Hats Off to GQ’s “Son, Men Don’t Get Raped” by Nathaniel Penn

I love my local public library’s book and magazine holdings–even if I don’t always love what I learn via all information sources. While browsing the magazine racks this weekend I came across GQ‘s red tagged Special Report on sexual assault in the U.S. military–“Son, Men Don’t Get Raped” by Nathaniel Penn.  There’s a certain irony in this September 2014 issue of GQ as this is its style edition and there are lots of photos of great looking guys wearing wonderful clothing throughout the magazine. So many in fact that I had some trouble navigating my way to the article that had caught my attention. To clarify, not because I was distracted by the images, but because of the sheer amount of fashion pictures.  It’s all about a man’s image. And this article offers a haunting and compelling counterpoint to all those slick photographs of handsome, healthy masculinity.  What happens when a basically healthy man is destroyed by his fellow man via sexual assault?

Penn’s piece offers a shattering look at the ongoing, and increasing, issue of male sexual assault in the military. The number of victims are in the thousands, these men  have no recourse for medical aid of any kind from the VA, they are discharged from all branches of the service if/when they report being sexually assaulted by their comrades and superiors, and the consequences damage them for life.  Penn eschews a straightforward narrative prose approach by letting dozens of quotes from victims speak for themselves to tell their stories, which taken as a whole present a damning portrait of how the American Armed Forces across the board is NOT dealing effectively with sexual assault by men against other men.  The issues of power and control are in full throttle swing here on multiple levels and the picture is appalling. Indeed the military has succeeded in de-humanizing itself from the very top ranking officers down to the lowest ranking private.  There is no compassion, there is no legal redress, there is no medical treatment offered, there is no accountability. There is only abuse and destruction of men by other men on the psychological, physical and emotional levels.  There’s not much to recognize of the noble ideal of officers and gentlemen in this scenario which is destroying the lives of men who joined the military to serve their country.

The bottom line is that–the men who swear to defend the United States of America by doing military service do not defend each other—they enter a system in which rape, a crime of power and control, is rampant–and clearly no one within the system gives enough of a damn to do what needs to be done to address the problem. Other countries have–but not the United States.  Here the victim still pays the price for the behavior of the criminal.

Yes, son, men do get raped all the time in the military — and it’s not by enemy forces, but by their so-called brothers in arms.

Kudos to GQ for publishing this devastatingly candid article about an issue apparently no one in the U.S. government really wants to do anything about. Why is that? Refusal to face reality that the military system is dysfunctional and destructive and therefore counterproductive? Because it’s run by damaged people with power and control issues of their own? Because the public lives in denial of reality? Because it’s hard to accept that the ideal is not real? Or ____ ?

Link to GQ — “Son, Men Don’t Get Raped”

http://www.gq.com/long-form/male-military-rape

 

 

 

 

Download of FREE issue of Jazz Inside Magazine–yeah, really.

I think this will work. We’ll see, won’t we? It’s going to be over 100 degrees HOT in the shade here today. Time to barb-q on the car roof I think. If you’re somewhere cool, enjoy it. If you’re not, be safe.  Time to chill.

 The following is from Jazz Inside Magazine  http://jazzinsidemagazine.com/publications/guide/july-2013
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The Blues Broads – Angela Strehli, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Tracy Nelson – are featured in the July 2013 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (print and digital). This expanded 80-page issue of Jazz Inside Magazine also features comprehensive interviews with Jimmy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Phil Woods, saxophonist Brian Landrus, James Carter, Chris Potter, and more. Vocalist/percussionist Eric Frazier talks about the Fort Greene Jazz Festival in Brooklyn. This issue also includes the Jazz Birthday Gallery, an expanded CD Review section, and comprehensive calendar of hundreds of clubs, concert and event listings.

