Feminist Writers Retire Because of Abuse

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Feminist writers, particularly those who criticize sexism in the video game world, have suffered nasty public abuse. Threats, fake sex ads in their names, and Twitter harassment are just some of the devices that have forced some into silence.

To read the Washington Post article, click here.

New York City Legalizes Sex Change On Birth Certificate Without Surgery

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Curtis M. Wong of The Huffington Post reports: “Members of NYC’s transgender community and advocates are praising the city council’s vote to pass legislation, making it easier for residents to correct the sex designation on their birth certificates without surgery.” To read more, click here.

“Sexual Preference” Or “Sexual Orientation?”

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Jesse Bering in the website, The State of the Universe, states: “There are some phrases that should just be done away with, but over time they are used and heard so routinely that we develop a sort of soft spot for them and can’t bear the thought of chopping off their heads. The term ‘sexual preference’—at least when it’s used interchangeably with ‘sexual orientation’—is one of these seemingly harmless phrases whose cultural execution…is long overdue.” He goes on to point out “the obvious fact that sexual orientation is not a choice….” To read more, click here.

Why It’s So Hard For Whites To Understand Ferguson

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Robert P. Jones in The Atlantic states: “One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown’s death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.” He goes on to say: “The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri…has snapped the issue of race into national focus…causing many Americans to question just how far racial equality and race relations have come, even in an era of a black president and a black attorney general.” To read more, click here.

The Red Carpet Look

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On the website, RadioTimes, Sarah Millican, a comedian, said, “A funny thing happens when female celebrities hit the red carpet: The world tends to forget that they are actual human beings, with feelings and everything.”

She continues: “I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job. Putting clothes on is such a small part of my day. They may as well have been criticising me for brushing my teeth differently to them.” To read more, click here.




Chinese Americans In The Deep South

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From the Abagon blog, we learn that Chinese labourers were imported into the American South after the Civil War to replace emancipated black slaves. However, the plan failed as the Chinese left the plantations and moved north. Some of those who stayed in the South became grocers to black sharecroppers, and plantation commissaries gave way to Chinese grocery stores. To read more, click here.

Universal Protections For All

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In her last opening statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stressed  the need for all countries to ensure universal protection of individuals and groups from abuse. To read more, click here.

Disabled Characters In Fiction

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Susan Nussbaum in the Huffington Post states:  “On the whole, I do my best to avoid books and movies with disabled characters in them. Of Mice and Men, Forrest Gump, and A Christmas Carol all make me cringe….All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.” She adds: “The vast majority of writers who have used disabled characters in their work are not people with disabilities themselves.” As a writer who is herself disabled she believes “there’s an authenticity to characters that are written by someone who embodies the experience of oppression….” To read more, click here.

Anti-Semitism in Greece: How Real?

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w.goldendawngreece-052214In a recent article in The Jewish Daily Forward, Gavin Rabinowitz discusses the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) report that Greece is the most anti-semitic nation in Europe. Reporting on a global anti-Semitism survey Gavin states, “With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was on par with Saudi Arabia, more anti-Semitic than Iran (56 percent) and nearly twice as anti-Semitic as Europe’s second-most anti-Semitic country, France (37 percent). To read more, click here.

Mobility And The Black-White Gap

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Victoria Stilwell of the Bloomberg News reports that Black Americans remain less likely to climb the income ladder and more likely to drop than whites, according to research published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago last month. Thomas Piketty, whose best-selling book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has spurred debate over income inequality, said in an interview that “the whole structure of inequality of income and wealth in the U.S. is very much related to race.” To read more, click here.

Unemployment and Black Resilience

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Rebecca J. Rosen, writing in The Atlantic, points to a compelling theory advanced by Valerie Wilson at the Economic Policy Institute: Black unemployment is high, not only because black joblessness is high, but because black Americans stick to their job search longer. Because the unemployment rate reflects only unemployed people who are actively looking for jobs, the black unemployment rate is inflated. To read more, click here.

Most Students Aren’t White

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As reported by Chris Hoenig on the website, DiversityInc, the National Center for Education Statistics projects that Latinos, Blacks, Asians and Pacific Islanders, American Indians and biracial students will, when added together, represent 50.2 percent of the 2014–2015 student population. To read more, click here.

What Does It Mean To Be White?

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In The Seattle Times, guest columnist Robin DiAngelo writes about  the roots of racial illiteracy. He points out that mainstream sources—schools, textbooks, media and anecdotal evidence—do not provide whites with the multiple perspectives needed to understand white racial identity. Such socialization renders whites racially illiterate. DiAngelo also states that people cannot understand how racism functions in the U.S. today if they ignore group power relations. To read more, click here

Ferguson: The Untold Story

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In an article in the  Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington points out that there are many positive things happening in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting that have gone largely unreported:

  • Many people protected stores from being looted and helped people affected by looting.
  • There have been many recent donations to local food pantries.
  • Community members have offered protection and shelter to reporters.
  • Religious leaders have worked hard to bolster an sense of community in Ferguson.
  • The Wisconsin Hope Lab helped secure college scholarships for the three siblings of Michael Brown.
  • Ferguson residents have been acting as humanitarians by giving food and offering shelter and first aid to those in need.

To read more about the untold story of Ferguson, Missouri click here.

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Recent Book: Ann Inner Roadmap of Gender Trasformation

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In her latest book, Dr. Lee Ann P. Etscovitz, a marriage and family therapist specializing in LGBTQ issues,  takes an unflinching look at her personal struggles with gender identity.

