Bullying in School: This first link is to a really disturbing story from a middle school in a suburban area of Pierce County in Washington, across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma. About six months ago in an eighth grade classroom a dozen students “drag[ged] a smaller boy around the room, holding him like a hammock, peeling off his socks, writing on his feet, stuffing a sock in his mouth, holding a pillow over his face and covering him with chairs.” Meanwhile the teacher looks on and even joins in. This goes on for fifteen minutes. He later said he did not think anyone was at risk of harm.
First thing – try imagining this happening to a girl in the first place.
And if this attack were not disturbing enough, the school’s response borders on criminal. The district suspended the teacher for ten days and then shifted him to another school. (Does this pattern sound familiar?) No one called the police to investigate anything, even though this attack certainly amounts to probably a felony level of assault. The kid told no one, naturally enough.
And district is still defending its inaction and cover up. Second thing – try imagining this level of non-response being attempted or toelrated if the victim had been a girl.
(No trigger warning on this one. We could all stand to rub out noses in this shit without forewarning.)
Women in Combat: Then here’s an interesting development in the area of women in combat. US Representative Judy Chu, (D- CA):
…announced the creation of Femme Fatal, a movement specifically tasked with ensuring that women get the same opportunities to be shot, killed, wounded, and suffer debilitating emotional stress as men throughout the military.
And she’s not framing this as some kind of expansion of women’s rights, either:
“Did you know that in the past decade, our military has only had 140 women killed in combat?” asked Rep. Chu. ”Compare that to more than six thousand men killed, and it paints a disturbing picture of a military reluctant to let women near the front lines. Obviously we have to find a way to narrow the casualty gap.”
There’s an entertaining discussion in the comments, as you can imagine.
And apparently the entire blog is a spoof. This society is a long way from valuing men’s lives as much as women’s.
Reproductive Constraints: And here’s a Science Daily article on how reproductive constraints in a social species are an effective evolutionary strategy. It appears ant species have different degrees of reproductive constraint and the more derived species have the highest. Reproductive constraints reduce conflict within the society, apparently. and that makes sense, because reproduction after all is the ultimate and highest form of selfishness.
In humans this may have parallels in the evolution of homosexuality and menopause as evolutionary strategies.
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