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The Internet Can Help Trauma Survivors— But It Can Harm Them, Too

The Establishment
OCTOBER 23, 2017

I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) several years ago, and despite being proactive in treating it, I am still bent by its weight. I find solace in a few key places: at home with my husband and dog, in my therapist’s office, alone in nature, during peer support meetings — and online.

Because I was initially too ashamed and fearful to talk about my feelings with anyone in person, I actually turned to online spaces first for support. Since then, Facebook groups in particular have been a boon for my mental health.

In this, I’m not alone; for many battling depression and other mental illness, social networking sites are the only place they feel understood. According to 2012 figures released by the National Cancer Institute, online peer-to-peer support for depression was used by an estimated 7.5 million adults in the United States. And a 2010 PEW survey found that 25% of internet users who have a chronic health condition go online to connect with other people who have the same health issues.

Ten Things Survivors Should Know About the Title IX Rollback

Rewire News
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

Sexual violence advocates, survivors, and allies are reacting strongly to the rollback of Title IX guidelines by the Trump administration. There are a few things we think survivors should know.

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos warned that she would not protect the Obama-era guidelines that helped schools establish systems and policies for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. As early as January, during her confirmation hearings, DeVos said she would not commit to protecting those guidelines. She made good on her remarks and replaced two letters of guidance from 2011 and 2014 with an interim Q&A on September 22.

Trump Contradicts His Pro-Police Platform With Proposed Cuts to Domestic Violence Programs

Rewire News
AUGUST 23, 2017

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said one of his top issues is protecting police officers; the White House website even included “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community” as part of its priorities. But his budget proposal, which includes cuts to federally funded domestic violence programs, says otherwise. These changes, combined with any additional state cuts, would put countless lives in jeopardy—because as we see frequently reported in the news, officers are more often killed when responding to domestic dispute calls than other calls.

A 2016 report from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services cited domestic dispute calls as being the most dangerous domestic calls for police to respond to,

Why Do People Return to Domestic Abusers?

The Fix
AUGUST 17, 2017

Leaving an abusive partner is difficult for so many reasons. An emotional bond, like that in an intimate relationship, creates an attachment that is as physical as it is emotional. A report by the American Psychological Association found that emotional attachment is positively correlated with a likelihood to return to a domestic batterer. Some abusive relationships involve control over finances and property. In an estimated 98 percent of relationships where domestic violence is present, economic abuse is also there. Children may be involved, creating conflicts of custody and childcare. Abused people often blame themselves. They may leave a relationship with strong feelings of anger, frustration, and fear. As time passes, they may return when those feelings recede and are replaced with shame, guilt, and denial.

The Family and Medical Leave Act and Addiction Treatment

The Fix
AUGUST 8, 2017

The United States does not have a great health care system to help people with substance use disorders (SUD). At every socioeconomic level, treatment is not easy to access. Stereotypes about addicts are outdated and inaccurate. Addiction and alcoholism are usually treated like moral failings or personal choice. The trope of the homeless alcoholic wandering the streets in rags is the story for some people, but it isn’t accurate for most individuals with an SUD.

Retracting Rape Allegations is Not Proof Victims Are Lying

The Fix
JUNE 18, 2017

Retracting an abuse allegation is not proof that the abused is lying or that the alleged abuser is innocent. Rape is amongst the most underreported crimes. Victims face enormous obstacles in the aftermath of rape. Not the least of which is deciding whether or not to contact the police. The justice system is designed to be a hostile and foreboding institution, for better or worse. Across the world, victims have reported feeling intimidated by criminal justice systems.

Let Us Heal: On Surviving and the Controversial ‘Comfort Woman’

Rewire.news
APRIL 4, 2017

I have experienced a lot of loss in my life, and to work through those emotions I’ve become familiar with the importance of grief. Knowing this, when I heard about the Japanese government’s ongoing disapproval of a public memorial in honor of “comfort women,” whom Japanese soldiers took as sex slaves during World War II, I was both exasperated and baffled.

Erected on December 28, 2016, by South Korean civic activists, the statue is located across from the Japanese consulate in Busan. The “comfort woman” statue exists in other locations around the world, including in Seoul and here in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to hear a years-long lawsuit in which the plaintiffs sought to get a statue taken down in Glendale, California. One of the plaintiffs, the Global Alliance for Historical Truth, claims that so-called comfort women were not sex slaves.

