Weekly Reader: Vol 1 Issue 8

Welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Reader, where I find and share interesting articles from across the internet. Found something cool? Got a link of your own to share? Drop me a little something in the comments!

An Arizona woman needed a drug to induce a miscarriage. Her pharmacist refused. (from Vox): “Moral and religious objections — especially when it comes to contraception or abortions — are not a new phenomenon. Laws such as these have existed almost since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, Garcia said. They became more common after the emergency contraceptive pill became widely available in the mid-2000s.”

Children are being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to a country that separated them from their parents (from Business Insider): “Every morning in a building that was once a Walmart, the children are required to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to a country where they are being kept in an institution. They are required to recite the sentences in English, despite the fact that many of the children are unlikely to be able to understand the words.”

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud. (from Vox): “Many of the classic show-stopping experiments in psychology have lately turned out to be wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. And in recent years, social scientists have begun to reckon with the truth that their old work needs a redo, the “replication crisis.” But there’s been a lag — in the popular consciousness and in how psychology is taught by teachers and textbooks. It’s time to catch up.”

The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained (from Vox): “Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day.”

Trans kids & the people who hate them (from Medium): “I’ve seen small children angrily rebuked for expressing an interest in a toy that their parent felt was “too girly” or “too masculine”. A child is a child and a toy is a toy. Toys don’t have genders, children are unique and individual and their interests are too. Why are people ok with an adult being abusive to a boy who expresses an interest in Barbies but not ok with a parent’s loving acceptance of a child expressing who they are? Don’t you think that’s a bit weird and extremist? Also if you believe that being transgender is not a real thing then why would you have any concerns about your child playing with a range of toys?”

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Tough. North Koreans Are. (from the New York Times): “Donald Trump is well known for liking people he thinks are tough. Not war heroes like Senator John McCain, or Gold Star parents like Khizr and Ghazala Khan, but authoritarians like Vladimir Putin of Russia, whom he’s hailed as a “strong leader,” or China’s president for life, Xi Jinping, “a good man” for whom the president has “great respect.”

Now the president has discovered a new figure of admiration.”

The Statue of Liberty Poem is a Beautiful Sentiment … Too Bad Our Immigration History Doesn’t Live Up to It (from the Mary Sue): “As a born and raised New Yorker with two immigrant parents, I know what the Statue of Liberty is supposed to mean. “Bring me your poor and huddled masses,” it says, and while it is a sentiment filled with beauty and promise, it is also, very much a lie. Every time I hear it brought up in conversation about Trump’s immigration policies it’s like a gnat in my ear. Because it’s never been a true reflection of America’s immigration policy.”

The Daughters’ Great Escape (from Marie Claire): “For the uninitiated, it can be hard to believe such faith-based oppression still exists in 21st-century America. Stay-at-home daughterhood is one practice among a set of beliefs often referred to as “Christian patriarchy” (and in its less rigid forms, “complementarianism”), which places men’s authority over women and fathers’ authority over children. It’s seen as the way to protect a family from a life of sin in the modern world. “Christian patriarchy” is not a church in itself but a movement aimed at popularizing certain gender norms within a range of evangelical fundamentalist churches and families. It’s impossible to quantify how many believers are out there, but for those in the movement, the conviction that God wants women to submit to male authority is reinforced at church, in Bible studies, in children’s lessons, and in the media they consume. By selling life manuals and school curricula, as well as promoting conferences to strengthen families, a number of Christian patriarchy–preaching ministries have profited in the millions, even as the most well-known leaders have been sued for sexual harassment and assault.”

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have Another Mission: Public School Sex Ed (from the Huffington Post): “In one Georgia classroom, students sucked on a lifesaver, rewrapped the candy and then were told to put it back in the bag so that someone else could eat it. In a New York classroom, a boy chewed a strip of gum, and then was told to spit that gum out so that someone else could use it next. And in Pennsylvania, students were asked to eat an Oreo cookie, gargle with water and then spit into a cup.

These aren’t science class demonstrations about the digestive effects of saliva on food. Rather, they are health class demonstrations about what it’s like to lose your virginity.”

That’s all for this week. Drop by next week when I share more interesting articles with you. Until then, happy reading!

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About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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