The country’s first female law firm has opened its doors to protect women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, two months after its founder along with three other female lawyers were granted licenses to practice law in the traditionally patriarchal kingdom.
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These
Rape victims often feel like they're the ones being put on trial, but Joanna Walters of the Washington Post published a story late last week about a young victim of repeated gang rapes who actually was. When Danielle Hicks-Best was only 11 years old, she says a group of two...
Even as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon claims victory in the battle against sexual abuse by members of U.N. peacekeeping missions, a leaked U.N. internal report charges that peacekeepers are likely under-reporting sex crimes and exploitation, taking too long to investigate them, and clinging to a “culture of impunity” that bolsters sexual misdeeds.
For more than 30 years, Professor Emeritus Sandy Muir taught thousands of Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students about American democracy, U.S. constitutional law, and the virtues of public service. Generations of students attended his classes and benefited from Professor Muir's help, guidance, and wisdom in navigating Berkeley and pursuing successful careers in academia and the public and private sectors. Professor Muir was a leading voice at Cal for promoting civic engagement and public leadership as an iconic faculty member in Berkeley’s Political Science Department.
Rob Duke's insight:
Ah no! Truly saddened to learn that we lost Sandy Muir last month. Those of you who recall my rants on various paradoxes of power (some mine, but the original inspiration comes from Prof. Muir), will understand how sad I am at this loss. For my money, I think Sandy's Power Paradoxes and Nye's Soft Power ideas are the two most promising theories to help police find a way out of the crisis currently confronting it.
First, we need to understand the aspects of power that are problematic. We need to fully analyze the implications from ethics about what we can support and what we can't support. Then, we need to develop a type of Soft Power (micro as opposed to Nye's macro power) to influence communities and help them create capacity to govern themselves.
New statistics reveal that one in 10 women is threatened with "revenge porn" (i.e. the sharing of intimate/ sexual images online as an act of "revenge"): "In reality, the abusers are numerous — according to one national survey, one in 10 people have been threatened with revenge porn by an ex — an...
Jason Jayavarman, the owner and operator of Jason's International Youth Hostel, was arrested in August of 2013. He was recorded discussing his engagement in sexual activities with girls as young as 12 years old.
Case involving alleged rape at University of Virginia is suspended, not closed, police chief says
Rob Duke's insight:
Well, let's pretend that we believe that there's no culture of binge drinking and sexual predatory behavior in college fraternities. To say they found "no evidence" is hard to believe. It might be difficult to find evidence of the specific crime, but it's hard to believe college frats have cleaned up their acts.
A study published this month in the journal Sex Roles reveals that some of the sexism women face – from catcalling and sexual harassment to sexual objectification and violence – makes women generally more fearful and anxious. The researchers from the University of Missouri-Kansas and Georgia Sta...
I spent the week discussing systematic oppression and race. Just as much an intersectional feminist, I dove into rape culture. I talked about the need for police accountability, condemning domestic violence, and amplifying other voices. It was almost always without interruption. My voice felt so...
(AP) — A widely discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia was a "story of journalistic failure that was avoidable," the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism said in a report published Sunday night. The review, undertaken at Rolling Stone's request, presented a broad indictment of the magazine's handling of a story that had horrified readers, unleashed widespread protests at the university's Charlottesville campus and sparked
The district attorney in Nashville, Tennessee recently had to take an unusual action: banning prosecutors from offering women plea deals in exchange for sterilization. The Associated Press reports that Nashville prosecutors have used sterilization as a "bargaining chip" four times in the last five years. The latest case was the tipping...
It is clear that watchful waiting would sometimes be a better policy. And there’s no practical reason we can’t have that policy; it’s a common treatment in the case of prostate cancer. In an ideal world, we could use better data to guide such a policy. What features of a tumor predict slow growth? Is there a threshold size and location of a tumor that should dictate treatment? Could more frequent mammography after a tumor is detected be useful? Rather than throwing away the technology, let’s see if we can better use it.
Rob Duke's insight:
Over diagnosis is good for doc's bottom lines, until that changes, over diagnosis is likely to continue--not every doc, but many.
In 2013, 44 percent of cop killers were white, 37 percent were black and 11 percent were Hispanic. Last year, 54 percent were white, 26 percent were black and 18 percent were Hispanic. In those years there was also one Native American, one Inuit man and one Chechen, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Rob Duke's insight:
'To be sure, the number of people killed by police in the years studied is more than 25 times greater than the number of cops killed. Stone says a future study could examine the races, genders and other characteristics of the officers involved in such incidents and determine how often they were justified in using force and in what instances the officers could be considered “trigger-happy.”'
Hundreds marched Monday in the Afghan capital, demanding justice for a woman beaten to death last week by a Kabul mob over false allegations she had burned a Qur’an — a vicious killing that shocked many Afghans and renewed calls for authorities to ensure women’s rights to equality and protection from violence.
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