Almost one year after Congressional Republicans tried to limit the definition of rape
to only include "force" (previously
), the Department of Justice is redefining the term--but this time to to expand it dramatically
The outdated definition that has been governing national rape statistics since 1929, “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,” has been updated to "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” According to Susan D. Carbon, director of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the previous definition “excluded an untold number of victims.” For the first time, men will be included in national rape statistics, as well as those raped while unable to give consent due to intoxication or other mental and physical incapacity.
posted by zombieflanders
on Jan 6, 2012 -
My brother often informs me that I live 'the life of Riley'. The other night while re-reading Bill Bryson's Made in America
I noted he mentioned the origin of the phrase was a popular 1880s song (possibly 1883) Is That Mr. Reilly?
by Pat Rooney, in which "the hero speculates on what he would do with a fortune", and revived for use during WWI
. Curious, I found several possible origins
, though the song remains the top contender. Dictionary.com defines life of Riley
as "a carefree, comfortable, and thoroughly enjoyable way of living. The term became popular and eventually 'The Life of Riley' was used as the title of an American radio sitcom
(Wiki), followed by a movie and television series. It was used again with the alternate spelling 'The Life of Reilly' in 1995 as the title of a short film from Ireland
, and in a 2006 movie starring Charles Nelson Reilly
. In 2009 'The Life of Riley' was the name of a British television comedy
. Now that's a phrase with staying power. It's the name of an Irish band
, an online store
in the UK, it was used by a
, and quite obviously, as the moniker of several drinking establishments, such as the Life of Riley Tavern
in Portland, Oregon; The Life of Reilly - Irish Pub & Restaurant
in Baltimore, in the United Kingdom as the 'Life Of Riley' in Glasgow, Lanarkshire; and 'Life of Reilly Pub' in Harrow, Middlesex; and with a strange possessive at the 'Life of Reilly's Pub and Grill' in Long Beach, New York. Let's also not forget the mysterious MeFite LifeofRiley
, whose stats stand entirely at zero. My main reason for writing all this is to ask: how many Mefites use this term? I do, but unfortunately my brother is wrong: I don't live the life of Riley. I might one day, if I win the lottery . . .
posted by bwg
on Dec 18, 2010 -