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The lesson of Rolling Stone and UVA: protecting victims means checking their stories

It is a depressing certainty that this story will be used for years to come as a defense by those who do not want to believe rape victims’ allegations. But that is the wrong lesson to draw. Rather, this story should be a reminder of how difficult it is to accurately report on traumatic events — and the heightened ethical responsibilities that fall on journalists who do so. –Amanda Traub,…

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Important University of Virginia Messages Regarding Sexual Assault

University of Virginia president takes an important first step in addressing serious allegations of sexual violence. I gained no personal benefits from the fraternity/sorority culture at UVa, and while I understand not all fraternities are party-first houses, I would not shed a tear if the whole fraternity system shut down permanently. Beginning immediately, I am suspending all fraternal organizations and associated social activities until January 9th, ahead of the beginning…

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#Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education

Gamergate originally began as a hashtag in social media after an independent game developer’s ex-boyfriend made public allegations against her regarding a close relationship between the developer and a journalist in exchange for positive press, which was later proven false. Since then, the controversy has escalated to reveal what many in the gaming industry say is a bias against women in gaming, evidenced not only by death and other malicious…

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1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women: Column

Idea for a scientist pull-cord doll: “Fashion is hard!” Very interesting in the light of this: I made a shirt for one of my close pals @mggtTaylor for his b’day. Did not expect this!! #shirtgate #shirtstorm #Rosetta #Shirt #sewing — Elly PriZeMaN (@ellypriZeMaN) November 13, 2014 Here’s Glenn Reynolds’s take: So how are things going for feminism? Well, last week, some feminists took one of the great achievements of human history…

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A college tells faculty it’s illegal to speak to student journalists

Congratulations, President Meadows. You have turned the little local squabble you wanted to silence into a very public issue. (See “Streisand Effect.”) Meadows said even though the administration is not prevented from speaking with students about the labor impasse, he had declined to answer [student journalist] Garber’s questions about the dispute. That, Meadows said, means the [student] paper can’t do a fair story even if it persists in speaking to…

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“Cool” Rosetta Mission Scientist Matt Taylor Objectifies Women via T-Shirt, Language

How very sad that someone with this level of visibility is making the choices Matt Taylor has been making. A female scientist who chose to appear at a public event dressed like the sexualized women on Taylor’s T-shirt would likely be criticized as unprofessional, so it’s only fair to wonder what Dr. Taylor was thinking when he chose to wear that particular shirt. To that end, Let’s see how he has invoked gender recently… Watch the…

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The Sentence That Knocked Down the Berlin Wall (But Almost Didn’t)

Words that defined Ronald Reagan’s presidency, as remembered by the White House speechwriter. As a speechwriter you spent your working life watching Reagan, talking about Reagan, reading about Reagan, attempting to inhabit the very mind of Reagan. When you joined him in the Oval Office, you didn’t want to hear him say simply that he liked your work. You wanted to get him talking, revealing himself. So you’d go into…