+ The NFL and Domestic Violence
After football player Ray Rice allegedly beat his fiancée unconscious, the NFL only suspended him for two games. People were outraged that a case of domestic violence was being treated so lightly, and now it’s being reported that the NFL is contemplating harsher punishments for players guilty of this crime.
+ Mark Zuckerberg Takes Ice Bucket Challenge
Mark Zuckerberg has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, though some are taking issue with the fact it appears he dumped ice over his head without donating and is challenging people to either dump ice or donate. Not everyone can afford to donate and so they stick with the challenge part as their way of helping (i.e., spreading awareness). But we know Mark def has the money to give, and if he’s taking part in the challenge, why not take that step?
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+ Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks Feminism
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was shocked to hear about people coming out against the label feminist. “Coming out against the label?” he said. “Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what ‘feminism’ means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”
+ Reading List Canceled Because Book Has Lesbians
In a moment of real WTF-ery, a school board canceled its reading list program because one of the books in the list had lesbian characters. So no books for anyone?
+ Racism in Sentencing
A study from Psychological Science says that people support harsher sentencing for convicts if they believe more African American people are being arrested than white people. If they believe more white people than African American people are being arrested, then they’re all for lighter sentences. Writing about this, Mother Jones said, “What makes these experiments [for the study] interesting is that they look beyond racial profiling by cops on the street to touch on the racism of ordinary citizens making decisions in a safe setting.”
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