At Penn State fraternity, a basic disrespect for women

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Fraternity brothers at Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho allegedly posted multiple photographs of naked, unconscious women who had attended parties at the fraternity, police officials in State College, Pa., announced this week.

The photographs and other material, including evidence of drug use and sales, were posted on a private website accessible only to fraternity members and alumni. An estimated 140 members had access to the page.

As a Penn State graduate, as a father of two daughters, as a brother and a son, I can’t tell you how angry that makes me. Many of those KDR members are themselves sons and brothers of women that are important in their lives and whom they presumably respect, yet somehow they were unable to give that same respect to the women whom they victimized. They did not see their victims as fellow human beings; they saw them as objects to be belittled.

Honestly, such behavior bothers me more than that of the Oklahoma fraternity recently videotaped singing a viciously racist song.  Words have power, and that song told us a lot about the mindsets of those who were singing it. But posting such photos of helpless women is not merely an act of vicious misogyny; it is a symbolic form of rape, and raises real questions about what took place when the cameras were off.  As in Oklahoma, the fact that so many KDR members knew about the postings and allowed them to continue says a lot about the social dynamics in that fraternity, and none of it is good.

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_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Mandatory voting suggested by the Prez?


YOU VILL VOTE AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!

Philosopher1280
Philosopher1280

@_GodlessHeathen_ Straight from Faux news and completely false...but, then, that's the point, right? Spill stuff out there so that folks who want to hear what they want to hear will hear it and pass it on. Job well done.

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

'It's the money, stupid.' that's killing this country.

 Just wanted to ensure people know the gov't prints the money which it has done a lot of lately- makes our boy Krugman very happy.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Q 4 U !

When is a stunning victory actually a loss?

When your name is Bibi and it's reported by the AJC:

"Netanyahu's victory comes with a price"

(Sub) "Ugly tone of campaign's final days exacerbates array of problems."

Bwaahahahahahahahaha

kayaker71
kayaker71

Interesting piece in the Washington Post today about the real person who broke the Hillary e-nail ruckus.  Looks like it was Valerie Jarrett who leaked the whole thing to the press.  There is little to no love lost between the Clintons and the Bozo administration and this bears that out.  The story points out that Jarrett and others within the administration have had meetings with other prospective Democratic primary candidates encouraging them to challenge Hillary.  Our de facto president strikes again. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@kayaker71 Obama and Clinton(s) have a lot in common.  One of them being their mutual hatred for one another.

DawgWhistle
DawgWhistle

Congress's following the dictates of the AIPAC is just one more example of why we need to GET THE DAMN MONEY AND CAMPAIGN DONATIONS (aka, legalized bribery) OUT OF POLITICS. Maybe mandatory voting would be a start, but ultimately 'It's the money, stupid.' that's killing this country.

PudHead
PudHead

Wow, collage kids drinking and doing stupid stuff, may Eric Holder can do something, LOL…

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@PudHead And would you say exactly that if it was one of your daughters who was on that website?

Eustis
Eustis

Just young Republicans demonstrating their "family values".

jkn
jkn

Can we please just get rid of the worthless greek system now?  Absolutely no benefit to higher education. 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@jkn And do  you empty your refrigerator, and throw the 'fridge itself away, if one small piece of food spoils?

gotalife
gotalife

Still moving forward making progress while the rw fight to go backwards.

td1234
td1234


HIGHER ED

College Presidents Appear To Be Delusional About Sexual Assault On Their Campuses

6:23 PMMAR 13, 2015 By HAYLEY MUNGUIA

About a third of U.S. college presidents believe sexual assault is a problem on American college campuses, but only 6 percent believe it’s a problem on their own campuses. That’s according to Inside Higher Ed’s fifth annual Survey of College and University Presidents, which was released Friday. The survey covered a range of topics, including the Obama administration’s college ratings proposal and the sustainability of college financial models, but the most significant (and alarming) finding was about the presidents’ thoughts on the prevalence of sexual assault on campus.


College presidents appear to be out of touch.

The U.S. Department of Education in May released a list of 55institutions with open investigations into Title IX sexual violence violations. Since then, that list has been periodically updated; as of January, it named 94 schools, including large public institutions such as Arizona State University and small liberal arts colleges like Sarah Lawrence. Some lawmakers have made campus sexual assault a priority, most notably with California’s recently passed affirmative consent standard and with the pending federal Campus Accountability and Safety Act.

As my colleague Carl Bialik has pointed out, the data on sexual assault in college is hard to interpret, largely because of issues with the question of consent and because so many cases go unreported. One Justice Department-funded survey found that only 12 percent of college students who were the victims of sexual assault reported it — 4 percentage points lower than the general population — and that number was cut in half when the incident involved alcohol.

Students and advocates across the country have demanded that administrations take more responsibility for the handling of sexual assault on campus. But very few of the college presidents surveyed (4 percent) were willing to say their school was doing an inadequate job of protecting women from sexual assault. Seventy-seven percent told Inside Higher Ed that their schools are doing a good job, and 19 percent were neutral on the question.

