else who thinks I was.
I don’t believe in the premise that we live in a rape culture.
I do hope those four who brutally violated your friend get put away for a long time. I hope she is going to be alright.
commented 2015-08-17 10:08:45 -0400
I’m sorry you took that as hostility Marty. I hope things work out.
commented 2015-08-17 08:59:14 -0400
Liza, stop with your idiotic hostility. I know more of the story, but since this is before the cops and courts, understand I can only say so much.

Do you think I victim blame?! Really?

Go fuck yourself!
commented 2015-08-16 23:15:27 -0400
“Yes I know”?
There are bad people out there, you’re talkin Brandon Manitoba , there is a whole other layer to consider. Bad, its bad. That is no reason to tag Canadian males in general with a rape culture label. No reason. Illogical and unfair.

Your friend needs assistance, do what you can. Cut the crap and don’t pretend this is some kind of new epidemic. This stuff has been happening for millennium. It is criminal and disgusting, but it is not a rape culture to pin on all males.
Those four strangers need to go to jail, no pass.
Your friend will probably never put herself in harms way again. Too bad she couldn’t have learned that lesson before this event.
If you call that slut blaming, then I feel sorry for you.
Help your friend.
commented 2015-08-16 14:30:35 -0400
Yes I get feminism has run amok, but let me tell you how a friend of mine’s Saturday went. This is not a piece of fiction:

- picked up for a ride home by 4 strangers (yes I know…)
- taken to a house outside Brandon Manitoba and roofied.
- gang-raped until she sobered up where she had to jump out a 2 storey window and hide in ditches with nothing but a blanket on.
- made it home, reported it and now we wait for the investigation. due to that investigation, this is all I will say right now.

She already has faced victim blaming (reference my first point) and slut shaming. It hasn’t even been 2 days!

Please, I get radical feminism is a blight, but please, Lauren. Do tell me how there is absolutely no rape culture in the West…

I would love to hear your response!
commented 2015-08-15 19:28:04 -0400

Thanks – I will certainly take your suggestion under advisement.
commented 2015-08-15 19:10:49 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva,

Excellent! Then I suggest you spend more time with your support group and less time insulting and belittling people on this board. Don’t forget to bring your crayons!
commented 2015-08-15 19:00:58 -0400

Since I am surrounded by people who are like me – both in my personal life and professionally, it’s all good. Thanks for coming out.
commented 2015-08-15 17:53:32 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva,

Well at least you have acknowledged your personal issues. That is a good start. Don’t forget to shower or deodorize yourself. Since your head has been lodged in your posterior for quite some time it will be quite pungent. Once you have reflected upon your own words and actions I am certain you will see the error of your ways. To quote the great Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.”
I wish you luck in your future endeavors.
commented 2015-08-15 13:58:56 -0400

Thank you for your kind concern, but should really worry about yourself. I debate with OTHER people here just fine. To quote Seinfeld – it’s not me, it’s you.



commented 2015-08-15 11:24:10 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva,
I am so glad to hear that you have the support of friends and family who can put up with your childish behavior in your time of need. I strongly urge you to seek help from your nearest mental health professional. Can’t you see that you blindly attack others with personal attacks on a continuous basis? I think everyone regardless of their political stripe will agree with me that your behavior is brutish, childish and completely indicative of someone with a narcissistic personality disorder. As for questioning my intelligence I cite the following works which would indicate, based upon your writing, word choices and cursing so far, that it is you and not I who is lacking in intelligence and comprehension skills and as such you are projecting your insecurities upon me:

Rozin, P. (2006). Domain denigration and process preference in academic psychology. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1, 365-376.
Stephens, R., Atkins, J., & Kingston, A. (2009). Swearing as a response to pain. NeuroReport, 20, 1956-160.
Code, C., Wallesch, C.W., Joanette, Y., and Lecours, A.R. (1996). Classic Cases in Neuropsychology, Lawrence Erlbaum, Hove.
Davis, M. and Whalen, P.J. (2001). The amygdala: vigilance and emotion. Molecular Psychiatry. 6: 13-34.

Jimmy, please extricate your head from your posterior, de-odorize yourself, seek help and then come back to debate once you are ready to wear your big boy pants and act like a proper adult.

Mic Drop
commented 2015-08-15 02:18:20 -0400

If people saw me the way that you see me – I wouldn’t have a wife, friends, business associates, etc…unless they like/love who I am.

But it’s cool – your opinion means less than nothing and you have disliked me from the get go, so your view isn’t surprising.
commented 2015-08-15 02:02:27 -0400
I rather doubt it. It is part of the disorder, you know, thinking that.
commented 2015-08-15 01:34:35 -0400

Then I must be surrounded by people who have a personality disorder – since my wife, friends, family, work associates and countless people OUTSIDE of The Rebel online are just like me.
commented 2015-08-15 01:15:08 -0400
Personality disorder with out a doubt. The hardest to treat.
commented 2015-08-15 01:03:56 -0400

No need to worry about me – I will be just fine. You should be more concerned about yourself considering your problems with comprehension, the lack of intelligence that you are showing and the fact that you are incredibly uptight. Seriously man – move on. It would be for the best with someone like you.
commented 2015-08-14 23:51:10 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva:
I am quite concerned for you as you have proven time and again that you may be suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder. Please take your medication if you have it and if not I would strongly recommend that you seek assistance from your nearest mental health specialist. The following symptoms from clearly describe your behaviour:

In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:

1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
4. Requires excessive admiration
5. Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
6. Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
7. Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
9. Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

The following link may be of help to you:

Jimmy, I am quite concerned for your mental well being. Please seek the help that you so desperately need.
commented 2015-08-14 22:33:57 -0400
Paul Taalman, that is the part I don’t get, do they all hate their brothers, fathers, sons! It is such an unhealthy unnatural ridiculous generalization.
commented 2015-08-14 22:16:22 -0400
That guy at the end though… Until he is falsely accused of rape. Goodness. Innocent until proven guilty, but not if you are potentially guilty of rape? Yikes. Please tell me that the majority of people at that walk understand the concept of a fair trial.
commented 2015-08-14 20:43:14 -0400

No – that was what the judge said in his ruling.

I have indicated the news sources with a liberal slant numerous times.
commented 2015-08-14 20:21:34 -0400

So you MUST go to Journo school to be a journalist?

So basically what you are saying is left-wing journalists at Torontoist, NOW Toronto, Matt Elliot from Metro News and the rest of the online/digital media are not real journalists?
You have this obsession with pointing out BIAS on Conservative media but you never mention tjhe bias from

Torontoist’s David Hains, Desmond Cole
Globe & Mail’s Hamutal Dotan
Jonathan Goldsbie, Matt Elliot
and the whole left-wing/NDP that get to write on digital media because they are friends with the owners/Editor in chief/Publishers.