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Let’s Give R.Kelly A Pass.

Let’s give R.Kelly a pass for having a relationship with Aaliyah D.Haugton when she was just 15 years old, and he was 26 years old.

Let’s give R.Kelly a pass; it’s not like the information about him being accused of having sexual relations with Tiffany Hawkins when she was 15 and he was 24 is important.

All the young 9th and 10th graders he waited for in the school’s parking lot, let’s give him a pass for that too!

Let’s also give R.Kelly a pass for having a “relationship” with a young woman, impregnating her, paying for her abortion and splitting up with her later on.

Let’s give R.Kelly a pass because on the 3rd of February 2002, a video was released where he was engaging in sex and urinating on an underage girl. In court it was said that he was charged with 7 accounts of videotaping the intercourse, and 7 accounts of distributing child pornography. It ended in him receiving an acquittal of course (Rape doesn’t matter!) Oh and by the way, it was more than just one video tape, with different girls as young as 14, just in case you are wondering.

When I speak of R.Kelly, I am speaking of the man Billboard named to be one of the most successful R&B artists in the last 25 years with over 40 million albums sold in the USA, 60 worldwide, together with 12 Studio albums. He also has a prominent legacy which continues today, that has inspired the likes of Avant, Usher, , Bruno Mars, Joe, Tyrese, Donnell Jones, Ginuwine, The-Dream, Ne Yo, Tank, K. Michelle and Trey Songz,.

It’s been 15 years since R.Kelly, also known as Robert Sylvester Kelly, was acquitted in court for child pornography, not rape. Now he has come back with the funky and fresh collaboration with Lady Gaga – Do What u Want. In addition, R.Kelly has also released a new album, ‘Black Panties’. You would think that with all the evidence that has been brought forward against R.Kelly in terms of predatory activities with young women, his career would be slaughtered, nope, nope and nope. There haven’t been any talks of boycotting his music, or demanding an end to his career, in fact no one  seem to care that in fact they are welcoming a pervert back into the world again because his music is just so damn good. Why?

First of all, looking at the statistics for rape and how many are reported that even make it to courts and then to conviction, this isn’t surprising because this number is very little. Rape is something that is constantly ignored in society today, it’s not spoken of, it’s okay, if you get raped you must have done something wrong, or you were wearing the wrong clothes, drawing the wrong attention! What’s even more surprising (not really) is that none of these young girls were white. The young girls that R.Kelly sexually manipulated with were black, underage girls who knew they didn’t stand a chance if they exposed their traumatic experiences. Black women in society today are not seen as humans, they matter very little, and they are constantly ignored unless their bodies are needed for playground purposes (please see Miley Cyrus). R.Kelly knew what he was doing, having sex with underage black girls means you are off the hook. If something happens to a black woman, she’s a “big booty hoe” and a “bitch”. When the video tape was exposed, there were several comments that defended R.Kelly’s abysmal actions, and said that these girls were “too fast” and that they “knew what they got themselves into”. Of course they did.

What R.Kelly has done, is that he chose to rape underage black girls because they are more likely to be vulnerable, afraid, and less likely to tell anyone in the fear of being derided.  Enough is enough, as individuals do we need to let ourselves experience these experiences before we can demand justice? So what if you like R.Kelly’s music, what about these young girls? Their lives are practically over whilst R.Kelly’s life has been resurrected. It might not affect you, but it allows space for crimes like this to be committed, and then to be shoved under the carpet without fail. By indulging in R.Kelly’s music, you are not only giving this man a pass, you are giving men exactly like him a pass. Celebrating R.Kelly’s music screams “Hey, I know you were raped, I’m sorry about that but… this man is a musical genius!”  As explained before, rape is something that is ignored, referring back to the statistics, and it’s even worse for black women. Rape victims in this sense do not matter, and will never matter, they will continue to be silenced for as long as it takes because society justifies rape in every way. Women are blamed for these wrong doings because they are the ones who asked for it. As usual,

Newsflash, if a woman doesn’t consent to having sex, its rape. If you need to convince her to having sex with you, it’s rape. If she is underage, it’s rape. If she is under the influences of alcohol, it’s rape. He clothes, her body, her communication has nothing to do with the action of rape. Just to break it down, Rape is down to rapists, and in this male-controlled society, it has been going on for too long to the extent that women are now “asking for it” and that she shouldn’t have “gone to that area”. (Which is bullshit by the way)

I see several (basic) feminists condemning Beyoncé every day because of her marriage choices, yet I fail to see the anger towards Lady Gaga for collaborating with this pervert, but never mind. This is irrelevant because R.Kelly is a multi-millionaire singer and record producer.

