A smaller link roundup this month because I wasn’t really paying attention over break. But here are a few things.
Recovered Memories and Sexual Assault – It’s true that with persistent and coercive questioning, you can cause people to “recover” memories of traumatic events that didn’t actually happen. On the other hand, it’s very common for memory of traumatic events to be impaired. It’s also common for people to report sexual assault a long time after the fact–not because people repressed the memories and later recovered them, but because many people don’t initially conceptualize sexual assault as such, and because there are many obstacles to reporting. If you hear an account of sexual assault a long time after the fact, and involves some confused memories, it is completely wrong to conclude that therefore these are an example of fabricated “recovered” memories.
Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year – The fight with Islamist militants is already over, but they’re still extending martial law. WTF. I’ve said this before, but the Philippine president Duterte is easily worse than Trump. This is a guy who has favorably compared himself to Hitler, no joke.
Sicklit Literally Traumatized Me – Books about people with cancer don’t appeal to me. But apparently this is more than just a matter of taste. Miri says that this genre tends to sensationalize the suffering in a way that can be actively harmful to readers with cancer.