Friday, September 27, 2013

Tea Party Diversity - White Males from Different States

"We've got a diverse caucus, frankly," John A Boehner said, when asked at a news conference last Thursday who, exactly, was running his conference.

But to Boehner, diversity must mean that members of the Tea Party congressional caucus are from different states, because otherwise, it is hard to know what he means by diversity. Every one of the 15 Republicans mentioned in the article are white males. We might assume by their policies that they are all heterosexual,  Christian, and able-bodied, though we haven't researched that fact.

Here's the list, in the order they are mentioned in the article.

Ted Yoho
John A. Boehner
Justin Amash
Scott Rigell
Tom Graves
Thomas Massie
Ron Paul
Ted Cruz
Tim Huelskamp
Steve King
Marlin Stutzman
Mark Meadows
Michael G. Grimm
Tim Griffin
Sean P. Duffy
Mike Lee

If we want to talk with members of the Tea Party about making laws that positively effect the lives of our diverse country, it looks like the diversity that matters to them is already being well served.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Count Men into Rape

In a United Nations report examining violence against women, almost a quarter of men surveyed in parts of Asia admitted to committing at least one rape. Ten thousand men from six countries took part in the survey.

Of course the widespread use of rape is alarming, but at least this survey is focused on the men who commit that violence. Too often data and prevention programs focus on women.

The only way to stop rape is for males to stop raping females. Obviously men as the cause of the problem have to become part of the discussion in order to work toward any real solution.