"Equality is like gravity - we need it to stand on this earth as men and women. And the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who is confronted with it."

— Joss Whedon, director of “The Avengers” 

 Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? 
The same resume, with either a male or female name attached. By all rights you should give the same response… but they don’t.

 Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? 

The same resume, with either a male or female name attached. By all rights you should give the same response… but they don’t.

"Kelly Dunne started the Domestic Violence High Risk Team in 2005, and since then, not a single case she’s taken on has ended in murder, and the men who have been sentenced to GPS tracking have not committed any future acts of violence.

Dunne also notes that, of the hundred and six high-risk cases documented in the team’s most recent report, only eight women were forced to seek refuge in shelters. She estimated that, before the formation of the high-risk team, ninety per cent of similar cases would have resulted in the women’s going into shelters.

The system works in no small part because it turns the logic of an abusive relationship on its head. The abuser works by making the victim feel like she will never be free of him, his violence, and his surveillance. If she tries to leave, he escalates. If she gets a new boyfriend, he escalates. The idea is to make her feel like her choices are to submit or to live in terror. The high-risk teams shift the burden of being surveilled from the victim to the abuser. Now, if he makes a threat, Massachusetts has the power to escalate. If he uses visitation time to attack her or her children, Massachusetts restricts visitation. Now he’s the one who has to make his decisions with the understanding that someone with power can further restrict his movements and his ability to live freely. 

How do they do it? They take the details of each reported case of abuse, looking at risk factors such as stalking and chronic unemployment, and rate each abuser on a point system for how violent and controlling he is. Men who are rated high are then subject to heightened risk monitoring, and their victims are given extra resources to stay safe. If the abusers start acting up, they can have their child visitations terminated or be made to wear GPS trackers. They may even be put in jail or in a psychiatric hospital for violating probation or restraining orders—courtesy of a preventive detention program that was mostly used to prevent gang or drug violence in the past, a program that gives the government leeway to restrain you even if your behavior otherwise falls short of the threshold to charge you with further crimes.

The comments are fascinating to read. Everyone speaks confidently yet scarcely anyone backs up their statements with studies or research (a few do). This is an excellent example of smart people sounding convincing, when in fact they likely are only speaking their opinions — NOT facts. You can watch as they accuse one another of making unsubstantiated claims and asking for proof, only to be answered with a request for the same. Humans. ugh.

"Miller’s work is a more erudite version of a lot of what you see in the pickup artist (PUA) and men’s rights scenes. In both groups, the common sense belief is that sexuality is based on a very old game that isn’t terribly different from clubbing women on the head and dragging them back to an anthropologically inaccurate cave. Other kinds of human relationships aren’t much better. I guess you could say that evopsych douchebags are the academic version of pickup artists."

Tags: feminism

Witchcraft accusations constitute a serious threat to human rights and individual safety in several regions of Africa, none more so than Northern Ghana. Over a thousand Ghanaian women are currently detained in “witch camps” after being accused of witchcraft and expelled from their villages. A field study of these camps will be undertaken by Leo Igwe, one of the most prominent and acclaimed humanists in the African continent, beginning in 2013.

During 2013, Foundation Beyond Belief joins with the Institute for Science and Human Values, and the James Randi Educational Foundation are promoting a drive to complete the funding for Mr. Igwe’s groundbreaking project.

"The consequences of witchcraft accusation are dire and diverse," says Igwe. "Those accused of witchcraft are often subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment by states and non-state agents. They are feared and treated as enemies to the society. Those alleged to be witches are attacked, exiled or lynched by mobs, forced to drink concoctions by local diviners or traditional medicine men and women, subjected to abusive treatment in the name of exorcism by pastors and other god-men and women, persecuted and jailed by the states. Some of those accused of witchcraft who survive the ordeal are then exiled from their homes are forced to live in camps or on the streets. Witchcraft accusations are at the root of egregious instances of human rights abuses and social problems across many regions of Africa. They fuel hatred, conflicts, and mistrust in families and communities across Africa."