The Blues Broads – Angela Strehli, Dorothy  Morrison, Annie Sampson, Tracy Nelson – are  featured in the July 2013 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (print and digital). In  a detailed interview with Jerry Gordon (who is himself the former owner of Evidence Records, where he produced and released more than 350 blues and jazz  albums) Angela Strehli talks about both The Blues Broads, as well as her  experiences with iconic figures from B.B. King to Otis Rush, her recordings,  club business experiences and more. The Blues Broads will  be performing at The Iridium in New York, July 16-17.
This expanded 80-page issue of Jazz Inside Magazine  also features comprehensive interviews with The Heath Brothers – Jimmy Heath & Albert  “Tootie” Heath, Phil Woods by Ken Weiss, saxophonist Brian Landrus, James  Carter, Chris Potter, trumpeter and Five Towns College educator Greg Bobulinski and vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles.
In the interview with drummer “Tootie” Heath, he discusses his early experiences playing with Thelonious Monk in Philadelphia.
“What I learned about Thelonious was that you needed to have a baroness as a friend, who owned a Rolls Royce, and who would bring you to work every night. And, then, when you got there, you could sit out in the car until it was time to hit … The Baroness would drive him to Philadelphia from New York. They would sit out in front of the club smoking cigarettes, doing whatever they did until it was time to hit. Then he would come in with his hat and coat on. He never would take his hat or coat off. He just sat down started playing. Jimmy Bond and I had to figure out what it was he was playing – and Jimmy had to figure out what key he was in, and try to play along with him.” In the interview by Ken Weiss, saxophonist Phil Woods shares an array of his many experiences during his 60 year career – which includes performances and recordings with a who’s who of jazz including Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Parker, Clark Terry and Many others.
Woods confirms his aptitude to get right to the core: “One writer said, ‘Woods has two stories he always tells about Charlie Parker.’ And I said to myself – ‘I wonder if this guy had hung out with Shakespeare, wouldn’t he want to share that? Isn’t that a big deal?’ The stories demonstrate the generosity of Bird…”
Woods also reveals his confidence as well as his humility. He commented: “I wasn’t sure that I was equipped to be a good jazz artist until that session with Charlie Parker, when he leaned over and said, ‘Sounds real good, Phil.’”
Vocalist Nora McCarthy contributed a feature entitled “Remembering Joshua Wolff.” Wollf was a New York-based pianist who accompanied numerous jazz vocalists over the past decade. Eric Frazier talks about producing the fourth annual Fort Greene Jazz Festival in Brooklyn, which will be presented in two parts – the first edition on July 27 and the second part in September.
Jazz Inside’s new Jazz Birthday Gallery for July features cool photos and backgrounders on numerous artists with July birthdays. The newly expanded CD Review section features Antonio Adolfo; J.D. Allen; Andy Bey; George Benson; Terence Blanchard; The Blues Broads; Dewa Budjana; Marc Cary; Johnny Conga; The Fat Babies; Paolo Fresu; Bob James & David Sanborn; Roger Kellaway & Eddie Daniels; Frank Lacy; Brian Landrus; Joe Lovano; Rob Mazurek; Bob Mover; Odean Pope; Frank Rosaly; Akira Tana; Chucho Valdés; Ben Wendel & Dan Tepfer; Mike Wofford; The Wrong Object. As New York’s only monthly jazz and improvisational music magazine, and impressively printed in color, on premium glossy paper, each issue is jam-packed with features, signature in-depth interviews, comprehensive reviews, compelling photos and a calendar of hundreds of New York area jazz concert, club and event listings. Jazz Inside Magazine, published monthly is available in print at numerous locations throughout the New York metro area, by paid subscription, and as a digital download. DOWNLOAD your copy of Jazz Inside Magazine, July issue at: http://jazzinsidemagazine.com/publications/guide/july-2013 SAVE the file to your hard drive. Then double click on the file to open and read. [NOTE opening the file without first saving to your hard drive may slow down your browser or computer.] Jazz Inside Magazine is published monthly and is also available in print, and is available complimentary at scores of locations around the New York metro area, at growing numbers of locations around the USA, and by paid subscription.

Hats off to Jeff Goodell in Rolling Stone! Number One item that Obama must do for the Environment: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

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 Rolling Stone may finally accomplish what everyone else has failed to do so far: Put the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline on the radar of millions of unaware Americans. Let the googling for information, for YouTube videos, for environmental sites commence! Am I hoping for way too much? Mayhap. But I’m hoping at the moment.

Kudos to Jeff Goodell for laying all the cards on the table  in “Ten Things Obama Must Do. How the president can help slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet without waiting for Congress.”
 
Hell, we’ll all die from the next black plague epidemic before this Congress does anything for anyone besides the military industrial complex, BIG OIL and a multitude of small-minded self interests of its members. Obama has the power to kill this pipeline all by himself. If he doesn’t then we all will know exactly what he’s made of without any further doubts. Earth can expect no help from the United States Government at large. The simple fact that we all have only one planet to live on and hence we need clean air, water and soil to survive seems to be beyond the grasp of the people in government. Or–maybe they just don’t care? Could be. I’ll buy that too.   BUT that does not mean that WE, you and I, should not care. It means we need to care more. It means we will have to take more responsibility for the welfare of this wonderful planet. It means we will have to lead the way by thought, word and action.  People like Tim DeChristopher are blazing some trails.  More cheers for Goodell for making a pardon for Tim DeChristopher number nine on his Obama hit list. Bidder 70 ought to be on American radar full beam ahead ever since his imprisonment for a two-year sentence for disrupting that ILLEGAL land auction set up by Bushies for their oil and gas cronies’ benefit. Why can’t  ordinary Americans BUY the lands we want to save from developers? Don’t we have as much right to purchase for protection as developers have rights to purchase for destruction and environmental devastation that affects everyone? Let’s level the playing field here already between Big OIL and the millions of US. DeChristopher raised the funds to pay for the lands he won in bidding. He was willing to pay for the land in order to save it. Now the government figures he’ll pay with time in prison for doing the truly right thing. Whose priorities are skewed here? Guess what I’m thinking.  What does this reveal? The Government FEARS Tim DeChristopher.  They have advocated preventive medicine to keep others from engaging in Civil Disobedience by tossing DeChristopher into the pokey.  (Novel, isn’t it that they can implement preventive measures for political purposes but have trouble with preventive healthcare concepts–only in America, the rest of the developed world gets this notion quite well.) You know what this means, don’t you? Come on, you know, right? Their FEAR reveals how much power we really have. Even though we are not yet using it effectively–we clearly have enough innate power that the powers that be FEAR massive engagement in Civil Disobedience. WOW!  Judge Benson further empowered Tim DeChristopher the moment he had him hauled off to prison in order to silence him and dissuade others from following his example. Damn, there must be some folks biting their nails to the quick as they read Goodell’s article. Millions of readers who may not have heard of DeChristopher will learn of him via a high-profile magazine. THANK YOU, ROLLING STONE for yanking the cat out of the out of sight, out of mind bag and into the mainstream mindstream at large.  
Obama and pals may pay no head to Goodell’s list in the same way they seem to have ignored the two weeks of protest, 1,252 arrests, the 600,000 phone calls. They may snicker and sneer at it—and us.  The pipeline may be approved.  Construction may go forth. What happens then will be up to US. All of us. Will we let them destroy our life support system? Or will we take action to save it?   
 
