This interesting article brings the personal and the political together.
On 24 January 2011, a Toronto police officer gave a talk on crime prevention. When speaking about rape, he uttered the now infamous words, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts.” Enraged at his words and the culture of victim-blaming it reflected, Canadians marched to let everyone know that women’s clothes were not responsible for rape; rapists were. Although it was a Canadian police officer who had made those comments, the rape culture that gave rise to the sentiment was not confined to Canada. Women from around the world recognised it, shared their outrage, and have joined in the movement, with Slutwalk protest rallies popping up in more than 40 countries so far.
From the start, Slutwalk has been controversial, even among feminists. Some seek to reclaim the word ‘slut’, to redefine it to mean a sexually liberated woman, instead of a judgmental term used to cast aspersions on the morality…
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Ian Tomlinson pathologist brought profession into disrepute, tribunal finds
Dr Freddy Patel, who investigated the death of innocemt newspaper seller in G20 protests, showed dishonesty and deficient performance.
But this was enough to slow down the proceedings and sow seeds of doubt as to the real cause of death. The panel ruling was not only in consideration of the Ian Tomlinson case, but also three other post mortems in which he had acted “irresponsibly”, and a fourth in which he determined that a young woman who had actually been murdered, had died of natural causes.
So the big questions now are: Who picked this clown, and were they in the same Freemason’s Lodge as the so-called pathologist?
It’s interesting to compare the investigation into Mr Tomlinson’s death with how the authorities are pursuing Julian Assange.
Double Standards anyone?