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Women gain as gender gap 'narrows'

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The gender gap is narrowing across the world, a World Economic Forum report suggests, with Nordic countries leading the way but Arab nations lagging behind.
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Tennessee judge to inmates: Get sterilized and I’ll reduce your jail time

The program drew fire from opponents who say it violates fundamental constitutional rights.
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Suspects still on the run after KCK police find 3-year-old child in stolen vehicle

Suspects still on the run after KCK police find 3-year-old child in stolen vehicle | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler said the child who was in the back of a stolen car has been found safe.
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Father Charged With First Degree Murder After 'Suspicious' Fatal Shooting of His 22-Year-Old Daughter

Father Charged With First Degree Murder After 'Suspicious' Fatal Shooting of His 22-Year-Old Daughter | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Kailee McMullen is remembered as a bubbly woman who loved helping others.
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Malala Yousafzai graduates high school and celebrates with her first tweet

Malala Yousafzai graduates high school and celebrates with her first tweet | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Malala Yousafzai, a women's rights advocate recognized worldwide for speaking out against inequality, has picked up a new way of spreading her message: Twitter
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The Latest: Police release names of father, 4 kids killed

The Latest: Police release names of father, 4 kids killed | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Latest: Police release names of father, 4 kids killed
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Trump Administration Announces Shift in Title IX Enforcement - Campus Safety Magazine

Wheeler said a large regulatory review will subject many rules to a cost-benefit analysis weighing the burden of compliance for schools with the benefits they provide students, according to Inside Higher Ed.


Related: How Title IX Complaints are Handled by the OCR
Three areas that seem primed for adjustments are listed below.

1. The Dept. of Ed.’s List of Schools Under Investigation
Jackson sharply criticized the Department of Education’s practice of publicly listing the institutions that are being investigated by the OCR— something the Obama administration had begun in 2014. Jackson said the practice is “high up on that list of things that will soon be addressed as the agency reconsiders various regulatory efforts as part of President Trump’s administration-wide regulatory review.”

Jackson referred to the list as the “list of shame” and said “our job isn’t to threaten, punish or facilitate drawing media or public attention” to colleges and universities.

2. College Title IX Disciplinary Proceedings
Jackson also addressed one of the most controversial aspects of the Department of Education’s guidance: the “preponderance of evidence” standard of proof that schools are required to use during Title IX investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Jackson said the practice of requiring schools to use that standard of proof is “actively under consideration”, although she did not indicate how it may change.

The standard, which means students must be found responsible for misconduct if evidence suggests it is more likely than not that they committed misconduct, has led to numerous lawsuits and a recent condemnation from the American College of Trial Lawyers.

3. Dept. of Ed. Methods for Resolving Title IX Cases
Jackson insinuated that the Office for Civil Rights would pursue alternative options for closing civil rights cases, including the broadening of “early complaint resolution” options in sexual violence and racial discrimination cases.

Other OCR, Title IX Announcements
In a possible response to civil rights advocates’ criticism (which has sparked an investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights), Wheeler and Jackson reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to to the rights of transgender students, with both insisting that such students are protected by existing federal laws.

In February, the Trump administration withdrew federal guidance from a Dear Colleague Letter that allowed students to use school bathrooms that match their gender identity. In withdrawing the guidance, the OCR asserted that states and local school districts should create their own policies. Jackson said the withdrawal “does not leave those students without [civil rights] protection.”

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The judge who presided over Brock Turner's sexual assault case offers first defense of his decision

The judge who presided over Brock Turner's sexual assault case offers first defense of his decision | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Judge Aaron Persky ordered a six-month sentence for Brock Turner, who had been attending Stanford on a swimming scholarship when he was convicted of sexual assault. (Jason Doiy / Recorder)

A judge who is facing a recall effort over the sexual-assault sentence he gave a former Stanford University swimmer is publicly defending himself for the first time, saying that it's his job to consider lighter sentences for first offenders and that he cannot allow public opinion to factor in his decisions.

