Sexism i Chile

FILE - Demonstrators attend a march demanding an end to sexism and gender violence in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 22, 2018. BOGOTA - Chile will soon start punishing rampant street sexual harassment ... To analyze the sexism that is present from primary school all the way up to the university, and how to fight it head on—and through the constituent process for a new constitution—we invited three academics and researchers from the Universidad de Chile for a round table discussion: María Elena Acuña, Carla Peñaloza and Patricia Soto. Chile today is a product of the wrenching political, social, cultural, and economic projects of the last forty years. The Chilean experience has ranged from the leftist government of Salvador Allende in the early 1970s, to the military dictatorship of General Pinochet in the 70s and 80s, to the post-dictatorial Concertación government of today. A bad time to eat Chile peppers doesn’t exist, but there may be a best time: August’s heat meets its match when the annual harvest of Hatch chile peppers rolls into, and even outside of, local grocery stores throughout this month. It’s become a Texas tradition for stores and restaurants to add ... Sexism in Chile By: Florencia R. I live in Chile, a country when only the 3% of the companies are directed by women, and fenicides are numerous. Where we are learning that we don’t have to incite violation, but they din’t teach men that they don’t have to rape. Where women recive 25% less payment for the same work. Nevertheless, empirical studies on sexism and gender stereotypes in Chile propose a slightly different scenario, which is important given that stereotypes are context dependent, so their content ... 'Successful women always have to explain their success,' said Veronica Michelle Bachelet, who served two terms as the president of Chile (2006 to 2010 and 2014 to 2018). She spoke to Rafael Correa on the RT Spanish show 'Conversations with Correa.'. Latin America once had four female presidents (in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Costa Rica). Thousands of Chilean educators, students and activists have reaffirmed their support to building a new education system, that is non-sexist and free of violence, abuse and discrimination. Education unionists mobilise to fight gender violence in the classroom Sexual harassment cases in Chile’s higher education have sparked a feminist movement called #EducaciónNoSexista (A Non-Sexist Education). What began as strikes turned into a larger protest which has evolved into an enormous movement across Chile calling for an end to machismo culture. 'Sexism is bad,' he said, 'but machismo isn't - it's a way of protecting women.' I am still struggling to find the positive differences to be honest. ... Chile and Brazil. And Latin American ...

I feel hopeless and I don't know what to do

2020.09.02 18:14 lincherino I feel hopeless and I don't know what to do

I don't know who to share this with since i feel my case is extremly unique and I don't think anybody can give me good advice, or whatever... here goes nothing
I (25M) have been in a relationship with someone from South Korea (23F) for more than one year and a half. We met in Italy (I'm from Chile), January 2019, as we both were exchange students. We spent around three weeks together and have been together ever since. The distance between us is huge, it's literally half of the planet. I haven't seen her since December from last year. She was able to make a trip to Chile past October and she stayed with me for three months, all during my country being in the middle of a social crisis (still is). We've had our ups and downs but we are both very mature people and we share and talk everything when something doesn't feel right. I feel like we have both grown a lot learning from each other, and I'm very grateful i met her.
But right now everything is hard. I recently finished uni but i have had no possibility of a real job ever since Covid, I obviously live with my family (as most people of my age do in my country) as I don't have any sort of income right now. She's in no different situation, she studied a year in uni and dropout due to extreme sexism and harassment in her uni (South Korea can be an awful country to live in if you are a woman), she had a job related to organizing and promoting small music concerts but that is completely shutdown because of Covid. So we both know we won't be seeing eachother for a long time... I don't wanna say a year more but fuck, it's really feeling like it could be even more. But what is making it even worse now it's her family, she's stuck with an extreme toxic and dangerous environment. When we met i didn't knew about this, but as our relationship went on she started to tell me more and more about her past traumas due to her mom and brother. Her mom blames her of her failed marriage, her brother has been pshycically and mentally damaging her during her whole life, her mom once threaten her with a knife (im so sad that she plays this as if it's a minor thing when its not), and today she texted me sayin she had to call the police because her brother was trying to reach for a knife after arguing with her mom and she didn't felt safe. What's worst is that her parents play everything af she is exaggerating everything and that its all her fault, even worst is that she has been told that so many times in her life im very sad that i feel like she sometimes believes that. She has nowhere to go, she has good friends but has absolutely no one in her family to rely on. She has become almost numb to hearing abusive things from her family, because she knows there's little to nothing she can do about it. She keeps telling me I shouldn't worry but i feel like an idiot being here and not being able to help her in any sort of way. I know its not my "task" to help her, but it feels awful being so far and unable to do more than call her and chat. She doesn't have the money to move out on her own, i don't even have money for a plane ticket. I feel useless and hopeless, and that the only thing i can do right now is wait for better times, which is fucking sad. I told her she needs to reach out to any sort of organization or institution related to domestic violence but even that seems hard becasue it's like everyone else in her family thinks differently to her. It's practically her against her family.
My family is okay, more than okay. Everyone was happy to have her during the three months she stayed here, specially me (obviously). We celebrated her birthday and she cried because no one had done anything like that for her ever. This relationship is hard, very hard. But i don't want to become egocentric because even tho I feel bad for what she's groing through she must feel a hundred times worse. I know its not my task to help her, but i cant help but feel like i should at least do something, i don't know what.
I'm sorry if this is unorganized, I just needed to share this and thought other people in LDR's could at least empathize with it. I don't have any friends that have had a long distance relationship.
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2020.08.28 23:57 MavriKhakiss It’s Time to Decolonize Wine

I didn't see anything in the rules about posting articles relating to wine as product and wine as a culture, so I thought and try to share this article.

https://punchdrink.com/articles/time-to-decolonize-wine-sommelier-racism-restaurants/

