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  • davenj commented on the blog post Gaza: Infographics, news and analysis   1 year, 9 months ago · View

    The other issue with the second infographic is that it uses the arbitrary notion of “going to the sea”, which intentionally makes use of the fact that the West Bank is landlocked. As such,”going to the sea” actually means “going to Israel”, the same place where Palestinians from the West Bank visited to, among other [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post The Olympic Games are obsessed with policing femininity   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    Doesn’t competition on the terms of a gender binary require gender policing by default? I mean, get rid of gender policing if you want, but to do that you’d need to eliminate gender categories at the Olympics. To do so would guarantee that few, if any, women qualify for the competition. I notice you used [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Weekly Feminist Reader   2 years, 4 months ago · View

    Um, you are familiar that in that climate of violence the primary tool is killing people, right? If women want to serve on the front lines then they want to serve, and if they’re capable I see no reason why they shouldn’t. But setting up that dichotomy when the major violence threat is that of [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Israel bans German Nobel Laureate over this poem   2 years, 4 months ago · View

    Beyond the fact that Grass’ history makes him, at best, ill-equipped to pontificate on this matter, it’s worth pointing out that his position in the poem is objectively false. The notion of an Israel atomic first strike on Iran is beyond implausible, and it is rooted in fantasy. As such, his poem is problematic for [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Gender Issues on U.S. College Campuses for Women   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    “women tend to spend most of their time studying, meeting with instructors, joining student groups, and doing volunteer work to spice up their resumes. Male students, on the other hand, find lots of time to join fraternities, playing sports, party, or play video games—relieving the stress while women try to balance it all” Wow, sexist [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Paterno fired from Penn State   2 years, 9 months ago · View

    “What is so fun about having your body violated? When a little boy or man gets raped, people tend to go up in outrage.” This isn’t true in the slightest. Many instances of men getting raped are met with laughter, scorn, or simple disbelief. Note that there is a rape epidemic in prisons that primarily [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post (Rich, White) Women and Children First!   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    “The idea of putting “women and children first” is a transformative one.”

    It’s also a very sexist one. It treats women as child-like and men as disposable.

  • davenj commented on the blog post Weekly Feminist Reader   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    Question why demonstrations such as this were “allowed” in a country where, normally, protests are met with brutal retribution. It’s important to be suspicious of these kinds of images being released from a country where government and journalistic transparency are not good, and where the only kind of “protesting” deemed allowable is that which supports [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Who Are the 1%? You Tell Us.   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    No, you used what Zizek would call the post-modern “good capitalist” doctrine, which absolutely characterizes the Third World’s existence as insulting to one not burdened with being a part of it. This is evident in the “fix our problems first” attitude, emblematic of that line of thinking. Eliminating corporate interest from politics doesn’t necessarily help [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Who Are the 1%? You Tell Us.   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    It’s not about hostility, but rather about criticizing the innate hypocrisy of those calling for a fairer distribution of wealth when, in fact, they’re calling for a slightly less unfair distribution of wealth as far as the globe is concerned. The notion that OWS wants to eliminate corporate influence in government so that we can [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Who Are the 1%? You Tell Us.   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    I don’t think those with a high quality of life have no right to complain. However, those who earn a yearly income of $34k or more, adjusted to US prices, are part of the “global 1%”. That is to say, they are members of the global economic elite. It is valid to criticize our own [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Update: FBI changes official definition of rape   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    But it’s not. People can be raped without being penetrated. Defining rape as a penetrative act diminishes and denies the experiences of rape victims. It comes back around to the tired old trope of “if he’s hard, that’s consent”, which is clearly not true. There’s a tragic irony in calling this definition “all encompassing”, when [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post On Spirit Day, push for enumerated anti-bullying policies   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    Support enumerated policies WITH FUNDING! Funding is a big part of this. These policies are only as good as their implementation, and you can’t implement this without any resources to train teachers, oversee implementation, and follow up on specific instances of bullying. Teachers have a very difficult job being asked to do quite a bit, [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Update: FBI changes official definition of rape   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    But men still can’t get raped using this definition. Except, of course, by other men.

    Limited progress.

  • davenj commented on the blog post Should single-sex education be allowed?   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    1. Not one of the Seven Sisters has a student body that comes anywhere close to the diversity that would allow itself to be described as “white and economically affluent”. That you use the term “many”, rather than an actual figure, speaks volumes about the whiteness and economic privilege of these schools. I did my [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Should single-sex education be allowed?   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    Should it be illegal? I don’t think so. Do I like it? Not really. Segregation is a powerful act that requires some pretty powerful rationale to justify it. There isn’t significant data to support the idea that gender-segregated education has significant benefits. There are certainly many positive anecdotes about it, but the same can be [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Why I didn’t celebrate the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    “Our military engages in a long list of atrocious activities, namely torture, the war in Afghanistan, arms deals with countries guilty of human rights violations such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, the exploitation of women, and a global basing system that couldn’t be any more colonialist. If progress for gays is achieved through warfare and [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post The Feminist Boyfriend   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    “There are many men who fit the bill to be considered feminists, but so many take issue with the label. Some insist males cannot be feminists, only “pro-feminist,” well where in the holy book of feminism did it say we all have to share the same reproductive organs?” And that’s perfectly fine, but there are [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Alabama tells offenders to pick between jail and Jesus   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    As patently illegal and wrong as this is, one interesting core reason for this action (if we believe the person that implemented it) is that he finds 30 days in lock-up to be less helpful at preventing recidivism than a long-term community support program (in this case, church). He’s wrong in attempting to mandate religious [...]

  • davenj commented on the blog post Lady Gaga meets POTUS to push administration on anti-gay bullying   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    While we certainly have a long way to go in order to prevent bullying, I think a pause is in order when we consider major criminal legislation targeted at youths. Bullying is certainly wrong, and in some cases it is absolutely criminal, but there are many cases where bullying is mean, rude behavior, or a [...]

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