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We Must Not Forget Jane Doe's Humanity

We Must Not Forget Jane Doe's Humanity | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it

In our quest for the "facts" about what has happened in the past, one centrally important fact is that Jane is a human being. She is a 16-year-old girl who looks up to Janet Mock, who imagines going to prom, and who wants to be loved. Those facts matter a lot. In my favorite speech delivered by historian Vijay Prashad at an event on mass incarceration held at the Riverside Church in Harlem, Prashad closed with this call to the audience: "We live in freedom by necessity. We must reshape our world. We must love one another, or die." By attempting to take away the humanity of another person and cast them instead as a monster, we endeavor to justify horrible societal abuses. We truly must love one another.

Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

How heartless can the system be?  Why do people, who have no idea how to truly help children, get jobs working with children? Do we not yet realize children are people? Their memories are not erased on their eighteenth birthday. What we do to them as children makes them who they are as adults. Do we care so little  that we think nothing of letting someone rot in solitary confinement for no "good" reason?
We cannot continue to violate children's souls and then wash our hands as if we are not at all responsible for what they become.

 

Jane Doe is a product of the system, and since they don't find their product very appealing, they just want to throw her away.

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A TED Talk That Might Turn Every Man Who Watches It Into A Feminist? It's Pretty Fantastic.

A TED Talk That Might Turn Every Man Who Watches It Into A Feminist? It's Pretty Fantastic. | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it

This is what male feminism looks like. Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy. You've also seen him in the award winning documentary "MissRepresentation."

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTvSfeCRxe8

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How many of us know someone who is in an abusive situation, and we do nothing because we don't think there is anything we can do? This video discusses "The Bystander Approach". It brings up the question, "How do we not remain silent in the face of abuse?"   Unfortunately, because sexism is still prevalent, men respect other men more than women. In order to make a change men need to raise their voice. Please stop validating other men's disrespect through laughter and silence.

This issue is not a women's issue. Women, boys, girls, and men are all victims of abuse. Even though the majority of abuse is perpetrated by men the issue is affecting everyone. It trickles down, no one is exempt.
"In the end what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" Martin Luther King Jr. #yesallwomen

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See How The World Responded When These Young Iranians Were Arrested For Dancing To 'Happy' On Video

See How The World Responded When These Young Iranians Were Arrested For Dancing To 'Happy' On Video | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it

It's such a shame when the law of the land epically fails to keep pace with culture. Case in point below. This certainly isn't the most egregious example, but it is an interesting situation where archaic rules and pop culture collide, sparking an international commotion. Suffice it to say, the outpouring of support for these young people has been overwhelming.

 

.Original by BBC News. If this story hits home for you in any way and you'd like to become involved, check out the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

This is so sad. A government that has so much control that it can arrest people for not behaving in accordance with social norms. It makes me want to throw up. Especially because I live in the United States.


The United States, self-proclaimed "land of the free" uses this tactic of behavior modification liberally. Certain parts of the country will pull out the big guns, they will label you a lawbreaker to deter you from living "too free". We need to stop looking the other way. Everyone deserves freedom. 

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith under CPS investigation.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith under CPS investigation. | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it

Will has been quoted as saying: "Freedom is a big theme in the Smith household. The rule in our house is you can do anything that you want and we don’t pull the parent card until danger is involved. So we are not going to let you do something that injures yourself or will have long-term repercussions.”

What do you think? If this wasn't a celebrity family, do you think that CPS would investigate?

Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

As someone who has been in a similar situation I can say, "Yes, CPS will investigate if it isn't a celebrity family." We have a very similar approach to parenting and had our child taken from us before an investigation even began. During our situation we felt targeted and assumed if we were rich or famous we would have been afforded the freedom to parent according to our own philosophy. Apparently we were wrong. I hope their family is not torn apart because some disagree with their way of parenting.

Additional article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/21/will-smith-jada-pinkett-smith-investigation_n_5366162.html

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Donation checks go unsigned in protest over campus sexual assault | Al Jazeera America

Donation checks go unsigned in protest over campus sexual assault | Al Jazeera America | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it

Nearly 20 percent of women are sexually assaulted while they are college students, according to government statistics, and 55 colleges are under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints. Many activists say universities are not doing enough, and some think that withholding donations might help pressure schools to do more.

 

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I am delighted to be living in age where people are beginning to put their money where their mouths are.  Witholding money from those who are ruled by greed sends a strong message.

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My Son Loves My Little Pony. At 7, He Already Knows That’s Not OK.

My Son Loves My Little Pony. At 7, He Already Knows That’s Not OK. | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it
For Christmas, I gave my 7-year-old son, Barnaby, a Rainbow Dash sweatshirt. Rainbow Dash is a character in My Little Pony, and Barnaby loves her. But when he put the sweatshirt on, his face did a complicated dance. He was thrilled to be inside the skin of a character that...
Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

My son has said something similar about making other kids uncomfortable, and it broke my heart. One pervading thought is to force boys into the cultural male role, but why would I force my will on another person? Should I make him change who he is because of closed minds? Shouldn't we be free to be ourselves? 

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How the #YesAllWomen Hashtag Began

How the #YesAllWomen Hashtag Began | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it

In the wake of the Elliot Rodger shooting rampage, many women have turned to Twitter to share their personal experiences under the hashtag #YesAllWomen.

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Many of us don't understand why such atrocities happen, but they will continue until we deal with underlying issues. I appreciate that I live in a time where we are beginning to converse over these matters. Change will only come after we wake up from our denial and recognize there is a problem. Don't mistake us for pessimists, we point these issues out so we can work towards solutions, not so we can lament the day we were born. 

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In Sudan a Pregnant Woman May Be Hanged for Marrying a Christian

In Sudan a Pregnant Woman May Be Hanged for Marrying a Christian | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it
She’s eight months pregnant and the wife of an American citizen, but the genocidal regime in Khartoum declares that under its version of Islamic law she has to die.
Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

I hope we can put enough pressure on Sudan that they come to some sort of sense.

 

Killing apostates is one of the most ridiculous things religions practice(d). How do they convince themselves that "insert favorite god here" is so hard up for converts that he/she/it will settle for devotees whose only other option was death? Does this make any sense at all?

 

How ignorant is it to think forced devotion is any kind of devotion at all?

 

 

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Striking a Nerve: Bungling the Cannabis Story

Striking a Nerve: Bungling the Cannabis Story | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it
Don't believe what you may have read about a new study of marijuana use and brain structure, because it was probably wrong.
Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

There is an obvious agenda to make us feel like pot is so very bad for us. I might be able to believe that they are operating out of some true concern for our health except for the fact that they push prescription and over the counter drugs with no regard. How can I take them seriously when they are obviously caught in a hypocrisy? They say, "Pot is bad for you, but the pain killers, anti-depressants, stimulants and depressants that we've legitimized are good for you." Not true. So it would seem the issue they have with pot isn't about the affect it has on our health.

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The Outrageous Trial of Cecily McMillan

The Outrageous Trial of Cecily McMillan | Backward Ethics | Scoop.it
A young Occupy Wall Street activist ended up in the hospital after her arrest. So why is she the one being prosecuted for assault?
Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

 I have witnessed events like this first hand when I found myself living on the streets in 2011. I was in California during the Occupy Movement and what I saw shattered my idealised notions of "the police". What I saw in real life and what is portrayed in the media were drastically different. I was sickened by what I saw.

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