Let’s give him a pass.

 

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On How We Treat Those Who Serve Us

Something everyone can learn!

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What are William James main aims in the Varieties of Religious Experience?

– Year 13 girls, here’s the link on what William James said on Religious Experiences 🙂

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This post is for my Year 13 Philosophers! If you go to the online text of William James found here you will see the first lecture in which he presents his main aims and methodology. I would like you to find out a bit more about this by reading one of the sections of this first lecture (set out below), and commenting in the comments box on this post what you think James is trying to do. Some possible things to look at might be: What is the method that James uses to examine religious experience? What does he present in the lectures? Why does James think it is important to distinguish questions of fact from questions of value? What are his criticisms of materialism, and freudian psychological explanations of religion? Why is the origin of a religious experience useless to assess its value? If you are stuck I recommend…

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How Racist is your Halloween Costume?

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Halloween was yesterday but this whole week there has been outrage with the constant new racist Halloween costumes being worn along with the typical racist costumes people still wear. Just recently I saw a few which further angered me and I felt it was much needed for me to write this. There are people justifying the wearing of these costumes just because it’s Halloween and that it is not racist because it’s a costume and they need to stop. The people who wear these costumes need to stop and there has to be an end to this and their racism.

Firstly, a costume of a Native American or Pocahontas is not only mocking the Native Americans but is appropriating their culture; they are not mystical characters that you can dress like! Secondly, the only reason why you feel you have the right to dress like them is because you are…

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Russell Brand, I’d give you a C for effort.

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Recently, on Facebook I saw a group which said “Russell Brand for Prime Minister”, at first when I saw this, I chortled so hard, but then I watched an interview and said, oh wait he’s actually made some attention-grabbing points for the first time in his life (?)

1)”Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.”

 2)”I am not that I am not voting out of apathy. I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations”

 3)”The planet is being destroyed, we are creating an underclass, exploiting poor people all over the world, and the genuine legitimate problems of the world are not being addressed by our political parties.”  

4)”There is going to be a revolution, it’s totally going to happen. I don’t have a flicker of doubt.”

Before I turn into the negative side, its’ great the Russell Brand wants to use his influence to talk about these issues, especially as he has several followers on twitter so this may be the first step of enlightenment! Great, three cheers for Russell Brand (!) But, I’m just going to talk about two vital points that stood out to me the most. To be honest, nothing new has been said here, why do we need to wait for a white man to talk about Revolution? If a person of colour said these things, they wouldn’t even get two minutes of media time, they would just be labelled as delusional, so why is it so different for Russell Brand? Continue reading

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Explain and Evaluate the flaws of Matt Forney’s theory on Self Esteem. 35 Marks.

Please don’t read this response until you have read Forney’s blog first.

Matt Forney’s blog post can be read here: http://mattforney.com/2013/09/16/the-case-against-female-self-esteem/

After reading Matt Forney’s blog post about self-esteem and women, I must say I was more than shocked, I was disgusted, I was flabbergasted and more upset that the comments section was worse than the actual content of the blog post. What worries me is that his twitter page was filled with wailing girls who just said how angry they were reading his post. NO, GIRLS, you need to destroy his back and argue why he was WRONG. Rather than moaning about his faults, why not de-construct the points he made?

However, It can be argued that he has confused his sexual illusions with what is perceived as the truth, his writing appears to be overflowing with errors as he attempts to explain how women should act in society today. Although this argument portrays that it was written by an educated and well informed man, it’s fair to say that this has also been written by a male chauvinist who has discredited the movement several women has been resisting for decades. This essay will assess the poor highlights of Matt Forney’s argument.

Forney begins by rejecting the idea of self-esteem and claims

“women have done nothing to deserve self-esteem”. Continue reading

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God, do you really answer prayers?

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Everyday millions of people take a portion of their time to speak to their God(s) however is it actually worthwhile? Or is it just the unheard pleas of humans trying to find answers for questions which are unreachable? We are going to consider a couple aspects of prayer. What does praying accomplish in reality? Which prayers are listened to? Action versus prayer. Self affirmation and placebo effect. Is there any scientific evidence for prayer? Continue reading

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