They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus. Then fear took over and the machetes came out.
I understand the visceral reaction to the news of these health workers’ deaths. However, I’m also made incredibly uncomfortable by it, considering the whole picture of what is unfolding. That being said, this is a must-read.
Hi, I recently read an article about a college official saying something about teaching women not to drink so they don't get raped, & the backlash he received for it. The comments were, of course, filled with people defending him for saying something that is "just common sense." Do you know of resources or stats or ideas that help with addressing people who so firmly believe that it's necessary to keep warning women about behaviors like drinking that "increase risk"? Thanks
That point of view is pretty common, unfortunately. There are some scholarly articles located here that address common rape myths and victim blaming.
Here is another article that mentions how dangerous some misconceptions about rape can be, specifically perpetuation of the belief that a rapist will be some stranger in a dark alley.
Here is another list of rape myths and the truth, with facts.
One in Four provides some numbers and statistics for sexual assault as well.
Another thing to keep in mind is that not only do these lists of “safe” behaviors often mislead their audience about how and when sexual assault may occur, there is an implicit sense that someone else who is less informed might be raped and it would then, presumably, be their own fault for not knowing the proper behaviors or following them to the letter. Worse still, it implies an attitude of “get her, not me” and incessant policing of women.
This is unacceptable. Enforcing laundry lists of rules and regulations for potential victims does nothing to address the rape culture that keeps not only allowing this kind of behavior but encouraging it, while simultaneously shaming survivors who speak out or seek justice.
Living this way is like living in a house where the rafters are draped with live wires. We might stoop to avoid them all we want, avoiding certain rooms or certain conditions, but until we fix the problem at the source, nothing will change and the danger will still remain.
If we insist on keeping our focus on what women can do to avoid rape, we imply that the power to prevent rape rests with them. In reality, the only way to stop rape is to stop the rapist.
"People living in the United States need to understand that an HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence. Thanks to tremendous medical advances, a person diagnosed with HIV today can have a very near average life expectancy."
Proposition: Amazon is to Hachette as Facebook is to all news publishers.
You know about Amazon’s dispute with book publishing giant Hachette, right? Amazon and the collective book publishing industry have been locked in a long-term war over the price of ebooks, and that’s now left the World’s Biggest Bookstore with some unusual gaps on its shelves. There is no underdog in this fight; it’s two colossal, unsympathetic combatants rolling in the mud — the Eastern Front of the online trade wars.
Over the past 2-3 years, Facebook has begun to assume an Amazon-like role in the ecosystem of online news.
There’s been this thing for ages: Content is king. Which is probably true. But, I actually think it’s kind of everything that’s wrong with…not that I’m not in love with games, but it’s part of the problem with the industry at the moment. ‘Assassin’s Creed’s’ gotta have like 800 people working on it. So, if you’re going to have 800 people because you have to make all this content then everything’s going to be built in blueprint. You need to have 800 people go in the same direction.
And so you have to go with the tried and tested game format. And it’s going to be so expensive to make that. You can’t take any risks, you’ve gotta make it exactly the same as all the other games out there. And Ubisoft do take risks and things, but the broad spectrum is pretty risky for some games. And it’s all because it’s so expensive to try something and the bar is so high to do that that I think, and actually it’s kind of an easy solution for developers to think ‘we’re going to make this big racer, we’ll put so much money into content.’
Sean Murray, managing director/founder of Hello Games, developer of No Man’s Sky on the difference between their ambitious, four-man indie project vs. a big-budget, AAA game
The whole article is worth reading. This game sounds like it could be a dream come true.
Sandra Fluke heard it when she talked about insurance coverage for birth control. Sara Brown from Boston told me she was first called it at a pool party in the fifth grade because she was wearing a bikini. Courtney Caldwell in Dallas said she was tagged with it after being sexually assaulted as a freshman in high school.
Many women I asked even said that it was not having sex that inspired a young man to start rumors that they were one.
And this is what is so confounding about the word “slut”: it’s arguably the most ubiquitous slur used against women, and yet it’s nearly impossible to define.