I'm curious whether anyone else has been following this story.
(Trigger warning: rape)
1) At this point I think it is worth remembering that these are accusations rather than proof of guilt and there's some evidence to suggest the Stoya accusation may not be entirely on the up-and-up
(the issue of someone seemingly knowing that a rape accusation is false but refusing to speak up because they don't want people who accuse others of rape to be doubted is a pretty big issue in and of itself). That said three accusers, two of which gave fairly specific details, as well as some fairly negative comments by others against a very vague statement by James do seem to swing things against him... although considering how recent the story is one shouldn't draw too many conclusions either way.
2) If the accusations are true then Deen joins a growing number of men who were happy to talk about their feminist credentials and beliefs in public but turned out to be rapists or abusers in private with Hugo Schwyzer
being one of the most prominent examples. What is it about the modern version of feminism that draws men who on paper should be its mortal enemies deep inside?
3) As someone who practices BDSM in my personal life and writes scenes in the NC and EX subforums here if the accusations are true then there may be wider consequences then simply the horrific acts themselves. In more than one discussion about the accusations I've seen paraphrased versions of "what did you expect" while referencing Deen's work in porn; both the vanilla but often rough stuff he did in general and his work for Kink.com in particular where he took part in a number of roleplayed non-con scenes. The implication people are trying to draw is pretty clear; as someone who took part in what were basically rape roleplays, are we exactly surprised he turned out to be an actual rapist? That should frighten anyone who writes in any of the non-con based subforums here and considering that E was founded so people could play out such scenes it could frighten anyone. Considering the Jian Ghomeshi
accusations as well (a number of women have accused him of sexual assault, he claims it was BDSM sex) it could be a bad year or two for people who enjoy BDSM in their private lives and are already under pressure from those who wish to have it all reclassified as sexual assault (see Yes means Yes consent) or made illegal (see the UK government).
Speaking of the UK government, a motion was just passed for air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State. We're already doing so in Iraq so in some ways there's not a huge change in sending aircraft over an arbitrary line on a map (a line that the Islamic State doesn't acknowledge) but the debate itself was fairly interesting. There are a lot of domestic British politics issues that come from it but the highlight was a speech by Hillary Benn; audio here