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‘We didn’t recognise that he was dangerous’: our father killed our mother and sister

‘We didn’t recognise that he was dangerous’: our father killed our mother and sister | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Last summer, Lance Hart shot dead his wife, daughter and himself, four days after the family had left him. His sons talk frankly about life before and after
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How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control

How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.
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Do Sexualized Campus Games Add To Rape Culture? University of Ottawa won't commit to investigating sexualized pub crawl

Do Sexualized Campus Games Add To Rape Culture? University of Ottawa won't commit to investigating sexualized pub crawl | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"University of Ottawa administrators will not commit to investigating the organizers of a now cancelled annual pub crawl, during which students were reportedly encouraged to engage in sexual acts in exchange for team points.

The student federation is investigating instead, said university president Jacques Frémont on Thursday morning.

"We will get in touch with them [the federation] today to see what can be done," he said.

"The federation and the student association, if they want to conduct an inquiry, I think it's probably the proper thing to do and we will support them.""


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Friday, October 21, 2016:


"uOttawa newspaper editor receives online threats after reporting on pub crawl 


The editor of the University of Ottawa’s student newspaper has reportedly received a wave of sexual and racist threats after publishing an exposé on a pub crawl organized by one of the school’s student bodies. 


Since the article’s publication, La Rotonde Editor Yasmine Mehdi has reportedly received hateful messages on social media. Kelly Gordon, who sat on the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, says that she is shocked by “how racist these comments were, implying that because she's a woman of color she doesn't have the right to speak out. It is appalling and unacceptable.” 


CTV reports that Mehdi has declined to discuss the online comments in order to focus on whether any sanctions will be handed down to the pub crawl’s organizers and participants. uOttawa has officially condemned the event and the university’s student union has launched an investigation into it."

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Three things that need to happen before I defend men from Olympic sexism | Lindy West

Three things that need to happen before I defend men from Olympic sexism | Lindy West | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Internet stragglers complain about ‘horny PC feminazis’ complaining about sexist TV coverage while ogling male Olympians. Here’s the difference
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University has a lot to learn about dealing with sexual assault

University has a lot to learn about dealing with sexual assault | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
I was disappointed to have read the media accounts of the so-called "behavioural contract" imposed on an alleged victim of sexual assault by Brandon University’s administration a few weeks ago, and the administration’s attempt to deflect responsibility and play down the crisis by asserting that sexual assault is a problem across all university campuses.

While the problem may be pervasive, thankfully not all campuses impose gag orders on students, silencing them at the time of perhaps their greatest need, while threatening sanctions, including expulsion, if they disobey.

What BU’s administration does not point out is that colleges and universities across North America have been questioning the imposition of gag orders for years.

If BU had been paying attention, it would have been aware of this controversy, most recently at the University of Victoria, where a similar story broke just a couple of weeks before the BU incident hit the media.

At the same time, I am encouraged by the actions of several caring students and faculty who have brought comfort and counsel to victims and alleged victims of sexual misconduct who have felt silenced by a culture of concealment. However, when concerned faculty, according to one former student, are "the only form of recourse to protect students," that suggests not simply an isolated "mistake," as the university’s administration has portrayed the incident, but a larger, more contextual problem.

In the end, fewer mistakes would be made if a more inclusive, less authoritarian administrative culture were encouraged on campus.
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8 Reasons Why I Hated Chris Rock's Oscars Monologue

8 Reasons Why I Hated Chris Rock's Oscars Monologue | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Opinions about the funnyman's opener ranged from "he told the truth" to "I laughed at parts," to "it sucked." Here are eight reasons why Akiba Solomon wishes it never happened.
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Why Attacks on Abortion Clinics Should Be Prosecuted as Terrorism

Why Attacks on Abortion Clinics Should Be Prosecuted as Terrorism | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
After killing three and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado on Friday, assailant Robert Lewis Dear reportedly told law enforcement, “n
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Misogynoir: where racism and sexism meet

Misogynoir: where racism and sexism meet | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Activists argue that prejudice against black women is ignored by mainstream feminism. What are the corrosive stereotypes behind it?
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Some medieval priests found nuns superior - Futurity

Some medieval priests found nuns superior - Futurity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new look at medieval texts and imagery suggests that some priests acknowledged and celebrated the perceived religious superiority of nuns.
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What my religion really says about women

What my religion really says about women | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Alaa Murabit's family moved from Canada to Libya when she was 15. Before, she’d felt equal to her brothers, but in this new environment she sensed big prohibitions on what she could accomplish. As a proud Muslim woman, she wondered: was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirt, she shares how she discovered examples of female leaders from across the history of her faith — and how she launched a campaign to fight for women's rights using verses directly from the Koran."

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Losing my religion for equality, by Jimmy Carter

Losing my religion for equality, by Jimmy Carter | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.
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UN urges Burma to condemn monk who called envoy ‘bitch’ and ‘whore’

UN urges Burma to condemn monk who called envoy ‘bitch’ and ‘whore’ | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Language used by ultranationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu about visiting official was utterly unacceptable, UN says
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Dalhousie dentistry student calls restorative justice plan 'shocking'

Dalhousie dentistry student calls restorative justice plan 'shocking' | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A fourth-year dentistry student at Dalhousie University in Halifax says the restorative justice solution put forward by Dalhousie's administration, after misogynistic posts were made by several male students on Facebook, is unacceptable, and she and her father want an investigation.
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On Saudi women’s rights, the UN has it shockingly wrong | Peter Bradshaw

On Saudi women’s rights, the UN has it shockingly wrong | Peter Bradshaw | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In a country where women are banned from driving, will their male chaperones even let them speak at the UN’s women’s rights commission?
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Carleton faculty union wants 20-plus changes to university's sexual violence policy

Carleton faculty union wants 20-plus changes to university's sexual violence policy | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

The union that represents Carleton professors has compiled a list of more than 20 changes it would like to see in the university's sexual violence prevention policy.  Under provincial legislation, the policy must be passed by the end of the year.


