Damon Wayans, an 80s actor/comedian/director best known for his work on popular TV series including My Wife and Kids and In Living Color, recently defended accused rapist Bill Cosby on The Breakfast Club, Power 105.1 FM's hip-hop radio talk show.
“I don’t believe he was raping," Wayans said. "I believe he was in relationships with all of them.” He later went on to joke, “Listen, how big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for forty years?”
Um….dude…what the actual fuck?
While her male co-worker laughed, the female interviewer astutely noted Cosby had been accused of rape by a few women decades before. Wayans refuted, clinging desperately to his little raft of male entitlement.
“If you listen to them talk they go, ‘well…the first time…’ the first time? Bitch, how many times did it happen?”
Whoa. Within seconds Wayans added, “And some of them really is unrapeable. I look at ‘em and I go…no you don’t want that, get outta here.”
Well. Personally, all my hope that we aren't living in a dystopic society was just obliterated. For starters, the idea that someone would call into question the accusations of over forty women is obviously a douchebag that should die slowly like a housefly in a frat boy’s long abandoned keg of flat Miller Lite. I mean, are you serious? The idea that not just one woman’s perspective is invalid, but forty womens' perspectives are invalid, really drives home the whole "women-don’t-ever-know-what-they-are-actually-experiencing-and-are-always-crazy-bitches" thing. Damn, it is really stressful to live in world where, as a woman, all positive or negative encounters with men are constantly up for debate.
I recall that once upon a time someone said something like ‘Hey man, just because she is wearing a short skirt and lipstick doesn’t mean she’s asking for it…” How novel! It seems like in general we could redirect the energy used to question women toward something nobler, uh….like, preventing rape from happening in the first place?
As far as someone being "unrapeable," actually, we’re all rapeable, bro. In the patriarchy, we’re open and available to men all the time, just like a 7/11. Although every woman’s contact with our world is varied according to her background, race, class, and gender expression, the ambient fear of rape is one thing that does manage to tie us all together.
Wayans did make a salient point regarding white rapists Woody Allen and Roman Polanski still succeeding in finding work and winning awards. It is absolutely important to question who is targeted by media and for what reasons, but it’s equally important to listen to what women say, and not be a crazy, sexist dipshit. Peace out Wayans, I just *can’t* with all this anymore.
If you still have patience for this guy, you can watch the actual interview below:
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Finding women in the comic book world is kind of like shucking oysters and suddenly finding a pearl. In a world of murky sexist content you might find 1 in 15 artists working on comics are female, and “female writers and artists are sporadic at best” says Tim Hanley, a comic book blogger.
Breaking into the world of mainstream comics like DC or Marvel as a woman is difficult and hard to tolerate considering the rampant sexism and misogyny associated with these companies. That’s why female artists and writers often create their own content and find outside ways of funding.
Here’s a list of three comics created by ladies who successfully funded their books on kickstarter, you go girls!
1) Heroic, A Womanthology, by Renae De Liz.
This little diddy is a throwback to August of 2011 but definitely worth checking out. This massive all girl comic anthology reached over four times its pledged goal and raked in $109,301. The Womanthology was meant to showcase the work of over 140 women of all experience levels working in comics.
2) Oh Joy, Sex Toy, The Book, by Erika Moen.
If you’re not familiar with Erika’s popular blog “Oh Joy, Sex Toy” then get ready for a dose of NSFW awesome. Erika has been running the web comic about sex education and sex toy product reviews for over a year now, so her blog is chock-full of awesome illustrations and informational tidbits. Now Erika wants to make a book about the content on her blog. Erika reached her pledged goal in her first day of the kickstarter, plus $7,000 and we still have 28 days to go.
3)Strong Female Protagonist: Book One, by Molly Osterag.
Molly Osterag has been working on the webcomic “Strong Female Protagonist” The story of a regular girl with super-strength, invincibility, and “crippling sense of social injustice” and is ready to move from web to page. Written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by Molly, the web comic has received critical acclaim. The kickstarter has reached more than four times it’s pledged goal of $8,000 and is now resting at $20,145.
These ladies are proving that women are an important attribute to comics and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We need women content creators, we want content created for women, and we’re not going to stop until we’ve got it.
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