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: 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: No, the Suffragettes were not racists

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No, the Suffragettes were not racists (spiked): I hate linking to spiked (sorry, sp!ked) but they are right here. The Suffragettes were not racist. Yes, the recent wearing of *those* T-Shirts by the stars of the film was poor thinking and insensitive (and, possibly, a misreading of the Pankhurst‘s original message) but it’s a leap then to argue that the […]

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Which Magazines Publish the Most Women?

Which Magazines Publish the Most Women? Our pop culture often isn’t fair to women. As we point out ways that news stories bank on stereotypes or leave out women’s voices, it’s helpful to ask a simple question: Who makes our media? For the past five years, the VIDA Count has explored that question by seeking hard numbers. The group’s newest […]

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“White people do not think in terms of we.”

White people do not think in terms of we. White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals. You are “you,” I am “one of them.” Whites are often not directly affected by racial oppression even in their own community, so what does not affect them locally has little chance of […]

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Racism and solitary confinement

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According to the study, a black or Hispanic inmate is more likely than a white inmate to be diagnosed with a mental illness in conjunction with solitary, and later in his jail stay — meaning he’s more likely to receive a diagnosis either because he has already been psychologically damaged by solitary, or because he’s acting out to avoid the […]

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Sexual Liberation Is for White Women, According to ‘Orange Is the New Black’

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Very interesting discussion on the unequal representation of sexuality on Orange is the New Black: sexual liberation is ok for white women but not so for WoC. Our society’s patriarchal gaze is rooted in the fulfillment of a man’s needs, whether emotional or physical, and completely overlooks or ignores a woman’s needs. There also is a certain stigmatization on women who opt […]

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Gender, Social Science, and Black Lives Matter (Feminist Reflections)

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“Black men are stereotyped as violent, while black women are rendered invisible. Here’s why the gendering of black lives matters.” Good Monday read on PSmag: On thesocietypages: The systematic oppression of black people has been thrust into national consciousness because of the visibility of recent police brutality against black men. Black Lives Matter (BLM), the emerging social movement challenging this […]

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Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US

There are a number of factors at play in the current rash of controversies. One is a rather stunning sense of privilege, the confident sense of superiority that allows someone to pass sweeping judgment on a body of work without having done any study at all. After the Chronicle of Higher Education published an item highlighting the dissertations of five […]

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