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Response to Op-Ed in the Badger Herald: ‘Rape culture’ does not exist

I would welcome a legitimate debate on a concept well established and defined in the peer reviewed literature. But don’t bother reading this piece from the Badger Herald which tries to refute the whole discussion with 629 words. If the comments section is to be believed the piece’s aim is to prompt lively debate. The piece of …

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The problem with millennials

There is no problem. The term and the dialog are symptomatic of the human experience. Labels and stereotypes are what we do best. In popular culture the term millennials is a new label for a dated trope. In the scientific literature, which is so happily referenced but not actually analyzed, the term has only the narrowest of …

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Republicans block science laureate vote over climate change stance fear | theguardian.com

This is so ridiculous I just have to laugh. It seemed entirely harmless: the creation of an honorary and unpaid position of science laureate of the United States to travel around the country and inspire children to be future scientists. But Republicans in Congress last week quashed the initiative, which had gained rare bipartisan support, …

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Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch | Video on TED.com

I really appreciate this project and the dialogue that has surrounded it. The best reactions are the people posing the very questions that the project illustrates who then suggest it’s a waste of time or “self indulgent art.” Without directly asking questions about modern civilization the project very clearly illustrates how specialized nearly every facet …

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White Women Teaching White Women about White Privilege, Race Cognizance and Social Action: toward…

In the process of researching bus sitting behavior and male privilege I stumbled on this paper which I found very interesting. The authors suggest that even in an academic environment where there is a presumption of openness, educating people about their privilege is a challenging task. “Three themes emerged from our analysis of our stories …

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Daily Kos: Are Chechens Really White? Racial Formation Theory and the Boston Marathon Bombing

A quote from the article: I joked on Twitter that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are putting the status of Chechens as full members of the “white race” in jeopardy. I was only half-kidding. Conservatives and others are already trying to reconcile how Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev can be Muslim, “white,” “terrorists,” American, and …

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Prop 8 Transcript

I like Sotomayor a little more now. Listening to the oral arguments for the Prop 8 case I caught an interesting exchange where the proponent, Mr. Cooper, started to reiterate an earlier point where he said, “the marital norm, which imposes the obligations of fidelity and monogamy, Your Honor, advances the interests in responsible procreation.” …

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Starbucks CEO: If You Don’t Like Our Support For Marriage Equality “Buy Shares In Another Company”

I usually feel awkward when companies back social issues. But when I know it’s a civil right they’re backing it makes me smile.Starbucks CEO: If You Don’t Like Our Support For Marriage Equality “Buy Shares In Another Company” If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got …

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‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent in 2011

After several years of increases in sexual assault crime rates (opposite the decrease in total crime rates) Vancouver, BC tried something crazy: a poster campaign that targeted perpetrators instead of victim-blaming. In 6 months they saw a decrease in sexual assault rates.‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent …

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A planoterrestrialist perspective of the Bellingham mystery tortillas

Recently in Bellingham Washington there has been a spat of tortilla graffiti. Yes, tortilla graffiti. Some person or group has been distributing tortillas in zip-lock bags with various non-repeating messages. They have been found taped to street signs, parking meters, and business windows. Nearly 50 of these tortillas have been documented by the ad-hoc enthusiast …

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