domestic violence

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Huffington Post reports, “Mass Shooting Analysis Finds Strong Domestic Violence Connection.” I am not surprised.

If you’re in Ithaca, there are weekly protests against drone warfare, and in support of peace activist Mary Anne Grady. Every Saturday. Peace is possible, but only if we work to make it happen.

Iggy Azalea continues to be popular despite her obvious cooptation, following in the footsteps of Adele and Amy Winehouse (not to mention Elvis Presley et al). Hmmm.

This Jezebel article from a couple of weeks back about a men’s rights conference is pretty sad but also useful information, I guess.

This article about human cognitive evolution is fun.

Doing feminist sci fi research? Get a Le Guin Fellowship.

Here are portraits of search-and-rescue dogs working on 9/11. Note that these dogs had no choice in whether to participate, and no way of knowing the hazards involved. Their health has been just as affected as the health of human rescuers on that day. (In fact, I heard all of them are dead. Correct me if I’m wrong.)

Kesiena says It’s Time for White Feminists to Stop Talking About Solidarity and Start Acting (Autostraddle):

I recently wrote a Facebook status explaining how sick and tired I am of asking white people to stop wearing bindis and fashioning their hair into the mess that they have the audacity to call dreadlocks. Predictably, it didn’t end well. I explained that I can’t abide the blatant and flagrant cultural appropriation of symbols that are dear to people of colour. It’s simply not fair that people of colour’s own cultural markers mark them out as ‘backwards’, ‘unclean’ or ‘unprofessional.’ Meanwhile white people don the same things and are lauded for their (stolen) creativity and uniqueness. White women who have sat by my side in feminist meetings, who I was once proud to call my sisters, rushed to shout me down and accuse me of stirring hatred and racism and it then dissolved into personal attacks on my character. The thing that really struck me was their repeated affirmations that they cared deeply about tackling racism and wanted to work together to end it. Well to them I say: listen the hell up when a woman of colour calls you out!

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Humans, you are bigger and stronger than cats.

The headlines read, with a snicker, 22-Pound Cat Takes Family Hostage; Family Calls 911 For Help. The cat, it turns out, is in a family with a new 7-month-old baby. Lux scratched the baby and was kicked. He began hissing and growling and cornered the family including the dog in a bedroom for a short period before presumably making friends again. In this comment thread, someone says, “Don’t kick cats!” and a lot of people are all like, “Why not? He scratched the baby!”

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My thoughts:

  1. This story is not funny, it’s sad.
  2. Humanity’s amusement about this story says a lot about our collective lack of compassion for beings of other species.
  3. Cats and dogs and children all depend on us and all love us. We don’t have to place them in some kind of hierarchy of importance.
  4. Cats get jealous. They are often very disrupted by the arrival of children. Since we first made a commitment to the cat, we should continue to honor that commitment.
  5. Cats scratch when they’re threatened or upset. Kicking them doesn’t make them feel any less threatened or upset.
  6. Kicking those who are less powerful than you are does nothing but show how cruel and ignorant you are, and sets a terrible example for children.
  7. Next time maybe try apologizing to the cat, protecting him from the baby, and NOT KICKING ANYONE.

As an aside, because I happen to be jumping through the hoops needed to become the second adoptive parent of my own baby son: I can’t believe that people are allowed to just go buy cats and make babies, when adopting them is so difficult (and is done with so much positive intention). Our species will take a great leap forward the day we realize that caring for children and non-human animals is a great privilege as well as a right.