Not a sommelier and the article doesn't necessarily reflect my opinions, but it might spark a discussion on here.
Any thoughts?
The wine world's culture of gatekeeping, racism and silence is antithetical to its true spirit. Now is the moment for real change.
It’s 3 a.m. on June 3, and I’m watching wine writer Julia Coney’s impassioned call-out on Instagram for the third time; my heart is racing. It’s mere days after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, and #blacklivesmatter is trending again on social media. This time feels different, bigger—no one can look away and COVID-19 has rid us of distraction.
Julia is upset about the unwillingness of white people in wine to “do the work.” She demands action, she wants change, she is tired. I feel her anxiety and her anger. I can’t seem to stop my hands from shaking. It is a gut punch that goes to the parts of me that I’ve tried diligently to keep away from everyone else, raw memories of feeling less than collected over a lifetime.
La Paulée March 7, 2020
It’s the 20th anniversary of La Paulée, an annual celebration of the grape harvest that has become a playground for rich collectors and socially mobile sommeliers. Everyone is excited; it’s the largest sommelier class in the event’s history with the most women ever represented. (Thirty out of 130 is still a failing rate, but it’s the small victories, I guess.)
The tables are cramped, laden with priceless bottles of Burgundy. There is a chorus of stout Burgundian men clad in vests and capes, singing about the charms of chardonnay and pinot noir. The clientele is overwhelmingly white. My fellow volunteer sommeliers are a collection of faces I’ve seen on Eater—white people Making Moves, white people with their own restaurants and wine shops and importing companies. I count the number of faces that are not white. The number lands on two hands. I count the number of Black people. The number lands on two fingers.
Halfway through the evening, as I’m done pouring off a bottle, I return my service materials to a table and am approached by one of La Paulée’s senior fraternity brothers, one of those white men Making Moves. He scolds me for not saving him any.
“What’s your name?” he demands. It never occurs to him that I know his, not to mention that he could look at my name tag.
“What does it matter?” I say back. “You won’t remember it anyway.”
I meet him again a few months later. He does not.
My name confuses a lot of people. Chalk it up to colonialism and the remnants of imperialism. Being Filipino is a very different kind of being Asian. We don’t use chopsticks when we eat. We don’t really use herbs when we cook. We speak a modern language that sounds like Spanish creole. Most of us have very Spanish names, and those of us who don’t have very American ones. We’re not light-skinned enough to sit with the Chinese kids, and not dark-skinned enough to sit with the Black ones.
Four hundred-plus years of occupation will do that to a national cultural identity. To be Filipino nowadays is to be wrapped up in the trappings of machismo and Catholicism, in colorism, in a culture and language that doesn’t have words for he or she but has strong opinions on gender roles, in wanting to feel like we’ve always belonged when no one wanted us. It’s why we’re so stuck on losing our accents or being self-conscious about our noses. The generations before us couldn’t bear to be proud of who we were because of the fear of upsetting the group’s status with white people, whether it was the Spanish or the Americans. In Filipino culture, the word is hiyâ: a deep, inherent shame that grounds your social interactions so you can be perceived as modest or demure, the embodiment of the myth of the model minority.
In America, I learned to slowly shake it off. I went to high school. I went to prom. I did very American things that I used to only watch in movies, like drink Heineken at house parties when kids’ parents were away, or make out with a girl and pretend we weren’t doing anything when her parents got back home. I yearned to be shameless.
When my mom got her citizenship in 1999, I was naturalized as a minor. My passport changed, but I did not. When I told my very Filipino mom, while I was in college, that I was coming out of the closet, she didn’t say much. She pretended she knew the whole time. She joked with me and laughed a comforting laugh. I breathed a sigh of relief.
When I told my very Filipino mom that I wanted to be a sommelier, 11 years later, she responded by telling me that there was a job opening for a flight attendant at an airline my cousin worked for. They had good benefits and I’d get to travel and make a lot of money, she said. She urged me to think about it. Sommelier was not the career she’d dreamed of for me. I held my breath.
Pinch Chinese June 2, 2017
It’s a gorgeous late spring night, one of my first at SoHo’s Pinch Chinese. Over the previous three months, I’d assembled a wine list that looks different. One that highlights women winemakers, features a red by-the-glass list that only serves merlot and contextualizes natural wine tentpoles like Cornelissen next to Château le Puy, alongside cuvées from people like Evan Lewandowski and Michael Cruse. Tonight, I’m the only one who’s running wine service. I see a table rapt with the list. I offer my help. “Let me know if there’s anything I can answer for you about the list.”
“Yes, in fact,” says one of the guests at the table. “Can you bring the sommelier over?”
He points to one of my white employees. I die a little bit inside.
“Do you mean him, or me, the person who hired and trained him?”
“Oh, I didn’t mean to—” he starts. I laugh it off. No one ever means to. But they do.
When I go to wine tastings, I feel like I have to make a conscious effort to play down my brownness. I cherry-pick my vocabulary, reaching into the word box of white somm-speak. I mind my space. I am careful not to run into, or offend, the Karen wearing a giant Goyard bag oblivious to the fact that she’s blocking the way. I dress to be comfortable, not for status. I do not wear the pins I paid for.
Language is a particular challenge, considering English is my third. Traditional wine tasting grids and wheels are biased to Eurocentric flavors, and crucial wine vocabularies can center on foods completely foreign to my Very Asian Palate, like the description of body akin to the fat content of milk products or the essence of a flavor component wrapped up in a fruit I have never even heard of. (Seriously, what in the actual fuck is a gooseberry?)
Wine is rooted in Europe and its white adjacencies, themselves products of colonial and imperialist histories. From Chile to California, we feel the impact of how winemaking was affected by the conscious, hegemonic spread of Christianity. Even the word sommelier is deeply embedded in the servitude of someone charged with taking inventory of wine on pack animals. The wine world does not take into account current experiences of its BIPOC and LGBTQ+ members. It is steeped in a language that is coded and arcane, tied up with legal jargon and French techniques that only the privileged, monied few are able to decipher.
But wine’s present realities—the rippling effects of climate change to natural wine’s reorganization of traditional hierarchies—are precisely why the removal of these outmoded ways of thinking and presenting information is crucial. This is an agricultural product that can adapt quickly to market trends (see: the boom of rosé, the bust of pinot grigio), so why is wine education so slow to adapt?
International Wine Center May 18, 2012
I’ve been in New York City for five years and nearing my third year as a “wine server” at Momofuku. I’m eager for an opportunity to hold a sommelier title. I sign up for the WSET Level 3 wine course. It costs $1,500—a worthy investment for a golden ticket to legitimacy in the wine space, or so I think. For the first two weeks of classes, I struggle with rent and food. I pick up two shifts and I try to cover everyone else’s.
I am the only brown person in the course. I try to explain to the lawyer who is taking it for fun what a papaya tastes like. I watch the wine sales rep, sent by his company free of charge, dismiss the work required like it’s a burden on his schedule. It feels bewildering, frustrating, lonely.
During the eight weeks of classes, I smell the memory of my childhood wrapped up in the jackfruit of Savennières. I taste cab franc and it reminds me of the tamarind candies I used to buy in the Philippines when I was little, before I moved to America—before now, when no one else in this wine class understands what I am trying to say. I feel removed from the expertise of my own experience, in a place where I’m supposed to trust my tongue, but the tasting sheet suggests that it’s betrayed me.
I receive the certificate two months later. It’s not until 2019 that I reconcile the debt. I do not put it on my CV.
I don’t know what will be left of restaurants after COVID-19, but I do know that there will always be wine and people who love it. The idea of pre-COVID, pre-George Floyd normal is over. Normal doesn’t exist—rather, it can’t. The status quo that white people were so comfortable with has been exposed for its racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and myriad other biases and transgressions wrapped up in the package of white supremacy. I’m looking for a better future, and I know what my role is and should be. I do not need to accommodate those who seek to protect the status quo.
I got into wine because of its ability to connect people. We share bottles, we share stories, we share our vulnerability and ourselves. I connect with wine in a similar way that allyship and advocacy leads me to connect with my own and others’ humanity. Structures that aim to keep people like me away from this space don’t get the point of why wine exists.
Julia’s clarion call continued to ring in my ears and course through my bones in the days following her statements on Instagram. I found myself spending a lot of time thinking about how much harder it is to be Black in the space I occupy. I will never fully understand the struggle of Black people, but I can, in whatever kind of privilege or advantage this system hands to me, fight alongside them to change it.
The document titled “Actionable Items for the Wine Community” that has been circulating over the last two weeks with my name on it began with a conversation between Zwann Grays, the wine director at Brooklyn’s Olmsted, and Cha McCoy, the beverage director of Cherry Bombe. They drew up a short list of demands and we worked together to open it up to BIPOC in every corner of the industry and asked them what kind of changes they wanted to see implemented, like dismantling the idea of “correctness” in wine tastings and establishing better standards for alcohol and drug abuse training. We added them on. The action items are meant to be for everyone, as much as wine is for everyone, as much as this country is for everyone.
I consider how much more I can do, as an immigrant, as a Filipino, as an American, as a cis gay man, as an ally, as an advocate, as a sommelier, as a friend and as a son. I don’t want to perpetuate the systems that dehumanized and demeaned me and my BIPOC colleagues. I want to dismantle white supremacy in wine. I want to spark change, to remove the barriers of entry, to call in and call out peers and industry leaders about the results of their actions and the consequences of their inactions. I want to get loud, get angry, do better. I will ask my colleagues to do the same. I will not stop.
For the first time, I feel shameless.
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2020.08.28 23:55 MavriKhakiss It’s Time to Decolonize Wine