“California law requires every judge to consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders,” Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky wrote in the statement filed with the Santa Clara County 

The statement makes no direct reference to Brock Turner. The six-month sentence Persky gave Turner last year spurred outrage and brought on the recall effort.

It cites a review of Persky's rulings by the Associated Press that found that he followed the recommendations of the parole board in every similar case, suggesting that Turner did not receive special treatment for his status as a white collegiate athlete, as many critics have suggested.

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Shavon Randle case: Girl found dead after ransom call; possible motive detailed

Shavon Randle case: Girl found dead after ransom call; possible motive detailed | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Authorities in North Texas say a 13-year-old girl missing for several days and a man were both found dead early Sunday inside a Dallas home.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson says Shavon Randle has been identified as one of two people dead inside the house in Dallas' Oak Cliff area.

The girl was reported abducted Wednesday from her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. CBS DFW identified the man found dead as 19-year-old Michael Titus, who had been a person of interest sought in connection to her kidnapping. There has still been no word about how Randle died.

The station reports that Devontae Owens, 24, and Laquon Wilkerson, 30, are now behind bars, arrested late Saturday in relation to Randle's kidnapping. Two others are reportedly being questioned.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 21, 2:27 PM
It is so unfortunate that this girl was seen as the middle man and murdered over families drug deals gone bad. How could they take a life for ransom over drugs- one if these things are not replaceable and the other is. And how did the Michael Titus, a man who was being sought for the young girls abduction in the first place, die? It seems very suspicious and the articles states that they have two people behind bars for the kidnapping but didn’t mention any charges relating to murder. Murder-suicide with Michael Titus maybe? I hope that more information comes out so justice can be served for this young girl and her family.
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Grad Student Arrested in Chinese Scholar’s Abduction - Campus Safety Magazine

Grad Student Arrested in Chinese Scholar’s Abduction - Campus Safety Magazine | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Authorities arrested and charged an Illinois man on Friday for the alleged abduction of a scholar visiting from China three weeks ago. They believe the woman is now dead, although her body has not been found.

Yingying Zhang, 26, disappeared shortly after she got off a bus near the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus, and police believe Brendt Christensen, 28, abducted her, reports Yahoo News.

Zhang was reported missing by an associate professor on June 9, which was only a few weeks after she arrived on campus to research photosynthesis and crop productivity. She was among a select few admitted to the school’s highly competitive physics graduate program in 2013, reports the Associated Press.

Christensen was also a student at the University of Illinois, as well as a graduate assistant who had earned his master’s in May.

He was under surveillance when agents overheard him saying he had kidnapped the victim. Additionally, the criminal compliant claims Christensen’s cell phone was used to visit the “Abduction 101” online forum.  Some of the threads he allegedly read were titled “Perfect abduction fantasy” and “planning a kidnapping.”

Also, after Zhang exited the bus, she got into a vehicle that resembled the suspect’s car.
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Former employee at Bronx hospital kills himself and one person, shoots six others

Former employee at Bronx hospital kills himself and one person, shoots six others | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A doctor forced from a New York hospital because of sexual harassment accusations returned Friday with an assault rifle hidden under a lab coat and shot seven people, killing one woman and leaving several doctors fighting for their lives, authorities said.

The gunman, Dr. Henry Bello, fatally shot himself after trying to set himself on fire at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, they said. He staggered, bleeding, into a hallway where he collapsed and died with the rifle at his side, officials said.
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Despite Similarities, Pocahontas Gets Love, Malinche Gets Hate. Why?

Despite Similarities, Pocahontas Gets Love, Malinche Gets Hate. Why? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
La Malinche was an Indian woman who served as an interpreter for Cortes — at a cost to her reputation. Even 500 years later, she's reviled in Mexico.
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To be called a Malinchista in Mexico is something like calling someone a cheater, disloyal, a traitor; and it connotes images of women as the corrupter of men and a source of original sin.
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ISIS Fed Yazidi Sex Slave Her 1-Year-Old Son After Starving Her For 3 Days, Iraqi MP Says

ISIS Fed Yazidi Sex Slave Her 1-Year-Old Son After Starving Her For 3 Days, Iraqi MP Says | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Yazidi sex slave captured by the Islamic State Group (ISIS) was deceived into consuming her own 1-year-old child after being starved for three days, an Iraqi politician, Vian Dakhil told the Egyptian TV channel Extra News Monday, according to several reports.