Tags: feminism

Great Advice

Tags: feminism

 Date rape drug sensor 
Singapore researchers developed a simple light sensor capable of detecting GBL (an oft used date rape drug). They are working to refine the device and make it even simpler, but it can be used right now. This is a good step, but I think it needs to be combined with a simple detector for both the hands and pockets of the individuals accompanying the person who finds it their drink. Current statistics say a vast majority of sex crimes are perpetrated by a less than 10% of the male population. It would be great if we could initially identify these criminals via their deposit of GBL in someone’s drink and remove them from the population indefinitely.

 Date rape drug sensor 

Singapore researchers developed a simple light sensor capable of detecting GBL (an oft used date rape drug). They are working to refine the device and make it even simpler, but it can be used right now. This is a good step, but I think it needs to be combined with a simple detector for both the hands and pockets of the individuals accompanying the person who finds it their drink. Current statistics say a vast majority of sex crimes are perpetrated by a less than 10% of the male population. It would be great if we could initially identify these criminals via their deposit of GBL in someone’s drink and remove them from the population indefinitely.

Someone asked me today, “What is ‘rape culture’ anyway? I’m tired of hearing about it.”

Yeah, I hear ya. I’m tired of talking about it. But I’m going to keep talking about it because people like you keep asking that question.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, no one says, “Stop.”

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, they can’t get anyone to come forward.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and adults are informed of it, but no consequences are doled out because the boys “said nothing happened.”

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and we later find out that their coaches were “joking about it” and “took care of it.” 

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and even though there is documentation of the coaching staff sweeping it under the rug, they get to keep their jobs.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and one of the coaches involved in the cover-up threatens a reporter - saying, “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.” – but the town is more worried about keeping their coaching talent than his integrity.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, take pictures of the process, and it becomes a source of ridicule along social networks, whitewashing the crime with hashtags.

rapeinstagram

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and then joke about it on video – saying, ““She is so raped,” “They raped her quicker than Mike Tyson!”, “They raped her more than the Duke lacrosse team!”, and she was “deader than Trayvon Martin.” – while everyone else laughs. (Warning: this video will make you sick to your stomach.)

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and the town is more concerned with preserving their football program than the fact that their children are attacking others without remorse.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and the mainstream media laments the fact that their “promising futures” have been dashed by their crimes – as though THEY are the victims.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and even though she’s been through enough, the 16 year old victim’s name is shared on national television.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, but because it happens at a party where both sexes were drinking, complete strangers on the internet argue ferociously that she is to blame for being attacked.

Click to embiggen. Warning: it will make you sick.

Click to embiggen. Warning: it will make you sick.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and members of the community issue death threats against the victim.

death threats

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and it is documented across social media channels, and the media informs us that the takeaway is to be more careful about what we post to social media.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and when a cover-up is exposed by a group of hackers, we call them “terrorists” and the culpable “victims.” 

Yeah, I’m talking about Steubenville. Tired of hearing about it? Ok, let’s talk about something else.

Rape culture is when the Steubenville is far from the first instance of athletic clubs covering up sexual violence allegations. See: SanduskyMichigan State 2010Arizona State 2008University of Colarado 2006University of Iowa 2008Lincoln High School 2012University of Montana 2012Marquette 2011, plus this research (and there’s more to find if you dig)

Rape culture is when universities across the country do not report rape to the police, but handle the matter via “honor boards” - ultimately shielding perpetrators from criminal consequences.

Rape culture is when universities threaten to expel a student for speaking out about her rape (without ever identifying her attacker) because it’s harassment to talk about her suffering.

Rape culture is when a comedian has a long history of making jokes about rape and sexual assault, is defended from backlash by the comic community, and doesn’t lose his fan base.

Rape culture is when a journalist says this ….

I think that the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear and how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I needed a gun in order to prevent my rape. In my case, don’t tell me if I’d only had a gun, I wouldn’t have been raped. Don’t put it on me to prevent the rape.

… and the public responds with this….

rape

Rape culture is when politicians don’t understand how requiring a transvaginal ultrasound of a rape victim seeking an abortion is like raping her all over again.