https://punchdrink.com/articles/time-to-decolonize-wine-sommelier-racism-restaurants/

Not a sommelier and the article doesn't necessarily reflect my opinions.
Any thoughts?
The wine world's culture of gatekeeping, racism and silence is antithetical to its true spirit. Now is the moment for real change.
It’s 3 a.m. on June 3, and I’m watching wine writer Julia Coney’s impassioned call-out on Instagram for the third time; my heart is racing. It’s mere days after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, and #blacklivesmatter is trending again on social media. This time feels different, bigger—no one can look away and COVID-19 has rid us of distraction.
Julia is upset about the unwillingness of white people in wine to “do the work.” She demands action, she wants change, she is tired. I feel her anxiety and her anger. I can’t seem to stop my hands from shaking. It is a gut punch that goes to the parts of me that I’ve tried diligently to keep away from everyone else, raw memories of feeling less than collected over a lifetime.
La Paulée March 7, 2020
It’s the 20th anniversary of La Paulée, an annual celebration of the grape harvest that has become a playground for rich collectors and socially mobile sommeliers. Everyone is excited; it’s the largest sommelier class in the event’s history with the most women ever represented. (Thirty out of 130 is still a failing rate, but it’s the small victories, I guess.)
The tables are cramped, laden with priceless bottles of Burgundy. There is a chorus of stout Burgundian men clad in vests and capes, singing about the charms of chardonnay and pinot noir. The clientele is overwhelmingly white. My fellow volunteer sommeliers are a collection of faces I’ve seen on Eater—white people Making Moves, white people with their own restaurants and wine shops and importing companies. I count the number of faces that are not white. The number lands on two hands. I count the number of Black people. The number lands on two fingers.
Halfway through the evening, as I’m done pouring off a bottle, I return my service materials to a table and am approached by one of La Paulée’s senior fraternity brothers, one of those white men Making Moves. He scolds me for not saving him any.
“What’s your name?” he demands. It never occurs to him that I know his, not to mention that he could look at my name tag.
“What does it matter?” I say back. “You won’t remember it anyway.”
I meet him again a few months later. He does not.
My name confuses a lot of people. Chalk it up to colonialism and the remnants of imperialism. Being Filipino is a very different kind of being Asian. We don’t use chopsticks when we eat. We don’t really use herbs when we cook. We speak a modern language that sounds like Spanish creole. Most of us have very Spanish names, and those of us who don’t have very American ones. We’re not light-skinned enough to sit with the Chinese kids, and not dark-skinned enough to sit with the Black ones.
Four hundred-plus years of occupation will do that to a national cultural identity. To be Filipino nowadays is to be wrapped up in the trappings of machismo and Catholicism, in colorism, in a culture and language that doesn’t have words for he or she but has strong opinions on gender roles, in wanting to feel like we’ve always belonged when no one wanted us. It’s why we’re so stuck on losing our accents or being self-conscious about our noses. The generations before us couldn’t bear to be proud of who we were because of the fear of upsetting the group’s status with white people, whether it was the Spanish or the Americans. In Filipino culture, the word is hiyâ: a deep, inherent shame that grounds your social interactions so you can be perceived as modest or demure, the embodiment of the myth of the model minority.
In America, I learned to slowly shake it off. I went to high school. I went to prom. I did very American things that I used to only watch in movies, like drink Heineken at house parties when kids’ parents were away, or make out with a girl and pretend we weren’t doing anything when her parents got back home. I yearned to be shameless.
When my mom got her citizenship in 1999, I was naturalized as a minor. My passport changed, but I did not. When I told my very Filipino mom, while I was in college, that I was coming out of the closet, she didn’t say much. She pretended she knew the whole time. She joked with me and laughed a comforting laugh. I breathed a sigh of relief.
When I told my very Filipino mom that I wanted to be a sommelier, 11 years later, she responded by telling me that there was a job opening for a flight attendant at an airline my cousin worked for. They had good benefits and I’d get to travel and make a lot of money, she said. She urged me to think about it. Sommelier was not the career she’d dreamed of for me. I held my breath.
Pinch Chinese June 2, 2017
It’s a gorgeous late spring night, one of my first at SoHo’s Pinch Chinese. Over the previous three months, I’d assembled a wine list that looks different. One that highlights women winemakers, features a red by-the-glass list that only serves merlot and contextualizes natural wine tentpoles like Cornelissen next to Château le Puy, alongside cuvées from people like Evan Lewandowski and Michael Cruse. Tonight, I’m the only one who’s running wine service. I see a table rapt with the list. I offer my help. “Let me know if there’s anything I can answer for you about the list.”
“Yes, in fact,” says one of the guests at the table. “Can you bring the sommelier over?”
He points to one of my white employees. I die a little bit inside.
“Do you mean him, or me, the person who hired and trained him?”
“Oh, I didn’t mean to—” he starts. I laugh it off. No one ever means to. But they do.
When I go to wine tastings, I feel like I have to make a conscious effort to play down my brownness. I cherry-pick my vocabulary, reaching into the word box of white somm-speak. I mind my space. I am careful not to run into, or offend, the Karen wearing a giant Goyard bag oblivious to the fact that she’s blocking the way. I dress to be comfortable, not for status. I do not wear the pins I paid for.
Language is a particular challenge, considering English is my third. Traditional wine tasting grids and wheels are biased to Eurocentric flavors, and crucial wine vocabularies can center on foods completely foreign to my Very Asian Palate, like the description of body akin to the fat content of milk products or the essence of a flavor component wrapped up in a fruit I have never even heard of. (Seriously, what in the actual fuck is a gooseberry?)
Wine is rooted in Europe and its white adjacencies, themselves products of colonial and imperialist histories. From Chile to California, we feel the impact of how winemaking was affected by the conscious, hegemonic spread of Christianity. Even the word sommelier is deeply embedded in the servitude of someone charged with taking inventory of wine on pack animals. The wine world does not take into account current experiences of its BIPOC and LGBTQ+ members. It is steeped in a language that is coded and arcane, tied up with legal jargon and French techniques that only the privileged, monied few are able to decipher.
But wine’s present realities—the rippling effects of climate change to natural wine’s reorganization of traditional hierarchies—are precisely why the removal of these outmoded ways of thinking and presenting information is crucial. This is an agricultural product that can adapt quickly to market trends (see: the boom of rosé, the bust of pinot grigio), so why is wine education so slow to adapt?
International Wine Center May 18, 2012
I’ve been in New York City for five years and nearing my third year as a “wine server” at Momofuku. I’m eager for an opportunity to hold a sommelier title. I sign up for the WSET Level 3 wine course. It costs $1,500—a worthy investment for a golden ticket to legitimacy in the wine space, or so I think. For the first two weeks of classes, I struggle with rent and food. I pick up two shifts and I try to cover everyone else’s.
I am the only brown person in the course. I try to explain to the lawyer who is taking it for fun what a papaya tastes like. I watch the wine sales rep, sent by his company free of charge, dismiss the work required like it’s a burden on his schedule. It feels bewildering, frustrating, lonely.
During the eight weeks of classes, I smell the memory of my childhood wrapped up in the jackfruit of Savennières. I taste cab franc and it reminds me of the tamarind candies I used to buy in the Philippines when I was little, before I moved to America—before now, when no one else in this wine class understands what I am trying to say. I feel removed from the expertise of my own experience, in a place where I’m supposed to trust my tongue, but the tasting sheet suggests that it’s betrayed me.
I receive the certificate two months later. It’s not until 2019 that I reconcile the debt. I do not put it on my CV.
I don’t know what will be left of restaurants after COVID-19, but I do know that there will always be wine and people who love it. The idea of pre-COVID, pre-George Floyd normal is over. Normal doesn’t exist—rather, it can’t. The status quo that white people were so comfortable with has been exposed for its racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and myriad other biases and transgressions wrapped up in the package of white supremacy. I’m looking for a better future, and I know what my role is and should be. I do not need to accommodate those who seek to protect the status quo.
I got into wine because of its ability to connect people. We share bottles, we share stories, we share our vulnerability and ourselves. I connect with wine in a similar way that allyship and advocacy leads me to connect with my own and others’ humanity. Structures that aim to keep people like me away from this space don’t get the point of why wine exists.
Julia’s clarion call continued to ring in my ears and course through my bones in the days following her statements on Instagram. I found myself spending a lot of time thinking about how much harder it is to be Black in the space I occupy. I will never fully understand the struggle of Black people, but I can, in whatever kind of privilege or advantage this system hands to me, fight alongside them to change it.
The document titled “Actionable Items for the Wine Community” that has been circulating over the last two weeks with my name on it began with a conversation between Zwann Grays, the wine director at Brooklyn’s Olmsted, and Cha McCoy, the beverage director of Cherry Bombe. They drew up a short list of demands and we worked together to open it up to BIPOC in every corner of the industry and asked them what kind of changes they wanted to see implemented, like dismantling the idea of “correctness” in wine tastings and establishing better standards for alcohol and drug abuse training. We added them on. The action items are meant to be for everyone, as much as wine is for everyone, as much as this country is for everyone.
I consider how much more I can do, as an immigrant, as a Filipino, as an American, as a cis gay man, as an ally, as an advocate, as a sommelier, as a friend and as a son. I don’t want to perpetuate the systems that dehumanized and demeaned me and my BIPOC colleagues. I want to dismantle white supremacy in wine. I want to spark change, to remove the barriers of entry, to call in and call out peers and industry leaders about the results of their actions and the consequences of their inactions. I want to get loud, get angry, do better. I will ask my colleagues to do the same. I will not stop.
For the first time, I feel shameless.
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2020.07.05 02:34 Warm_Soft What can I expect from therapy? How do I know if I can trust a therapist?

