Rape, Deer Hunting and the War on Christmas

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Is this thing on? Hello? Hello? …. Ah, thats better. Comcast, which every day seems to do something to piss me off, had a major sub-regional outage for the last several hours, it would seem. So, we’ve been floating free of the Internet and a few things have accumulated. First, this: Remember the rape charges … Continue reading Rape, Deer Hunting and the War on Christmas


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Large Scale Rape Incident in Congo

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The UN’s human rights chief has said the “scale and viciousness” of mass rapes in DR Congo “defy belief”, as a report into the attack was released. Navi Pillay said that, even for the region, the incident stood out because of the “extraordinarily cold-blooded and systematic way” it was carried out. Some 300 people were … Continue reading Large Scale Rape Incident in Congo


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Did a 15-year old Nazi cause himself to be raped in Minnesota?

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This could be one of the strangest stories out … well, this week. Prominent Twin Cities lawyer, Aaron Biber, has been charged with getting a 15-year old boy drunk and sexually assaulting him. I don’t know a lot more about the case than that. In his defense, Biber claims that the 15 year old was … Continue reading Did a 15-year old Nazi cause himself to be raped in Minnesota?


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Rape Study Shocks … people who have not been paying attention.

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One in four South African men … said they had raped someone … three out of four who admitted rape attacked for the first time while in their teens. … practices such as gang rape were common because they were considered a form of male bonding. … The research was conducted in both rural and … Continue reading Rape Study Shocks … people who have not been paying attention.


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“Rape Switch Hypothesis” still going strong: US rape stats evaluated.

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I would like to go into a little more detail about the rape switch which is being discussed here as well as the statistical trend in rape rates in the US being discussed here . It has been shown again and again that large numbers of males will carry out what by anyone’s definition is … Continue reading “Rape Switch Hypothesis” still going strong: US rape stats evaluated.


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Is there a rape switch?

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This question is shorthand for a larger and more nuanced set of questions that has emerged over the last 24 hours here and here as people engage in this very interesting and important discussion about rape, especially wartime rape and related post-apocalyptic rape cultures. “The switch” is a term I first heard from a student, … Continue reading Is there a rape switch?


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Rape Crisis in East Congo Tied to Mining Activity

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-Activists concerned by this year’s escalation of sexual violence in eastern Congo are trying to turn up the heat on those benefitting–directly or indirectly–from illicit mineral extractions. “Conflict minerals power our entire electronic industry,” John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, told U.S. senators at a May 13 hearing on sexual violence in eastern Congo … Continue reading Rape Crisis in East Congo Tied to Mining Activity


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A rape in progress, Part II

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Expanding on the discussion from here … In the paper Anthropology’s “Fierce” Yanomami: Narratives of Sexual Politics in the Amazon, Sharon Tiffany and Kathleen Adams provide the following opening passage: Imagine a society in which one woman in every three is raped, usually by a man she knows, consider the consequences of living in a … Continue reading A rape in progress, Part II


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Grapefruit juice might boost cancer drug’s effects

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photograph of some grapefruit Grapefruit juice contains enzymes that break down common types of compounds of which pharmaceuticals are made. This means that if you drink grapefruit juice along with some drugs, the effect of the drug will be enhanced. (That was a slight oversimplification.) So great, you say, why not just take all drugs … Continue reading Grapefruit juice might boost cancer drug’s effects


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Christian Group eats Sour Grapes

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A Christian legal organization says it has sued to stop New York from recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.The Alliance Defense Fund says it filed its lawsuit Tuesday in a court in the Bronx. Several Republican state senators are named as party to the suit.Gay marriage is unconstitutional in New York. Gov. David … Continue reading Christian Group eats Sour Grapes


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