Dakhil said during the interview that the unidentified Yazidi woman was left to starve for three consecutive days in an Iraqi basement and then unwittingly ate her own son when the barbaric guards provided the food to her. “One of the women whom we managed to retrieve from ISIS said that she was held in a cellar for three days without food or water,” Dakhil said during the interview, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“Afterwards, they brought her a plate of rice and meat. She ate the food because she was very hungry,” she said.
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Kimber Elena Andruss's comment, June 29, 2:10 PM
This is what actual nightmares are made of. I am genuinely heartbroken reading this. War crimes can be some of the most inhumane, cruel, monstrous things that exist in this world. What's shocking and sickening, outside of the story itself, is that the only time people as a mass tend to rally against ISIS is when their own cities and people are bombed or shot; where is the outrage for this woman? Where is the Facebook profile prayers or shared links? This makes me feel disgusted with people as a whole right now, honestly.
Anna Givens's comment, July 13, 5:42 PM
This in unimaginable. How come we never see this stuff on TV? Yes, it is gruesome but it is the sad reality about what is going on right now. We are too often plagued with stupid, reality TV drama and not informed about the horrible conditions these humans are facing. Even if they are out of harms reach as refugees they are still being poor treated. I can’t even begin to imagine the heartache that the people of Yazidi feel right now. They are in complete shambles.
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Child-predator sting operation leads to more than 100 arrests in SoCal

Child-predator sting operation leads to more than 100 arrests in SoCal | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Authorities shared that a two-month multi-agency sting operation resulted in the arrests of more than 100 online child sex predators, including teachers and educators in Southern California.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 13, 5:53 PM
Oh my! I can’t say this is shocking but really? Members of the school district? Of course child predators can be anyone- but for these people who are trusted around our children in a school setting to be doing these sorts of sick things- it blows my mind and makes me want to keep my child home and conduct home schooling. More and more I see teachers in the news for heinous sex crimes and it is frightening. How can we trust these people? I used to regularly watch the show hosted by Chris Hansen called To Catch A Predator and the ways these predators would talk to young children and then try to justify there acts was just insane. The article is right now- the project can only help so much- it is up to the parents to better control not only their time on the internet but the things they are getting into on the internet. Because it could of easily been your child that these predators were talking to in these chats and forums instead of Operation Broken Heart.
Boan White's comment, July 21, 9:58 PM
yay so many predators of the streets
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No one is well-served by sexism in Japan

No one is well-served by sexism in Japan | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

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No one is well-served by sexism in Japan: Except perhaps the industry catering to the sexually frustrated

AT FIRST glance, Sora Tob Sakana is aimed squarely at the pre-teen market. After all, the pop group’s four members are 14- to 16-year-old girls who sport ponytails and cutesy frilly dresses and pump out bubblegum tunes accompanied by wobbly dancing. Yet at a festival of similar “idol” bands in Yokohoma on July 9th, the fans were mostly single men aged between 20 and 50 who might well describe themselves as otaku—nerds. When asked, some men say they do not need to marry; their idols give them the romantic fulfilment they need.
Creepy? It is true, says Rei Kazama, one of the band members, looking slightly uncomfortable, that many of the fans are ojisan—middle-aged blokes. She would prefer a younger audience. But, she adds, the ojisan are supportive: “It’s like they’re nurturing us as we grow up.” Purity, a band manager says, is a selling-point. The girls are under contract not to have boyfriends—presumably to encourage fans to project their own fantasies onto their favourite band members. (When a member of Japan’s biggest-selling idol band, AKB48, recently announced that she was leaving to get married, fans were as outraged as jilted lovers.) Also essential is offering fans the chance to meet band members, including photographs and 20-second handshakes. It is all part of the setto, as in a set menu, and can cost ¥4,000 ($35) a pop. The promoters have found lots of ways to part otaku from their money.