… I asked myself how long I could possibly go on living with my particular life-long secret, namely, my gender confusion. How long could I continue to hide it? How long could I deny myself the gender fulfillment which only I could bring about and which the precariousness of life could deny me before I ever acted?

Etcovitz’s book is available for preview and sale on Amazon.com and will be available for Kindle readers in July 2014.

1960 Civil Rights Icon Meets Former Protector

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As reported by Rick Callahan of The Associated Press, Civil rights icon, Ruby Bridges, is praising a now 91-year-old former federal marshal for escorting her more than a half-century ago to and from a previously all-white elementary school as she helped end segregation in New Orleans’ public schools. In this November 1960 photo, U.S. deputy marshals, including Charles Burks, top left, escorted six-year-old Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, La. To read more, click here.


Are Orchestras Better With A Man In Charge?

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Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent for the London Evening Standard,  points to a genuine issue of sexism in classical music where the dearth of women on the podium is a subject of fierce discussion. To read more, click here.




Anti-Semitism Still A Reality

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According to a report by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), anti-Semitism remains a reality for many Jews in Europe. To read more, click here.

Sexism And Consumerism: A Warning To Parents

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Laura Finley, Ph.D., writing online in The Gilmore Mirror, warns parents of the sexism and negative stereotyping that infects the marketing items such as t-shirts and board games for children. Finley points out that this irresponsible corporate activity should be brought to the attention of stores carrying the  items. Children should also be made aware of the offensive content, which will give them teachable moments that might resonate for a lifetime. To read more, click here.

Poverty-Busters: Native American Success

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Christina Rose, reporting in Indian Country Today Media Network, says that, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, South Dakota is home to some of the harshest poverty-stricken areas in Indian country. While the sluggish economy throughout the United States has been part of the problem, Indian organizations and individuals are working to change the status quo.  To read more, click here.

Anti-Homophobia Policies In Schools Reduce Alcohol Abuse

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imageThe results of a study at the University of British Columbia published recently in the Journal of Preventative Medicine showed students at schools with anti-homophobia policies and gay-straight alliances tended to abuse alcohol less, regardless of sexual orientation. To read more, click here.


How We Teach Our Kids That Women Are Liars

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Soraya Chemaly, in her blog, “Role Reboot,” tells how the message that women are untrustworthy liars is everywhere in our culture—from TV and music, to politics and religion. So how exactly are we teaching children that women lie and can’t be trusted to be as competent or truthful as men?  First, lessons about women’s untrustworthiness are in our words, pictures, art, and memory. To read more, click here.


Stand-Up Comedy And Mental Illness

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David Haglund, a senior editor at Slate who runs Brow BeatSlate‘s culture blog, interviewed Maria Bamford and spoke about her ability as a stand-up comedienne to “engage with questions of mental health in a way that’s serious and thoughtful as well as really funny.” To read more, click here.

Flextime For Men, Inflexible Time For Women

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According to a new study published in the Journal of Social Issues, bosses favor men over women when employees request flextime. Child care and family care by women are seen by managers as eroding quality work. Biased decisions, lack of trust, and a pile of refused requests for flex time serve to create a workplace where employee motivation, commitment, and loyalty sour. To read more, click here.

Everybody Is Not Equal, And We’re Not All The Same Underneath Our Skin

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Jennifer Harvey in The Huffington Post tells parents of white children that statements to their children like “Everybody is equal,” and “We’re all the same underneath our skin,” have little or nothing to do with actual conversations about race, racial difference, and racism. It’s sugar, she says, when our kids need protein. To read more, click here.

Disability And Inspiration Porn

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In the Australian ABC News site, The Drum, Sheila Young talks about disability being viewed as what she calls, “inspiration porn.”  She points out that inspiration porn is an image of a person with a disability, often a child, doing something completely ordinary, such as playing, or talking, or running, or drawing a picture, or hitting a tennis ball. The image will contain a caption like, “Your excuse is invalid,” or “Before you quit, try.” The underlying message is that if people with a disabilities fail to be happy, to smile, or to live lives that makes those around them feel good, it’s because they are not trying hard enough or their attitude is not positive enough. To read more, click here.

Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave

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Leslie Morgan Steiner, a social worker and guest on TedTalks was in “crazy love,” that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, corrects misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explains how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.) 

“Geography Of Hate” Maps Racist and Homophobic Tweets

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ht_hate_homophobia_tweet_map_tk_130514_wg-1As reported by ABC News, a new Twitter study by assistant professor Monica Stephens and Humboldt State University measured racist and homophobic tweets in the United States. The result is the “Geography of Hate” shown above. To read more, click here.

Key Dates In Civil Rights Movement

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As reported in Reuters, August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The address was a key event in the struggle of African Americans for racial equality.  Major dates in the modern U.S. civil rights movement range from 1948 to 2013. To see the timeline published by Yahoo! News, click here.

Welcome To The Age Of Denial

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The Truth Can Be Seen

The Truth Can Be Seen

In the “Opinion Pages” of The New York Times, Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, points out that today it is politically effective, and socially acceptable, to deny scientific fact.

Frank states that though transparently unscientific, denying evolution has become a litmus test for some conservative politicians, even at the highest levels. He explains that Americans always expected their children to face a brighter economic future, and scientists expected their students to inherit a world where science was embraced by an ever-larger fraction of the population. To read more, click here.

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