I am 28 years old. Lately it has crossed my mind that maybe I am trans. Part of me (20%) thinks that it may be my low self-esteem and the rest that I am, but my shyness doesn't want to face the ugly part of the transition (you know sexism, transphobia and social rejection).
I live in a small city in Chile and I have looked for references from psychologists in my city and none seem to deal with gender related issues. Maybe yes, but I'm not sure, it's not something that they make explicit.
I have searched online and realized that not all therapists take the trans issue seriously. I don't think that therapy will start and that this is the first topic that will be on the table. But I am worried that I am treating my self-esteem problems and taking steps back because I did not know how to choose a therapist.
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2020.05.30 12:12 RespublicaCuriae 14 signs of Fascism that even non-Marxist would understand. Just apply it to Trump's America and Daughter Park's South Korea.

http://explorepdx.com/britt.html
Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. Dr. Britt's article is titled "Fascism Anyone?" and appears in Free Inquiry's Spring 2003 issue on page 20.
  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
  4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread. domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
  5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
  6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
  7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
  9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
  10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
  14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
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2020.03.25 03:31 choppa790bot ChapoTrapHouse Book Club: April Selection [vote here]

Alexander Berkman – ‘What is Anarchism?’

Berkman attempts to provide a basic introduction to Anarchism in “plain language”. He uses an FAQ-style format to present critiques of Capitalism, of Statism, and of the Bolshevik Revolution, before then discussing what Anarchism is and what an Anarchist revolution might look like.

Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘Where Do We Go from Here?’

This April 4th marks 52 years since Dr. King was assassinated so we have decided to include his last book in this month’s poll. The book covers a broad range of topics: from King’s views on nonviolence, the Vietnam war, and the white moderate, to the need for all Americans to unite to fight against poverty. “In this book—his last grand expression of his vision—he put forward his most prophetic challenge to powers that be and his most progressive program for the wretched of the earth” – Cornel West.

Mary Crow Dog – ‘Lakota Woman’

In her autobiography, Mary Crow Dog presents us with her experiences growing up as a Native American woman in the United States. She takes us from her childhood all the way to her involvement in the American Indian Movement and her participation in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties and the 1973 occupation at Wounded Knee. In the opening paragraphs, she writes: “When I was a small girl at the St. Francis Boarding School, the Catholic sisters would take a buggy whip to us for what they called "disobedience. " At age ten I could drink and hold a pint of whiskey. At age twelve the nuns beat me for "being too free with my body." All I had been doing was holding hands with a boy. At age fifteen I was raped. If you plan to be born, make sure you are born white and male”.

Bell Hooks – ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’

In her first book, Bell Hooks examines the history of the racist and sexist oppression of black women in the United States, from slavery up to the 1970s. She is highly critical of the racism inherent to white, middle class, feminism as well as sexism in the civil rights movement, using personal accounts to illustrate her analysis. Through this book, Hooks shows us how the fight to end racism and sexism are not two separate struggles but are intertwined.

Naomi Klein – ‘The Shock Doctrine’

Given that Thatcher kicked the bucket on April 8th, we felt it fitting to include a text relating to Neoliberalism in this month’s poll. In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein uses the analogy of psychiatric shock therapy to illustrate how Neoliberals and disaster capitalists have been able to exploit crises for their own gain and to bring in policies which they would otherwise be unable to implement. Klein’s analysis takes us from Pinochet’s Chile in the 1970s, right up to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq. This book becomes especially important for understanding how elites will attempt to exploit the present crisis surrounding the Coronavirus.