This is the more palatable end of Japan’s striking knack for transmuting sexual urges into efficient industries. Akihabara, Tokyo’s mecca for manga and anime, is also the heart of a fetish for schoolgirls and their uniforms. There, in “JK salons” (joshi kosei means high-school girl) a young woman in uniform will tell your fortune. Or, for ¥3,000 for 20 minutes, you can lie next to her. In many places that is all you may do. But sex is on offer if otaku know where to look. A new city ordinance barring girls of 17 or younger from working in the JK business may serve only to drive it underground—or onto the internet.
It is, to many, proof of the misogyny of Japanese society: often demeaning and sometimes dangerous to women. Yet some sociologists argue that life in Japan is not much fun for men, either. As evidence, they point to the decline of marriage and romantic relationships. Three-fifths of men between the ages of 25 and 35 remain unmarried. A survey by the research arm of Meiji Yasuda, an insurer, found that 53% of men in their 20s had never gone out (vaguely defined) with a woman; in contrast, 64% of American men claim to have had sex by the age of 20.

Labour practices forged during a high-growth industrial era do men no favours. Male-dominated workforces are expected to put in long hours, often without overtime pay—and then stay drinking in smoky bars with the boss until the last train home. The assumption is that employees have a spouse who is a full-time housewife back home. But even young employees lucky enough to be on permanent contracts now struggle to raise a family on a single income.

As for the growing “precariat” of young Japanese men on non-permanent contracts—forget it. Now that women have more, if hardly stellar, work options, they can afford to hold out for a better partner, ie, one earning a good salary. In canvassing opinion among unmarried women seeking a partner, ¥7m a year seems a common floor among the better educated. The price tag on love and marriage, says Kaori Shoji, a social commentator, seems to go up by the year. Who wants to marry a loser?

Japanese marriages are surely the least fulfilling in the rich world. Open affection is in short supply. Once they have children, sociologists say, mothers feel under intense pressure to go into overdrive at mothering. Lunch boxes are scrutinised critically by other mothers; hiring a babysitter or cleaner is frowned upon. In conventional households the husband has few responsibilities—and offers little help in raising the children or doing housework.

But he also accepts a diminished role. His salary goes straight to his wife, who manages the household finances and hands him back a little pocket money. A wife will often discourage her husband from coming home until after she has put the children to bed. Japanese children sometimes sleep with the mother until they are ten or 11. Toko Shirakawa, who sits on a government panel on gender issues, says: “I don’t know if a separate bedroom for the husband is the norm, but it’s certainly typical.” Sexlessness among married couples appears to be increasing.

Mother’s boys
For many a young male, a doting mother is his chief experience of women. He may feel it is unlikely to be bettered. When young men are asked why they are not looking for a girlfriend, the word they most often use is mendokusai—too much trouble. That covers a multitude of issues. One, says Masahiro Yamada of Chuo University, is the power of the in-group in Japanese society and the fear of gossip, or even bullying, amplified by social media, if you draw attention. A related factor is Japan’s striking social segregation by sex. As Ms Shoji points out, it is common in pubs to see a table of young company men complaining about their bosses next to one of young single women moaning about the lack of suitable men. Yet each group keeps to itself, rather than spying a chance to seek new friendships and possible mates. Japan does lust and passion well, but sucks at love, she adds.
Here the market can be of assistance. With self-esteem among young men low, and fear of rejection by women high, you can see the appeal of teen idols. But why stop there? Orient Industry, Japan’s oldest maker of love dolls—which now have removable heads and genitalia and remarkably tactile silicone skin, and sell for ¥800,000 or more—wants buyers to think of their purchases as works of art. Cheaper than that come curvaceous pillows (also with add-ons) intended to invite their human users into a fantasy dreamworld. After all, a pillow will never humiliate you.

