the man in the bushes with a knife

First I want to say that I am not belittling what these women have gone through. Rape is a horrible crime, no matter the perpetrator or circumstances.

police sketch of suspectThis man has been attacking and raping women for 13 years. He literally hides in the bushes with a knife—he is the perfect cliche to perpetuate the stranger-rapist stereotype.

I’m not sure why this is breaking news. The only thing I can think of is that they are trying to publicize these crimes to help catch the guy.

In a study published by the Department of Justice, 82% of the victims were raped by someone they knew (acquaintance/friend, intimate, relative) and 18% were raped by a stranger.

Only publicizing stories like this perpetuates the lie told to women that they only need to watch out for the stranger in the bushes.

Where is the breaking news on the other 82% of rapes?

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scary statistics about makeup / what are you afraid of?

This survey of 3,000 women produced some disheartening results about how makeup still runs the lives of women.

  • One of of five boyfriends have never seen their girlfriends without makeup- not even in bed.
  • 41% of the women polled said they would be mortified if a colleague saw them without makeup.
  • One of of five said they would not let even close girlfriends see them without makeup.
  • One third would not even consider leaving home unarmed with a full grooming kit—including lip balm, eyeliner, deodorant, and hairbrush.
  • 71% said they are much prettier with makeup on.

What are we afraid of?

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how will you answer the “race” question on the u.s. census?

This was first posted at ConduciveChronicle.com:

Multi-racial family

The U.S. census is coming up—the buzz is all over the media. Every time I turn on the TV I’m bombarded with commercials about the census being a “snapshot of America” and how important it is that I fill mine out.

On the radio this morning, I heard about a growing movement to check “Other” in the race category and write in “American”. Race shouldn’t matter, they say. The question itself is racist! Let the government know what you think by writing in “American”.

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