Albert Camus – ‘The Plague’

Camus tells the story of a plague sweeping through the Algerian city of Oran. Fear and claustrophobia set in as the residents are forced into quarantine, and each character responds in their own way. Some slip into a fatalistic acceptance of their situation, others aim to resist the terror. (The choice of this book was totally 100% unrelated to recent events).
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2020.03.19 17:49 DerEwigeZionazi CMV: A dictatorship with an empathic and caring leader is better than democracy.

Disclaimer: English is not my native language.
I recently thought about what the disadvantages/advantages of a dictatorship are and came to the conclusion that dictatorships have so far failed solely because of their kleptocratic, discriminatory and self-centered leaders. If you look at the advantages of a dictatorship, you will immediately notice a few things. - Thanks to central control, decisions can be made very quickly. Military defense functions in a controlled manner, election campaigns no longer play a role in decision-making, and unnecessary debates do not stop decision-makers. - Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism or xenophobia are not the product of a single leader. On the contrary, a dictatorship can even slow down group-related hatred. If the majority of a society is racist, it chooses racist politicians. In Poland, where I have my roots, we see, for example, how a very right-wing conservative government receives full support from the population. A dictator who rejects attacks on groups could fight homophobia or racism, which a popularly elected government cannot. - Identifying with the dictator can create a better community. Everyone looks for identification, whether it's a soccer club, their hometown, their nation or their favorite band. Group formation brings with it exclusion of those who think differently, which would be bad. Here, in particular, a dictator could satisfy the general need for identification and proactively ensure that outsiders are not seen as enemies. This "directed formation of an identity" would unite the country, fight enemy images of "others" and give meaning to the lifes of people. - A humanist dictator doesn't need to fear the press and freedom of expression. Of course there would be a state press and politicians who cannot be voted out by the people. However, private newspapers and freedom of expression should not scare such a government and they could still exist. Only those who act in such a way that their people can become angry must fear the press, not those who guarantee all citizens a life of peace and freedom. Did I think wrong here somewhere? I'm looking forward to your counter arguments.
Here are some answers in advance, as I expect certain questions.
Dictatorships have always been bad. They would become victims of their leader's lust for power and oppression. A: That may be, but I am not arguing for the introduction of a dictatorship. I only claim that the concept of dictatorship is superior to the concept of democracy in terms of unity, capacity to act and general satisfaction. I certainly don't defend any of the gruesome real dictatorships like the Third Reich, the Soviet Union or Pinochets Chile.
What would happen if people had a different opinion? A: People have the right to have a different opinion than the state. Criticism may be expressed in the form of the dictatorship that I am thinking of, but the decision to change something rests solely with the dictator.
What form of rule do you mean by "dictatorship"? A: A rule in which the central power lies with one person. This person deploys courts, military and economic advisors at his will. Social freedom would be modeled on Western Europe, while no elections are held. The social system would also be based on the European model, a social market economy with social assistance and health insurance.
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2020.03.09 11:05 LawUntoChaos (Cross Post) UN Report - Critique of the Recent Data

