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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 27 2012

Sunday Link Roundup

1. On corrective rape on the radio. This is a response to a radio DJ who told a man concerned that his daughter might be a lesbian to get one of his friends to “screw her straight.” C. Kendrick writes, “Dieter’s vile statement also points to the mythical notion that all a lesbian needs is …

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May 27 2012

Anonymity and Mental Illness

The stigma of mental illness has many negative consequences, such as decreased access to employment and housing, barriers to seeking treatment, and many broken friendships and relationships. What it also does, unfortunately, is make it much harder for people who’ve suffered from mental illness to speak about it publicly, using their real names. I’ve been …

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May 27 2012

Attention: RSS Address Changing!

Hey people, this is a just a warning to my RSS subscribers that the address is changing. The new one will be http://feeds.feedburner.com/brutereason and you’ll need to change it in your feed reader to keep getting updates. Thanks for reading! :)

May 22 2012

When Religious Minorities Oppose Freedom

Among the many different reactions garnered by Obama’s historic announcement of support for same-sex marriage, one that flew under the radar of most people–at least, most non-Jewish people–was that of two prominent Orthodox Jewish organizations, the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) and the Orthodox Union (OU). In a statement, the NCYI wrote: As members …

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May 21 2012

Sunday Link Roundup

So I’ve decided to dedicate one post each week to sharing all the awesome things I read elsewhere on the Internet. Hopefully I actually remember to do this each week. :) 1. On the benefits of psychiatric labels. I’ve written about this before, but this blogger says it beautifully: “My labels have freed me to …

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May 16 2012

What You're Really Saying When You Say that Suicide is "Selfish"

I’m still thinking about the Chet Hanks suicide thing from last week and the various responses to it that I saw online. Specifically, I cited two comments that referred to suicide as “selfish.” “Selfish” has to be one of the most common adjectives people think of when thinking about suicide. Those of us who are …

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May 14 2012

Empathy and Leadership: Why Romney Would be a Terrible President

What do we look for in a presidential candidate? Political experience, intelligence, charisma, and confidence are probably high up on the list. Good looks and an adherence to Christianity clearly don’t hurt either. But what about empathy? What terrifies me the most about the scant possibility of a Romney presidency is not the fact that …

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May 09 2012

Chet Hanks, Victim Blaming, and the "Weakness" of Suicide

Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks and a student here at Northwestern, has this to say about victims of bullying: And then, perhaps in response to people who responded to him (including yours truly), Chet tweeted these followups: “I say real shit and I always speak my mind if you don’t like it I could …

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