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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 29 2012

Epiphenomenal

Laura Bates of Everyday Sexism gives us some more everyday sexism. Meanwhile, this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival made headlines for featuring a high number of jokes about rape and domestic violence. Such “jokes” are also endemic online.“We must wake up to the way that social media enables and magnifies abuse and harassment of women,” Ms …

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Dec 29 2012

Women end up exacerbating tensions

Via Katha Pollitt on Twitter – an Italian priest explains things to women. Italian media reported that parish priest Piero Corsi fixed a text to the bulletin board of his church in the northern village of San Terenzo di Lerici, which said women should engage in “healthy self criticism” over the issue of femicide, or …

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Dec 28 2012

Since the rapists started harassing her

And then there’s the rape victim in India who killed herself yesterday. She was being harassed by the rapists. That’s right. First they rape her, then they make her life hell afterwards because. The police also got in on the act, making her report to the police station late at night and tell them all …

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Dec 28 2012

The news from India

Avicenna is on his way out to the protest, to provide medical coverage. He was already getting ready to go when the victim’s death was reported; now he expects riots. Be careful, Avi. Meanwhile, experts were giving their views in the hours before the victim lost the fight. “Had the girl simply surrendered (and not …

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Dec 28 2012

She’s died

The Delhi rape victim. Dead. First she suffered horribly, then she died. Because she went to a movie with a friend, and then got on a bus.

Dec 28 2012

Tho thorry their thentimenth got hurt

NPR reports on the Delhi rape victim and rape culture in India (without calling it that). The victim of a gang-rape in New Delhi fought for her life at a Singapore hospital Friday as officials in the Indian state of Punjab fired and suspended police officers accused of ignoring the rape of another woman, who …

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Dec 28 2012

Bitter herbs

The Delhi rape victim is much worse. The 23-year-old arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing three operations in a Delhi hospital. “Her vital signs are deteriorating with signs of severe organ failure,” hospital official Kelvin Loh said. … On arrival at the hospital in Singapore, doctors said that as well as a “prior cardiac …

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Dec 28 2012

Thugs

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Now there’s another fake Twitter account using my name. I changed my profile picture two days ago to try to avoid the deception caused by the fake account (which had the pineapple as my picture). I used the amusing one that Hank Fox took of me squirming at a talk at Eschaton, which he gave …

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Dec 27 2012

Ed launches an atheist cult

Ed has a post on Al’s ragey video. He doesn’t find it completely persuasive. Usually he likes to be Switzerland when others are fighting, but this time, no. It seems that, according to Al, I have unwittingly launched an “atheist cult” of “radical extremists” who are “giving a bad name” to “real feminists.” PZ, Jen, …

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Dec 27 2012

The re-reading files

Has anybody here read The Brothers Karamazov lately? Or, many times and with great interest? Or anything along those lines? Read it in Russian perhaps? (Do I have any Russian readers? I’m not sure…but then I wouldn’t necessarily know, would I.) Just wondering. I read it once, centuries ago, when I was in high school. …

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