In a society where men value women less and see them as property, an environment is created which overwhelmingly supports the objectification of women. Whether it’s the music and entertainment industry, corporate America, or even on a street corner, women are treated by men as objects (particularly sexual objects) throughout every stratum of our society.
As men and boys, we must begin to acknowledge and own our responsibility to be part of the solution to ending violence against women and girls. Over the last forty years we have made significant gains in holding men accountable for violence against women, we have also increased services to those who have been victimized. But with all that said, the violence has not declined. If women could end the violence by themselves they would have, while I maintain hope for the perpetrators we cannot depend on them. Who is left from the equation? Good men, which I believe are the majority of men. While we need to continue to hold perpetrators accountable and we need to increase services to those who have been victimized, that alone is not the answer. We have to incorporate prevention strategies in every aspect of this work. In order to prevent violence against women and girls, it’s my conclusion that men and boys must play a critical role in that process. This does not mean leading or controlling the effort, it means partnering with women and respecting their voices, experience, and wisdom regarding what it would take for us as a society to effectively right, this long overdue terrible wrong.
number of Domestic Violence Shelters in US:
I’ve actually been having a difficult time finding info. This report, however, says that however many there are, at least 19 have had to close for budgeting reasons.
As the newly named CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra will be the first woman to run a global automaker. It’s a remarkable, sun-roof shattering achievement that not long ago would have seemed unthinkable. But according to Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, the most important thing to know about her may be that she is, in fact, “a car guy.”
“There’s nobody with more years of honest ‘car-guy’ credentials than she has,” Gordon told the Associated Press. “She started off as a little-girl car guy. She became a big-girl car guy and now she’s a woman car guy.”
I don’t even mind the sexism, I’m just happy there was a super-qualified woman ready for upgrade on that particular corporate ladder; they didn’t have to headhunt a banker or management consultant or marketing exec from some other business. I hope I like her work product (sounds like she supervised the 2014 models; now I have to go look them up.
An engineer and Stanford MBA, she grew up the daughter of a Pontiac tool and die maker and has worked at GM since the 1980s. She’s actually run an assembly plant. She was vice president of global manufacturing and engineering. And in 2011, after a stint streamlining the company’s bureaucracy as head of human resources, she was promoted to vice president of global product development, where she oversaw the company’s entire vehicle portfolio.
An important commentary by Mindy over at Skepchick.
This is a cross post from Teen Skepchick, originally published on May 12, 2012. Today is Human Rights Day, and, while my situation and the relevant global events have changed, the main thrust of the post is still relevant.
I haven’t always been very excited by the skeptic movement. It’s not like I believed in a lot of woo, but I just couldn’t get too worked up about Loch Ness or Bigfoot or UFO abductions. What’s more, as a non-scientist, I didn’t feel like I had anything to add.
As regular readers of this blog might know, I’m a lawyer by training, and I like to communicate to non-lawyers those legal concepts that aren’t immediately recognizable. My main passion has been human rights and I’ve spent a big chunk of my time since I graduated working to make the whole concept more popular in the United States. Skepticism and the promotion of science always took a back seat to my human rights work.
Then it occurred to me: Advancing human rights and promoting science and reason are the same thing. Let me explain.
No one else has diaried this that I’ve noticed, and it doesn’t seem to have hit the MSM, and while I’m no expert on the subject this seems far, far too outrageous to let pass. This is beyond the beyond.
A Navy officer who admitted to Virginia’s Child Protective Services (CPS) that he sexually abused his 13-year-old daughter has yet to be punished by the service for his actions.
CPS found that the allegations made against the officer… were credible. Though he only confessed to molesting his 13-year-old daughter, his 10-year-old son alleged that the officer had tied him to a chair and forced him to watch as he had intercourse with his current girlfriend.
According to the daughter in statements obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, the officer actively molested her for two years before the night he took her into a bedroom, pinned her down and raped her.
He ONLY confessed to molesting his daughter??
When people get promoted instead of court-martialed and imprisoned after they sexually abuse their own children, what hope is there of bringing any change to the military’s handling of any kind of sexual abuse from within such a corrupt system?
Here are my “Bottom 10 Worst Christmas Songs of All Time”
Some of the songs suck so hard they are listed twice, because there was more than one horrible cover!
Feel free to share your “favorites”
10. “Deck The Halls” Pomplamoose
9. “Wonderful Christmas Time” Paul McCartney
8. “Rum Pa Pum Pum” Justin Bieber
7. “Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk On Christmas” John Denver
6. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” Rap
5. “Joy To The World” Mannheim Steamroller
4. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Barbra Streisand
3. “The Christmas Shoes” Alabama
2. “Rum Pa Pum Pum” Hippie Drum Circle
AND THE WORST, MOST HORRIBLE, VOMITOUS SUCKBALL OF A CHRISTMAS SONG EVER:
1. “Jingle Bells” Scat Style
I have a reason to live again.
There’s new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash.
Cash’s estate is releasing “Out Among the Stars,” an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, then disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986. Turns out Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes - along with just about everything else that came into their possession.
Thank you, John Carter Cash!
“We were so excited when we discovered this,” Cash said. “We were like, my goodness this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard. Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He’s pitch perfect. It’s seldom where there’s more than one vocal take. They’re a live take and they’re perfect.”
John Carter Cash doesn’t think Columbia executives realized what they had in hand. Even though his father had been a major star, tastes would soon turn to Garth Brooks and Shania Twain.
Link has a video of Sarah Vowell (!!!) talking about Johnny and June, but I’mma leave you with this JC remix that I love:
Wingnuts love to talk about the merits of home schooling, but one of the biggest providers of home schooling curriculum shows how little they actually car about education.
A popular curriculum used by home-schooled students has drawn criticism for inaccurate, misleading information and an over-reliance on rote memorization, but those aspects may not be the worst things about it.
A lot of the material that children are exposed to in the Accelerated Christian Education is just astonishingly stupid, according to a former Christian fundamentalist.
Blogger Jonny Scarmanga shared some of the multiple-choice questions he found in some ACE packets used by British home-school students Monday on the blog, Leaving Fundamentalism.
In one question aimed at 9- or 10-year-old fourth-graders, students are given this example: “Children played happily in the water spout.” They are then asked to define a water spout from three examples: “a stream of water,” “two dry ducks” or “playground.”
Another example shows that “Elisabeth Howard sat and listened carefully.” Students are then challenged to identify whether Elisabeth Howard is “a kind of airplane” or “a missionary.”
Still another question asks 12- or 13-year-old seventh-graders to identify whether sports coaches, piano tuners or librarians “can touch the lives of their students.”
If that sounds like a trick question, that’s because it is.
“The correct answer, for those puzzled, is piano tutors,” Scaramanga writes. “It’s not that ACE doesn’t believe that sports coaches or librarians can touch students’ lives. The point is that the exact sentence, ‘Piano tutors can touch the lives of their students,’ has previously appeared in (an ACE packet), and the student is expected to remember this. Verbatim regurgitation of previously seen material is the entire point of the ACE system.”
Here are some snow photos from Newsworks: newsworks.org