The Internet is by no means a perfect platform for democracy. In free society, the concentration of personal data on social networking websites could create an opportunity for abusive monitoring and violation of individual privacy. However, in societies without an institutional…
The whole reason I got a Twitter in the first place (after swearing I’d never touch the site) was because it ended up being the best way to get “on-the-ground” information during the Iranian elections, which were hardly being covered by my local/national media outlets.
“On an airplane. Those are very efficient.”—– Best Actor nominee Jesse Eisenberg, explaining to E! host how he traveled so quickly from New York, where he hosted Saturday Night Live the night before, to L.A.
“Society teaches women and girls that being vigilant and sensible will protect their bodies against the deviant stranger. In the real world, however, a woman is far more likely to be raped within the ‘safety’ of her own home by someone she knows. Eaves report that fewer than 17 per cent of rapes are perpetrated by strangers and only 13 per cent take place in a public space. Half of all female murder victims worldwide are killed by a current or former partner, and most rape victims know their attacker. Media reporting of rape is back to front.”—The Equality Illusion, Kat Banyard (via petitefeministe)
“One of the most unattractive human traits, and so easy to fall into, is resentment at the sudden shared popularity of a previously private pleasure. Which of us hasn’t been annoyed when a band, writer, artist or television series that had been a minority interest of ours has suddenly achieved mainstream popularity? When it was at a cult level we moaned at the philistinism of a world that didn’t appreciate it, and now that they do appreciate it we’re all resentful and dog-in-the-manger about it.”—Stephen Fry (via raineplease)
No one rapes your Internet connection, or rapes you in a debate. No one rapes your ask box with spam. People don’t rape with their eyes, that’s called “eye-fucking.” You are not raped with a passionate hug. No one rapes you at basketball or rapes you with a tackle, playful or athletic. You don’t want someone to rape you, because then it isn’t rape. Wanting to rape does not mean wanting to have sex. You do not want to rape people to whom you’re attracted, unless you are a rapist.
As long as I’m talking about it, here are some misconceptions:
Nonchalance toward rape does not combat the stigmatization attached to victims.
The word rape does not give itself power. The power comes from the context of the word for victims.
Rape victims are not asking you to be hypersensitive by asking you not to belittle or to trigger a trauma.
I’m not violating your right to free speech by asking you to be considerate.
If you read this and felt attacked, ask yourself why. We don’t say “sexually abused” metaphorically, so why say rape? I’m not asking you to never use the word. I just believe it should only be used when you seriously mean rape. When we live in a world without millions of victims, we can talk about redefining or reclaiming it.
I even have alternatives, though there are obviously many more:
“The culture of the United States has always been one of massive internal contradictions
in which surface harmonies breed countercultures that merely represent the dualistic opposite of the previously dominant cultural pieties.
The most massive internal contradiction of American society: a puritanically sexually repressed country that produces and consumes behind closed doors more pornography than any other spot on the globe.”—Bram Dijkstra from Naked: The Nude in America (via kateoplis)
“I … would have steered clear of politics,” Graham, now 92 and in need of round-the-clock care, said via e-mail in response to questions from Christianity Today, the evangelical monthly he founded in the 1950s. Graham also said that if he could go back and do anything differently he would “spend more time at home with my family, and I’d study more and preach less.” But it was his regret over his past political liaisons that stands out in an era when many Christian figures do not hesitate to champion politicians or cheer for a particular party. “I’m grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to,” Graham said in the e-mail exchange. “But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now.”—
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife’s income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday.
Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative…
“My theme is memory, that winged host that soared about me one grey morning of war-time. These memories, which are my life—for we possess nothing certainly except the past—were always with me. Like the pigeons of St. Mark’s, they were everywhere, under my feet, singly, in pairs, in little honey-voiced congregations, nodding, strutting, winking, rolling the tender feathers of their necks, perching sometimes, if I stood still, on my shoulder or pecking a broken biscuit from between my lips; until, suddenly, the noon gun boomed and in a moment, with a flutter and sweep of wings, the pavement was bare and the whole sky above dark with a tumult of fowl. Thus it was that morning.”—Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (via liquidnight)
“Of even greater concern to many doctors and advocates are conflicts over treatments for women who have miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. Standard care for ectopic pregnancies, which are life-threatening, is to inject the drug methotrexate or to remove the embryo surgically while leaving the fallopian tube intact, both procedures that are intended to preserve fertility. But some Catholic hospitals refuse to perform either and will extract the embryo only by taking out the fallopian tube. For miscarriages in which the fetus is not expelled quickly, doctors often use drugs or surgical procedures to protect the woman from potentially fatal infections and bleeding. But if the fetus still has a heartbeat, some Catholic hospitals refuse to intervene. And the patient has to go to another hospital, sometimes hours away, or wait for the heart to stop.”—
this is disgusting. women are treated very differently from men in regards to healthcare, it’s pretty appalling.
i also don’t think hospitals should even have religious affiliations. it makes me uncomfortable. my father-in-law is one of the big dudes at a hospital that’s catchphrase is, ‘see the difference faith makes.’ i don’t want faith. i want SCIENCE. that’s why i’m going to a hospital and not a church.
Laurence Berg, Canada Research Chair for Human Rights, Diversity and Identity, disagrees with the idea that PC language and policies are oppressive. Why? Because he doesn’t really believe that PC policies existed in the first place.
“What [they]’re calling the ‘PC movement’ I would call a social movement by marginalised people and the people who support them,” he said. “[A movement] to use language that’s more correct—not ‘politically correct’—that more accurately represents reality.”
Berg is referring to a way of thinking that many of us students were too young to catch the first time around. For us, the term ‘politically correct’ survived the 90s, but the term ‘human rights backlash’ did not. Will Hutton, former editor-in-chief for the UK publication the Observer, described in his column how the term ‘PC’ was never really a political stance at all, contrary to popular belief. It was actually perceived by many as a right-wing tactic to dismiss—or backlash against—left-leaning social change. Mock the trivial aspects of human rights politics, like its changing language, and you’ll succeed in obscuring the issue altogether.
Berg believes this is what political correctness is all about: “The term politically correct is a reactionary term,” he said. “[It was] created by people who were worried by [social] changes…that affected their everyday understanding of the world in ways that pointed out their role in creating or reproducing dominance and subordination.”
According to Berg, the indignation people feel against PC ideas reflects the discomfort we feel when language and politics begin to pull away from the dominant values we grew up with—in other words, white, middle-class values. It’s no small coincidence that the concept of political correctness originated in the 80s and 90s, just after human rights concerns and visible minority groups started getting real attention in politics and the media.
Berg explains that in its original context, PC was a pejorative term used by people who felt they were losing something. Exactly what they were losing is very hard to describe, especially to them. But many sociologists and historians today have come to a consensus on what they call it: it’s a loss of privilege—and in terms of race, a loss of white privilege.
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”—
Epicurus - one of my favourite quotes. I’m pretty sure this is the third time I’ve posted it. (via sexfoodatheism)