We've heard about singing for your supper, but singing for your freedom? When a 10-year-old Atlanta boy was kidnapped from his front yard and thrown into a car, the odds were stacked against him.
HBO’s Game of Thrones (GoT) may be the hot watch of the moment, but I confess, it’s never been my bag. Hubby’s a fan, though, so I’ve heard it playing in the background long enough to cringe at the dialogue and the medieval soft porn that has amassed quite the following.
Needless to say, controversy is healthy for ratings. And this latest episode has still got people talking. Why? Well, not simply because the sex between brother-sister lovers happens next to a corpse! But because America at large is still grappling with just what constitutes as rape in the first place. If the action starts out as a "No!" then eventually morphs into a "Yes," is that actually rape?
GoT author, George R.R. Martin, very diplomatically bowed out of the argument, since the scene wasn’t played that way in his books.
According to an article in the Mary Sue, in one interview GoT director, Alex Graves, refers to that scene as “forced sex,” while co-writer David Benioff claimed that “Cersei is resisting this. She’s saying no, and he’s forcing himself on her. So it was a really uncomfortable scene, and a tricky scene to shoot.”
Sounds like a pretty clear-cut rape case, complicated by the fact that Jaime is *was* a likeable character and that the brother-sister are turned on by power struggles.
It remains to be seen whether fans will drop the show on the back of this controversial scene, or remain faithful.
Yet one thing is certain—a line was crossed. And so pop culture further obscures what does and doesn't comprise rape. It may only be acting, but that’s not to say it’s innocuous.
GoT fans, what say you?
This song blurred the lines of sexual consent all summer long, but that didn’t keep it off the charts.
We'd risk our lives for our kids in a heartbeat, yet few of us actually get put to the test. Not so for a Texan mom, who was forced to react, Tyson-style, when her toddler was attacked by a pit bull.
According to an article in Today, Chelsi Camp launched a counterattack against the dog, biting its ear off to save her two-year-old daughter, Mackenzi Plass.
"You do whatever you can," Camp said. "I don't have physical strength at my side."
Apparently, Camp was pet-sitting the pit, which belonged to Camp’s boyfriend. It had always been friendly until it smelled Camp's dog on Mackenzi and turned aggressive.
Camp claims she did what she could to protect her daughter, shoving her fist in the dog's mouth then biting off its ear. She ordered her daughter to run away and to turn on her side so as not to choke on blood.
Mackenzi was rushed to intensive care and underwent extensive surgery. She is healing nicely, though she has been advised to keep out of sunlight to minimize scarring. Emergency workers were horrified by the vicious attack.
The pit was shot, and later euthanized.
Why did people rally together to save this dog after it attacked a child?