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Boan White's comment, July 21, 9:58 PM
Ouch, Japan sure has some odd customs. It's also kinda sad that they put work before marriage to the point that Japanese look to purchase fulfillment instead, whether it be an object or need pop singer concert.
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Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face sexual assault charges

Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face sexual assault charges | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
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Boan White's comment, July 21, 9:59 PM
I am not sure who I believe Cardinal George Pell or those that are accusing him of assault. One the one I wish to believe that the Cardinal is innocent, that Australia's most senior Catholic and the Vatican treasurer would go against his faith and spit at his god by committing such a crime as assault it saddening to contemplate. Yet, it would not be the first time that man hid there black hearts behind the cloth.
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'Gotham' actor Donal Logue's daughter is 'safely back home:' rep

'Gotham' actor Donal Logue's daughter is 'safely back home:' rep | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

'Gotham' actor Donal Logue's daughter is 'safely back home:'

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Emma Stone reveals that some male costars took pay cuts for her, so *everyone* could have equal pay

Emma Stone reveals that some male costars took pay cuts for her, so *everyone* could have equal pay | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
While we continue to live in a frustrating world where the gender pay gap still very much exists, every so often we hear stories that restore just a *little* bit of faith.
Over the last few years, many of our favorite actresses have spoken out about the significant pay gap between them and their male costars. Somehow, the problem of a pay gap is nowhere near fixed, but according to Emma Stone, there are actors who see gender pay disparity as the problem that it is — and have taken measures to ensure their female costars are making the same amount of money as they are.
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Bethany M's comment, July 15, 1:17 PM

I think this is amazing. It’s a shame that her male costars even HAD to do this, and that the producers didn’t automatically give everyone equal pay though. This is a great example on how pay gaps still exist, even though many people don’t believe they do. The only real argument I’ve seen people make against the pay gap is that people who THINK it exists are advocating for equal pay for different occupations, and equal pay for different jobs. Which is inaccurate. No one is asking that a doctor should make the same as a janitor. What we’re advocating for is equal pay for equal work.
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What Constitutes Sexual Consent?

What Constitutes Sexual Consent? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Live call-in discussion: As humans, we can send a lot of mixed signals. This is particularly true in relationships and thus, regarding sexual consent. We're highlighting the conversation and some of the questions caught up in it.
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Bethany M's comment, July 15, 1:27 PM
Consent is such an easy concept to grasp, but it can be so hard to explain. Consent isn’t always a verbal “yes.” Sometimes it’s being the instigator, or playing an equal role as your partner. Consent can be body language too. It’s the difference between actively participating, and being completely still. We must also recognize that some people deal process trauma in different ways, and react to adrenaline and the “fight of flight” response completely differently. Some people will fight and say no when they don’t give consent whereas other people will freeze and find it extremely hard to even move a muscle.
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What is Causing the Mental Health Crisis Among Women in the Nation’s Jails and Prisons? |

A study released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that two thirds (66%) of all women in prison report having a history of mental health problems, as compared to 35 percent of male inmates.

When it came to U.S. jail inmates, the female/male mental health discrepancy is nearly as dramatic, with 68 percent of female jail inmates having been told they had a mental disorder, versus 41 percent of males in jail who had received such a diagnosis.

The June 2017 study—which drills down into a National Inmate Survey conducted from February 2011 to March 2012, in which more than 100,000 men and women in U.S. jails and prisons around the country were questioned—also noted differences in mental health problems across various ages, and races.