When You Call 911 and Nobody Picks Up

The Development Set/Bright Magazine
MAY 3, 2017

Across the United States, emergency dispatch services are consolidating, and in many cases, run privately. In rural areas, it could mean the difference between life and death.

Today, Vermont has two consolidated 911 centers — which, according to Adams, are short-staffed by at least 11 people. 911 centers in Washington, DC are staffed by people who do not always know the ins and outs of the city’s roads. Boston’s 911 calls sometimes go unanswered because there just aren’t enough people to answer the phones. In Denver, employees must work up to 16 hours a day. Connecticut experienced issues with their regionalization efforts and even reversed several consolidation decisions.

What Rev. Jeffress’ Private Sermon Tells Us About Trump

Wear Your Voice
JANUARY 26, 2017

Jeffress’ presence at the inauguration and his role on Trump’s evangelical advisory board can tell us something about Trump’s plans.

Just before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Reverend Robert Jeffress delivered a sermon privately for Trump and his family. It was a decision that, like many of Trump’s decisions, drew controversy.

In 2010, Jeffress gave a sermon during which he said, “The deep, dark, dirty secret of Islam: It is a religion that promotes pedophilia — sex with children. This so-called prophet Muhammad raped a 9-year-old girl — had sex with her.” Embracing Robert Jeffress is confirmation that Trump is anti-Islam and pro-discrimination of marginalized members of society. Less than a week into his presidency, Trump has already signed an executive order to deny visas to anyone from seven majority Muslim countries.

New Puerto Rico Governor Wants Independence or Statehood — And Its Woes Are the U.S.’s Fault

Wear Your Voice
JANUARY 5, 2017

Puerto Rico is experiencing a huge economic crisis. The population is declining in response as people leave the archipelago in a financial exodus. Eric Platt reported in the Financial Times that the $110 billion debt suffered by the commonwealth “has prompted one of the largest migratory movements within the U.S. in decades.” In the last 10 years, the population of Puerto Rico has dropped by 9 percent.

On Monday, Puerto Rico’s new governor was sworn into office. Governor Ricardo Rosello announced that he would hold an immediate referendum to finally push the island towards either statehood or independence. It’s not a new concern, but with the devastating economic crisis entering its second decade, the statehood movement has a new sense of urgency.

What Donald Trump's Presidency Could Mean for Mental Health

Wear Your Voice
November 17, 2016

Donald Trump is the President-Elect, and it is not good news for mental health care. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who had a comprehensive mental-health-care program as part of her platform, it’s difficult to discern what Trump’s plan is — or if he has one at all.

On his official campaign website, mental health is mentioned briefly. Trump will “reform our mental health programs and institutions” and support veterans “by addressing their invisible wounds,” increasing the “number mental health care professionals” and making mental health support available to veterans outside of Veterans Affairs.

Trump and surrogates for his campaign, such as Dr. Ben Carson and Chris Christie, have continually blamed gun violence on mental illness. During the third Republican candidates’ debate, in October 2015, Trump perpetuated an untrue and damaging stigma by conflating mental illness and gun violence.

Should We Feel Empathy for a Mother Whose Neglect Killed Her Baby?

Wear Your Voice
October 11, 2016

In August, 62-year-old Kathleen Steele was arrested for the death of her infant child, who was killed by the hands of Steele’s 6-year-old son. Steele left her three children in the car, aged 13 days, 3 years and 6 years. According to reports, Steele left her kids in a parked car with the windows up and the doors locked. While Steele was away, the baby girl began to cry. The 6-year-old told police that the crying made him mad. So he grabbed his sister from her car seat and proceeded to throw her around the vehicle, ultimately killing her.

This case has three victims: the children. The youngest lost her life when it had only just begun. The 3-year-old has had his family ripped apart. The 6-year-old faces an incredibly difficult road to overcome the grief, trauma and shame of what he did at such a young age. A psychiatrist told the Tampa Bay Times that his future will hinge on “how stable a support system the boy will receive in the future.”

On the surface, this tragedy appears to be a straightforward case of parental neglect. Anecdotes by neighbors paint a picture of a neglectful mother and a jealous son with aggression issues.

Will Big Pharma Support a Non-Addictive Opioid?

The Fix
OCTOBER 2, 2016

Opioids are highly addictive and sometimes, especially in combination with other drugs, deadly. There is, as of yet, no other kind of pain medication that matches the level of relief provided by opiates, nor is there any comparable high for people who are addicted to the drug. Thus, the epidemic grows and more people die.

