In this file photo, Filner and Cabrera assess the contestants at 2012’s San Diego Slutstravaganza, a charity event benefiting anti sex-trafficking initiatives.
  • In this file photo, Filner and Cabrera assess the contestants at 2012’s San Diego Slutstravaganza, a charity event benefiting anti sex-trafficking initiatives.
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On April 7, Democratic candidate for city attorney, Gil Cabrera, penned an op-ed for VoiceofSanDiego.com entitled “Slut Shaming Isn’t a Viable Legal Strategy.” He decried the tendency of lawyers to defend clients accused of sexual harassment to "dig into a victim’s sexual history, talk about how much she had to drink before an alleged assault, suggest she led the attacker on — or worse, question her sanity.” In the recent case against former mayor Bob Filner, “witnesses were asked disturbing personal questions about their sexual histories and social lives, as if that would somehow undermine the importance of what they had to say.” He promised that, if elected, “we will not engage in slut-shaming or victim blaming,” to the point of “seek[ing] appropriate court orders to restrict the type of questions that may be asked.”

On April 8, ex-Mayor Filner issued the following statement:

“I wish to express my gratitude for Mr. Cabrera’s excellent essay. In light of its excellent message, I have decided to endorse him for city attorney, even though he is a former head of the busybody Ethics Commission. I, too, think it’s a terrible thing to shame a slut. Then, as now, I believe that sluts should be celebrated, honored, and revered for the great favors they so freely bestow upon us. In fact, in most of the so-called instances of harassment that cost me my job as the people’s mayor, I was merely attempting to ascertain if the other party was, in fact, a slut or not. Cabrera is right again when he says that you can’t always tell by the way someone is dressed. Better to come right out and ask if she wants to have sex right there on the desk. No shame required. In fact, if we removed the stigma surrounding sluts, sexual harassment wouldn’t even be a thing any more. Asking someone for sex would be no different than asking them for coffee.”

“For the record,” concluded Filner, “I’m also opposed, like Mr. Cabrera, to victim-blaming. I’m the victim of a huge Republican witch hunt, and I’ve been blamed for a whole lot of things as a result. Most of them unfairly. I’ll do everything I can to help him get elected.”

As of press time, Mr. Cabrera had not responded to a request for comment.

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patflannery April 16, 2016 @ 1:42 p.m.

''On April 8, ex-Mayor Filner issued the following statement ..... I have decided to endorse him [Cabrera] for mayor''.

Is that a typo?

Could you please publish the actual document? Was it a press release? Was it sent directly to Cabrera? If so how did the Reader learn of it?

In any case it will be interesting to see if Cabrera puts it on his web site with all his other ex-officeholders' endorsements. So far he has not done so.

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dwbat April 16, 2016 @ 2:09 p.m.

hahaha, another reader gets reeled in! You missed the heading at the top (below the photo): "SD ON THE QT: ALMOST FACTUAL NEWS"

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monaghan April 16, 2016 @ 5:44 p.m.

I hear the Boston Globe has taken a leaf from Mencken's playbook and did a spoof Page One last week featuring Donald Trump. I think that's tacky for the daily Globe but acceptable for the alternative SD Reader, even though it can be misleading. Anyway, Mencken, flawed Bob Filner WAS the People's Mayor who, among many other good works while briefly in office, got rid of those rotten kangaroo-court-taxation-by-citation red-light cameras. We salute him for that.

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dwbat April 16, 2016 @ 6:01 p.m.

I don't know but I'm guessing these newspaper spoofs go back at least a century.

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dwbat April 19, 2016 @ 9:33 p.m.

Actually they "belong" wherever and whenever someone wants to publish them. There's this thing called the 1st Amendment.

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dwbat July 15, 2016 @ 10:53 a.m.

Filner also got rid of the parking lot at Plaza de Panama. That was wonderful.

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dwbat July 12, 2016 @ 11:52 a.m.

To Eva Posner on FB: Nope, Selena Gomez cannot sue for use of her image, since she is a major celebrity who loves media attention, and thrives on it. This is called fair use (look it up!). The judge would laugh her out of court.

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