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Re: “Rich Rod Gets the Ax

Many male UA sports/football fans (at least the ones that don't already hate DickRod) are now reflexively disbelieving the accuser in this matter. This, of course, is a big part of the overall problem, and only helps to create a culture in which sexual assault and harassment are tolerated, or at the very least goes unpunished.

Let's be clear: Cases of false accusation of sexual harassment and sexual assault are rare. This case shows why. This woman had everything to lose, including her own job, her daughter's job, her daughter's tuition break, her own reputation and career, etc. She had no faith in the institution to address the matter in any meaningful way, and for good reason. Most big universities are run like corporations now, and the bottom line is what matters most. Big-time university athletic programs are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and universities often do whatever it takes to protect their brand and that huge income stream, including hushing up or even covering up crimes and misbehavior by their athletes, coaches, etc. Internal investigations such as the one conducted by the UA into this matter are usually a joke, just exercises in damage control and coverup. No wonder the woman refused to cooperate.

So rather than pick an internal fight she had no hope of winning, this woman tried to extricate herself from the toxic situation while maintaining her employment at UA, and got nowhere and no support. So she eventually left the university. Apparently she then was emboldened by the dam breaking on sexual assault and harassment lately and filed suit.

There are a couple of key things that must change going forward in order to solve this problem.

1. Men gotta stop acting like assholes!

2. When men inevitably do act like assholes, other men in positions of power must hold them accountable. It is not up to women to solve this problem, especially when it tends to be most rampant in situations where men wield a preponderance of power and women's recourse is quite limited (politics, big-time sports, corporations, Hollywood, etc.).

3. Re: this particular context, the culture of secrecy around big-time university athletics must end. It only serves to create an environment in which impunity is the order of the day, and it perpetuates all sorts of bad things, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. Alas, don't count on the mainstream media to help destroy that culture of secrecy. They're really just cheerleaders for the home team, and they long ago stopped doing anything that remotely resembles investigative journalism when it comes to UA sports coverage. They have no interest in breaking any story that would damage the university brand or the athletics gravy train, which pumps millions of dollars into their coffers as well.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 01/05/2018 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Rich Rod's Accuser Filed $7.5 Million Claim for Sexual Harassment and Emotional Distress

Many male UA sports/football fans (at least the ones that don't already hate DickRod) are now reflexively disbelieving the accuser in this matter. This, of course, is a big part of the overall problem, and only helps to create a culture in which sexual harassment is tolerated, or at the very least goes unpunished.

Let's be clear: Cases of false accusation of sexual harassment are very rare. This case shows why. This woman had everything to lose, including her own job, her daughter's job, her daughter's tuition break, her own reputation and career, etc. She had no faith in the institution to address the matter in any meaningful way, and for good reason. Most big universities are run like corporations now, and the bottom line is what matters most. Big-time university athletic programs are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and universities often do whatever it takes to protect their brand and that huge income stream, including hushing up or even covering up crimes and misbehavior by their athletes, coaches, etc. Internal investigations such as the one conducted by the UA into this matter are usually a joke, just exercises in damage control and coverup. No wonder the woman refused to cooperate.

So rather than pick an internal fight she had no hope of winning, this woman tried to extricate herself from the toxic situation while maintaining her employment at UA, and got nowhere and no support. So she eventually left the university. Apparently she then was emboldened by the dam breaking on sexual harassment lately and filed suit.

There are a couple of key things that must change going forward in order to solve this problem.

1. Men gotta stop acting like assholes!

2. When men inevitably do act like assholes, other men in positions of power must hold them accountable. It is not up to women to solve this problem, especially when it tends to be most rampant in situations where men wield a preponderance of power and women's recourse is quite limited (politics, big-time sports, corporations, Hollywood, etc.).

3. Re: this particular context, the culture of secrecy around big-time university athletics must end. It only serves to create an environment in which impunity is the order of the day, and it perpetuates all sorts of bad things, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. Alas, don't count on the mainstream media to help destroy that culture of secrecy. They're really just cheerleaders for the home team, and they long ago stopped doing anything that remotely resembles investigative journalism when it comes to UA sports coverage. They have no interest in breaking any story that would damage the university brand or the athletics gravy train, which pumps millions of dollars into their coffers as well.

33 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 01/04/2018 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Mexican American Studies: What's Next?

Thanks for proving the judge's (and David's) point, Nathan K.

Yes, by all means, take your precious white kids and hide them behind gates where the brown kids never go, and while you're at it, put their tender little minds in sealed curriculum boxes so they never again are troubled with the racist history of their forebears. Surely that will solve everything.

45 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 01/01/2018 at 12:13 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A T. Watch, a Year Later

Even if you're shallow or greedy enough that all you really care about is money--and many of Tchump's supporters are just that--Tchump still can't be justified in any rational way.

Tchump knows nothing of labor, economics, fair trade or even how to run a business. He made his money by being born to the right capitalist sperm donor, who passed down his talent for fleecing people and racially discriminatory real estate strategies to his spoiled-brat, silver-spoon son. Tchump pissed most of his daddy's money away until he realized that he could parlay his psychotic narcissism into a lucrative TV career. Sadly, any society that's fucked up enough to make a TV star out of a first-class jackass like Donald Tchump is also fucked up enough to make him President. The rest is (sordid) history.

With any luck, 2018 will see our moronic, greedy, abusive, racist, sexually-assaulting "president" in chains. But don't hold your breath. Wealthy white males like Tchump are good at evading responsibility for all sorts of things. It's their greatest talent.

And a Merry Capitalist Orgy Day to all.

60 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 12/25/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

Oh, whatever. As a recovering Catholic, I can say with a clear conscience that if you choose to let religion warp and poison your child's education, then YOU can pay for it. But NOT WITH MY MONEY, and especially not when it flies in the face of one of the key principles upon which this nation was founded: separation of church and state.

And, anyway, what the heck does your selfish "critique" have to do with David's excellent post on institutional racism? Nothing, so why are you even wasting the space? Is your sole animating purpose to prove David Safier wrong about everything? Pretty pathetic.

69 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

You're wrong about that UNLV game, too--it was Trier who had the game-high scoring output for the Cats with 29.

A&M came in with the 4th best D in the country, so no surprise that they curbed Arizona's offensive enthusiasm. They double-teamed Ayton all night, quite effectively. Trier and Ayton combined for only 20 points, and Arizona had exactly two fast break points all night--NOT a track meet.

The Cats won that game because they finally played a decent defensive game for the first time all year, and because other players besides Trier and Ayton stepped up.

Say what you will about PJC, but he had the huevos to hit the huge shot at the end that provided the winning advantage. I'll take it.

11 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

You're wrong about that UNLV game, too--it was Trier who had the team-high scoring output with 29.

A&M had the 4th best D in the country coming in, so no surprise that they curbed Arizona's offensive production. They were double-teaming Ayton all night, and Trier and Ayton combined for only 20 points. And the Cats had exactly two fast break points all night--NOT a track meet.

The Cats won that game because they finally played fairly consistent defense for the first time all year, and because other players besides Trier and Ayton stepped up. The Cats also double-teamed A&M's excellent big man (Williams) and really shut him down.

Say what you want about PJC, but he had the huevos to very coolly hit the shot of the game that gave Arizona the winning advantage at the the end.

11 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 9:45 AM

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