JOBLESS: Everyone’s been talking about the interactive map published by The New York Times on unemployment rates in the U.S. This instructive piece of info is useful for finding the areas of the country most affected by downturns in manufacturing and housing bubbles. Unfortunately the map is also accompanied by one of those class- and gender-dumb articles that asserts men and rich people are “more affected” by the economic crisis than everyone else, which is important because they’re more important. SEE ALSO: If you’re as lost as I am on the causes of the economic crisis, check out this collection of simple guides on how our economy went into the shitter.
NEIGHBORS OF JUAREZ: Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is spreading and requires solutions other than superficial chest-beating, passive-agressive walls and empty sentiments about protecting “our” “borders”. We *must* protect Central American borders and people as well, and the poison that crosses from our state to theirs. (H/T)
WHAT IF HE DID IT?: Considering that the percentage of false rape reports is in the single digits, and similar to the incidence of false reporting with other crimes, why do people turn out in droves to defend public figures who have been accused of rape? It’s like rape is a special kind of crime that everyone hears about but no one actually commits. Maybe women just rape themselves.
SEX SELLS: Sure, but when naked ladies are the primary imagery used to push a product, it’s implicit that “primarily, women [are] sold to (presumably heterosexual) men,” and worse, that as women we have our status as sexual objects of the het male gaze sold back to us again, and again, and again, and again. No wonder people have body-image issues.
LITTLE KING: Lawrence “Larry” King was a biracal, openly gay, feminine-identified youth who was shot to death by his classmate, Brandon McInerney, on February 12, 2008, at E.O. Green Junior High School. Despite a documented escalation of behavior between King and his killer, all authorities turned away as they allowed children to beat their gender atypical peers, encouraged homophobic youth by remaining complacent to their homophobic behaviors, and wrote it off as mere “bullying.”
SEEING IS BELIEVING: The way we visually represent sexually transmitted diseases in sex education is revealing of class-related health care issues and also affects the way we seek treatment for them once we may be infected.
MISSING: Missing from conversation about abortion and ethics on Hardball: Women.
SCREENING: In the U.S., you will almost never hear about the downsides of breast cancer screens, in that “none of the literature [describing mammography] had even mentioned the major harm of screening: overdiagnosis and subsequent unnecessary treatment of healthy women. About a third of the literature even told women that screening leads to less invasive surgery or simpler surgery, when ‘it actually results in 30% more surgery, 20% more mastectomies and more use of radiotherapy.'” Not that I’m suggesting people don’t look out for their health, but more that much of the health care industry as it exists is about marketing to consumers, not patients, and driving up fear about disease.
TRANS 101: In which Helen lets cis people know what’s what.