The more we depend on women to prevent rape, the easier it is to blame them when it happens to them. Here’s a look at the well-documented ways we can actually stop rape. Maybe it’s time we invest a little more time and resources into implementing them before we send gallons of nail polish to colleges across the country.
Science is cool but changing our culture and helping everyone is cooler
This. Literally the first thing you learn when you begin to handle a gun is to only point the gun at something you are willing to shoot.
who is this guy I need to get on this
The militarization of police is inevitable in a society in which conflicts appear within urban and periurban structures. It’s going to happen - and it should if the nature of armed conflict in the 21st century continues on a trend of intra-city violence (think terrorist attacks in Mumbai or the Westgate Mall Attacks).
BUT - and this is a very important but - with any kind of militarization comes an ENORMOUS need for follow through. We need to train our police, not just arm them. We need to know when and where pseudo-military force is necessary and when/where it is not (hint: in the US, it’s usually not). We need to create a system with extreme checks and balances to insure that citizens are not terrorized by their own police forces. We need to open lines of communication that allow for populations to question the status quo. AND we need cameras on every police officer and in every cruiser to monitor any possible abuses of power.
Well, the surprise is that you are not at a dinner party. You’re at our wedding.