Aug 31, 2014

Let’s play out the scenario for the one in millions chance that someone in the presence of someone who wants to assault her is wearing the nail polish, coyly gets her finger into the drink, and spots the color change. Then what? How does it end? If this person is willing to go to such lengths to harm her, they won’t be phased by her setting her drink down. So let’s say she gets away or finds help. Does she call the police to report the activity of her fingernails? What happens when the next person this predator wants to harm opts for her favorite OPI shade that weekend?

How does it end?

It doesn’t; not with nail polish, anyway.

(…)This product does nothing to dismantle a culture of violence against women that demands we constantly become ever more vigilant against those who would do us harm. Undercover Colors, like so many other products, treats rape as an individual incident rather than a systemic and pervasive problem. Despite the never ending stream of prevention products, the statistics haven’t improved.

Unfortunately, This Magical Anti-Rape Nail Polish Won’t Save Us

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(Source: safercampus)

Aug 30, 2014
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     “I just did eight and a half years in federal prison.”     “What was the worst thing about it?”     “The racial tension.”     “What else was really bad?”     “The guards. They hate prisoners. If you hate children, would you work at a kindergarten? If you hate animals, would you work at a zoo? Why work in prison if you hate prisoners?”     “What do they do?”     “They mess with your mind, try to break you down: cold room, one blanket.”     “You think they do it on purpose?”     “Why else would they do it? They know you’ll be cold. They know it will mess with your head. That’s just one small example—there’re many other things. If you don’t find a way to keep yourself sane, you’re going to re-enter society as a nutjob, a weirdo, messed up—all of the above. It’s called a correctional institution, but their goal is to mess you up: the guards, the system, they want you back.”     “What do you do to stay normal?”     “You think about your family—but some guys don’t have families.”
Scranton, PA

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portraits-of-america:

     “I just did eight and a half years in federal prison.”
     “What was the worst thing about it?”
     “The racial tension.”
     “What else was really bad?”
     “The guards. They hate prisoners. If you hate children, would you work at a kindergarten? If you hate animals, would you work at a zoo? Why work in prison if you hate prisoners?”
     “What do they do?”
     “They mess with your mind, try to break you down: cold room, one blanket.”
     “You think they do it on purpose?”
     “Why else would they do it? They know you’ll be cold. They know it will mess with your head. That’s just one small example—there’re many other things. If you don’t find a way to keep yourself sane, you’re going to re-enter society as a nutjob, a weirdo, messed up—all of the above. It’s called a correctional institution, but their goal is to mess you up: the guards, the system, they want you back.”
     “What do you do to stay normal?”
     “You think about your family—but some guys don’t have families.”

Scranton, PA

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Aug 29, 2014
A six-game suspension would be without pay and the length of the penalty could increase in these cases: an employee was involved in a prior incident before joining the NFL; violence involving a weapon; choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman; or in the presence of a child. A second-time offender may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance the petition would be granted, the letter said.
NFL implements domestic violence penalties
Aug 28, 2014
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said it is in the state’s interest to make sure that “the next generation of taxpayers and work force and entrepreneurs and leaders have the best opportunities to grow up to become contributing citizens. “If that is not a compelling state interest, I don’t know what is,” she said. “What is in the best interest of children to attain is to be brought up in the married homes of their moms and dads, not deconstruction of the institution that affirms that.
Wisconsin, Indiana gay marriage bans reviewed - Chicago Tribune
Aug 28, 2014
The people trying to put putting the responsibility on women have a laundry list of suggestions for preventing rape. It seems to me that it would be useful to have concrete suggestions for ways to change the behavior of boys and men. There are no shortage of programs to train girls and women in self protection. We seldom hear about comparable programs to impress on boys and men the risk that they occur by engaging in illegal activities that could lead to being convicted of a crime. Probably the reason that we don’t hear about such programs is because not many of them exist.
Rape And Nail Polish: Controversy
Aug 21, 2014
Much like the backlash of the 1980s and ’90s, today’s rape apologia comes in four distinct, but interconnected, forms: denying the problem exists, blaming the victim, vilifying whistleblowers and turning perpetrators into victims.
The Second Wave of Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism
Aug 21, 2014
More and more women are reporting that men are recording the act of rape with their smartphones, and they are using these recordings to threaten women into silence,” said Shamina Shafiq, a member of the state-run National Commission for Women. “In many cases, they actually upload the rape video or circulate it among friends on WhatsApp. The woman is raped not just once, but again and again when people view the video.
Video recordings of gang rapes on rise in India in effort to shame, silence the victim - The Washington Post
Aug 21, 2014
Tuberculosis isn’t a problem unique to Alabama prisons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent says the airborne disease is more common in prisons than in the general population.
Worst TB Outbreak in 5 Years Hits Alabama Prisons - ABC News
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
Examples: Alaska forbids felony sex offenders from being hearing aid dealers within five years of an offense. In Kentucky, for 10 years after a felony sex offense, an offender can’t be a land surveyor. And for certain sexual offenses, New Hampshire forbids working at an “end stage renal disease dialysis center.” Why those industries in particular? We’re not sure: Tell us if you have an idea.
Several states ban people in the sex offender registry from a bizarre list of jobs.
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