It’s that time again, folks. You know the drill. It’s time to ask the Badgers anything! We’ll answer as best we can.
Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader sexually assaults a minor
Molly Shattuck, a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader, is being charged with third degree rape and sexual contact with a minor after forcing herself on a 15-year-old boy. The 47-year-old mother of three was the oldest professional cheerleader in the NFL before retiring.
She reportedly targeted the boy on Instagram and engaged in grooming behaviors meant to lure him into sex. They arranged meetings, which involved kissing and fondling. This escalated when she invited the boy to her summer home where she performed oral sex on him and gave the boy alcohol before performing oral sex on him again.
Despite her offer of intercourse, he left her bedroom after the incident and reportedly did not attempt to see her after.
An official at the boy’s school approached police after hearing of the alleged relationship in late September. Shattuck has since been released on an $84,000 bond. Her attorney could not be reached for comment.
An 18-year-old girl receives 6 1/2-year sentence for running prostitution ring
Kailey Oliver Machado received an adult sentence of 6 1/2 years in prison after trafficking other teenagers via social media. The girl was arrested in 2012 at the age of 15 for leading the operation with two other girls, which recruited young girls and forced them into prostitution after drugging and beating them.
The Ottawa teen faced three years as a juvenile, but due to the severity of the case she was tried as an adult, receiving a maximum sentence of 6 1/2 years.
The girl gave a tearful apology in the courtroom: “No words could ever convey how solemnly sorry I am. I am far from perfect but I’m definitely not the same girl I was at 15. I realize the pain I inflicted on my victims and their families was extremely wrong and I will forever live with the guilt and regret of my vile actions…. I pray, Your Honour, take a youth sentence into consideration because unlike before I have aspirations for my future and I’m striving to become a better person.”
The defense is looking to file an appeal.
Woman runs on #GamerGate platform
Kelly Mackenzie is running for office, a position in Austin, Texas, on the District 6 City Council.
Mackenzie was born and raised in District 6. At only age 28, she is a runway and commercial model, disaster scientist, certified firefighter, and former appointee of Governor Rick Perry at the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
As if that weren’t reason enough to make you want to cheer leet skillz, wait till you hear this: she’s also an extremely outspoken supporter of #GamerGate!
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, #GamerGate is an epic saga of political intrigue, gruesome attacks, mercenary warfare, and the struggle of a small number of very mistreated individuals fighting back against a vastly outnumbering enemy force. I know it sounds like the trailer to the movie 300, but this time without mutant sex scenes, aside from the occasional rule 34 anyway.
Kelly has been #GamerGate’s most public defender, aside from perhaps Based Mom (Christina Hoff Sommers for the uninitiated). She’s been battling social justice warriors, feminists, and media attacks for months on Twitter and in Q&A interviews nonstop. Just like everyone else of note in the #GamerGate camp, she’s had death threats and rape threats thrown at her across several mediums. Attacks that she has dutifully deflected with all the grace, poise, and ease of a sword and board runway dovahkiin, and most certainly without the stereotypical trope damseling that Anita Sarkeesian loathes in video games yet personifies in real life.
When interviewed, Kelly stated, “I do what I feel is right. And if I do what I feel is right in my heart, and I stick to the facts and the truth of the situation, at least from my point of view, then nothing anybody can say will ever tear me down,” Kelly says. “No one in Austin is going to vote for me based on how I believe in ethics in gaming journalism. I think I can state how I feel about this and make sure that the right issue is heard.”
“I’m not in this for personal gain,” she adds. “I play games. I play video games. I want to see the right things done.”
Well, Miss Kelly Mackenzie, as one gamer to another: Keep Calm and Pwn Da Noobs.
Lena Dunham’s accidental child molestation admission
The actress stirred much controversy with the recent release of her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl. Within the book are several disturbing passages that describe what most would consider to be the acts of a childhood sexual predator.
One passage describes Lena Dunham investigating her infant sister’s genitals, which most would give a pass to as many children engage in those behaviors out of curiosity. The passage where it draws the line is when Dunham describes her relationship with her sister in ways that could be seen as obsessive, manipulative, and predatory.
As she grew, I took to bribing her for her time and affection: one dollar in quarters if I could do her makeup like a “motorcycle chick.” Three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds. Whatever she wanted to watch on TV if she would just “relax on me.” Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying….
I shared a bed with my sister, Grace, until I was seventeen years old. She was afraid to sleep alone and would begin asking me around 5:00 P.M. every day whether she could sleep with me. I put on a big show of saying no, taking pleasure in watching her beg and sulk, but eventually I always relented. Her sticky, muscly little body thrashed beside me every night as I read Anne Sexton, watched reruns of SNL, sometimes even as I slipped my hand into my underwear to figure some stuff out.
Dunham has since apologized for the remark concerning the comparison to herself as a predator and is threatening to sue a truthrevolt.org, a conservative news publication, for posting the quotations. Even more disturbing, she cannot see that of the passages in question, the one where she describes investigating her sister’s genitalia is the least disturbing of the three. Her sister has since spoken out against heteronormativity, blaming that for the controversy.
Jessica Valenti’s solution to the gender pay gap
Our favorite mainstream misandrist is up to her usual shenanigans. Jessica Valenti’s articles, as usual, are shameless clickbait. Often it’s difficult to tell whether or not she’s being intentionally radical to anger people or if she’s so detached from reality that she doesn’t understand how this is bad for business.
Her recent article discusses how she believes that the way to solve the wage gap is not through getting women to take higher paying full-time jobs. That would be far too reasonable. Things like that don’t bring in clicks.
So how does Valenti bring in that cold hard cash? Well, she suggests that we pay men less and women more. You heard me right. Jessica Valenti, the woman who paraded around in her infamous “I bathe in male tears” sweater, wrote that we should pay men less money.
Then, instead of riding the delusion train all the way to the station and committing to the insanity of that statement, she acknowledges the ridiculousness of it and backpedals.
Given the legal roadblocks, cutting men’s salaries to offer women more may not be a realistic vision for pay fairness. But the World Economic Forum just reported that we won’t see worldwide gender equality until approximately the year 2095. At that rate, women will be riding around on hoverboards before they’re making the same amount as their male counterparts.
This is your weekly reminder that this woman receives a higher salary than most of us will see in our lifetimes to write this mindless drivel. Keep it classy, Jessica.