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

Thank You, Rick Ross

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“Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize.

To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.”

Thank you!  THAT is a good apology, and a well-warranted one, to say the least.

Rick Ross was recently dropped from his contract with Reebok over his lyrics in the song, “U.O.E.N.O.” in which he drugs a woman and has sex with her while unconscious (& obviously without consent):

Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it

 

Additional Resources:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/13/arts/music/reebok-drops-rick-ross-after-social-media-protest.html?pagewanted=all

 

 

The Gosnell Abortion Trial

I wish I could bring myself to write about this.  This tragedy.  This abhorrent crime.  This beyond imaginable nightmare.  Except that it is not a nightmare.  It is real life.  This happened to countless women and babies.  And their families, loved ones, and communities.

But I can neither comprehend this, nor explain any better why THIS–RIGHT NOW–needs to be a turning point in the discussion of women’s health.

So, please, read The Atlantic’s article to find out the whole story.  (Warning:  graphic descriptions and  imagery.)

And then read Jezebel’s article to find out Why We Need to Talk About It.