Rape culture is when political candidates say that God sometimes intends rape, and that some girls just “rape easy,” and that “legitimate rape” does not result in pregnancy… and do not lose the backing of their party or party leaders.

Rape culture is when a speaker at a political convention makes a rape joke about a sexual violence victim advocate, and he brings the house down with laughter.

Rape culture is when we spend all our time telling women to avoid being raped by modifying their behavior, inferring blame back onto the victim.

Rape culture is when stunning displays of privilege and willful ignorance combine to create this:

voice for MEN

and this:

no rape culture

Rape culture is when a woman speaks out about rape culture, and gets subjected to this.

Rape culture is when we see ads like these on a far too frequent basis:

belvedere adrape jumpgrossfriendzonedrinkdominos

Rape culture is when you’re tired of hearing about “rape culture” because it makes you uncomfortable, as your attempt to silence discourse on the subject means we never raise enough awareness to combat it – and that’s part of why it sticks around.

So yeah, I’m sorry you’re tired of hearing about it. But I wouldn’t expect us to shut up anytime soon. Nor should we.

UPDATE: I will no longer be publishing comments which caveat the discussion of rape culture with false rape accusation concerns. There is a reason for this,which you can read here

"BECAUSE 90% of the women either do not want it, or do not care.BECAUSE it means competition of women with men instead of co-operation. BECAUSE 80% of the women eligible to vote are married and can only double or annul their husbands’ vote. BECAUSE it can be of no benefit commensurate with the additional expense involved. BECAUSE in some States more voting women than voting men will place the Government under petticoat rule. 
BECAUSE it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur. “VOTE, LADIES. Vote in order to stop idiotic laws affecting my rights, your rights, your daughters/mothers/lovers/sisters/friends rights which are being proposed by sexist males who assume you aren’t worthy enough, nor intelligent enough, to make decisions about laws which will directly affect and restrict all women from living up to our potential.

"BECAUSE 90% of the women either do not want it, or do not care.

BECAUSE it means competition of women with men instead of co-operation. 

BECAUSE 80% of the women eligible to vote are married and can only double or annul their husbands’ vote. 

BECAUSE it can be of no benefit commensurate with the additional expense involved. 

BECAUSE in some States more voting women than voting men will place the Government under petticoat rule. 


BECAUSE it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur. “

VOTE, LADIES. Vote in order to stop idiotic laws affecting my rights, your rights, your daughters/mothers/lovers/sisters/friends rights which are being proposed by sexist males who assume you aren’t worthy enough, nor intelligent enough, to make decisions about laws which will directly affect and restrict all women from living up to our potential.
"If we are going to have women in the workplace…"

Presidential candidate, Willard Mitt Romney.

The sad truth. And one that must change.
Here’s the video clip of the speech in which she says it. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_SMepXueVA

The sad truth. And one that must change.

Here’s the video clip of the speech in which she says it. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_SMepXueVA

When women are in positions of leadership, the world improves.

"We know that when women lead, the world is a better place, which should embolden us all to focus on encouraging young women to aspire to leadership positions, especially those of international import. Given the myriad worldwide crises and conflicts that compound daily, we need an army of Hillary Clintons and Anne-Marie Slaughters preparing to take global leadership positions in the years to come. We must do everything we can to encourage, inspire and engage young women in global careers and find ways to bring their voices to the table. And if they want to wear pant suits doing so, all the better." 

- Cari E. Guittard

So, my birthcontrol goes against God’s will? 
Doesn’t that mean your Viagra goes against God’s will for you to never have sex again? 

So, my birthcontrol goes against God’s will? 

Doesn’t that mean your Viagra goes against God’s will for you to never have sex again? 

Oddly enough, in classical Greece none of the Muses were Men and when Alexander the Great sought advice, he consulted the great prophetess at the Oracle of Delphi.

Oddly enough, in classical Greece none of the Muses were Men and when Alexander the Great sought advice, he consulted the great prophetess at the Oracle of Delphi.