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In an important sense, the intersection of the progressive legislation of the 1930s and 1940s and the economic trends of the postwar decades created the American middle class as we once knew it. But that’s not the end of the story. As the gap between rich and poor shrank under Roosevelt and his successors, racial inequality grew. One segment of the American working class was permitted to lift itself into middle-class status while another was not. This peculiar phenomenon—the mainsprings of modern American racial inequality—had its roots in the deeply discriminatory nature of the New Deal state. Black workers were systematically excluded from the key social insurance and regulatory programs; they found it difficult to access the G.I. Bill’s benefits, when those benefits were administered locally; the red-lining of residential neighborhoods and government support for Jim Crow suburbanization cut them out of the greatest wealth-building exercise in American history. Franklin Roosevelt was at least complicit in all these policies. Yet if “The Roosevelts”is good evidence, we have not yet truly incorporated this history into our collective memory of FDR’s career.
Ken Burn’s Roosevelt Documentary Reviewed | New Republic
The moment a man enlists in the United States armed forces, his chances of being sexually assaulted increase by a factor of ten. Women, of course, are much more likely to be victims of military sexual trauma (MST), but far fewer of them enlist. In fact, more military men are assaulted than women—nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Prior to the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2011, male-on-male-rape victims could actually be discharged for having engaged in homosexual conduct. That’s no longer the case—but the numbers show that men are still afraid to report being sexually assaulted.
Military Sexual Assault: Male Survivors Speak Out
Spanking doesn’t work to improve behavior. It’s hard for parents to regulate their spanking, so that it all too frequently turns into outright abuse. The line between “reasonable” spanking and abuse is hazy for even the best-intentioned parent. So why does the practice persist and why does the Christian right melt down at the mere hint of a suggestion that anyone would make it legally more difficult to beat your children?
The Adrian Peterson Beating and the Christian Right’s Love of Corporal Punishment - The Daily Beast
The saving grace of online harassment campaigns is that soon the trolls get bored and move on. The bad news is that often they move on to harass someone else (note that a few years ago, the target of their real-life harassment was an 11-year-old girl who said something mean about them). And if you don’t go away, maybe they’ll come back around — this isn’t the first time I’ve been the target of a harassment campaign. It won’t be the last. I’m not going anywhere.
5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person |
The thing that’s most striking about the opposition to Sarkeesian’s work is that while her opposition comes in very different forms, ranging from simple criticism, to faux-intellectual documentarians, to outright virulent abuse, it’s all pretty lightweight. There’s a striking inability or unwillingness to grapple honestly or seriously with her arguments, to take her interest in the topic at face value, or to listen and understand to what she’s even arguing in the first place.
Criticism Of Anita Sarkeesian & “Women Vs. Tropes” Comes In 4 Groundless Forms | Bustle
One of the tensions that runs through The Teacher Wars, as well as the teaching profession in general, is that between the angelic volunteer and the hardened union negotiator. By original design, American teachers aren’t supposed to be in it for the money. The U.S. education system was built around a historically specific moment in the development of women’s relation to the workplace: Teaching was high-prestige and intellectually demanding, compared with other career options available to women in the 1830s. Our heavenly ideal teacher still resembles Mann’s vision.
Not for Teacher – The New Inquiry

Personally, now that I have daughters, I don’t think anyone should do bad things to women, especially the ones who are my daughters. I think we should treat every woman in the world like she was my daughter, except for my wife and my mother, who I will treat slightly differently.

Did you know that when you have daughters, it’s like making a woman you have to care about out of parts of your own body? Well, it’s true. Now that I have daughters (two of them, to the best of my knowledge), I’ve got all sorts of new ideas about how to treat women. Now that I’ve got daughters, it’s time for the whole world to make some changes.

"As A Father of Daughters"
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