But, the most startling differences consistantly had to do with gender.
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Bethany M's comment, July 15, 1:31 PM
I think there are many different factors that contribute to the mental health issues women experience while in jail and prison. First, if any of the women are moms it probably strips them of their motherhood and makes them feel inadequate. Society also has really harsh standards for women. Being thin, having clear skin, being tan, having your nails done, having perfectly shaped eye brows, having carved out cheek bones, defined lips, long lashes, thick beautiful hair, having cute clothes, being put together 100% of the time. Perhaps being stripped of their femininity plays a huge role on their self-image, thus effecting their mental health.
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Aniak couple died together in 2016 plane crash described as ‘act of suicide’

Family described Mark and Cecilia Matter, who was ill with cancer, as inseparable.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 13, 5:10 PM
Very tragic article. Prior to reading this article I read one of the articles you tagged about terminally ill patients being able to get an RX for pills which can end their life should they choose to do it. In a circumstance like this, she should of been able to end her life if she was very sick with cancer. Even going to Oregon or California and becoming a resident is a very simple process. Their adult child was quoted as saying they were very close and clearly that is why they felt the need to "go" together but it is still tragic and I wish his life could of been spared.
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Donal Logue vows to take missing kid back 'no questions asked'

Donal Logue vows to take missing kid back 'no questions asked' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The desperate search for missing teen Jade Logue entered its eighth day Monday.
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From hardship to hard time: Female incarceration rate rises in U.S.

From hardship to hard time: Female incarceration rate rises in U.S. | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Crossroads for Women helps individuals break free from the cycle of prison and crime in New Mexico.
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Woe is The Malinchista

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The expression 'malinchista' harks back five centuries to the native woman Malinche, who served as interpreter for Hernán Cortés
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Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride will stop auctioning brides

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride will stop auctioning brides | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

The pirates will no longer be saying “We wants the Redhead” in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland after the auction scene undergoes a modification in 2018. 

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Bethany M's comment, July 2, 12:34 PM
I think this is very reasonable given that we shouldn’t be normalizing this type of behavior, and this should never have been part of the ride to begin with. I’ve been to Disneyland many times and have honestly never noticed this part of the ride. However, I am also a little disappointed in Disney after learning about this part of the ride. We shouldn’t be normalizing patriarchal behavior to young children. Though, I have to wonder, since I never noticed this part of the ride I wonder if any children really fully understood what this part of the ride meant. (This has nothing to do with Disneyland, but I used to watch Disney shows growing up like That’s So Raven and Lizzie McGuire. Back then, Disney shows never normalized this type of behavior. I vividly remember episodes on That’s So Raven where they shamed a designer for not allowing Raven to walk in a fashion show for not being thin enough. However, many Disney shows these days have actually been glorifying eating disorders. Disney has changed since I was a kid, and it’s very disheartening.)
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State Police quietly probed mistreatment of female recruits

State Police quietly probed mistreatment of female recruits | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The letter was discovered by a sergeant last November on a shared computer drive at the State Police Academy. It was an anonymous plea for help from a young trooper detailing serious accusations that male training officers were drinking with female recruits in their dorm rooms and at bars near the agency’s Albany headquarters.

The author, believed to be a newly appointed trooper, sought help from a counselor for a fellow female trooper who she said was taunted by co-workers for her affair with a training officer while attending the academy with more than 200 other recruits. The sergeant delivered the letter to Lt. Christine Baker, who oversees the academy’s Basic School.
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Boan White's comment, June 27, 4:48 PM
This is unbelievable, women have been allowed attend the State Police Academy for at least 30 some odd years. If one is going to be a trooper then they should accept there fellow trooper, regardless of gender, race, color, or religion. Female troopers, recruit or not, should not have to deal with sexual harassment, physical and psychological intimidation, and or rape.
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I think this culture would have to be cultivated by the leaders. As an example all the way back in the late 1980's when I attended Rio Hondo in L.A., I was platoon commander and the tactical staff and managers of the academy stressed to me that it was imperative that I inculcate a culture of helping classmates and that it was a failure if we didn't help everyone succeed. With that in mind, we held clinics after hours to help any trooper who needed help (e.g. getting over the 6' wall & fences). I always knew that it wasn't enough for me to succeed, but that we had to succeed as a group, and that came from leadership. They'd give me these talks and, like the Dread Pirate Roberts say: "good job, Duke, we'll most likely have to fire you tomorrow" which kept me on my toes and further reinforced that they were watching and evaluating constantly.