A call for ideas.

Now that the Rehtaeh Parsons story has pretty much wrapped up, Obscene Works is searching for a new focus.

To that end, we are asking you, our loyal readers, what you want to learn more about. We are planning to publish a series of short eBooks, but we’re at a loss as to what topics they should tackle.

What do you want to know more about?

Please leave your suggestions in the comments thread for this post.


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The Internet NEVER Forgets

There’s been a fair bit of talk online lately about something called the “right to be forgotten.” This directive from the European Parliament requires Google and other search providers to remove links to information which may be out of date, or is otherwise less-than-complimentary to the subjects involved. A process for this transaction has already been enacted, and Google is removing hundreds of links a day in response to requests from all over the globe.

The problem with this approach to information retention is that it encourages people to post stupid shit, and then believe they can remove it from the public record later by deleting it. Warren Kinsella recently provided a perfect example of this. As you may recall, he initiated Obscene Works’ involvement in the Rehtaeh Parsons investigation by publishing an ill-advised open letter to Anonymous demanding their assistance in apprehending her tormentors.

However, as soon as Anonymous published the information that he had requested, he immediately deleted the initiating post from his website, perhaps in an attempt to distance himself from the havoc he had wrought with his own ill-considered words.

Unfortunately, this occurred more than a year into the investigation, after many different parties had referred back to his post while explaining their own motivations to seek the truth. By “removing” it from the internet record, he essentially undercut the entire narrative that stemmed from his incendiary ignition.

Well, thankfully, the internet never forgets. We have maintained a complete copy of Warren’s words, as well as all the comments contributed by the community up until the day he pulled the plug. Feel free to browse it here, and do with it as you will.

Remember kids: The internet NEVER forgets.


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#YouKnowHerName Name & Shame T-shirts now available.

Pursuant to the recent revelation of Rehtaeh Parson’s accused rapists’ identities by Anonymous activists, the Gangst Bank is now selling T-shirts emblazoned with the names of both the victim and the attackers.


Warnings on the site indicated that these shirts my be illegal to wear in Canada. As the list prices confirm, these shirts are being produced for the Cafepress base rate, with zero creator markup.

You can find the women’s shirt here and the men’s shirt here. You can also access the Gangst Bank directly at http://www.cafepress.com/gangstbank for other Obscene Works related merchandise.




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ObsceneWorks now offers you two gates for the price of one. In Canada, the hashtag “#Ghomeshigate” has been trending on Twitter lately, in reference to the unfolding scandal surrounding Jian Ghomeshi, former host of the nationally-syndicated Arts and Culture radio show known simply as “Q.” At the same time, in the United States, controversy roils around the tag “#Gamergate” and its followers, a group of ethically-awakened white knights attempting to stamp out fucking, feminism and other “ethical lapses” in video game journalism.

Gamergate apologists contend that the greatest threat to ethical video game journalism is the routine exchange of sex for favourable coverage. This provides a hand canard by which they may reproach females in the gaming industry for being normal, sexual human beings, without addressing the underlying issue of misogyny in the game development world.  While no evidence of the alleged pattern of women offering of sex in exchange for exposure has been proffered, the trope remains a  mainstay of  the Gamergate mythos and its primary objection female participation in game building.

Ghomeshigate, on the other hand, offers a real-world example of how this type of inherently-patriarchal dynamic actually operates in a truly unethical real-world environment. Q regularly covered video games, and the host was openly known to offer coverage in exchange for sex, to such an extent that the program’s staff had a code word they used when they were asked to book guests who they suspected had slept with Mr. Ghomeshi.

Furthermore, the women involved in these exchanges were not the instigators of the unethical behavior. Rather, as this Reddit user relates, Ghomeshi himself would specifically shift the discussion from professional to intimate (and unethical.) qforsex

Later, of course, he would also physically assault and violently intimidate the women in question. Perhaps, in part, to assuage his guilty conscience and attempt to foist blame for the ethical lapse onto her instead. Classic Gamergate.

The truth is, when a journalist has sex with a source, it’s the journalist who violates an ethical code. There is absolutely zero obligation for developers, marketers, actors or other public figures to maintain the ethics of journalism on journalists’ behalf. That is the job of the journalists alone. Yet those involved in perpetuating the idea “#GamerGame is about ethics in journalism!” maintain that it is the responsibility of women, as the stereotypical gatekeepers of sex, to prevent their own exploitation. To willingly give up potentially life-changing opportunities offered by journalists who may wish to coerce them into sex for coverage. It’s the classic “blame the victim” nonsense that’s been directed at the raped since time immemorial, a reliable ploy to absolve the guilt of the rapists in the eyes of an adoring public.

In the end, this is why Gamergate apologists don’t care that all their stories of preferential journalistic treatment extracted from unwitting male game journalists by self-promoting succubi prove false. This is why none of them have taken the fight for journalistic integrity to where it belongs: the doorstep of Jian Gomeshi, and of those of his ilk who continue to exploit their lofty positions by preying on those desperate for exposure. The entire paradigm, as they understand it, is upside-down. Because just like any accused rapist, like Ghomeshi himself, the men of Gamer Gate don’t actually care about ethics in journalism. They care about using women to soothe their own egos and purge themselves of their own ethical lapses.


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Anonymous: Kyle Brimicombe, Cody Allen Gosbee, Hunter Shippien and Cole Shippien raped Rehtaeh Parsons.

A “high profile” child pornography suspect was just granted a “conditional discharge” by the courts, according numerous vague reports in the Canadian media. Because of the quaint opaqueness of Canadian law, neither the victim nor the accused have been named.

Anonymous, however, seems to have an agenda outside the bonds which bind the mainstream Canadian press. Members of this stand-alone complex have been investigating the case ever since Warren Kinsella demanded their assistance in April of 2013. The results of their research have now been posted to the text-sharing site Pastebin.

Specifically, in addition to identifying Rehtaeh Parsons as the victim of a heinous assault, they name one Cole Shippien as the photographer.  Also accused of sexual assault are Kyle Brimicombe, Cody Allen Gosbee and Cole’s younger brother Hunter Shippien. In addition, the document lists several other suspects who were ruled out over the course of the investigation, along with further “dox” information and evidence.

Of course, the probative value of information gleaned from anonymous sources is almost always zero. All reporting on the court case recently concluded has been so heavily redacted that we can’t know if it’s even related to Parsons’ tragedy at all. That said, however, given the current push towards an open dialog surrounding sexual assault in Canada, and whereas Rehtaeh is dead and unable to seek recompense at her own behest, and whereas even her own parents are barred from publishing her name, by a law ostensibly enacted in her honour, our moral duty to act as her voice overrides our possible proscribed duty under statute to shut the fuck up and not talk about it.

Are these boys actually guilty? Are they even related to the proceedings that just concluded? We have no idea. Perhaps journalists in Canada should stop hiding behind the law, and ask them.

“We speak for the dead,

to protect the living.”


 UPDATE: T-Shirts are now available.


Please note: While ObsceneWorks publishes outside Canadian jurisdiction, we have avoided, as much as possible, any direct or inadvertent violation of sections 110(1) and 111(1) of the Canadian Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) and other pertinent statutes.

As we are unaware of the true identities of any individuals involved in any secret proceedings, we can neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of the anonymous post.

If you have evidence that this post does indeed breach the provisions of the YCJA, please contact us directly at obsceneworks@gmail.com so that we my alter or delete this post as required to ensure compliance with relevant statute.

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