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Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

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  • We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.
  • Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

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04/28/2016 | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

Linda A. Seabrook, General Counsel, Futures Without Violence
Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT-NYC

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That’s not empowerment. That’s two, very privileged, mean girls in a bathroom taking pictures of themselves and giving the world the finger.

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We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot.

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  • Disgraceful state of politics is tied to collapse of education. Philistines are marching, swarming Trump rallies.
  • Related: Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics

David Masciotra, Salon / AlterNet 

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Apr 12, 2016 | It is easy in a country dedicated to a megalomaniacal style of self-praise to grow tired of all the parades, hymns, and maudlin speeches about the wisdom of the “founding fathers.” Compounding the frustration is that many of their most valuable insights are now forbidden from entry into public school curriculums and cultural discourse. As the word “elitist” continues to undergo unfair demonization, no one dare utter that the framers of the United States Constitution were, themselves, elitists. They were terrified of what damage the public might inflict upon their invention. Benjamin Franklin even went so far as to predict that “the people shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson, a more democratic thinker, called information the “currency of democracy.” It would appear that large parts of America are all but bankrupt, suffering the consequences of a long liquidation at the hands of a sensationalistic media, but most of all, a broken education system. 

David Masciotra is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour (University Press of Kentucky). He has also written for Salon, the Atlantic and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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The Arrogant Ignorance of the 'Well-Educated'

To be “well-educated” is not merely ignorance, it is the arrogance of ignorance.

Joseph Pearce, Intellectual Takeout

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/girl_in_car.jpgMarch 29, 2016 | On more than one occasion my essays for The Imaginative Conservative have been inspired by bumper stickers. Many moons ago, for instance, I wrote “The Wisdom and Wickedness of Women” in response to seeing a bumper sticker declaring that “Well Behaved Women Do Not Make History.” Recently, sitting in traffic, I saw this very same bumper sticker on the car in front of me, beside another which declared the following: “What you call the Liberal Elite, we call being well-educated.” The juxtaposition of these two stickers, carefully selected by the car’s owner to teach me a lesson, set me thinking. I might even say that it taught me a valuable lesson, though not the lesson that my neighbor in the car in front of me meant to teach me.

Let’s take the second bumper sticker first. Clearly designed to offend other motorists, it is supremely supercilious and extremely arrogant. We, the average Joe, whoever we may be, are not as “well-educated” as the royal “we” driving the car in front of us. This pompous “we,” who is presumably a she, presumes that anyone who disagrees with her is poorly educated, whereas she, of course, is well-educated. If we were as well-educated as she, we would agree with her.

Joseph Pearce is an English-born writer, and as of 2014 Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The obscene moral hypocrisy on Brussels: Why are terror attacks against civilians in the Middle East ignored?

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  • The hundreds killed in the Middle East in the past few days don't get a fraction of the attention dead Europeans do.
  • Until the deaths of the infinitely more victims of Western crimes are mourned equally (the millions of dead Iraqis, Yemenis and Libyans — not to mention the countless more Afghans, Palestinians, Syrians, Pakistanis, Somalis, Nigerians, Congolese and more), the whole charade following tragic attacks like those seen in Brussels and Paris reeks of extreme hypocrisy — moral and political hypocrisy that is nothing short of obscene.

Ben Norton, Salon

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Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 | When a bomb emblazoned with “Made in USA” massacres civilians in the Middle East, scarcely a single tear is shed. When Westerners are subjected to the same terror people in Muslim-majority countries endure on a regular basis, the sky falls.

We have seen it numerous times — in Paris in January and November 2015, and in Brussels now. The response of the international community makes it clear: the lives of Westerners (particularly the white ones) are valued exponentially more than those of people in the Middle East.

Ben Norton is a politics staff writer at Salon

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