That doesn’t bode well for addressing students’ concerns.


http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/college-presidents-appear-to-be-delusional-about-sexual-assault-on-their-campuses/


Gmare
Gmare

Some good news about voting, from Oregon. All voting there is done by mail. Now, all citizens will be automatically registered to vote using info from the DMV & will receive ballots in the mail. How cool is that!!

gotalife
gotalife

@Gmare Yes and our President proposed mandatory voting today.

td1234
td1234

"ter years of blocking U.N. efforts to pressure Israelis and Palestinians into accepting a lasting two-state solution, the United States is edging closer toward supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution that would call for the resumption of political talks to conclude a final peace settlement, according to Western diplomats.

The move follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive re-election Tuesday after the incumbent publicly abandoned his commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state — the basis of more than 20 years of U.S. diplomatic efforts — and promised to continue the construction of settlements on occupied territory. The development also reflects deepening pessimism over the prospect of U.S.-brokered negotiations delivering peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Shortly before this week’s election, the United States informed its diplomatic partners that it would hold off any moves in the U.N. Security Council designed to put Israel on the spot at the United Nations in the event that Netanyahu’s challenger, Isaac Herzog, won the election. But U.S. officials signaled a willingness to consider a U.N. resolution in the event that Netanyahu was re-elected and formed a coalition government opposed to peace talks. The United States has not yet circulated a draft, but diplomats say Washington has set some red lines and is unwilling to agree to set a fixed deadline for political talks to conclude.

“The more the new government veers to the right the more likely you will see something in New York,” said a Western diplomat.

Netanyahu’s government will likely be made up of right-wing and Orthodox parties adamantly opposed to making concessions to Palestinians. According to a statement from Netanyahu’s office, the Israeli leader has already consulted with party leaders he plans to add to his coalition, including Naftali Bennett of the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, Avigdor Lieberman of the far-right nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, and leaders of the ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties."


http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/03/18/from-tel-aviv-to-turtle-bay-israel-palestinians-un-resolution/

honested
honested

@td1234 

It's a shame that neither the 'right' in israel nor the next government can grasp reality.

Time to cut our losses and redeploy our foreign aid to places that support Civilization.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 right on. perhaps finally US foreign policy will begin to make some sense in the region. now if y'all could figure out the differences between shia and sunni, things might get even more straight. doubtful though.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@josef

Just look at Brazil.  They had, by far, the most Africans brought over during the Trans Atlantic slave trade.  Pretty much what all of the Americas will look like before too long.  From Glacier Bay to the tip of Argentina.

josef
josef

@Brosephus @josef 

Not so sure about Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile...awful lot of bright-white folks there!  LOl

But more seriously, yes, and a little further south here at the Rez, we're pretty much well on the road...and that's a good thing...

josef
josef

@gotalife @josef 

'Ceptthem with the hook noses...but thass right, they ain't human!  

gotalife
gotalife

Race relations are now a issue.


Good job dems.


Well done.

gotalife
gotalife

And activists, well done.

josef
josef

DDR

In case you check in here, I got the one to send to you...let your fantasies run wild!  LOL 

josef
josef

Okay...I gotta be nice, now...we got a visitor here on the verandah...

Normd
Normd

@josef 


Oh the things we southern men have to do because of good manners...lol

josef
josef

@Normd @josef 

I know, and us sensitive ones have to be "coy" and "precious."  Can't be the stomp down mean b*tch we truly are!  LOL 

gotalife
gotalife

"In the months since police killings of unarmed black people sparked nationwide protests, Mr Schultz said he had learned “the great need for empathy, compassion, understanding, and metaphorically trying to put your  . . . feet in someone else’s shoes.”

If it excludes people because of their race, “we have to ask ourselves . . . is this the American promise that we were told to believe in?” he said. “We can’t continue to talk about racial injustice as something that doesn’t affect us.”

In response, the company announced the “race together” campaign earlier this week. It involves employees writing that phrase on coffee cups and trying to “stimulate conversation, compassion"

Case in point, a skin head  goes on a shooting spree in Arizona and police take him down with a stun gun. Hekilled one and wounded several. This is not stealing cigars or selling cigs.

gotalife
gotalife

Talking to different races is getting to know them.


They started talking to women in their movement and got to know them\


They started talking to gays, weed smokers, different races to get to know them.


Then we move on, forward not back.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@gotalife the women will lead they way into this new future. That's why we need to help make them leaders now

gotalife
gotalife

The race issue is being addressed by real people not your media.


Leave the house, go to Starbucks and talk.


Get over your racism, bigotry and hatred.


That is for the cons.

josef
josef

@gotalife @josef 

Except I run in the latino community...so, no, it didn't sting.  Culturally, been there, seen it, got the t-shirt and with folks like you running amok, I know to keep the suitcase ready...

josef
josef

OTALIFE

" Because our country is talking about race. Starbucks is helping."

No.  Our country is talking about black and white...still stuck in a time warp...

josef
josef

@gotalife @josef 

I have.  That's why I think in terms other than black and white.  Take your own advice and broaden out...

gotalife
gotalife

@josef Turn off traditional media and get engaged with real people.

josef
josef

@gotalife @josef 

Dang...another response into the ether...

I do.  I am.  That's why the black-white thing is, well, counter productive...