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Entries by Lisa Wade from 04/2013

Rising Rates of Narcissism and 'Being Unlimited'

| Posted 04.04.2013 | Media

Twenge and her colleagues argue that the increase in narcissism is related to the fact that American culture has increasingly celebrated individualism. This is exactly the kind of message that they might point to as reflecting the cultural dimension of this personality shift.

Animal Abuse, Oil Leaks, and the Freedom of the Press

| Posted 04.09.2013 | Media

Corporations, and governments too, have an incentive to limit the freedom of the press. These are powerful entities, often in cahoots, that can and will ignore the First Amendment when they can get away with it.

Who Works? Stick Figures, Gender and Illustrating the Workforce

| Posted 04.10.2013 | Women

Men are the "neutral" sex in contemporary Western cultures. This means that (1) the image that pops up in our minds when we say "person" or "human" or "worker" is usually implicitly male, (2) non-sexed representations of people are usually assumed to be male.

Gloria Allred, Leading Civil Rights Attorney, Takes Sexual Assault Cases Against Occidental College

| Posted 04.22.2013 | College

we will no longer live in a world in which going to college increases one's risk of sexual assault, in which administrations promote rape myths and stoke rape culture, in which reporting a sexual crime exposes you to further trauma and betrayal. 

When Classes Collide: Workers and Guests at High End Hotels

| Posted 04.24.2013 | Travel

Rachel Sherman's new book, Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels observes that workers and guests often minimize class differences between them, even by enacting relationships strongly structured by their relative privilege.

Law & Order SVU Directly Quotes Rape Survivors, Calls Itself "Fiction"

| Posted 04.26.2013 | TV

Law & Order is brazenly capitalizing on the pain and trauma of young women and not only failing to compensate them for stealing their stories, but actually denying that they exist by claiming that the "story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event." Stunning.