Rehtaeh Parsons

We live in a world where girls are raped and the authorities do nothing about it.

Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral

Which is an even bigger travesty when an outside group solves the case in 2 hours.

Rehtaeh Parsons Case Solved By Anonymous In Two Hours

 

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HollabackPHILLY’s Anti-Street Harassment Campaign

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“Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world.  We work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.”

Additional Resources:  http://www.thefrisky.com/2013-04-15/hollaback-philly-debuts-rad-new-anti-street-harassment-psas/

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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In a new book,  Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji and University of Washington social psychologist Anthony Greenwald assert that in modern day America, prejudice comes NOT from a hatred of certain groups, but of a preference of one’s own personal in-groups.

“Discrimination today is less about treating people from other groups badly, DiTomaso writes, and more about giving preferential treatment to people who are part of our “in-groups.”

In theory that sounds very nice:  people don’t really hate other people; they just like some people more!

Which is all fine and dandy until you recognize that an “in-group” includes people of one’s own race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.   Continue reading

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches”

By this point, everyone has seen it.  The “powerful” and “inspiring” new commercial from Dove.

I saw it and–like everyone else–was moved.  But not in the direction Dove wanted me to be.

Since someone has already summed up exactly how I feel about this, here is her article on the subject:

Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry