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Friday, May 24, 2013

My Least Favorite Piece of Misogyny This Week: Florida Edition

Posted by Barbara Holm on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Sometimes people are like, "Wow, Babs you sure hate when people hate women!" And I'm like, "Yeah, thanks!" But, really, I hate when anyone subjugates others, especially when it's sexual discrimination based on a group's identity politics. What I'm saying is, if it weren't for an intense fear of fire, I'd be burning bras all day. This week in Florida (of course it was Florida, jeez, you'd think we'd know a hellmouth when we saw one), a basketball coach found out that two of his female players were dating and kicked one of them off the team. It wasn't very sporting.

When the younger girl's parent's found out about the relationship, they pressed felony charges on the older girl for "lewd and lascivious battery on a child ages 12 to 16," which is ridiculous, because isn't that the point of high school? My least favorite piece of misogyny—well, sexual discrimination—this week is the prosecution of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt for dating a 14 year old.

The poor girl was expelled from school just before graduation. If she is found guilty, she'll have to register as a sex offender and could serve up to 15 years in prison. This high school experience could ruin the rest of her life, and not in the way binging on Game of Thrones in bed for a day can fix. Kaitlyn's mom wrote, "Kailtyn’s girlfriend’s parents are pressing charges because they are against the same-sex relationship...(they) blamed Kailtyn for their daughter’s homosexuality."

I think the reaction to the age difference probably wouldn't be this drastic if the couple had been straight. And people wouldn't even have cared at all if they were vampires. Everyone would be like, "Oh my god, did you hear Sarah is in a relationship with a vampire 100 years older than her?" "Oh, that's awesome!"

So that's the thing I'm most outraged about in gender identity politics this week. But don't you worry, traditional misogyny is still going strong! That has been my least favorite piece of misogyny this week, tune in next week to find out if our plucky heroine can withstand the forces of darkness or if she too will turn into a fish monster!

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