Some researchers are unwilling to give up on the search for a non-addictive opioid and they may be getting close to finding one. A report in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" published findings on a new opioid only named BU08028. The drug was tested on monkeys and found to be as effective at managing pain as the most powerful opioids on the market today. The uniqueness of BU08028 lies in its lack of fatal side effects. It's non-habit forming, is believed not to bring on a euphoric high, and even at extremely high doses is not deadly. The science on this drug is still in the early phases, and some doctors have doubts over the kinds of pain it can manage and whether or not it is actually as benign as these initial tests have found.

Are Other Countries Handling Harassment Better Than America?

Gradient
AUGUST 25, 2016

Wednesday. Leslie Jones, a woman of color and star of the new Ghostbusters film, had her personal accounts hacked with intimate photos posted to her website, along with confidential details of her passport and driver’s license. Jones had only recently taken time off from social media after being bombarded by a mob of racist, sexist, hate-fueled trolls. They were apparently offended by the audacity of the women who dared to walk in the footsteps of the comedians who starred in the original Ghostbusters classic.

Since the surviving members of the classic Ghostbusters all made cameos and public endorsements of the film, the online bullies were not defending their favorite comedians. It’s impossible to escape the notion that these online bullies had no other goal than defending and perpetrating racist misogyny.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Newest Flop "Split" Demonizes Mental Illness

Gradient
AUGUST 12, 2016

Set to premiere January 20th, 2017, the film positions dissociative identity disorder (DID) to be dangerous.

Dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder, is a relatively rare and widely misunderstood psychiatric condition. It’s a controversial diagnosis due to its frequent comorbidity with multiple other mental disorders. Trauma is believed to be the spark that causes dissociation. A person with DID may have developed this “splitting” of personalities, manifested as alters, as a way to compartmentalize traumatic experiences. It’s self-preservation. Temporary bouts of amnesia are reported when someone switches between alters. Due to the rarity of the disorder and the diversity of cases, this is only a rough summary of an extremely complex mental disorder.

Hollywood has a history of using mental illness as a way to make characters seem dangerous, out of control or hopeless. Arkham Asylum comes to mind as an example of this stereotype. Part of the DC world of superheroes, Batman’s adversaries are often humans that have “gone mad.” He sends them to Arkham Asylum because they’re dangerous and “crazy.” The most empathy displayed for institutionalized psychiatric patients in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman is when Batman says, “We have hospitals to treat the mentally ill with compassion, that’s not where you’re going.”

Four Ways Public Art is Making the Invisible Visible in Buenos Aires

Atlas Obscura
NOVEMBER 25, 2013

The sunny disposition of Buenos Aires, Argentina — where there is literally constant sunshine, parties until 6 am, and every greeting includes a kiss — can blind visitors to the country’s darker chapters. There is a dramatic layered history of homelessness, poverty, missing people, and untimely deaths.

Street art exploded on the scene when Argentina’s Dirty War ended in the early 1980s; all the bottled up emotion was released and the people of Buenos Aires let the colors of their emotions paint over the city. Street art has since become commonplace in the city, where graffiti tagged walls mingle with murals that decorate nearly every public park. It has become such an integral part of the architecture and landscape that often people walking by a mural appreciate its vibrancy, but forget that the art is how the invisible is being made visible.

How To Practice Self-Compassion in 6 Steps

By Kristance Harlow | October 24, 2017

Anyone can learn to be more compassionate towards themselves, here are 6 tips for how to practice self-compassion. I am the most hurtful towards myself. For as long as I can remember, I have sought out reasons why I was to blame for negative outcomes. I heard critical voices with more clarity than supportive ones.

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How to Take Care of Your Mental Health While Traveling

By Kristance Harlow | October 24, 2017

Even people without a diagnosis can have a mental health condition emerge during travel, which is why you should take care of your mental health while traveling. Travel can be enormously beneficial to mental health. Seeing the world can teach important skills for adapting to new circumstances and make you more open-minded. Engaging with different cultures

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How to Stay Sober on Vacation

By Kristance Harlow | July 9, 2017

Summer is here and the warmth radiating into the office window conjures up dreams of poolside lounge chairs and remote sun-kissed beaches. While you mentally plan your dream getaway and add pins to your vacation planning Pinterest board, guilty and anxious thoughts about drinking can trickle in. You don’t want to throw away your sober

