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Oct 22 2016
Billy Bushwhacked Comments (0)
6-PACK/politics — Gay History Lesson + Trump Not On Georgia's Mind? + How Hillary Beat Trump + Olbermann Calls On Trump To Withdraw + Christie Going Down Like London Bridge + Late-Term Paper! Comments (0)

Pietro-hot-for-teacher-headmaster-desk-finalYeah, this is not what teaching gay topics is really like, guys! (Image via Charlie by MZ)

*widget boy cultureIn Utah, activists filed a federal suit to fight a law that bans educators from discussing LGBTQ topics.

*widget boy cultureCould Trump lose Georgia?

*widget boy cultureVox: Trump didn't just lose the debates, Hillary beat him

*widget boy cultureKeith Olbermann argues passionately that Trump should withdraw over “rigging” remarks.

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*widget boy cultureChris Christie continues to twist in the wind over Bridgegate. Will he wind up resigning? Jailed?

*widget boy cultureDo not miss this viral post from a woman who actually had a late-term abortion: 

Oct 20 2016
Megyn Kelly Shuts Down Trump Apologist Over Sex-Harassment Lie Comments (0)

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Megyn Kelly had to work around Roger Ailes for years, so she is not playing when it comes to powerful men harassing women and pretending it didn't happen/slurring the victims ...

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Oct 19 2016
Laura Benanti's Got The Right DIRTY AND BAD STUFF In Fresh Melania Trump Appearance Comments (0)

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Laura Benanti was born to play Melania Trump, who was born to play dumb ...

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Oct 17 2016
Until Proven Innocent: A Review Of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM Comments (0)

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I am sometimes embarrassed to tell a woman the name of my blog, usually resorting to, “It's Boy Culture ... but we love girls, too!”

I've never felt less attached to the name than when I was watching the new documentary Southwest of Salem, which details the heartbreaking case of four Latinas from San Antonio, Texas, whose lesbianism almost certainly led to their being imprisoned for heinous crimes they did not commit; their story was almost certainly made possible by good ol' boy culture.

DSC00728The four women with their lawyer (Image & video by Matthew Rettenmund)

The San Antonio Four—Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez—were a tight-knit group of friends who found themselves accused, in 1994, of gang-raping Ramirez's two young nieces. The girls told a wild tale of drug-fueled, Satanic-driven group sex, an expert testified that the girls' hymens were damaged and that's all their community and the local media needed to hear.

Convicted, Ramirez pulled over 37 years and her friends each received 16. Only problem is, they didn't do it, and the crime for which they were convicted almost beyond a doubt never happened in the first place.

When one of the girls accusing the women grew up and found she could not remember anything negative happening at all, she confronted her father, a man with plenty of reason to have an ax to grind when it came to his sister-in-law. He allegedly threatened her with taking her children away if she refused to stay silent. She went on the record anyway, and he did try, unsuccessfully, to meddle with her custody.

Her admission led to Vasquez's parole, and Vasquez made it her mission to help her fellow accused. Their long, torturous struggle makes up Southwest of Salem.

Director Deborah S. Esquenazi has turned in a sobering, no-frills documentary that painstakingly details the case, which has yet to fully resolve; the women are currently free, but as the film shows, they are still fighting for justice.

Esquenazi documents how the expert testimony in the original case was not only flimsy, but later disavowed by the same expert who gave it; how the police seemed all too eager to lump the crime in with the last gasp of the now totally debunked Satanic ritual abuse epidemic (the film's only arty flourish is a sequence of footage from the Silent Era that eerily communicates the accusers' over-the-top fabulism); and how the legal system is set up to keep admissions of error extremely hard to solicit, let alone receive.

Most impressively, the director accomplishes this while telling the very human stories of the women, and of the accuser who set out to make things right years later.

She also deftly touches on the role (or lack thereof) of the nascent San Antonio gay community back in the '90s when the case first achieved notoriety, and on the roles of Catholicism and family in the women's lives.

Portions of the Q&A from the screening I attended:

There are many deeply moving sequences in Southwest of Salem—which has no shortage of parallels from which to draw in comparing the Massachusetts witch hunts of the 1600s with the way POC and LGBTQ people are still routinely treated by the U.S. justice system—including scenes of despair and of joy long withheld. For me, the most compelling scene is when an elderly, white, male, Texan judge is tasked with deciding whether a case he himself presided over may have gotten it wrong. One question he asks will chill you to the bone, and should lead any right-minded citizen to ask a dozen more questions about the efficacy of our system.

Don't miss this important film—check out its official site here and donate to the women's cause here.

Oct 13 2016
Trump Laughingly Admits He Is A Sexual Predator Comments (0)

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6-PACK — Parish Prez Who Sexted 17-Year-Old Won't Do It Again + Miss Utah Recalls Trump's Passes + If Hillary Were Like Trump + Miss Teen USA Told Trump DOESN'T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE + Quick & Dirty + Transition Team! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureVIDEO: Married parish prez Mike Yenni admits to sexting 17-year-old guy, asks to keep job.

*widget boy cultureFormer Miss Utah—an unlikely state where Hillary is surging—recalls “gross” unwanted kisses from Trump.

*widget boy cultureIf Hillary sexually harassed men like Trump sexually harasses women ...

*widget boy cultureMiss Teen USA 2010 says she was told Trump “doesn't like black people.”

*widget boy cultureMy dirty Tumblr is particularly filthy lately. (Work Unfriendly — A Lot)

*widget boy cultureMeet Gavin Grimm, who is 17 and transitioning from female to male in high school — AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Great Way To Get Good Press — Try To Rape The PEOPLE Reporter Assigned To Cover You Comments (0)

A writer for People magazine, Natasha Stoynoff, has written movingly and convincingly of an attack at the hands of Donald Trump that occurred when she was assigned to cover him and his family in 2005.

Stoynoff writes that she has a friendly relationship with Trump after covering him for the magazine, and even attended his wedding to Melania.

The journalist recalls:

We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat.

Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger—a looming figure—and he was fast, taking me by surprise, and throwing me off balance. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.

The butler informed us that Melania would be down momentarily, and it was time to resume the interview.

I was still in shock, and remained speechless as we both followed him to an outdoor patio overlooking the grounds. In those few minutes alone with Trump, my self-esteem crashed to zero. How could the actions of one man make me feel so utterly violated?  I’d been interviewing A-list celebrities for over 20 years, but what he’d done was a first. Did he think I’d be flattered?

Trump later tried to intercept her at a spa appointment at the Mar-a-Lago resort that adjoins his compound.

Stoynoff told a colleague the very next day in 2005, but they did not alert their superiors. She told other close friends and family, though.

She goes on:

I chalked it up to one of the hazards of a rollercoaster ride of celebrity journalism: I’d danced barefoot in Cannes with John Travolta, sang with Paul McCartney, talked about Bogie with Bacall, quoted Shakespeare with Brando, and Prince Andrew yelled at me until I cried. Oh, and Donald Trump forced himself on me. I tried to make myself believe it was no big deal.

Only, it was...

I’m not sure what locker room talk consists of these days. I only know that I wasn’t in a locker room when he pushed me against a wall. I was in his home, as a professional, and his beautiful pregnant wife was just upstairs.

Talk is talk. But it wasn’t just talk in my case, it was very much action.

And, just for the record, Mr. Trump, I did not consent.