“I feel as if I’m in a surreal Swedish movie being threatened by bizarre trolls.”
- Mark Stephens, lawyer for Julian Assange, who has been charged with (a) refusing to stop having sex with a woman after she said no, and (b) being told that having sex with another lady was only consensual under certain terms, and then disregarding those terms and penetrating her anyway, under circumstances he had allegedly been informed she did not consent to.
Both of which are, kids?
I dunno. I just think that when you don’t try to get sympathy from the bepenised among us by describing it as “his lack of interest in using condoms,” it sounds real different, is all.
EDIT: From the Guardian, which is providing live updates, we have the following:
2.51pm: The two women concerned in the case regarded the used of a condom as a prerequiste for sex, the court heard, according to the legal affairs commentator Joshua Rozenberg, who was in the court.
Rozenberg told Sky News that charges were read out to Assange. In one of the cases Assange was alleged to have had sex with a woman who was asleep, the court heard, according to Rozenberg. The other case allegedly involved coercion, he said.
You guys, why are these women engaging in the (risky, socially consequential, unlikely-to-succeed) act of charging a socially prominent man with lots of supporters of sexual assault? They’re spies, right? Or they’re feminists who go around tricking men into having sex with them so they can make rape accusations? Whatever the case may be, it sounds like this is totally just about broken condoms, of all things! HOW BIZARRE!