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Why I Won’t Be Making New Year’s Resolutions

By Kristance Harlow | December 28, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions are rarely successful. Research published by Statistic Brain, a non-partisan independent research group, found that only eight percent of people achieve their resolutions. That number is significantly higher for people in their twenties versus people over fifty. The longer we maintain certain behaviors, the less likely we are to be able to

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39 Excuses for Not Drinking

By Kristance Harlow | November 17, 2016

Other people shouldn’t have a problem with you saying no to a drink. Unfortunately, as with many scenarios, “no” is not always accepted as a final answer. There may be people who, for reasons of their own, will pressure you to take that first drink. Not everyone wants to disclose alcoholism, so what can you say to make people leave you alone?

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How I Learned to Love Meditation

By Kristance Harlow | October 21, 2016

It isn’t easy to deal with stresses again without my old crutch of booze. It can really suck. The world around me is loud, crowded, and smelly. Combine that with the obsessive thoughts that regularly run laps around my brain—it’s a recipe for a meltdown. To my surprise, sprinkling in some meditations completely changed the mix.

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5 Happiness Tips When You Have PTSD

By Kristance Harlow | September 7, 2016

Living with post traumatic stress disorder and her bluesy sister, depression, has drastically changed how I handle everyday life. Anxiety and lethargy applied for permanent residence in my body, and I thought I had to fight to have their applications thrown out. Turns out I didn’t have to fight, I had to give up and stop trying to control everything.

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Become A Happier Person

By Kristance Harlow | January 2, 2014

It’s the holiday season and the new year is upon us. The holidays are not always an easy time of year—many of us are missing loved ones, while others are struggling with mental illness that stand in the way of feeling happy.

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Ten Things Survivors Should Know About the Title IX Rollback || Rewire

Since the Obama-era guidelines, universities and colleges had to have regulations in place on how to handle these situations, but they could determine the policies themselves. The guidelines for determining fault were subject to the whims of the university which, in some cases, has turned this process into a quasi-court. It’s easy to understand how self-governed policies could fail survivors when set in the context of a culture that is rife with victim-blaming, rape apologists, and a stunted understanding of mental health and trauma.

Trump Contradicts His Pro-Police Platform With Proposed Cuts to Domestic Violence Programs || Rewire

Although President Donald Trump has said it's his priority to protect law enforcement, his budget would put countless lives in jeopardy. As we see frequently reported in the news, officers are more often killed when responding to domestic dispute calls than other calls.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said one of his top issues is protecting police officers; the White House website even included “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community” as part of its priorities. But his budget proposal, which includes cuts to federally funded domestic violence programs, says otherwise. These changes, combined with any additional state cuts, would put countless lives in jeopardy—because as we see frequently reported in the news, officers are more often killed when responding to domestic dispute calls than other calls.

Let Us Heal: On Surviving and the Controversial ‘Comfort Woman’ || Rewire

What is undeniable is that this happened and the aftermath continues decades after the war crimes were committed. War tribunals and continued debate about who will take the blame may result in some form of justice, but with every new trial survivors are forced to relive what happened and that can re-traumatize. It’s time that politicians stop standing in the way of grieving and recovery. We must put more energy into caring for victims and supporting them, and that means allowing memorials to exist without opposition.

You Call Us "Snowflakes" Like It's a Bad Thing || Wear Your Voice

Snowflakes are tiny frozen structures that, by themselves, will melt with a touch. But snowflakes, when they get together, are not some fragile thing.

People have been calling each other “special snowflakes” at least as far back as Fight Club, but the insult has snowballed recently. The Guardian dubbed “poor little snowflake” the top insult of 2016.

We Have a Media Literacy Problem, and "Fake News" Hysteria Isn't Helping || Wear Your Voice

What is “fake news?” What is “the media?” If we can’t be more specific in our language, we don’t have a chance of understanding the world around us.

How To Stop Being Ignorant of Your White Privilege || Wear Your Voice

Despite mounds of undeniable evidence and tons of analysis explaining white privilege, white people still can’t deal with talking about racism. It is long past time to destroy that sensitivity. We can’t let fellow white folks sit pretty in the ignorant bubble of white supremacy. Ignoring white privilege, whether you will admit it or not, adds to a long history of exploitation and oppression of non-whites.

Read These 10 Books Before They're Banned in the U.S.

Oppressive regimes control access to ideas because they know that knowledge is liberating and diversity is powerful. History has not been kind to those who ignore their pasts, which is why we must take threats of authoritarianism seriously.