Here's a link to the actual study, some interesting data (albeit lacking):
http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/hd_perspectives_gsni.pdf
So a few interesting points. Europe and Central Asia has been grouped together in statistics and united states isn't even included in Table 1. I wonder why they were put together. Because I am more than willing to admit that women are discriminated against in certain areas but as the other commenter mentioned, there are ways in which society is against men that this report does not seem to measure. This is the argument of using different scales to measure disadvantaged (as I referenced in another recent post). Interesting that Figrue 4 shows:
The greater the empowerment, the wider the gender gap This pattern appears in other aspects of development. Women today are the most qualified in history, and newer generations of women have reached parity in enrolment in primary education. But this may not be enough for achieving parity in adulthood, as large differences persist in occupational choices, with the share of female graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programmes lower than 15 percent for most countries.2
This is an interesting aspect:
People’s expectations of individuals’ roles in households, communities, workplaces and societies can determine a group’s functioning.
Citation needed, pressures can affect people but the argument is the amount to which it determines general trends. For instance, there was a report completed in Ireland which found that most women wanted to work part time. The study they use to support this states...
First, our event study analysis shows that the relationship between children and labour trajectories is strongly gendered.
But does not seem to demonstrate cause and effect. This could easily be down to decision making between the two partners:
Although the two groups of women differ in the initial strength of their response, the medium term effect is almost the same.
Maybe women just decide (on average) that they want to be there for their Children as they get older. This certainly isn't true of all women but socialisation has not been clearly defined here. It is just a study to suggest. This is even supported by the study:
Having children seems to be key to determine whether couples adhere to the norm, with the effect being statistically insignificant for childless couples. When 21 we split the data by education level, we find that the most skilled women reduce their hours of work but do not leave the labor market
I think you can minimise this effect with better policies for women and men around paternity leave but I don't think you can erase them entirely. I have recently done a post on sex influenced gender differences looking at this (so I'm not going to explain this all now). It's hard to say it’s just bias shaping decisions - in fact, other confounding data suggests no. This whole study is based on the assumption of bias shaping these gendered dimensions. While it might certainly have an impact, it is by no means the full story. The bias may even come after the fact. It's a chicken or egg scenario, you can't necessarily eradicate bias without changing the norms but you can't change the norms without eradicating bias.
So I think it starts with a flawed premise as it is. Moving on to the data. I find this interesting:
Progress in the share of men with no gender social norms bias from 2005–2009 to 2010–2014 was largest in Chile, Australia, the United States and the Netherlands, while most countries showed a backlash in the share of women with no gender social norms bias
And yet the gap in these countries aren't shrinking, or the progress is slowing. This suggests to me that working on removing bias can only get you so far. It's interesting that Chile has the largest amount of men with no gender bias and is number 44 in terms of gender equality for GIGI and BIGI suggests that this is better for women, despite them being less likely to be represented in parliament and have less of a share in the labour force BIGI puts Chile as better for women. This would suggest that people's bias changing does not necessarily affect social norms. And with women becoming more bias in the countries where this is being pushed, it seems that trying to eradicate bias really doesn't seem to be working.
The report also had this to say:
The multidimensional gender social norms indices appear linked to gender inequality, as might be expected. In countries with higher biases (measured through the multidimensional gender social norms indices), overall inequality (measured by the Gender Inequality Index) is higher (box figure 1). Similarly, the indices are positively related to time spent on unpaid domestic chores and care work.
Again, there was no attempt to measure this. Cause and affect still hasn’t been determined. Humans recognise patterns30385-4?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0896627318303854%3Fshowall%3Dtrue#secsectitle0065) and while I have no doubt that negative biases exist and these are unfair, whether or not these biases come about as result of recognisable patterns in the roles women pursue is unclear. Bias is a hard thing to determine cause and effect, there is a whole lot of correlational data but other confounding data that bias does not create these conditions. For instance, a review of the data from stereotype threat revealed conflicting results. Meaning we do not have a clear causal means for it. Interestingly, it seems largely dependent on the population it’s used against. Suggest individual differences play a huge role.
However, many of the mediators tested have resulted in varying degrees of empirical support. Below we suggest that stereotype threat may operate in distinct ways dependent on the population under study, the primes utilized, and the instruments used to measure mediation and performance. Further research suggests that populations who tend to have low group identification (e.g., those with a mental illness or obesity) are more susceptible to self-as-target threats… Resultantly, participants under stereotype threat may be unable to observe and explicitly report the operations of their own mind… Two decades of research have demonstrated the harmful effects that stereotype threat can exert on a wide range of populations in a broad array of performance domains. However, findings with regards to the mediators that underpin these effects are equivocal.
We also have good indication that the Implicit Awareness Test so often used to measure bias is inaccurate. With repeated studies really getting above 0.4 on accuracy: 0.32, 0.65, 0.39, 0.4.
Bias sucks, and it sucks to be pre-judged before people get a chance to know you, but as to it being the big bad that influences society… I am less convinced. I would say it can definitely influence people, if bias policy is to be put into practice but in terms of bias somehow socialising people on a grand societal scale. This is the claim I’m sceptical of. So let’s look at the data a bit more closely (as close as we can get – as the report doesn’t go into detail). So, anyone who followed this would likely be aware of the 30% figure in regards to people thinking it is justified for a man to beat his partner. The choices provided in the survey were as follows:
1, never, to 10, always
And in order to define bias, they only had to get 2 and up:
Strongest form: 2–10
Without a control group of men, and without looking at the raw data it’s hard to say how much of this 30% put 2. This could easily be read as that it’s acceptable for a man to beat their partner when they are in danger. In short, this statistic could be completely conflated. If a woman were to come at a man with a weapon, I would see it as acceptable for the man to defend himself. In general though, I don’t think anyone should be attacking anyone else and I think a woman would have a right to defend herself if the situations were reversed. The rest of the report uses measurements like:
Strongly agree, agree, disagree, and strongly disagree
Note that this is for women in political positions, and didn’t offer a “neither agree nor disagree metric”. Meaning participants were forced to pick between men and women. Without seeing the breakdown of data, it’s hard to see how prevalent these biases really are. I’m not going to critique it anymore as this seems to be a familiar pattern within the report. Note how the biases don’t tend to get above the 40% range of people believing them. Baring this in mind, let’s now onto other studies in terms of bias. This time actually comparing men and women. For instance, biases have shifted over time. With people seeing women as more communion. With men and women being seen as equal in competence and intelligence but with more people seeing women as competent and intelligent above men. According to this research the only bias that hasn#t changed is that women are seen as having less agency.
Let's look at a Pew study (which actually measures responses comparing attitudes toward the two sexes):
The survey also finds that Americans largely see men and women as equally capable when it comes to some key qualities and behaviours that are essential for leadership, even as a majority (57%) say men and women in top positions in business and politics tend to have different leadership styles. Among those who say men and women approach leadership differently, 62% say neither is better, while 22% say women generally have the better approach and 15% say men do.
Conclusion
I don’t know why The UN document doesn’t show us the breakdown of measures, and why it would measure bias against women without measuring bias against men but I am seriously sceptical of these findings. This seems to be consistent with other reports finding the same thing. For instance, I couldn’t find the direct data but this conclusion reported on by the Huff Post, found:
Only 49% of American men say they would feel very comfortable with a woman as head of the government
It did not go into details on any other findings, did not show how this compared with biases against men and only spoke about the very comfortable metric (which I assume is the highest metric there is) and could easily be taken as the fact that people aren’t comfortable just because of the gender of a person and to answer yes to being very comfortable could be seen as a form of benevolent sexism. I’m sure I don’t know but it seems hard to draw conclusions from data like this anyway. I am sceptical of this research. Especially seeing as that when women do run for office, they do quite well. This suggest even less so that bias is the determining factor of social trends that some people purport it to be.
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2019.11.22 17:15 ThatDudeWithTheBeard [PI] A freak accident during your final battle mortally wounds your arch-nemesis. As you rush to their side, they shakily pull out of their pocket a USB and say, "At least I knew what I was fighting for. Do you?"

