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So, Hugo Schwyzer Joins the Ranks of Male Suvivors (or That Ain't An Excuse)
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Rape, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Written by James Landrith   
Sunday, 06 October 2013

For the record:  I thought long and hard about posting this article.  I've made my peace with my doubts and believe it needs to be said.  If you disagree, so be it.

 

Well, Hugo Schwyzer disclosed today that he is a male rape survivor.  Okay.

 

He also apologized for the disgusting, abusive and arrogant manner in which he has treated male survivors for YEARS.  He took the posting down, but I've excerpted it below with my own comments interspersed (cached article here). 

 

Hugo Schwyzer on "I’m sorry for denying male rape victims. I was one., posted October 6, 2013":

 

"The breakthrough came in therapy this week. I had been raped. It happened in 1986, a generation ago, when I was an attention-starved 19 year-old. My rapist was an older Navy sailor, a massive man. I changed several details of our story for a piece that ran in Best Sex Writing 2012. I made it sound consensual, I made it sound hot, It was neither of those things."

 

Schwyzer is claiming he was raped.  I have no reason to disbelieve him on that and I have seen male survivors in denial who willingly hurt other male rape survivors.  This would not be beyond belief, nor out of the realm of my own personal experience.

 

"The vulnerability of men and boys to rape is real and undersold. Despite what a handful of men’s rights advocates insist, the greatest threat isn’t predatory older women. It’s older men. We know the truth about the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts, but what about other institutions in the US and Israel? Are we doing enough to protect our sons as well as our daughters?"

 

No, we are clearly failing our daughters AND sons across the board.  Sadly, Schwyzer helped to foster an environment that minimized and silenced male survivors. Further, society at large and many self-appointed mouthpieces on sexual violence are still actively denying the amount of female predation in this world as well.  It isn't a damned competition.  Why is it so hard to care about ALL PREDATORS without caveat?  Schwyzer still has a great deal of growing to do in this area.

 

"Technically, I was a legal adult when I was raped by a man twice my age. Had I been a 19 year-old girl assaulted by a sailor in his 40s, there might have been more sympathy. I won’t know, as I only broke down in group therapy this week and told the story about Mike from the USS Mt Vernon and what he did to my body and soul. Given my current state of public disrepute, this might seem a bid for attention. It’s not."

 

I have no problem believing that he was raped.  Whether it is a bid for attention or not would be a separate issue. 

 

"I’ve spent my whole life worrying about men as predators and dismissing the idea of men as victims. I haven’t wanted to see my own victimization as plausible, and I haven’t wanted to remember the details of what got done to me on May 24, 1986, in a seedy little Monterey motel."

 

Hugo did more than dismiss us.  He went on the offensive, minimized our traumas, mocked our concerns and outright acted like an enormous bully.  I do wish him success in healing from this trauma, but that does not excuse his prior bad acts and incredible arrogance toward other male survivors.

 

"Mike scared me, he beat me, he throat-fucked me and told me he’d kill me if I beat him. He hurt me badly. Some of my rage and fear at men has been with me ever since, and it has shown in my politics and my refusal to acknowledge that boys and men can be comparably harmed."

 

That sounds like a horrible and traumatic experience.  As far as Schwyzer's revelation regarding his lack of compassion toward other survivors, that is a copout and an excuse.  Hugo is gonna have to do much better than that.  Schwyzer owes a debt to the male rape survivors he willfully and arrogantly harmed over the years.  The people who aided him in such endeavours share a similar debt.  Schwyzer had more than a little bit of help in this regard.  I'm not excusing his colluding former friends and colleagues who willfully engaged in same.

 

"Too little, too late."

 

He got that right.  To ever earn my trust  or respect, it truly is "too little, too late."  However, it is never to late to begin to heal from any trauma.  Time for Schwyzer to shut his mouth, take the lumps he has earned - and he has earned them all in truckloads - and focus on his mental health.  Multiple groups of human beings have their own right to be angry with the likes of Hugo Schwyzer and some of his inner circle of supporters. 