To expand your world view and open your mind, read more. With Trump’s ban, on pretty much anything you need to read each one of these books before they are banned. Each one challenges harmful societal norms and is worth a read (or two).

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Yes, Trump is a Lot Like Hitler, But It's Not Too Late To Stop Him

Deportation raids are happening en masse across the country. Refugees have been turned away at the border, echoing a shameful past when Holocaust refugees were refused entry to the United States in 1939. The ACLU is defending infamous white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos, even though Holocaust survivors have said hate speech is a precursor to genocide. Xenophobia and racism are being written into executive orders signed by the United States President. People are afraid that the new administration is laying the groundwork for a second coming of Adolf Hitler.

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What Bigoted Rev. Jeffress’ Private Sermon Tells Us About Trump

Jeffress’ presence at the inauguration and his role on Trump’s evangelical advisory board can tell us something about Trump’s plans.

In 2010, Jeffress gave a sermon during which he said, “The deep, dark, dirty secret of Islam: It is a religion that promotes pedophilia — sex with children. This so-called prophet Muhammad raped a 9-year-old girl — had sex with her.” Embracing Robert Jeffress is confirmation that Trump is anti-Islam and pro-discrimination of marginalized members of society. Less than a week into his presidency, Trump has already signed an executive order to deny visas to anyone from seven majority Muslim countries.

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Trump’s False Narratives: Why He’s Good at Them, and Why Many Believe Them

The stories we are told throughout our lives, both real and imagined, color the lens through which we interpret the world. The present is legitimized by the stories told about the past, and we are more likely to believe a story that aligns with the ones we’ve always been told. President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric works because it isn’t facts that can bring someone around to a new perspective. Only appealing to someone’s moral values can.

Moral values are appealed to through stories — and Trump is a storyteller. Trump is very far removed from the life of the working-class American; he’s a billionaire bred from millionaires. To keep his supporters from seeing how different he is, he appeals to the stigma of poverty with a story about getting rich and making other people rich. He uses storytelling as part of his manipulative M.O.

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How Stigma Punishes Victims — and Helps Perpetrators

Stigma is a negative attitude towards people based on one aspect of their experience or identity. To destigmatize something is to remove the barriers of shame and open the door to dialogue. To normalize something is to integrate a behavior or belief into mainstream society and to accept it as a common and unremarkably ordinary part of life. Destigmatizing rape does not normalize rapists; rather, it works to combat victim-shaming. To destigmatize conversations on race in America does not normalize racists; it removes the disgrace and shame associated with discussing race.

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Being Less of a Jerk 101: A Crash Course on What to Do When You’re Called Out On -Isms

Hey, white folks, stop getting offended when someone calls you racist. Instead, try this: shut up, listen and learn. Welcome to the crash course that is here to teach you how to be less of a jerk when you’re called racist.

Impact is different than intent. When someone is calling you out on a prejudicial and problematic comment, it’s because your impact is harmful — no matter what you intended. When it comes to racism, sexism, ableism or any other kind of problematic discourse or behavior, it is time to stop reacting defensively when accused of an “ism.”

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How to Be Less Of A Jerk 101 (Part 2): Admitting Racism

Just because someone doesn’t want to be racist doesn’t mean they aren’t. Contributing to white supremacy is racism. Supporting racists is racism. Excusing racism is racism. Not holding racists accountable is racism.

Racism is a system of oppression that permeates all levels of society and shows itself in invisible and in-your-face ways. But those things, those subtle acts or non-acts, are the stepping stones violence walks on. It isn’t always deliberate; it’s subtle, and that stealthy prejudice is where the blatant hate gets its strength. The seeds of covert racist denial are the fertilizer for outright discrimination, brutality, and hatred.

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Donald Trump is Just Like My Abuser

I have not watched the presidential debates. I did not watch the GOP debates before that. I do not watch any of Trump’s speeches. I have heard the criticisms about my choice, that I am choosing to be ignore the reality of current national politics or that I’m being stubborn and ignorant. The thing is, while I don’t watch or listen to Trump, I read the transcripts. It isn’t even just that I despise Trump and don’t want to listen to his hateful rhetoric. I get plenty worked up reading the transcripts. I don’t watch him speak because I can’t.

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Should We Feel Empathy for a Mother Whose Neglect Killed Her Baby?