Warning: Rather Long Read
Original WP: A freak accident during your final battle mortally wounds your arch-nemesis. As you rush to their side, they shakily pull out of their pocket a USB and say, "At least I knew what I was fighting for. Do you?"(https://www.reddit.com/WritingPrompts/comments/dstbn8/wp_a_freak_accident_during_your_final_battle/)WPWP):
"Human, Infused":
I sat back down in the office we’d used as our staging point, and plugged the USB stick that I'd taken from the ruined, shattered hands of the immortal. Everyone else in Epsilon Squad was now dead, and when the thing had finally been reduced to nothing but a head, torso, and an arm, it had started laughing. It then held open its hand, and the usb drive had slid out of the synthetic flesh of its palm. I only glanced at it briefly, keeping the rifle- held together now with barely a prayer- aimed at its head
"At least I knew what I was fighting for." It croaked, its black, oily blood pouring from its mouth with each uttered syllable. I'd shot it twice, then- once to completely obliterate the head, and again to put a nice, basketball-sized hole through the torso, obliterating its hearts, lungs, and whatever other organs were growing in there that nature never intended. The three shots finally shattered the weapon, scattering the piece on the ground in front of me.
My entire body ached on the walk back. The combat armor had been barely better than nothing, and the pain that was now shooting up my right arm told me that I probably had a fracture somewhere from the constant, unforgiving recoil of my gun.
I'd dragged the desktop out of storage, and had disassembled the thing, disconnecting anything that it could possibly use to leap onto the base's network. Even if the stick didn't leave behind some kind of virus or rogue A.I., I planned to scrap the entire the entire rig and burn the pieces afterwards to make absolutely sure.
I opened the folder, and saw met with a large number of files, mostly pdf's and videos, with names that meant little to me save for certain dates.
The first was a pdf file,
U-2ED-99 Schem Base
I clicked it open and was met with the familiar sight of a synthetic- much like the one the rest of the team had died to kill- without all of the cybernetic bells and whistles hooked up to it. Under all the armor and upgrades, even I couldn't deny how mockingly human it looked in shape. But as everyone knew by now, there was nothing human about them.
I looked at the first video file. The name was a random jumble of letters and numbers, save for what appeared to be a date at the end. Whether it was because the file was somehow corrupted or if the USB simply disagreed with whatever the original file format had been, I couldn't tell.
55d6&7&A-11-7-09
The video appeared to be from a security camera of some kind. Around a large table were a number of people. Most of them had to be scientists and researchers from various fields, judging from how most of their formal attire seemed to be barely broken-in. Likely most of these men and woman were used to wearing lab coats or cleansuits and preferred time in a lab or work bay, as opposed to sitting awkwardly in a meeting room in business coats and neckties.
A few of them I could actually recognize- General Kaulman, when he had been younger. Although the stress lines and white hair at the age of 41 dispelled that illusion. I noticed Professors Karl Ihoff and Bedini Minje, emeritus of genetics and cybernetics, respectively. Kaulman was standing up from his chair at the head of his seat, hunched forward, bracing his weight with his hands against the large table. The other men and women seemed frightened, moreso by him than by the fact that they all seemed out of their element, away from the comfortable familiarity of their computers and machines.
"Just tell me- does. It. Work?" Kaulman boomed.
There were a few tense moments of silence, before Ihoff finally regained enough of his composure to reply.
"Yes. But the process- it causes severe-"
"Dammit, Karl! This is not the time for morals!" Kaulman cut him off as Karl shrank away in his chair.
"All of us here have blood on our hands. What we've done is monstrous- and I'm not going to pretend otherwise. You and I and everyone else involved is going to burn in Hell just for what we've already done!"
Silence. A few people's glanced towards each other, but none of them dared to move- as though Kaulman was some sort of predator whose sight was based on movement, and even the slightest twitch would give them away and mean certain death.
"But if this works...if this succeeds, then at least the rest of humanity doesn't have to."
There was a few more seconds of dead silence. A soft blowing sound began as the air-conditioner in the room kicked in from somewhere out of view from the camera.
"Gentlemen. I know that none of you are comfortable with what we're doing here. I'd be incredibly worried if any of you weren't absolutely disgusted with your work here. But there's no time left to explore any alternatives. Whatever happens after all of this," Kaulman said as he waved his arm behind him, "We'll just have to deal with as it comes."
The image stopped moving and darkened a bit as the video ended.
1-4-10
This one was an excerpt from a TIME article. The central photo showed a thing- something that was humanoid in stature and stood upright, like a man would, but was otherwise different in almost every other aspect. Instead of skin, it was made of- or encased in- some kind of odd, plasticy substance, like a highly flexible carapace, with curves and angles in the limbs that suggested greatly enhanced musculature beneath. Each hand was too large, with an extra opposable thumb-like digit on the opposite side of where it should be, and the legs were built all wrong, with an extra joint that made it look like some intermittent species of some evolutionary line of alien beast. One that was currently at some mid-way point from moving around on all-fours to walking upright.
The head was slightly elongated, reminding me of how I read once where ancient Egyption royal families would tie ropes and sticks around infants heads to make them grow in odd shapes, seeing it as some indication of divine lineage. Or vaguely of something I’d seen once in an old, old horror movie I once watched as a kid. Where there should have been a face, however, there was a slightly rounded and semi-convex, metallic surface, from which seven pinpricks of light gleamed- six organized in two rows of three each, and the seventh, slightly larger one set in between the rows and towards the forehead, above where the ridge of the nose would meet the brow ridge, had the plate only been a mask.
But of course, it wasn’t a mask. At least, not for this one, anyway.
I looked at the headline title:
The War Against the Nanite Swarm: A look at the G.D.F.s new weapon in combating the nanite plague.
I finally noticed the small caption set into the photograph.
Unit ODN-03. The world’s first intelligent synthetic by Kelso Labs, and the G.D.F.’s new weapon in the fight against the nanite scourge.
“After the successful defence of the Albertian Wall, and the decisive victory in eliminating the nanite swarms from New Macedonia and Northern Greece, there were countless rumours surrounding what methods the G.D.F. had actually used to pull off such a sudden, stunning victory within the eight days of the Greek offensive. After numerous videos leaked onto the internet, the G.D.F. released an official statement three months ago, confirming a new weapon being used in the fight against the nanite swarms. During a press conference last month-
I’d lost interest in it already. No way was I going to read the entire thing- nothing new here.
5-3-12
A date everyone remembered, I clicked and the player opened up. It was footage from an old news cast 39 years ago. The footage was of a city square in New Andreas, where the enormous, dead mass of the enormous nanite leviathan lay on the pavement, its body slowly breaking down and melting into a tarry, black sludge. A number of men and women dressed in hazmat suits stood around it, collecting samples, meanwhile other who were likewise dressed and were carrying various guns and kinetic shields stood by to make sure nobody got too close.
And of course, standing among them were at least a handful of the Synthetics.
A woman's voice began speaking.
"We've just now received an update out of Chile. The G.D.F. has confirmed that the nanite swarm in New Andreas has been completely neutralized. The G.D.F. official has informed media that the city will remain under quarantine until they've ensured that all contaminated matter has been located and properly disposed of."
The video came to an end. This hadn't been anything knew. I had been old enough back then to remember seeing that footage myself, along with other reports like it out of Moscow, Dresden, Whales, D.C., and a bunch of other cities and towns I couldn't be bothered to remember.
I clicked on the next video after that.
5-22-12-UEN
Another date we all knew. General Kaulman, Professors Ihoff and Nakigawa, and Chairman Paulson a sat along a table opposite from the camera, the familiar logo of the UEN- the globe of Earth set atop a pasillade shield.
Kaulman was pointing to someone from off-camera. I could hear the rapid cascade of clicks and soft flashes of light as numerous camera-drones went off.
“General Kaufman,” A woman’s voice asked from off-camera. “With the nanite crisis now over, what will happen to the synthetics.
Just before he answered, I paused the video, and rewound it a few seconds.
“-to the synthetics.”
There. Kaulman’s face, something was off. He looked...not sad, or angry. Resigned seemed more accurate. The expression had only lasted for just a few seconds, and that brick-wall facade of officiality and can-neither-confirm-nor-deny that all servicemen carry about them in front of the camera returned.
“Given that they proved essential in finally ending the nanite plagues, most governments have agreed to keep them in service for the foreseeable future.”
