From the NY Times: Felons finding it easy to regain gun rights. A 1999 study found denying handgun purchases to felons cut their risk of committing a new violent crime by 20 to 30 percent. Felons have to stay out of trouble for a decade for their risk of committing a crime to equal that of people with no record. Convicted felons aren’t supposed to have the right to have guns, yet every year thousands of them have that right restored. Many of them have been convicted of violent crimes, like murder and manslaughter, and (I know you’re shocked) when they get their guns back, they commit more violent crimes.
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I’ve seen the movie Gaslight and it’s a good psychological, gothic movie. Now I know the term gaslighting is used to describe “manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they’re crazy.” Guess what ladies? You’re not crazy, or overly emotional. You’re being manipulated.
Speaking of gaslighting, expect to see some in response to the Breaking Dawn movie review from Entertainment Weekly and NPR’s take on the latest Twilight movie. Lisa Schwarzbaum of EW delivers this great line: “neither the trendiness of vampires and werewolves, nor the playful vox pop fun of declaring allegiance to Team Edward and Team Jacob are enough to justify the prim sermon of fleshly punishment that is Twilight‘s eternal, hooey-filled message of damnation,” but the big takeaway is from the NPR review:
However wet-blanket it may seem to say so, the more this series embraces its identity as a dance of abusive emotional grotesques, the more bothersome its themes become….when a saga popular with pre-adolescent girls peaks romantically on a night that leaves the heroine to wake up covered with bruises in the shape of her husband’s hands — and when that heroine then spends the morning explaining to her husband that she’s incredibly happy even though he injured her, and that it’s not his fault because she understands he couldn’t help it in light of the depth of his passion — that’s profoundly irresponsible….romanticizing an intimate relationship that leaves bruises and scars is a particularly terrible idea in a film aimed at girls.
Yes, it’s just a movie. Yes, it’s not real. But it does take very real issues of intimate partner violence, controlling partners, stalking and, other bad, dangerous behaviors and make them romantic hallmarks of true love. That’s not cool, and we’re not crazy or overreacting to be concerned about it.
Eve Ensler has written a great, powerful piece about rape and rape culture. “I am over being polite about rape. It’s been too long now, we have been too understanding….We need people to truly try and imagine — once and for all — what it feels like to have your body invaded, your mind splintered, your soul shattered. We need to let our rage and our compassion connect us so we can change the paradigm of global rape.”
On a Lighter Note
Does it get any better than Beyonce Songs Re-Imagined as Undergraduate Theses in Women and Gender Studies? No, I don’t think so. Favorites: Bills Bills Bills: The Dual-Income Model and the Reshaping of the Domestic Sphere and Run the World (Girls): Historical Perspectives on Global Female Leadership. This could be an awesome game. What’s the best thesis title for Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)? How about Jumpin’ Jumpin’?