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September 2014



What I’m Reading – September 7, 2014

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Misogyny and Sexual Abuse

– “What these people are doing is reminding women that, no matter who they are, they are still women. They are forever vulnerable.” The Great 2014 Celebrity Nude Photos Leak is only the beginning (via @rgay)

– “For every statement of sympathy to the women whose massively personal, vulnerable information was shared, there are several posts about the idiocy of posting these pictures on the internet (which they didn’t) or taking them at all (which is none of our business). What Nude Photo Scandals Tell Us about How We View Women (via @courtenlow)

– “The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.” Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A ‘Scandal.’ It’s A Sex Crime. (h/t @M_E_Winstead)

– “The receptionist, on learning I was reporting a sex offence, insisted on me giving details in front of everybody in the waiting room before taking me somewhere private.” How I was raped – and pressured into dropping the charges (h/t @stavvers)

– “So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art.” Beyond ‘no means no’: the future of campus rape prevention is ‘yes means yes’ (via @JessicaValenti)

– “But them there girls didn’t matter. People like us, we don’t matter.” Child abuse revelations divide “most shameful town in Britain” (via @reuters)

– “The problem here is that these squealing man-children, so desperate to keep women out of their precious games, want it both ways. They want gaming to be taken seriously as a culture and art form, while at the same time throwing an unbelievable tantrum when subjected to serious criticism.” Announcement: Readers who feel threatened by equality no longer welcome (h/t @womenactmedia)


– “All the handwringing in the world didn’t change the fact that families needed two incomes to get by and women increasingly wanted their own careers.” Why America Gave Up On The Fight For A Family-Friendly Workplace, And Why It’s Starting Again (via @ThinkProgress)

– “Childless isn’t a synonym for hollow or miserable. And let’s move together towards a world where if women are asked why they didn’t have kids, they simply say: ‘That’s an odd question.'” Jennifer Aniston is right – a childless life isn’t a fruitless one (h/t @nothavingababy)

– “Fears about outbreaks aren’t simply hypothetical. This past year, California specifically has faced a record-breaking whooping cough epidemic, as well as several serious measles outbreaks.” Health Experts Are Worried That More Kids Are Heading Back To School Without Their Vaccines (via @ThinkProgress)

– “After five months, she has been granted full custody of her children. Her kids can finally come home.” Woman Who Left Kids in Car During Job Interview Regains Custody (h/t @msfoundation)

Police Abuse

– “At every point where it’s possible, the cops assume Boucher is a bad, unconcerned mother.” Mom Arrested for (Maybe) Hanging Up on Cop While Her ‘Missing’ 10-Year-Old Plays at Church (h/t @radleybalko)

– “He is accused of stopping women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on duty in Oklahoma City.” Prosecutors Charge Cop Daniel Holtzclaw With Rape, Sexual Assault Of 8 Women (h/t @angryblacklady)

– “While I think it is probably a good idea, it really depends how it’s used and whether or not police officers are disciplined … Are there consequences if the recordings show that a police officer violated policy or a police officer used excessive force?” Watching the Watchmen: Are Police Officers’ Body-Worn Cameras a Win for Accountability? (h/t @prisonculture)

– “And there’s the rub. It is not just releasing the fact that they were looking for Ashya that is being challenged: it is the fact that they put out misinformation about the nature of their search. They insinuated very clearly that the family had removed a child “without consent”. Comment: After Ashya, can the police be trusted with a Twitter account? (h/t @stavvers)

– “The problem with telling people they have to participate in any mandatory expression is that it tells people who might have a religious objection or other deeply held belief that, if they don’t go along with what the government tells them to do, they aren’t welcome in this community.” Mayor orders police to remove man who wouldn’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance (h/t @radleybalko)

– “This is where the fundamental fault in the police culture of St. Louis lies. The use of guns and force define the recruiting message, by having violence as a transcending theme. Imagine how it would feel, if the promotional video of a Medical School was all about the scalpel and the students using it on corpses.” How It’s Easier to Become a St. Louis Police Officer Than a Barber


– “What is it about black womanhood that renders us so fascinating? Not unlike the manic pixie dream girl, this fantastical stereotype has taken on a life of it own, in which sassy fierce black women are on permanent performance mode.” Why the hell do TV producers think inside every white woman is a fierce black diva? (via @renireni)

– “When April protested by noting her Native American religious beliefs, Warren asked her for to prove that Malachi is, indeed, a Native American.” Texas School Won’t Let Native American Attend His First Day Of Kindergarten Because Of His Long Hair (via @ThinkProgress)

– “During the first round of court proceedings, Texas admitted that between 600,000 to 800,000 registered voters in the state lacked a government-issued photo ID, with Hispanic voters between 46.5 percent to 120 percent more likely than whites to not have the new voter ID.”  Will Texas Get Away With Discriminating Against Voters? (h/t @DrJaneChi)

– “The team tweeted the score at the end of all 16 preseason quarters. Against the year’s first three opponents teams, 11 of the 12 tweets included the opposing team’s nickname. Against the Redskins, none of the four tweets did.” One Redskins preseason opponent showed you can live-tweet a Redskins game without using the word ‘Redskins’

– The Economist just defended slave owners

Gun Violence

– “The weapon was in the employee’s pants pocket and was not displayed at any time. The employee was injured in the foot and treated and released from the hospital.” Police: no charges pending in ISU accidental shooting

– “But it turns out that bringing SWAT teams into buildings to simulate an active shooter situation doesn’t always make people feel safer.” Active Shooter Drills Don’t Really Prepare People, But They Do Make Them Cry (via @MotherJones)



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