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by August 14, 2012
In a recently posted video on XXL, Too Short provides viewers with the know how for young boys "to turn a girl out." In the video, he announces, "When you get to late middle school, early high school and you start feeling a certain way about the girls... I'm gonna tell you a couple tricks. A lot of the boys are going to be running around trying to get kisses from the girls... We're going way past that. I'm taking you to the hole."
In a culture where 44% of rape victims are under the age of 18; in a society where someone is assaulted every 2 minutes; with 2/3 of victims committed by someone known by the victim and 38% of rapists being either friends or acquaintances of the victims, and 15 of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail, we stand together in condemnation of this video. The sanctioning and normalization of violence against women and girls stands squarely in opposition to creating a just and humane society. This video represents yet another assault on women and girls throughout society in its promotion of sexual violence, in its acceptance of the daily denigration and sanctioning of violence against women and girls.
We are appalled by the promotion and acceptance of sexual violence in this video. We are appalled that this video was disseminated, further contributing to a culture of sexual violence. Too Short should and must be held accountable for his deplorable rhetorical violence. Ultimately, however, the decision to post this video sits with the magazine’s EIC, Vanessa Satten. We, therefore call upon, Ms. Satten to be removed from her post. In the name of justice, in the name of decency, and in the name of our children, we call for her immediate removal and an accounting for the ways in which XXL treats women.
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