How Barack Obama has reformed America’s prisons: “Obama continues to emphasise action over rhetoric” – @TheEconomist

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WHEN Barack Obama took office 7 years ago, many wondered whether the first black president would pursue an agenda that brought particular attention to racial inequality. A year later, the New York Times wrote that Mr Obama had “steered clear of putting race front and centre in his administration”, sparking some frustration among black leaders. Later in his presidency, Mr Obama […]

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The colour of violence: why do we humanise white guys who kill people?

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Good question, huh? From NYmag (emphasis added): On Friday, November 27, a 57-year-old white man named Robert Louis Dear allegedly injured nine people and killed three in a shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Among those shot were four police officers, one of whom died. As several media outlets and many on social media noted, Dear was given the […]

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#inhaste: The conversation about Cologne needs to focus on women’s rights (from @feministcurrent)

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From feministcurrent: Shock and outrage over the mass sexual assault in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve has captivated the world through an outpouring of media coverage and debate. German women held protests, furious with the police who did little to stop the attacks and a mayor who initially responded by warning women to stay “an arm’s length away from men” […]

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#inhaste: An alarming 36% of women in Canadian prisons are Indigenous (from @feministing)

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From feministing: These numbers are connected to the history of colonialism, a legacy of sex abuse in the residential school system,missing & murdered Indigenous women, as well as the ‘60s scoop‘, all of which disproportionately affect women and girls. (The term ‘60s scoop‘ refers to the staggering numbers of ‘adoptions’ in 1960s enabled by the abduction of children from their homes and communities without the […]

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#inhaste: Hidden rise in violent crime driven by growth in violence against women

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On The Guardian: Women are bearing the brunt of an invisible rise in violent crime, a new analysis shows. Domestic violence and violence against women have increased since 2009, researchers found, pushing up overall levels of violent crime. The findings contradict the official message that violent crime has been in decline since the mid-90s. They also begin to challenge the assertion that […]

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#QOTD: “They’re the Ones Who Are Supposed to Help Us”

After she was raped by a Los Angeles cop, Lindsay F. made a rare choice: to report him. So began a five year ordeal that consumed most of her 20s, powerfully documented by Katie Baker for Buzzfeed this week. Following her report, Lindsay endured invasive questioning about her HPV status, dozens of subpoenas for her employment, medical, educational, and insurance records, and depositions of […]

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Photographing domestic violence (TW)

Donna Ferrato on her ethnographic approach to documenting dangerous relationships. Editor’s note: This video contains images that may be disturbing or distressing to some viewers. Donna Ferrato has an ethnographic approach to photography, and for more than 30 years she has been forming relationships with women and asking to document the violence they endure in the home. “We’re living in […]

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Exposure to nature may reduce crime, strengthen communities (on @newrepublic)

Exposure to nature may reduce crime, strengthen communities (on @newrepublic): As urbanization, population growth and the rampant destruction of the natural world increase, human beings have become more and more isolated from nature—and at a significant cost. Spending time in nature is good for both the body and the mind, leading to health benefits including reduced depressive symptoms and lower […]

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Masculinity in prison: the ‘mask’ men have to wear behind bars (from @HuffPostUK)

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Masculinity, there. Terrible for everyone. Power, avoidance of femininity, avoiding expressions of emotion. These are some of the attributes of what psychologists call “hegemonic masculinity”. There is perhaps nowhere it is more prominently on display than all-male prisons. Counselling psychologist Dr Tony Evans saw it when he interviewed male prisoners for his research on what they thought being a man […]

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#inhaste: National survey (US) finds police hostility and bias remain problems for survivors of sexual and domestic violence

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On feministlawprofessors: Advocates identified police inaction, hostility, and bias against survivors as a key barrier to seeking criminal justice intervention.  Eighty-eight percent (88%) said that police sometimes or often do not believe victims or blame victims for the violence. Over 80% of respondents believed that police relations with marginalized communities influenced survivors’ willingness to call the police.  Respondents told us that […]

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#afeministtakeon: Oscar Pistorius: shooting to kill

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This is the first article of a three-part series by Ché Ramsden exploring feminist issues surrounding the Pistorius trial, how they intersect and their implications in a South African context. Read part two. Read part three. The series was first published at the time of the original trial and is republished here as the prosecution team appeals to the Supreme […]

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#todayin: I did not know that: Abortion is still (sort of) illegal in Britain, thanks to this Victorian law

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The best thing about a (slight, it’s all under control) addiction to reading all of the Internet daily is that you really do learn something new every day. OK, so the headline on The Conversation is a little misleading but nevertheless: take this for example: abortion is still illegal in some circumstances in Britain because of a clause in the […]

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Girls Are the Fastest-Growing Group in the Juvenile Justice System (US)

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Reasons: in the main, a “protective and paternalistic” approach to dealing with delinquent girls. Read: increased social control, surveillance, restriction, and criminalisation of girls. Also notable: racial bias where young girls of colour are more likely to be targeted. Over the past 20 years, there’s been a promising decline in arrests of youths in the United States. The reasons for […]

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How narratives around violent women warp our view of female jihadis

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This piece on theconversation is excellent. We’ve become morbidly fascinated with female jihadis, and particularly with women and girls who leave their comfortable western existence™ to join jihad. The narrative around these women, however, is itself gendered and draws upon gendered expectations, these girls’ increased masculinity (but also their vulnerability and femininity), and their sexual depravity. Importantly, the narrative misses […]

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