Jezebel is a megablog that runs a combination of trashy celebrity stories and mid-brow feminism. I find the combination weird, but that’s probably because I’m a guy: they’re both things that contemporary women like to read about. I don’t subscribe to Jezebel because I can’t stand the gossip, but I appreciate it when one of my lady-friends tells me about a good feminist post. Especially because Jezebel’s feminism posts tend to have unintentionally hilarious comments.
My friend Caitlin recently pointed to a pair of posts on the rape charges against Wikileaks’ Talking Head, Julian Assange:
- The media says the victims are the kind of women “who make up rape claims, basically”
- “A consent-based framework for evaluating sexual assault is not yet widely accepted”
The second one is particularly interesting. I haven’t bothered to read the comments – let me know if you see anything funny.
The bottom line as I see it: Assange certainly appears to be an asshole, so I suspect there’s something behind the charges. Western governments are applying an awful lot of pressure to apprehend this particular rapist, so it is persecution in a way. Regardless, Wikileaks would probably be better off today if they didn’t have a Talking Head (maybe they can pass teh cables over to Anonymous?)