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Braun: If he's guilty, Jian Ghomeshi another brick in the wall of violence against women

By Liz Braun, Postmedia Network

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Still obsessing about Jian Ghomeshi?

Considering he's alleged to be just another brick in the wall of violence against women, it's hard to figure out what all the fuss is about. Add his name to the list that has Ray Rice or Charlie Sheen or Chris Brown on it and then just forget about it until next week, when it happens all over again. College ball players, rappers with roofies, ISIS fighters and their slave girls: it's all grist for the same mill.

Or as Eminem put it, "Sit down b----, you move again I'll beat the s--t out of you." Catchy tune.

Although initial reports on the Ghomeshi case had four women making complaints about him, those numbers weren't quite big enough to convince everyone that there might be merit to what these women had to say.

Whether you think it applies to you or not (but it does), victim-blaming is an established element of how all this works, just part of the complicated power structure that ensures the subordinate relationship of women to men; you and Beyonce are the exceptions to this, of course. Anyway, wasn't it carefully explained by Ghomeshi that these women were part of a complex revenge conspiracy? Oh, well then — it's not as if anyone would lie about such matters.

The next chapter will involve how much the CBC knew, and when they knew it. Oh, the hand-wringing!

Homework this week will include watching NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell work his way through the Ray Rice mess.

What does it all mean on a day to day basis? It means it's still open season on women, and the Ghomeshi thing is more of the same, only more so.

Although unreported rapes from around the world lit up twitter all week in the wake of news reports about this case, the general public carried on, seemingly unaware of and unconcerned about the daily skirmishes in the war between men and women. It was celebrity that gave the CBC story staying power; ironically, celebrities often get a free pass when it comes to the verbal and physical abuse of women, at least until someone shows up with a camera. And even then, many doubt the evidence; remember how quickly Nigella Lawson went from famed chef to drug user after her ex-husband was photographed manhandling her in public? In other words, she must have contributed to the situation somehow or other. Couldn't be that he's just a bully or a brute.

More recently, then, it's no biggie that Snoop Dogg can attack Iggy Azalea for her appearance, and when she dares respond, post this for public consumption:

"Say b----, you f---ing with the wrong n---- and your n---- better check you before I do. You funky b----. Yeah you! F--g c--t."

Very attractive.

Just out of interest, why is this tolerated?

Likewise, why is Chris Brown's latest Twitter tirade against Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton (hosts of TV talk show The Real) just shrugged off?

Can anyone explain the general acceptance of the culture of violence and sexual assault in professional football and basketball?

Could you conclude that all us funky b----es and f----g c---ts are expendable?

Twitter: @LizBraunSun

liz.braun@sunmedia.ca

 

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