At MacKinnon’s (1987) request, and based on a random selection of 930 San Francisco households, Russell calculated the likelihood of a woman not being sexually assaulted or harassed in her lifetime. It was only 7.8 percent.
“Amongst their feats of riding, there is one that has astonished me more than anything of the kind I have ever seen, or expect to see, in my life:—-a stratagem of war, learned and practiced by every young man in the tribe; by which he is able to drop his body upon the side of his horse at the instant he is passing, effectually screened from his enemies’ weapons as he lays in a horizontal position behind the body of his horse, with his heel hanging over the horses’ back; by which he has the power of throwing himself up again, and changing to the other side of the horse if necessary. In this wonderful condition, he will hang whilst his horse is at fullest speed, carrying with him his bow and his shield, and also his long lance of fourteen feet in length, all or either of which he will wield upon his enemy as he passes; rising and throwing his arrows over the horse’s back, or with equal ease and equal success under the horse’s neck.” George Catlin sketched this scene in 1834, when he accompanied the United States Dragoons to Indian Territory. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 42, 1841; reprint 1973)
Why is much of men’s aggression against women sexual in nature?ii Why wouldn’t men use the same kind of violence against women as they use against men? The answers may lie in patriarchy’s use of anatomical sex differences for determining individuals’ membership in oppressor and oppressed groups. That is, because we use individuals’ sex organs as the basis for discriminating membership in the oppressor group (male) and the oppressed group (female), males may direct violence and threats of violence against females’ sexual organs. (Jane Elliot, in The Eye of the Storm, demonstrates with third graders that virtually any dimension along which people can make discriminations, such as eye colour, is easily turned into grounds for creating oppressor and oppressed groups.) The purpose of such directed violence is to help ensure that female sexual organs are seen as subordinate and male sexual organs are seen as dominant. (Consider in this regard the fact that Sigmund Freud so strongly believed that the penis was superior that he based his whole psychology of women on this belief, arguing that women’s envy of the penis produced their heterosexuality. In addition, the label “castrating”, assigned to women whom men perceive as assuming too much power in their relationships with men, reveals a publicly recognized relationship between the penis and dominance.)
Benjamin began shouting just after Obama began remarks on the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The president repeatedly asked Benjamin if he could finish his remarks, at one point pausing to let her finish yelling.
“I’m willing to cut that young lady interrupting me some slack, because it’s worth being passionate about,” Obama said.
He even went off script to address the heckler.
“The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to,” Obama said.
Though she received acknowledgment from the president, Benjamin was eventually removed from the event.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nickolas Alarcon, a loadmaster assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, observes a drop zone from the rear of a C-130 Hercules aircraft after deploying a light payload above Yokota Air Base, Japan, during a readiness week Feb. 21, 2013. (DoD photo by Osakabe Yasuo, U.S. Air Force/Released)
Not everyone liked the new empire. After Manila, Mark Twain thought that the stars and bars of the American flag should be replaced by a skull and crossbones. He also said, ‘We cannot maintain an empire in the Orient and maintain a republic in America.’ He was right, of course. But as he was only a writer who said funny things, he was ignored. The compulsively vigorous [Teddy] Roosevelt defended our war against the Philippine population, and he attacked the likes of Twain. ‘Every argument that can be made for the Filipinos could be made for the Apaches,’ he explained, with his lovely gift for analogy. ‘And every word that can be said for Aguinaldo could be said for Sitting Bull. As peace, order and prosperity followed our expansion over the land of the Indians, so they will follow us in the Philippines.’ … Despite the criticism of the few, the Four Horsemen had pulled it off. The United States was a world empire. And one of the horsemen not only got to be president but for his pious meddling in the Russo-Japanese conflict, our greatest apostle of war was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One must never underestimate the Scandinavian wit.
Jeremy Scahill on Obama Admin’s Admission 4 US. Citizens Died in Drone Strike
The Obama administration has admitted for the first time to killing four U.S. citizens in drone strikes overseas. Three died in Yemen: the Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. A fourth, Jude Kenan Mohammad — whose death was not previously reported — was killed in Pakistan. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that all but the attack on the elder al-Awlaki were accidental, saying the other three “were not specifically targeted.” The admission came on the eve of a major address in which President Obama is expected to defend the secret targeted killing program and announce modified guidelines for carrying it out.