Blog June, Day Twenty

Why I hate the world, Reason #168.

730 people have backed the Kickstarter campaign to find the publication of a book the promotes and teaches to to sexually assault women.

That is right. More than $16,000 is being spent teaching men to rape.

Comedian Casey Malone broke the story on his blog with just 10 hours to go before the campaign ended, and sent the interent into a frenzy. With good reason. But even with the entirety of the bloggersphere calling for campaign to be cancelled, Kickstarter have refused, claiming that while they don’t like it, they haven’t actually broken any of the rules (which is incorrect. They have broken the Terms of Service which forbid content which is “unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, tortuous, obscene, offensive, profane, or invasive of another’s privacy.”).

Over at GoDoSomething.Org there is a petition to have the decision revoked, and at the time of writing it has over 33,000 signatures, but we shall see how much good it does.

Sexual assault is serious business, as is the fact that we live in a culture that tells us to “don’t get raped”, rather than “don’t rape”. It is not often I am one advocating for censorship, but this book is just not on.

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