 

Time for Schwyzer to listen and learn.  He has done far too much talking already.

 

 

 

About James A. Landrith

James Landrith is a healing rape survivor, public speaker, internationally syndicated blogger, civil liberties activist and the notorious editor and publisher of The Multiracial Activist (ISSN: 1552-3446) and The Abolitionist Examiner (ISSN: 1552-2881).  He is also the VP-Media Relations for Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma.  Landrith can be reached by email at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or at his personal website/blog.


 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 October 2013 )
 
Men Should Be Offended (or Enough with the Simplistic Assumptions Already)
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Written by James Landrith   
Sunday, 06 October 2013

Christer S. Rowan shared the following graphic on his website:

 

 

 

As a man who has been raped, I’m offended by a lot of assumptions. I’m offended by the assumption that ANY rape survivor is to blame for what was inflicted upon them – REGARDLESS OF THEIR GENDER IDENTIFICATION. As a rape survivor, I’m also offended by the assumption that my mere gender status means I don’t understand the dynamics of sexual violence and need to be taught otherwise.

 

I’m offended by ALL FORMS OF VICTIM-BLAMING.

 

I’m offended by the assumptions that clothing, time of day and location are the overwhelming forms of victim-blaming and everything else survivors face is rare or somehow less important. Given that the majority of survivors are hurt by someone we know, the majority of victim-blaming we receive is not necessarily related to clothing, location or time of day. That’s a rape myth in itself and silences those of us who don't fit into narrowly defined boxes.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 October 2013 )
 
Time to Support All Survivors (or Mine! Mine! Mine!)
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Written by James Landrith   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Jacob, writing for Toy Soldiers on “Military rape and suicide“:

The majority of reported cases of sexual violence in the military involve male victims, yet only one VA facility in the country offers residential treatment for men.

This is what happens when one treats an issue that affects everyone as a “gender-violence” problem. The other (apparently non-) victims do not get the help they need. When combined with the attitudes in the military and cultural attitudes about male vulnerability, this leaves abused men little recourse. They must tough it out, turn to drugs, or turn to suicide to cope with their problems.

What makes this particularly disgusting is that these men chose to fight for their country. They chose to give the ultimate sacrifice, and rather than help them, we ignore them.

Advocates who use ideologically charged and openly discriminatory terminology to attempt to claim or dominate a topic for their broader based cause or ideological crusades, to include attempting to downgrade the experiences of other victims on the basis of race, gender or other arbitrary factors, are not truly dedicated to eradicating sexual violence.  That is textbook ideological advocacy that co-opts the suffering of survivors of sexual violence to make a political case, rather than actually working to end rape, sexual assault and other forms of violence.  Rather than helping all survivors, they contribute to the culture of shame, hate and mockery that those who don’t fit their narrow definitions and box-based thinking suffer on a daily basis.

We’ve all had enough of that.

Read the rest here:

http://toysoldier.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/military-rape-and-suicide/

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 October 2013 )
 
The Kenyan Massacre’s Roots in America’s Somalia Policy
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013
The Kenyan Massacre’s Roots in America’s Somalia Policy
by Sheldon Richman
 
Last weekend’s hostage-taking — and the murder of at least 62 people — at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has its roots in the U.S. government’s intervention in Somalia, which began in the 1990s. Although there is no justification for killing innocents, it is fair to point out that al-Shabaab, the Islamist group that committed the attack on the mall and that controls parts of Somalia, would probably not be in power if not for the United States.
 
As Scott Horton, host of a nationwide radio program focusing on foreign policy, points out in the September issue of Future of Freedom (which I edit), the U.S. government has intervened directly in Somalia and backed repeated invasions by neighboring African states, including Kenya. In the process, a relatively moderate government was overthrown, resistance to invaders was radicalized, and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab gained partial control, which would have been unlikely without that intervention.
 
