Recently, a gentleman named Ken Hoinsky got himself funding through Kickstarter for Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome with Women
. Under the guise of being a guide to flirting for geeks, it is, in fact, a guide to how to be a major-ass sexual harasser, with a side dish of how to put yourself in a good position to commit rape. It's pulled together from posts he's made on Reddit.
Decide that you’re going to sit in a position where you can rub her leg and back. Physically pick her up and sit her on your lap. Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.
"Don't ask for permission." "Force her to rebuff your advances." That's sexual harassment at the very least
Then we have this gem:
Pull out your cock and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick.
Yup, he's advocating pulling out your dick and putting it in a woman's hand without her permission
, which -- leaving aside how disgusting, awful, repugnant, and harmful it is -- is also at least a couple of kinds of illegal.
Proving that humanity has a ways to go, 732 people funded this to the tune of more than $16,000 (Hoinsky's goal was $2000).There's a petition up asking Kickstarter to revoke the funding of this book
, and I urge folks to sign it. Kickstarter's own guidelines
list as something they won't allow: "No offensive material (hate speech, etc.); pornographic material; or projects endorsing or opposing a political candidate." I think urging men to not ask for permission to touch women is offensive, and to force their genitalia on women falls under "offensive" and "pornographic."Thanks to Casey Malone and Seanan McGuire for alerting me to this bullshit.Edited to add:
Turns out the petition below was already brought to Kickstarter's attention and they have declined to act, and have been deleting comments on their Facebook page that complain about it. Looks like my days of using Kickstarter for crowdfunding are over.