Keith Jesperson is notorious in the US as the Happy Face Killer, who raped and murdered eight women in the 1990s. Here his daughter, Melissa Moore, describes how she learned the truth as a teenager - and eventually found a way to live with it. Let me tell you about the last time I saw my dad before he was sent to prison. I was 15 years old when he showed up randomly at our home in Spokane, Washington State. He and my mother were divorced, and we just saw him occasionally, when he fitted us in with his job as a long-distance truck-driver. On this particular day, in autumn 1994, he asked me and my younger brother and sister if we wanted to go out for breakfast with him. We all hopped into his big truck, which had a sleeper cab attached to it. My sister and I sat in the sleeper cab on top of the mattress and my brother sat in the passenger seat. After we set off, my brother opened the glove compartment and found a pack of cigarettes. He was really shocked because smoking was a big no-no for my dad - that had always been something he wanted to instil in us. And he said, "Oh those are for my friends, for women that I pick up." My brother pulled a face like he didn't really believe him, as if to say: "Dad, are you hiding something from us? Maybe you're a closet smoker
It’s pretty common to hear that Title IX creates a huge financial burden on colleges such that even if a school is lucky enough to be making millions on football or basketball, federal law mandates that a certain amount be spent on women’s sports. Leaving aside how this story implies schools are being forced to support women’s sports against their will (which I hope isn’t true), it also misses the fact that in some circumstances, women’s sports make money.
THE headline above is, of course, a provocation. Misogyny is a plague, and a particularly virulent one. It should be chased out of polite society. But there is one, purely lexical reason to stick up for “misogyny”: the word’s meaning is changing, becoming a simple synonym for “sexism”. It is better kept distinct.
The original meaning is clear enough: “misogyny” comes from two Greek roots , misein, to hate, and gyne, woman. “Misanthropy” is a close cousin, meaning hatred of humankind. (As in many other languages, including English, anthropos in Greek means both a male and “humankind”, which is itself sexist. There is also misandry, hatred of males specifically, but this word is newer and rarer.)
Today is women’s equality day in America, which celebrates the success of suffragettes in securing votes for women in 1920. But equality at the ballot box is not matched by parity in pay. Women in New York earn 87.6 cents for every dollar earned by a man—the nation’s smallest gap. Those in Louisiana make just 66.7 cents—the nation’s largest. On average, female workers take home only about 78% of what male ones do: they wind up in poorly-paid service professions more often; are less likely to wor
OSU - The Lantern Opinion: Not every country has doors open for Muslim women OSU - The Lantern Towson high school student Amara Majeed has provided commentary for CNN on issues affecting the Muslim community.
Where is the buzz about the fact that sexual violence in conflict continues to be accepted as "collateral damage" in all forms of conflict all over the world? When will the stigma be removed from victims and placed onto their perpetrators?
The laws prohibiting or regulating toplessness are stupidly inconsistent throughout America. The hot and annoying summer has long been cause for contemplation of a life without clothing, particularly in the Big "Garbage" Apple, where it is especially hot and annoying and there exists a long tradition of writing May-August articles titled, basically, "Yes, It's Legal to Go Topless in New York," each beginning with a discussion of how hot and annoying it is in the Big Apple. During the hot and annoying summer of 1992, six years after the Rochester Seven were arrested for being topless in public, their case made it to the New York Supreme Court, which ruled that toplessness should be legalized in the state. A fun footnote to the case reads, "Interestingly, expert testimony at appellants' trial suggested that the enforced concealment of women's breasts reinforces cultural obsession with them, contributes toward unhealthy attitudes about breasts by both sexes and even discourages women from breastfeeding their children."
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