Horton, drawing on firsthand reporting by journalist Jeremy Scahill, notes that after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush administration compiled a list of countries “ripe for ‘regime change,’” including Somalia, “none of which had any involvement whatsoever in the attacks or any real ties to those who did.… Luckily for the Pentagon and CIA, it was not very difficult to find cutthroat warlords willing to accept their cash to carry out targeted assassinations and kidnappings against those they accused of being Islamists — or anyone else they felt like targeting.”
 
A backlash followed. Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union, a coalition of a dozen groups, put down the warlords and the U.S.-sponsored Transitional Federal Government. “The ICU then declared the reign of Islamic law,” Horton writes. “That, of course, was none of America’s business, and even if it had been, the Somali regime lacked the power to create an authoritarian religious state like, say, U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.… And Somalia’s traditional Muslim beliefs were much more laid-back and tolerant than those in Arabia.”
 
This was unacceptable to the Bush administration, so in late 2006 it had Ethiopia, its Christian client state and an old Somalia antagonist, invade and overthrow the ICU, “with CIA and special-operations officers leading the attack.” In 2008, however, Somalis kicked the Ethiopians out. Helping in the effort was, in Horton’s words, “the youngest and least influential group in the ICU, al-Shabaab (‘the youth’).” On its way out of power the Bush administration, seeking to save face, got the “old men of the ICU” to agree to “accept the form of the Transitional Federal Government.” This only inflamed al-Shabaab, which accused them of being American agents.
 
“It was only then — years after the whole mess began — that it declared loyalty to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda. It started acting like al-Qaeda too, implementing Arabian-style laws and punishments in the areas they dominated, such as cutting off the hands of those accused of stealing,” Horton writes.
 
Unfortunately, the Obama team has continued along the same disastrous path:
After the Ethiopians withdrew, [the administration] sent in the armies of Uganda and Burundi under the auspices of the African Union to hunt down and destroy al-Shabaab. Then came the Kenyans, who apparently panicked after luxury resorts near their border had come under attack. In 2011 the Ethiopians reinvaded. Kenyan forces took the port city of Kismayo from al-Shabaab in 2012 and loudly declared victory when the rebels melted away. But the stubborn insurgency continues the fight.
The Americans, for their part, continue to back the invading forces, as well as what passes for the “government” in Mogadishu, with hundreds of tons of weapons and tens of millions of dollars.
The CIA and the U.S. military still take a direct hand, not only by helping the nominal government, but also by attacking Somalis with helicopters, cruise missiles, and drones — and, Horton writes, “by overseeing at least two different torture dungeons.”
 
The horrendous attack in Nairobi has the news media abuzz over possible terrorist threats to “soft targets” such as shopping malls, not only in Africa but also in the United States itself. As we think about this, we should realize that this is a threat made in Washington, DC.
 
How many times do we have to experience what the CIA calls “blowback” before the American people cry, “Enough!”
 
Sheldon Richman  is vice president and editor at The Future of Freedom Foundation in Fairfax, Va. (www.fff.org).
 
Talking with Men, Not at Men Makes A Difference
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Rape, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Written by James Landrith   
Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Women's Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee asked the following question

 

If you come across someone who laughs at the idea of teaching men not to rape, what's the best way to explain things to them(without exploding in frustration)?

 

I'd start by remembering that 1 in 6 males experience sexual violence by age 18, not including those of us hurt as adults. I'd start by viewing us as more than potential allies, but as survivors in our own right. Talk with us, not down to us, or at us. The condescension and arrogance of some advocates - especially toward male survivors - makes it harder for many men to trust. Listen to us as well if you value our buy-in and desire our participation in your campaigns and advocacy efforts. We are actual human beings, not targets to be converted. You should expect to receive some pushback when you tell a male survivor of rape that they need to be taught not to rape.

 
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