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  •  Wow, so I actually looked this up (56+ / 0-)

    first of all, surprise surprise, he's full of shit. His quote "breaking news, Ashely Judd just tweeted that buying Apple Products is akin to rape. From her iPhone"

    Breaking news? Try 2010. Also, it wasn't a tweet, it was a blog post. And it's actually a really powerful piece of writing, in which she fully admits to and laments her hypocrisy:

    http://ashleyjudd.com/...

    And that is how I, on my way to Democratic Republic of Congo to educate myself first hand about conflict minerals and advocate for a clean supply chain, am at the same time utterly complicit. My electronics, received as gifts or purchased, profit armed militias and support slavery. I am financing mass rape as I enjoy these ridiculously Global North ultra-efficiencies and conveniences, for large scale rape is the preferred predation mining interests use to humiliate and terrify local populations, in order to control resource areas. The UN notes that virtually every mine in DRC is militarized. This means little to no tin, tantalum, and tungsten is mined free of brutal exploitation, extortion, violence, rape, rape, rape.
    So, let's be very clear here...this is what he's joking about. This is what he compares to "how my brain felt after watching The Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood":

    http://iphoneproj2011.wordpress.com/...

    The New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, documents a 9-year-old girl, Chance Tombola, who lost her parents to an extremist Hutu militia along with her two sisters, ages of 6 and 12, who were taken into the forest, presumably to be turned into “wives” of soldiers.  The militia, who are remnants of those who committed the Rwandan genocide, killed her parents in front of her.  Chance had managed to run away, but her nightmare was not over.  Two months later, the same militia, including the soldiers who had killed her parents, burst into her aunt’s house.  They first shot her uncle then sliced his belly and took out his intestines.  They cut his heart out, showed it to the family members, and continued to mutilate his body.  At the same time, six soldiers raped her aunt, and one raped Chance.  Chance and her aunt were left tied up while the soldier took her 14 and 16-year-old cousins into the forest.

    Such stories are not uncommon in the Congo where women and girls are mass-gang raped, beaten, enslaved, and sexually abused.  At the same time, civilians are forced to witness such atrocities against their spouses, parents, children, relatives, and friends.  Militia groups also mutilate and kill civilians.  They force children to eat their parents’ flesh or vice-versa.  In addition, they burn down entire villages and take people’s belongings.

    However, the stories do not end with just rape or sexual violence.  Rape survivors are faced with stigmatization, rejected and abandoned by their husbands, family, and community.  Young girls like Chance are no longer considered a “marriage candidate.”  According to the article by Amy Ernst, who works with rape victims in the Congo, those who are stigmatized face further thrust down the ladder of poverty.

    So the question is what are the motivations of armed groups behind rape and other human atrocities?  According to a report by the United States Institute of Peace, “the sexual and gender-based violence is a tool to subjugate populations, instill fear, curtail movement and economic activity, stigmatize women, undermine community and family structures, contribute to bonding of perpetrators through the common act of rape, and in some cases, deliberately pollute the bloodline of the victimized population.”

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    Yeah, what is it with that Ashley Judd and her obsession with rape?

    Ashley Judd... said her abuse started as pre-teen when she was growing up in Kentucky. An old man lured her into an empty storeroom by telling her he would give her a quarter to play a pinball machine, and then molested her.

    She writes she was traumatized again when her family and other adults wouldn't believe her. Later, Judd said she was a victim of attempted rape while she was working as a model in Japan.

     Ashley says she only learned to fight her demons after entering rehab for depression at Shades of Hope in Texas. Therapy sessions there exposed memories of childhood incest. Judd said she still has bouts of depression.

     The stunning actress, who has three times appeared in People magazine's list of "The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World," said she wrote her book to help others with the shame.

    Laff. Out. Loud.

    Stay classy conservatives. Stay classy.

    You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

    by SwedishJewfish on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 04:53:50 AM PDT

    •   Sorry, massive trigger warning for above^^ (n/t) (16+ / 0-)

      You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

      by SwedishJewfish on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 04:57:17 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for this... (18+ / 0-)

      I was trying to get my head around the whole thing, not really understanding the context.

      Now that I know the context, seems to me that Ms. Judd stands as a giant among these clowns. I said I wasn't donating this cycle - if she runs, I'm donating. A lot.

      Imagine, more US Senators willing to look at the truth of naked capitalism in the Third World...

    •  This passage: (11+ / 0-)
      the sexual and gender-based violence is a tool to subjugate populations, instill fear, curtail movement and economic activity, stigmatize women, undermine community and family structures, contribute to bonding of perpetrators through the common act of rape, and in some cases, deliberately pollute the bloodline of the victimized population.
      describes other phenomena besides sexual violence. In general, it describes the central goal of ideologies that promote the existence of classes of scorned, marginalized "outsiders," on whose status "insiders" rely for their well-being.  

      Thanks for the comments about Ashley Judd's life.

      If she won political power, she'd be a seditious person, indeed.

      No wonder the bigots are shitting in their pants.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:31:38 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you (5+ / 0-)

      I'm not as familiar with Ashley Judd's political life as I probably should be. On the other hand, what I'd already heard of her made it clear that she's too thoughtful and articulate to say that "buying Apple products is akin to rape". This makes it clear that that is not what she said; and in fact, it practically clinches the argument for me that she belongs in the Senate.

      I hope Crowder's idiotic comment draws others to that post as well.

      Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

      by Nowhere Man on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:42:06 AM PDT

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      •  I wasn't either (4+ / 0-)
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        to be quite honest, or the issue of conflict minerals, but I'm glad I took the time to find out. So yeah, Ashley Judd now officially impresses the hell out of me, and I'm totally writing a diary about her and this particular issue, because now I kind of love her and want to see her mop the floor with Mitch McConnell. And also because the atrocities done to these women and girls should be known and understood, not used as a fucking punch line at CPAC.

        You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

        by SwedishJewfish on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 09:29:26 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for the information on Judd (2+ / 0-)
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      I was rather surprised when she said she'd been raped twice and wondered what the circumstances were. That it happened when she was a kid is really horrible (and even worse that she wasn't believed by those closest to her).

      To McConnell and his ilk, I would advise, tread very carefully on these grounds. This is not a woman you want to mess with. She's dealt with far more adversity than a goggle-eyed turtle like you.

      •  Repeat victimization is actually not uncommon (0+ / 0-)

        especially among women who are sexually abused as girls. Abuse in childhood so erodes a developing child's boundaries and sense of bodily integrity that it can leave them extremely vulnerable as they grow into women. The teenage years can be especially precarious-risky to begin with (the average age of a rape victim in the US is 17) and you add to that disrupted development, the self-destructive tendencies that so many survivors adopt (i.e. substance abuse), low self esteem, and many other issues that are often the result of childhood trauma, and it creates the perfect storm. It can ultimately become recurring cycle of multiple, repeated trauma. The data on this is pretty compelling-I don't have the link off hand but I believe there was a study that showed 81% of female incest victims were subsequently raped as adolescents and adults.

        I have spoken with many CSA survivors, because of my advocacy and because I'm a survivor myself and I go to group therapy weekly. And I am not exaggerating when I say that the vast majority of us were sexually violated multiple times subsequent to and separate from the childhood abuse-and 2 times is on the low end of the spectrum. Most have no idea that this is common, and go through life thinking there is just something inherently wrong with them. Most are afraid to even talk about it, because they fear they won't be believed, and/or they think they must have brought it on themselves somehow.  

        Either way, they know they will be judged. And the response to Ashley Judd's disclosure unfortunately just confirms those fears are legitimate.

        You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

        by SwedishJewfish on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:00:28 AM PDT

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