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In which education and activism make things better July 24, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I had a child dealing with gender variance […] in my classroom that I realized how important it is to teach about gender and break down gender stereotypes. Why did I wait so long? I should have taken a hint from that kindergarten teacher years ago.”

“But there’s someone else who is likely to be in that room to hear it at some point, too, and how the joke will make that person feel is important, too. I’m talking about the rapist.

Related: 15 “rape jokes that work as jokes – which is to say, A) they’re constructed so that rape victims are not the butt of the joke, and B) they made me laugh.”

“Even if you believe, as I do, that the predators are not confused and can’t be educated, there are two good reasons to believe that consent education can make the climate better. First, because there are rapists who are not that small percentage of predators. Second, the predators absolutely depend on what I call the Social License to Operate, the climate that explains away or excuses what they do in certain circumstances, calls it not rape, calls it the survivor’s fault, minimizes it and lets him get away with it.”

Facebook promises to fix its standards — or rather, to get itself some standards — around dealing with gender-based hate speech.

(Background: bloody images paired with rape jokes and other misogyny “aren’t hate speech”, but a photo of an oyster that looks vaguely labial is too graphic to leave up.; “Facebook rejected an ad this week that disputed scientifically unsound claims that abortion can cause higher instances of breast cancer, arguing that the advertisement violated the company’s guidelines ‘by advertising adult products or services, including toys, videos, or sexual enhancement products.'”)

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