Rally against police abuse and rape

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, May 27, 2011 12:31 EDT
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I'm angry but not surprised to hear that the jury acquitted the NYPD police accused of rape and burglary.  Not surprised, because the belief that some women are fair game has not only not disappeared from our society, but it's probably only grown stronger in recent years as the tabloid media increasingly makes it money by showing pictures of sexually active and/or drunk women, and holds them up to be the greatest villains who ever lived.  (Hitler had nothing on Lindsay Lohan—when is she getting the death penalty for being a drunk?!)  Lindsay and Jill lay out for you why this isn't so much a genuine "not guilty" verdict, but closer to a jury nullification of laws that make it illegal to rape drunk women. If you have any doubts about that, consider that the cops were also acquitted for burglary, even though there's video evidence that should put that beyond any reasonable doubt.  

I also wish I could say I'm surprised that the rape even happened.  By and large, I don't trust police officers. It's a profession that is notorious for attracting men with massive masculinity issues, you know basically thugs.  Much of the time, "serve and protect" is deemed contingent on people's gender, race, ethnicity or perceived compliance with social norms.  Unfortunately, much of the public not only doesn't mind this but seems to romanticize it.  Which is why they support the cops when they rape and beat and otherwise act outside the law.  Just to demonstrate this, when I put out a request on Twitter for songs protesting the police or sexual assault, some no-doubt-wingnut acted all butthurt: "Why would you be publicizing anti-police songs?"  Those are the people eager to write a hall pass to police to rape women perceived as insufficiently chaste.

So, instead of the usual Friday Genius Ten, here's a mix of songs protesting sexual abuse and protesting the police.  Use this mix to energize yourself for protests.  If you're in New York City, please come out to the rally today at the Manhattan Criminal Court Building from 5-7. Details here.

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Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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