Permalink | 359,811 notes "A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything." — Irish proverb  (via perfect)

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It scares the living shit out of me that there are people out there who can empathize with a fetus but not a pregnant person.

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Abortion is wrong, no matter how many harassing messages I get  I won’t stop speaking out about the killing of innocent children. 

You’re fucking pathetic lmfao

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Liberal Jesus Strikes AgainThree weeks ago, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson caused quite the controversy over his comments on…View Post
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I’m totally behind calling the Tea Party the “American Taliban”
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"Disembodied Western rationality—standing right in front of the class!”

"I went to give a guest lecture for a female colleague at my university. As I walked in to the auditorium, one student looked up at me and said, ’Oh, finally, an objective opinion!’
All that semester, whenever my female colleague opened her mouth, what this student saw was ‘a woman.’ Biased. But when I walked in, I was, in this student’s eyes, unbiased, an objective opinion.”

— Michael Kimmel, PhD, in Why Men Should Support Gender Equality
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To whom is George Zimmerman a hero? And why?
Trying to explain why some political conservatives would praise George Zimmerman and seek his autograph, sociologist Jay Livingston draws on Jonathan Haidt's theory of the differing values of liberals and conservatives.
Part of it, he argues, may have to do with rigid ideas about who is “us” and who is “them,” combined with the idea that sometimes violence, and even murder, is justified:

"It’s a more general willingness to do harm, great harm, to those who ‘deserve’ it.  The liberal view (Harm/Care) is that while in some circumstances killing may be necessary or inevitable, it is still unfortunate.  But over on the right, killing, torture, and perhaps other forms of harm are cause for celebration, so long as these can be justified. In 2008, Republicans cheered Sarah Palin when she stood up for torture. In 2011, they cheered Rick Perry for signing death warrants for record numbers of executions. When Wolf Blitzer hypothsized a young man who had decided not to buy medical insurance but now lay in the ICU, and Blitzer asked ‘Should we let him die?’ several people in the Republican audience enthusiastically shouted out, ‘Yes.’”

Read the full argument at Sociological Images.
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Where did your 2013 tax dollars go?
Each year the National Priorities Project releases a visual illustrating how our tax dollars are spent.  This is the one for 2013, sans medicare and social security taxes.
At the end of Sociology 101, I like to ask my students: “What is the state for?”  This often takes them aback, as most of them have never considered the question before.  Is it for defense?  It is to maximize happiness or reduce misery?  Is it for maximizing GDP?  Protecting private property?  Do we want to use it to influence other countries?  How?
There are many questions to ask and they are not purely theoretical.  I like how the spending of our tax dollars helps make the conversation more concrete.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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If men don’t have to do it to be “empowered,” it probably doesn’t actually give you any power.

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How to lie with statistics: The relationship between Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and gun deaths.
At Junk Charts, Kaiser Fung drew my attention to a graph released by Reuters.  It is so deeply misleading that I loathe to expose your eyeballs to it.  So, I offer you the mishmash above.
The original figure is on the left.  It counts the number of gun deaths in Florida.  A line rises, bounces a little, reaches a 2nd highest peak labeled “2005, Florida enacted its ‘Stand Your Ground’ law,” and falls precipitously.
What do you see?
Most people see a huge fall-off in the number of gun deaths after Stand Your Ground was passed.  But that’s not what the graph shows.  A quick look at the vertical axis reveals that the gun deaths are counted from top (0) to bottom (800).  The highest peaks are the fewest gun deaths and the lowest ones are the most.  A rise in the line, in other words, reveals a reduction in gun deaths.  The graph on the right — flipped both horizontally and vertically — is more intuitive to most: a rising line reflects a rise in the number of gun deaths and a dropping a drop.
The proper conclusion, then, is that gun deaths skyrocketed after Stand Your Ground was enacted.
This example is a great reminder that we bring our own assumptions to our reading of any illustration of data.  The original graph may have broken convention, making the intuitive read of the image incorrect, but the data is, presumably, sound.  It’s our responsibility, then, to always do our due diligence in absorbing information.  The alternative is to be duped.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.