Category Archives: Violence

As Riots Follow Freddie Gray’s Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow

“When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.”

via As Riots Follow Freddie Gray’s Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow – The Atlantic.

Link to “Me, My Sex and I” (2011)

“What is the truth about the sexes? It is a deeply-held assumption that every person is either male or female; but many people are now questioning whether this belief is correct.

This compelling and sensitive documentary unlocks the stories of people born neither entirely male nor female. Conditions like these have been known as intersex and shrouded in unnecessary shame and secrecy for decades.”

via Me, My Sex and I (2011) – Top Documentary Films.

Doomsday Clock set to 11:57: Scientists say apocalypse is getting closer

“In 1947, the specter of nuclear holocaust prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to come up with a “Doomsday Clock.” The clock was meant to highlight just how close humans had come to wiping ourselves off the map. Midnight on the clock represented global catastrophe—the end of civilization as we know it.

Back then, the Bulletin set the clock to 11:53 p.m. The group has revisited the setting each year since, occasionally adjusting it forward or backward to reflect changes in world events.

On Thursday, it moved the clock forward two minutes, to 11:57 p.m.”

via Doomsday Clock set to 11:57: Scientists say apocalypse is getting closer..

I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.

“And that was the goal we had in mind as my wife and I raised our kids. We both had careers in white firms that represented the best in law, banking and consulting; we attended schools and shared dorm rooms with white friends and had strong ties to our community including my service, for the last 12 years, as chairman of the county police board. I was certain that my Princeton and Harvard Law degrees and economic privilege not only would empower me to navigate the mostly white neighborhoods and institutions that my kids inhabited, but would provide a cocoon to protect them from the bias I had encountered growing up. My wife and I used our knowledge of white upper-class life to envelop our sons and daughter in a social armor that we felt would repel discriminatory attacks. We outfitted them in uniforms that we hoped would help them escape profiling in stores and public areas: pastel-colored, non-hooded sweatshirts; cleanly pressed, belted, non-baggy khaki pants; tightly-laced white tennis sneakers; Top-Sider shoes; conservative blazers; rep ties; closely cropped hair; and no sunglasses. Never any sunglasses.”

via I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong. – The Washington Post.

Stop thanking me for my service

“We use the term hero in part because it makes us feel good and in part because it shuts soldiers up which, believe me, makes the rest of us feel better. Labeled as a hero, it’s also hard to think twice about putting your weapons down. Thank yous to heroes discourage dissent, which is one reason military bureaucrats feed off the term.”

via Stop thanking me for my service – Salon.com.

That Type of Girl Deserves It

“Every young woman I know was violated when the nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and other successful women were posted on the internet for public consumption against their will. Some of us reason that these young women deserve to be sexually and publicly violated because they created these images. We reason that we have a right to their naked bodies simply because the images exist somewhere in the ether. That is to say that the mere existence of a womans body is justification for its violation.”

via That Type of Girl Deserves It.

What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police

“A Tumblr quote floated over to me about around the time of Trayvon Martins murder, from a Jonathan Lethem book that Ive never read The Fortress of Solitude. At this point, I dont really need to read it, because its already asked me the most important question Ive heard in a long time: “At what age is a black boy when he learns hes scary?”

via What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police.

Talking to My Son About #Rapeface

“Words have consequences. When a word like rape is used as a joke, it trivializes sexual assault, it normalizes the issue and it creates a climate where rape is accepted. By using a word like rape in colloquial slang, we have become desensitized to its real meaning and that invalidates the experience of the hundreds of thousands of women each year who experience sexual violence.”

via Talking to My Son About #Rapeface | Sandra Hawken Diaz.

New Indiegogo Campaign Crowdfunds “Anti-Rape Wear”

 

“A campaign launched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in mid-October promises to create clothing that acts as a deterrent to sexual assault. “Confidence and protection that can be worn.”

via New Indiegogo Campaign Crowdfunds “Anti-Rape Wear”.

The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man

“I consented to all these sexual encounters in the basest sense of the world. But I was making choices that I wasn’t emotionally equipped to make. Legally, that’s why statutory rape laws exist. Because like an intoxicated person, an underage person is not truly capable of informed consent.”

via The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man | xoJane.