 
 

Not so breaking news: Monet’s Water Lilies, Evolving Magazine, and I suspect the Sahara is invading North America.

It’s time to grab your favorite libation, wear as little clothing as is socially acceptable when meandering in public and lounge in some deep shade. Hola to everyone willing to leave their tracks via comments, silent lurker types and just plain quiet folks.  I wish I could say I’ve been vacationing on a pristine Pacific Island, but I haven’t been. But I can wish it, can’t I? We can all visualize oil free beaches with gorgeous blue-green water playing kiss tag with fine-grained sand. Engage in group collective day-dream NOW!

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 Yep, it’s HOT here in the land of Missouri where the twisters twirl when hot air meets cold front and the two dance.  I beat the heat one day at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art where three of Monet’s Water Lilies panels are keeping company, as they ought, for the first time in decades. While this exhibit tends to be a tad full of admirers, some of whom like to get really CLOSE to the canvas, it’s worth making the effort to either wait them out or make multiple visits on the day of your ticket for those moments when there is a fully open view. Without obstructions like huge strollers and worshipping groupies the luminous quality of the painted water is easy to soak up.  Monet’s panels are really lovely. If you’re in the KC Metro area via residence or vacation the Water Lilies are worth dipping into–especially if you grab a discount online coupon worth a fiver.  Then again, if you’ve got the funds to fuel your gas tank for a vacation then a fiver probably doesn’t concern your wallet much at all. While there’s a price for the Water Lilies exhibit everything else is free for viewing as there is no general admission price. There’s plenty to see: the new Native American Collection (about which I may rant in the future), the wonderful Oriental and Egyptian exhibits, the Cricket accessories–no, not the game, but those musical little insects which were once all the rage with feeding bowls, homes, and toys, and the impressive Photography collection portions of which are on display in regularly changing exhibits. Oh yeah, there’s also a few tons of Henry Moore sculptures among the beautifully shaded outdoor grounds.  Frisbee, tai chai and picnics are allowed on the lawn, under the trees and on the steps. It’s easy to make a  day of it at the nicely air-conditioned Nelson if you’re so inclined. Hmm, I didn’t start this out as a promo for the Nelson but rather as a getting back into the land of blogs “howdy” to all. Really, I didn’t.

So now onto personal art news. Monet I’m not. But my show at the Westport Coffeehouse in Kansas City’s Westport district is on through the end of June. Other work is on display at Frick Electronic’s Modern Art Gallery in the Englewood area of Independence. The little Englewood area is working hard to revive this shopping district with coffee shops, markets and businesses using their wall space for art gallery displays. There’s even the Vogue Salon and Spa with its walls covered in photography for view while they cut and style  your golden locks.  Every third Friday they host an Artwalk complete with music and munchies. All that’s missing is an evening Farmers’ Market. Links to Westport Coffeehouse and Frick’s are over at my energyscapes blogcasa  www.evaenergyscape.wordpress.com 

To complete all my yapping about myself….blah, blah, blah…. Hey, how’s your cold drink holding up wherever you’re lounging?  Okay last horn blow:   

I’m thrilled that “coming” is featured on the June cover of “Evolving, A Guide for Conscious Living.”  Much thanks to publisher Jill Dutton for the opportunity.  You can check out “Evolving” at www.evolvingmagazine.com  The current issue has an interesting piece on Women in Business. 

Hope everyone is staying sane in these insane times.  Yes, insane–dams, pipelines and oil rigs running rampant. Yep, it’s tough to not rant about our environment–especially with all this HEAT.  Iced gunpowder green tea is doing all it can to cool me off–but there’s only so much it can do.  What’s chilling your heels lately? 

Peace to all.

"coming" @ eva wojcik

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