fleursdegrasse:

Do we all face stereotypes, of courseThe question is, do all stereotypes carry the same weight ?

Colleges and universities have an obligation to address sexual violence, and the White House task force is right to push them to do better. A criminal approach is not enough.

Enforcement of Title IX, a 1972 law guaranteeing women equality in education, gives additional rights to student sexual…

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Today at Northwestern University (trigger warnings - sexual assault):

  • Students came together to protest the employment of Professor Peter Ludlow, who is the subject of a Title IX lawsuit on the basis of the sexual assault of an undergraduate. He is still being employed by the University and being allowed to teach despite the fact that 2 years ago, when the original incident was reported, a committee found him guilty and recommended his termination. Instead, he was denied an endowed position, refused a raise, asked to take “sensitivity” classes and prohibited from engaging in one-on-one interactions with students outside the classroom. So it was basically a slap on the wrist.
  • Here’s a pretty good summary of our demands.
  • Here are a bunch of stories about the case.
  • Details of the case itself can be found here.
  • This video, plus this article, indicate what happened today.
  • Northwestern’s official response.
  • The Title IX committee’s response.
  • What happened today, in further detail: We organized a sit-in and walk-out of Peter Ludlow’s philosophy class, to take place this afternoon, last night at a Title IX forum where we brainstormed ways in which to take action. At around 6 this morning, Ludlow canceled his class. However, we all still decided to congregate in that same classroom to discuss future action. In the span of a half hour, we organized a march to and protest outside of the Dean’s office. We held signs, taped our mouths and marched outside, where the media were waiting for us. We let them take our pictures and film us because we wanted this movement to get as much visibility as possible. We marched through the arch and to the Dean’s office, where some Campus Security Officers were waiting. The Dean wouldn’t come out and speak to us - she told us, through the University spokesmen, that she would speak to 3-5 student leaders privately, but would not address us as a whole with so many non-Northwestern media sources in attendance. We refused, because we wanted her to address all of us, so we are currently working on organizing a forum at which she will speak and answer questions. Cubbage, the spokesmen, made a “statement” that really did not tell us anything we didn’t already know. A bunch of people participating in the movement made statements and were interviewed by the media sources. We had a unity clap and a few chants, and then at 1:45 p.m. - about 1 hour and 15 minutes after we had congregated in Ludlow’s classroom - we dispersed. Since then, we’ve heard from an anonymous source that a substitute will be taking over the rest of Ludlow’s classes, but this is unconfirmed. We are still planning action for Thursday afternoon, when Ludlow’s class is scheduled to take place again. Next week (or relatively soon, anyway), the Board of Trustees will be on campus, and we are hoping to organize action around that as well.
  • Additionally, an organization on campus made this tumblr, that allows students to share, anonymously or publicly, their experiences with sexual violence and sexual assault.

Non-Northwestern coverage of today’s events:

Spread this like wildfire. We need to get this professor’s employment terminated, yes, but on a broader scale, we really need to get Northwestern - and other universities around the country, like Rutgers (who was actually considering hiring Ludlow but is now, obviously, reconsidering that) - to really tighten and follow their sexual assault policies. We want this to keep gaining momentum and visibility. We stand in solidarity with our survivors and we want to foster a campus environment that listens to and protects them instead of letting the accused walk away relatively unscathed. We, as a community, can do better than this. 

Endnote: If I got any details wrong, please let me know and I will edit this post immediately. It’s been hard to keep track of everything that has been happening these past few weeks.

We should’ve done something at stonybrook

creativemornings:

In Seattle, creative rebel Cal McAllister, CEO and Co-founder of Wexley School for Girls filled the theatre to speak on February’s theme of Rebel, brought to you by Shutterstock. Before speaking however, Cal gave this disclaimer: This talk may ruin your life. Not scared? Check it out here.

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cutting-will-always-be-my-life:

All credit goes to - japharts

**Trigger warning**

This, literally, is dead on exactly how I feel, and probably a lot of you guys too.

this is literally me on a daily basis. it’s why I normally sit alone until someone comes and sits with me.

Yeah this is my life

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diegueno:

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. 

Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:

  • Guaranteed equality between men and women
  • A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
  • A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
  • A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
  • An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke,
Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.

This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!

Congratulate the Legislators!

MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!

Love. Now stop tryna frame Africa as some depraved, backward continent.

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and for those interested, you can find the report HERE

Just in case any dudebros are unclear on what this means: it means that your buddy who totally just had some bitch trying to ruin his life by accusing him of rape…almost certainly actually did rape her.  

Just keep that in mind.

Yeah man, imagine that, bitches don’t be lying.

Can we put this into context? It means that 99.4% of rape allegations are true

It means that 99.4% of rape allegations are true.

SIGNAL BOOST ALSO GET THIS INTO PEOPLES HEADS

and that’s just the number of rapes that get talked about enough to become “allegations”

#Keep that in mind #Next time you want to reblog #Rape apologist bullshit


If only men would accept this as reality instead of constantly trying to deny it.

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anarcho-queer:

Cops Strap African American Woman To Chair, Pepper Spray Her and Cut Off Her Hair

It’s the kind of story that you wouldn’t believe unless you saw it with your own eyes. Thankfully, this story was caught on surveillance video, so we can do just that.

Charda Gregory, a 22 year-old hairdresser, had allegedly trashed a hotel room. She was taken into custody by Michigan police, then pepper sprayed in jail, slammed against a wall and strapped down to a chair.

It was then that officer Bernadette Najor took out a pair of scissors and started hacking away at Gregory’s hair.

According to Charda’s lawyer, her hair hair was torn with such force that she suffered some permanent hair loss.

The officer tried to justify her actions in the police report, saying that the hair was a “suicide risk.” Thankfully, this resulted in charges against Gregory being dropped, and Najor being fired. But had this not been caught on video, who knows what would have happened.

Other officers involved are now under investigation.

Watch the video and SPREAD THE WORD! These sorts of abusive cops can only get away with as much as we allow them to.

What a stupid Bitch!!! This just pissed me off 😡😡!!! Like all she got was fired?! No that shit was foul !!

jennaanne01:

(CNN) — The U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages as equal to traditional marriages in all federal matters, including in U.S. courts, bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday. The expansion of such federal recognition will include 34 states where same-sex marriage isn’t legal, but the new federal benefits being extended to those states will apply only where the U.S. government has jurisdiction, Holder said. For example, a same-sex couple legally married in Massachusetts can now have their federal bankruptcy proceeding recognized in Alabama, even though it doesn’t allow same-sex marriages. In the past, the U.S. government could challenge the couple’s joint bankruptcy because Alabama doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

"While the immediate effect of these policy decisions is that all married gay couples will be treated equally under the law, the long-term effects are more profound. Today, our nation moves closer toward its ideals of equality and fairness for all," Griffin said.

(Full story here)

i-jaz:

We hope that you will join us and our partners at 1 in 6 and A Call to Men on this very, very important iniative. Again, to learn more visit men.joyfulheartfoundation.org. Thank you. (x)

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