In August, 62-year-old Kathleen Steele was arrested for the death of her infant child, who was killed by the hands of Steele’s 6-year-old son. Steele left her three children in the car, aged 13 days, 3 years and 6 years. According to reports, Steele left her kids in a parked car with the windows up and the doors locked. While Steele was away, the baby girl began to cry. The 6-year-old told police that the crying made him mad. So he grabbed his sister from her car seat and proceeded to throw her around the vehicle, ultimately killing her.

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How White Privilege Shapes “Intent” — And How Intent Keeps Privileged Whites Out of Jail

The common saying that “it’s the thought that counts” is supposed to apply to gift-giving, but it was destined to morph — as all language does — and has been used to justify the continuation of a broken criminal justice system. Not everyone’s thoughts count, though. Intent is determined by the powerful — and benefits the powerful, or those who least threaten the status quo.

White privilege provides a protective buffer of assumptions that is not given to people of color, especially not to black people. To better understand how this functions, think of whiteness as a protective benefit-of-the-doubt shield. To level up the shield, you have to be given more layers of privilege.

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Why Are We Still Surprised by Leniency for White Rapists Like Brock Turner?

With Stanford rapist Brock Turner being released from prison Friday after a laughably short sentence, it’s time to look at privilege. Again.

Americans love to say, “It’s the thought that counts.” It’s such a common saying that white folks use that engrained ideology to justify and defend oppression. Widely publicized news stories paint a picture of the powerful (read: white and those benefiting from white male power structures) being protected because of their (imagined, good) intent — while the disenfranchised (read: people of color) are punished for theirs.

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Are Other Countries Handling Harassment Better Than America?

On Wednesday, Leslie Jones, a woman of color and star of the new Ghostbusters film, had her personal accounts hacked with intimate photos posted to her website, along with confidential details of her passport and driver’s license. Jones had only recently taken time off from social media after being bombarded by a mob of racist, sexist, hate-fueled trolls. They were apparently offended by the audacity of the women who dared to walk in the footsteps of the comedians who starred in the original Ghostbusters classic.

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Feminist and Feeling the Bern — In Support of Bernie Sanders

I am a progressive feminist, I am voting for Bernie Sanders, and I’m not the only one. Let’s begin with dispelling an important misconception, feminists are not a unified force on all issues. Feminism isn’t a cult or secret society, women don’t get initiated and then promise to always choose the lady over the fella if they’re duking it out. Hillary Clinton does not have my vote, even if Madeleine Albright is tapped into some psychic cosmic force and it turns out to be true that women who don’t help other women have their own suite near Satan, I’m still choosing Sanders over Clinton.

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No, I Do Not Have to Respect Trump’s Opinions aka Feelings Are Not Facts

No, John McCormack, anti-Trump protesters in Chicago were not a disgrace to the first amendment. No, both “sides” of the Trump protest in Chicago aren’t “to blame” for clashes. And, no, Facebook friends who will remain unnamed, I don’t have to respect Trump and his “opposing views.”

No one has to respect Trump or his “side” when he is spouting horrifically hate filled rhetoric. We don’t have to respect someone who calls people in poverty too stupid for politics. Someone who threatens to strengthen the already debilitating structural inequality that continually subjugates and marginalizes and murders people of color. Someone who promises to break apart families by deporting millions of immigrants. Someone publicly rejoicing in support of discrimination. 

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Fascism and Vague Promises: How Trump’s Campaign Mirrors Hitler’s Rise

From day one, Donald Trump has made no attempt to hide his totalitarian views, undeniable sexism, and violent racism. There were a reported 19 hate crimes perpetrated against Muslims in the five days following Trump’s December 7th declaration that the United States should halt all Muslim immigration. Unfortunately, that was just the jumping off point for a campaign dripping with venomous racism. Pandering to misdirected fears, his campaign has exposed the ugly underbelly of confused American anger. Influential figures across the spectrum of political alliances have spoken out against him, but it has done little to slow him down. Despite international uproar against his statements that are eerily reminiscent of Hitler’s campaign promises, hordes of supporters still flock to Trump.

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10 Horrifying Examples Of Modern-Day Child Slavery

Childhood is defined by culturally set boundaries which have changed throughout human history. The acceptable age to work varies depending on the culture, but child slavery is unanimously the worst form of child labor that exists and is unacceptable at any age in any country. There are millions of children trafficked around the world and forced into lives of depravity and despair. Here are 10 of the worst kinds of modern child slavery.

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