"Carleton faculty union calls for 20+ amendments to sexual violence policy 


The Carleton University Academic Staff Association has responded to a recent draft of the school’s sexual violence policy with a list of more than 20 changes it would like to see made to the policy. 


The Ottawa Citizen reports that most of the changes revolve around three areas: prevention, confidentiality, and representation in hearings. 


According to the Association, the current draft contains no clear statement of how resources for education would be allocated, and is asking that the school fund a position whose sole purpose is to address and prevent sexual violence on campus. 


“We managed to turn the tide on racism. We managed to turn the tide on homophobia. We can turn the tide on sexual violence,” said Dawn Moore, associate professor of law and equity chair of the faculty union. “The teachable moments are fleeting. And now we’re in one. I want my university to be getting it right.”"

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People are sharing this poignant photo to show how we police women's swimwear

People are sharing this poignant photo to show how we police women's swimwear | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Pictures of armed police forcing a woman to remove some of her clothes on a beach in France have caused a controversy on social media.
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The Era of 'The Bitch' Is Coming

The Era of 'The Bitch' Is Coming | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
You know it’s coming. As hyperpartisanship, grievance politics, and garden-variety rage shift from America’s first black commander-in-chief onto its first female one, so too will the focus of political bigotry. Some of it will be driven by genuine gender grievance or discomfort among some at being led by a woman. But in plenty of other cases, slamming Hillary as a bitch, a c**t (Thanks, Scott Baio!), or a menopausal nut-job (an enduringly popular theme on Twitter) will simply be an easy-peasy shortcut for dismissing her and delegitimizing her presidency.
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Retired lawyer sues Israeli airline after she was asked to move seat

Retired lawyer sues Israeli airline after she was asked to move seat | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Renee Rabinowitz, 81, who fled Nazis as a child, says ultra-Orthodox Jew objected to sitting next to a woman on El Al flight
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Bill Cosby and His Enablers - An Article by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bill Cosby and His Enablers - An Article by Ta-Nehisi Coates | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Even victims of discrimination can look away from—and thereby enable—other forms of violence.
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It's not just America: Canadian politicians use Islamophobia to make gains in polls | Safiah Chowdhury

It's not just America: Canadian politicians use Islamophobia to make gains in polls | Safiah Chowdhury | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
An aggressive stance on the niqab, the face veil that leaves a slit for the eyes, has given a boost to the Conservative Party
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Muslim convert attacked while wearing niqab in Toronto

Muslim convert attacked while wearing niqab in Toronto | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Veiled fitness trainer whose Canadian roots go back centuries assaulted outside a shopping mall in front of her children
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What has the United Nations ever done for women?

What has the United Nations ever done for women? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A decline in maternal mortality is among the successes, while the use of rape as a weapon of war and the economic divide show the gulf yet to be bridged
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Why Tim Hunt's Sexist Comments Were No "Joke"

Why Tim Hunt's Sexist Comments Were No "Joke" | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The British Nobel Prize-winner has complained that he's been treated unfairly, but it is the women he insulted that deserve sympathy and support
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When Sex Ed Teaches Gender Inequality, Sex Gets Safer

When Sex Ed Teaches Gender Inequality, Sex Gets Safer | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new study shows a "striking" difference in effectiveness between programs that address gender and power, and those that don't.

 

"In a new study, Nicole Haberland, a senior associate at the Population Council,makes the case that “comprehensive” should include gender and power dynamics. The study, published in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, reviewed evaluations of 22 sex-education programs for adolescents and young adults, comparing how effective they were in reducing pregnancy and STIs.


"Ten of the programs had at least one lesson on gender and power, and 80 percent of them saw significant decreases in pregnancy or STIs compared with a control group. Of the 12 programs that did not address these issues, 17 percent led to those positive outcomes. Teaching about power and gender roles was a consistent predictor of better health outcomes, even when Haberland accounted for other variables like sample size and whether the studies were longitudinal."

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Dalhousie faces deluge of complaints as dental students suspended

Dalhousie faces deluge of complaints as dental students suspended | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Dalhousie University was engulfed in controversy on Monday after it announced the suspension of 13 male dentistry students over misogynistic comments on Facebook that came to light almost a month ago.
The university announced on Monday morning that the men are suspended from clinical activities while an academic committee considers further penalties, such as academic suspension or expulsion.

 Pressure on the institution is increasing: At least five internal processes related to the incident are taking place simultaneously, provincial regulatory bodies have warned they will consider the men’s ability to demonstrate “good character” when they apply to practise, and there is an unverified threat that the hacker collective Anonymous will identify the men in the “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen” Facebook group.

University president Richard Florizone said Dalhousie decided on the suspension on Dec. 22, but waited to communicate it because it had reports some of the men were at “credible risk of potential self-harm.” Now that the students are back on campus, they have access to university supports, he added.

As long as the students are suspended from clinical activities, they cannot graduate, Dr. Florizone said.

“The behaviour has called into question their professionalism … so they are suspended from clinical activity until this academic committee removes that suspension,” he said.

Even if they graduate on time this spring, the students are likely to face heavy questioning when they apply for licenses. The Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia said in a statement it will consider the outcome of the inquiries at Dalhousie in any decision to allow the students to practise. And the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, which regulates 9,000 dentists, has asked Dalhousie for the names of the 13 men.

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