Thursday, November 17, 2022

Colleges Expel Few Sexual Misconduct Offenders While Survivors Suffer

Title IX was passed 50 years ago, and is supposed to ensure that students have a right to an education that is free from sexual harassment and gendered violence. Colleges are supposed to institute and support systems for investigating allegations, protecting complainants and disciplining perpetrators. 

However, USA TODAY, in an 18-month investigation, found that the system in colleges and universities is extremely flawed, and victims' complaints are rarely addressed adequately. Most likely perpetrators will not be addressed and victims are left feeling alone. Minimal actions are taken and light sanctions are imposed, undercutting findings of fault. 

https://www.registerguard.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2022/11/16/title-ix-campus-rape-colleges-sexual-misconduct-expel-suspend/7938853001/?for-guid=838884cc-6495-11ed-bba5-c6850bc7e2d6&utm_source=registerguard-DailyBriefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_briefing&utm_term=hero&utm_content=NREG-OREGON-EUGENE-NLETTER65


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Donald Trump Continues Building His Hierarchies

Surprising no one, Donald Trump announced today he will again run for president of the United States.

Being successful at using every control tactic in the book of Hierarchies, he continues to try to gain power. He lies, steals, condones violence, does what he can to keep resources going to those on top, avoids accountability, and believes in controlling the lives and bodies of those in lower groups, etc.

It will be interesting to see how the Republican Party fares with him in the race. Since the Republican Party has supported hierarchies virtually 100% in the last decades, they are perfect bedfellows with Trump. How farther will the Republican Party have to sell its soul in order to rid itself of Trump, or possibly once again embrace him?

Hierarchies make for very strange alliances. Evangelical hierarchial religions would rather support a man like Hershel Walker than vote for Raphael Warnock who has devoted his life to Christianity. Supporting hierarchies of the Republican party is on the very top of their agenda. 

https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/15/politics/trump-2024-presidential-bid/index.html

Mormons Support Same-sex Marriage

Who would have ever thought that the Mormon Church would support same-sex marriage! 

Today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced support of a proposed federal law that would codify marriages between same-sex couples. 

Hierarchies can break down little by little, even among the conservative, hierarchy-based religions, even if it takes forever it seems. Here is a great example. 

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2022/11/15/lds-church-comes-out-federal/

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

India's top court grants all women the right to safe abortion

On Thursday, India's top court upheld the right of a woman to an abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy regardless of marital status, a decision widely hailed by women’s rights activists.

The right to abortion has proved contentious globally after the OR v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court that had legalized the procedure across the United States.

“Even an unmarried woman can undergo abortion up to 24 weeks on par with married women,” said Justice D.Y. Chandrachud of India’s Supreme Court, holding that a woman’s marital status could not decide her right to abort.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/india-top-court-grants-women-right-safe-abortion-rcna49943?fbclid=IwAR3mNJwaH4b7S_pnzWSyafR4BGCrlp3P_zWBZNz66HNBxgQTOlBMg3bjAqk

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Abortion laws are becoming a factor in Jewish students’ college choices

Jewish high school students are considering abortion laws when deciding where to apply for college.

Some are crossing off schools that are located in states where abortion access has been restricted, and students currently attending schools in such states are considering transferring.

https://jweekly.com/2022/09/22/abortion-laws-are-becoming-a-factor-in-jewish-students-college-choices/?fbclid=IwAR0ZV1OeB_maFJU-_yUV7mLAvAibUfunp6IUPC2Phmcs80bid2K7-Iy7wsk

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Iran Ruler Wants All Women to Submit to His Hierarchical Religion

CNN's Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour was scheduled to interview Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, but it was abruptly canceled because Amanpour declined to wear a hijab, she recounted on Twitter.

Men who adhere to and determine the parameters of a hierarchal religion that places themselves on top, and decrees that women and other non-gender conforming people submit to their dictates, feel they are justified demanding whatever they want. Hierarchies can create amazing thoughts in the minds of those on top. 

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/22/1124559417/cnn-christiane-amanpour-raisi-iran-hijab

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Representation Means a Lot - African American Ariel

When people in lower roles on our nation's hierarchies are shown in leading roles, people are surprised, but delighted to be showing more about what life would be like without our hierarchies.

Following the trailer introducing Disney's new version of The Little Mermaid, parents of young Black girls are posting videos across social media of their children's reactions to seeing Halle Bailey as Ariel.

The trailer has surpassed 12 million views.

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/14/1122806029/halle-bailey-little-mermaid-black-culture?fbclid=IwAR0kwiz2P1Qj9AU5gfbRH3-4kwugjCOMDlnA9jZaJ3yfoSJFKDhpLKvjJro