Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday Reading

Inviolate Sons, Violated Daughters
by Bina Shah
I don't know what kind of effect this PSA will have in Peru, but I find myself wishing we could do something like this in Pakistan. Women - mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers - need to be more aggressive in demanding that their sons, brothers, grandsons treat all women with respect. In Pakistan, all too often women will say, "That witch, she's to blame, my son is innocent" in everything ranging from a marriage by choice, to sexual harassment on the street and at the workplace, to rape and murder.
Read More at Bina Shah


The Problem With Disney's 'Hercules' Is, Well, Hercules
by Deborah Pless
In fact, I would argue that from the middle of the movie on, the protagonist is no longer Hercules, but actually Meg. She's the one who has to change her perspective on life and go through a narrative arc so she can grow as a person. She's the one whose emotional journey we track. Hercules emotional journey in this movie is literally: I want to find out where I belong. I have found out where I belong but I have to do a few things to get there. I did the things and now I feel like I can belong anywhere. Good for me.
Read More at Kiss My Wonder Woman


Expanding on Selma and the Politics of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Danny Haiphong
SNCC was demonized throughout the film. James Forman was painted as childish and immature. Stokely Carmichael was nowhere to be found, nor were SNCC's voter registration drives or grassroots work that drew King to Selma in the first place. Black women, like Coretta Scott King, were relegated to spectator roles. Malcolm X was given a few seconds of the film to plead to Coretta Scott King that he had changed and was no longer hostile to the "non-violent" actors in the movement.
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Emotions, Validity, Actions
by Olivia
Providing emotional support to someone else is hard. Most people aren’t quite sure how to do it, and like most other hard things in life it is a concrete skill that requires practice. Most of us learn some of this through emulation. We see other people giving hugs, suggesting solutions, or telling us that things will be ok, and we learn that this is how to provide support when life is hard.
Read More at We Got So Far to Go


The 5 worst excuses men use when accused of rape
by Miri Mogilevsky
Unlike most accused rapists, Vandenburg and Batey are now on trial. As the trial opened this past week, the defense team made some interesting comments about Batey’s culpability.  
This seems like a convenient way of obfuscating the issue. Of course Batey was influenced in all sorts of ways by his environment. We all are. That’s the nature of being a social species. But ultimately the burden of making the decision falls on the individual making it, and part of being an adult is accepting that responsibility.
Read More at The Daily Dot


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