Organization of the month: Movement for Black Lives

Organization of the month: Movement for Black Lives

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This blog and the wider work that I do are not just about discussing politics and social justice but thinking about how we make lasting change. To emphasize that, I’m adding a new feature to the blog where I highlight an organization I support that is doing effective and important work.  Read more

Wednesday watch: I Am – Somebody

Wednesday watch: I Am – Somebody

This week’s pick is a reminder why I was lucky to grow up watching Sesame Street. It features Jesse Jackson leading a group of kids in a call-and-response poem “I Am – Somebody.” As Jason Kottke points out, it makes it feel particular sad that a show that was designed to reach low-income kids has moved over to HBO.

 

Weekend reading

Weekend reading

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A cri de coeur from jazz musicians in a Black Lives Matter age

If Ryan Lochte misled us about armed robbery, how can we trust any man who says he’s a victim of theft?

On Nate Parker, rape and the perils of double consciousness

The Daily Beast Grindr stunt is sleazy, dangerous and wildly unethical

An in-depth look at the death of Mario Woods at the hands of the San Francisco Police Department

Wednesday watch: Why aren’t men funny?

Wednesday watch: Why aren’t men funny?

This week’s pick is a nice break from the rampant casual sexism that has engulfed the Olympics coverage. People brought together Tracee Ellis Ross, Samantha Bee and other highly talented women to poke fun at the idea that women aren’t funny by turning around the tired old tropes on men. Watch and enjoy.

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“Why didn’t she go to the police?” Rape culture runs deep in law enforcement

“Why didn’t she go to the police?” Rape culture runs deep in law enforcement

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Among the many things that a rape victim has to deal with is the decision whether or not to involve law enforcement. It’s a personal decision and there’s no right answer. While it’s important for perpetrators to face some kind of reckoning for their actions and to keep serial attackers away from potential victims (though what that should look like is a complicated question on its own), there are many disincentives for women to take their complaints to the police. The very people who are charged with taking sexual assault seriously and holding perpetrators accountable are far from immune from the rape culture that infects society at large.  Read more

Weekend reading

Weekend reading

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Authorized Angela Davis biopic in the works

Seven questions the entertainment industry needs to answer about rape

Donald Trump and the long history of white men claiming fraud

Late-night shows are trying to make 2016 voters skeptical of Trump. It’s probably working.

Baltimore police once used a helicopter to break up a dice game

Simone Biles: “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.”

Wednesday watch: we cry as men

Wednesday watch: we cry as men

Tackling sexism and dismantling patriarchy are good for men too (no matter what overzealous “men’s rights activists” say to the contrary). Narrow definitions of masculinity are limiting and damaging. This great video from AJ+ gets to know a martial arts teacher in Detroit who is teaching men and boys to fight, but also that it’s OK to cry and show their emotions.

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