What We Missed

Cartoon via Kaiser Health News.

At Mother Jones, Adam Weinstein on why no one cares about the US military’s pervasive rape culture.

At Racialicious, Latoya writes about spanking, survival and state violence.

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A New Zealand CEO has been removed from his position after making comments about gender inequality in the workplace being caused not by sexism but by Aunt Flo’s monthly visits.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I find the cartoon sort of a head-scratcher. I have also noticed a bumper sticker that suggests a similar sentiment that reads, “‘If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament!”

    All the polling data suggest that men and women really have similar views on abortion, although there are nuanced differences related to who supports/opposes it under what circumstances. Overall, though, opposition/support for abortion rights really vary only slightly across gender. I read both the cartoon above and the bumper sticker as meaning, in as many words: “if only men could get pregnant, they would understand why abortion rights should be protected and they wouldn’t oppose abortion so much.” The polling data mentioned above suggest pretty strongly that having a uterus doesn’t automatically make you pro-choice.

  2. Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    We still spank in my family. Like LaToya, men rarely spanked girls it was up to the women to do the job of both spanking children. Boys got it from their fathers. Even as young adults, there could be the threat of getting slapped for “talking back” or “disrespecting” and in a nearby small town, kids would still be getting disciplined (even physically) by parents in public. My Grandfather had disciplined his sons pretty harshly when they were growing up, due to not wanting them to go to jail. Spanking seemed always to provide a way to keep kids on the straight and narrow. But what could happen if it hurt a child? Repressed them? I’m not one of those people that tell kids they’re so special for practically just breathing. But, what happens if discipline manisfests into abuse and control and fear? A few cousins of mine have issues with their aggressive and erratic mother, even as adults they have to answer to her like they’re six. Even when they’ve done a lot that would consider them adults whether its: moving to Wyoming, moving out of the house, getting married, having children, going to college, getting jobs, and earning the bucks. And spanking was least of the worse, she had also would but powder soap on the floor and have them sitting on their knees there for quite a time. So most of us definitely didn’t turn to crime, yet I wonder if we are yearning to break out.

    • Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:57 am | Permalink

      What I couldn’t help wondering about the “real time study” where parents recorded spanking their children was, sure the parents agreed to do the recording, but did anyone run it by their children? I’m not sure what about parent-child interactions they’re trying to determine, but the whole thing (both the physical discipline and seeming lack of respect of privacy for the children) seemed really distasteful to me.

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