Professor Nakigawa quickly raised his hand as Kaluman finished his brief, terse answer.
“It’s our hope that the technology used to create synthetics can be applied to a large variety of other applications.”
As he spoke, I could see Professor Ihoff quickly roll his eyes. Kaulman looked mildly annoyed as the professor launched into one of those spiels that happens when a man of science is sat before the press and is eager to explain everything in detail so succinct and refined that it comes off as absolute nonsense to anyone who has less than three P.H.D’s and at least five years tenure.
“The discoveries we made have a wide variety of other uses- advanced A.I. learning, artificial tissue and organ manufacturing, potential life-saving medications. The list goes on, as you can imagine.
A chorus of voices rose up to a deafening crescendo before General Kaulman pointed to someone else behind where the camera hovered.
“Are there any plans to expand on our current force of synthetics? To produce new ones.”
I caught it again, that brief moment of resignation of General Kaulman’s face, this time coupled with...regret?
“As you can imagine,” Kaulman responded as his face returned to its usual stoic expression, “At the time of the nanite crisis, a vast amount of resources and material was used in producing what synthetics we have. Given that we now need time to rebuild recover, it’s very unlikely that any sort of new mass manufacture of synthetics will occur any time soon.”
The image froze and darkened once more as the clip finished playing.
The next was a PDF file, a page from a dossier of some sort, showing a Latino man with a thousand-yard stare that I recognized all too well from veterans of the Nanite plague, who had watched as their families and comrades-in-arms were devoured, mangled, their bodies and even their brains twisted into horrific forms and repurposed for the nanite swarms to grow larger and spread further.
Name: Ambrose [REDACTED]
Age: 28 ([REDACTED]-[REDACTED])
Rank: Captain, New Patagonia Nat. Def., [REDACTED], [REDACTED], [REDACTED]
Merits: Mark of the Galiant Order
G.D.F. Cross of Honor
N.A. Heart of Valor
[REDACTED]
E.U. Wreath of Honor
[REDACTED]
Status: KIA
Cause: Killed during [REDACTED] offensive in [REDACTED] [REDACTED] on [REDACTED]. Body was subsequently consumed and assimilated by local nanite swarms.
KelsoLabsA1
The next file I thought was yet another video, but instead the screen just remained blank while the audio of some kind of phone call played. There wasn’t anything like a date or timestamp anywhere that I could see throughout the entire call.
“Hello?”
“Hey, Bennings? It’s Mike. Can you lend us one of the on-site sec troops?”
“Huh? What the hell for? Is there some kind of emergency?”
“Uhh...not really, but there’s a bit of a problem.”
“Well if it’s not an emergency, then you’ll have to run it by Michonne first.”
“Seriously, we just a guy out here for like, five minutes, tops.”
“What the hell do you need him for anyway?”
“You remember that Synth Dow’s guys were testing on?”
“Uh...yeah…”
“Well, it’s out of the building now and-”
“Hold up! It got out?!”
“It’s in the parking lot!”
“Huh?”
“It’s been out there for almost eight minutes now.”
“Doing what?”
“I don’t know, just standing there?”
“Just...standing there?”
“Yeah, it’s just been standing out in the middle of the parking lot looking out at the across the street.”
“What, you mean the factory?”
“Yeah, the scrap-heap. It’s been staring at it and hasn’t made a move since.”
“Shit. Alright, give me a minute, Where are the techs right now?”
“They’re all just standing around near the entrance lookin’ at the thing, waiting for sec to show up.”
“Alright, give me a moment. I’ll have a team meet you there.”
The audio abruptly cut off as the call was ended.
The file name had actually piqued my interest. Kelso labs had been the world’s leading developer of cybernetics for over a century. And, in the time between the end of the nanite war and...well, now- as the world was going to shit all over again- had been the only game in town when it came to creating the synthetics, thanks to the lucrative contracts they were so generously granted by the G.D.F. and basically every government on the planet (that was left by then, anyway) as a way of saying thank you.
“Thanks for saving the human species from its own rogue creation. Totally no way these things will do the exact same thing and go rogue too, somewhere down the line. Please take my money and get obscenely rich and make our shit!”
I was gently rocking my head side to side as I spoke the words in my head, my inner voice taking on the most condescending and mocking tone I could imagine. Of course, mocking them wouldn’t have changed anything then, and they sure as hell deserved worse. Or would have, if any of them were still alive.
Another file caught my attention, mainly because of how odd the title seemed in comparison to all the others.
LateNightLangley_9_31_22
I clicked on it, and a clip from the Late Show, back when Dahlia Langley was hosting- hot damn! Even now, in her 50’s a look from her could probably pitch a tent in a horny teen’s pants. But she had been an absolute knock-down, knock-out bombshell back in her twenties.
The man sitting next to her desk was none other than Professor Menje, although his hair had gone from simply greying to nearly the color of fresh-fallen snow, and the sudden bagginess of his face, riddled with creases and worry lines was much more than just what the ten years between that security camera footage I’d watched early and when this was filmed could possibly account for- even with the horrors of a genocidal conflict that had completely sterilized entire regions of the world.
On the screen underneath was: “Professor Emeritus Bedini Menje, Kelso Industries, Author of The First Synthetic.”
From off camera, I could here the lovely Dahlia Langley speaking.
“So you’re saying that it was a new type of A.I. that made the synths incorruptible?”
“It was more than just an A.I., although that was part of it.” Menje began, “We had to create an entirely new type of hardware as well. Making synthetic skin and muscle and the like wasn’t that hard to do- the technology’s been around since the 50’s. But you couldn’t just stick a harddrive and processors in it, because then it’s just another machine- just as easy to corrupt and convert as bots and mechs were back then. And you couldn’t have it piloted remotely, because then the swarms would eventually hack the signal.”
“So did take a brain in a jar and stick one in?” Langley said from off-screen.
There was a light chuckle from the studio audience, and Menje grinned as he tried and failed to suppress laughter of his own.
“You joke, but…” Menje started, then trailed off into silence before grinning again. The audience laughed some more, a bit louder this time. The screen cut away to darling Dahlia with her hand over her mouth, trying to suppress her own laughter.
After the audience had finally quieted down a bit, Menje resumed.
“But seriously, though. That was actually one of the very earliest ideas we had- growing cultures of brain matter and nerves and integrating them into a mech’s frame but it was quickly dismissed. We had to come up with something that the nanties couldn’t eat or infiltrate.”
“And that’s where the synths came in?”
“Exactly. You had the synthetic brain- kind of like an enormous hard-drive, but arranged and functioning exactly like a human brain, without any of the fleshy bits. And so finally had something that the nanites couldn’t touch- with no organic components, they were indigestible, and since they weren’t like any other kind of digital storage at the time, they couldn’t hijack it either. Give it a body that the nanites can’t even put a scratch in, and you get a soldier that the swarm simply couldn’t touch.”
I was expecting the conversation to go on for a while longer, but the video ended, once more freezing in the last frame of the old network footage.
KelsoLabsM2
Another audio recording of a phone call. Judging from the voices, it was the same two people as the last time.
“Sec office, this is Bennings.”
“Benning’s, it’s Mike. Hey so I did some poking around about the factory.”
“Across the street?”
“Yeah.”
“Is your synth still doing...that thing?”
“Yeah, last week when you were out. At the least the lab boys don’t whine for a guard detail anymore.”
“Jesus.”
“So apparently when the whole building was still R&D during the war, Kelso was using the place to make its own parts in-house.”
“What, on the synths?”
“Yeah. Things were so hectic that they couldn’t afford to just sit around waiting for all the red tape to clear with contracts, so they brought in their own people and manufactured parts there.”
“What kind of parts?”
“Apparently that one was where they made the brain cases for-”
“You mean the synth brains?”
“Yeah. Apparently they were making the parts and putting them together in the factory, and then just carried them over here.”
“Huh. Makes sense, though.”
“That they’d make the brains themselves?”
“Yeah, I mean, given its the most important component, you wouldn’t want to just sub it out to some other company to a bunch of people in some worn-out, underfunded plant down South where the floor workers barely even speak English.”
“Plus you’d actually want everyone involved to know exactly what it is they’re working on.”
“Yeah, something as complex as that- NDA’s an all wouldn’t be the problem. When you got something that has to be absolutely perfect from start to finish, you need quality control for the whole process.”
“Hmm. So any ideas why you’re synth keeps doing it? Just staring at it, I mean?”
“Dunno. Maybe it just misses home. Place was abandoned before we worked here.”
“Yeah, but that’s like finding your childhood home is gone. I wonder if that’s what it is? Sad?”
“Who knows what goes on in their heads?”
The next file was a series of screenshots from some old media sharing site I’d never heard of, although I couldn’t find a date or timestamp anywhere. At the top of the page, were the letters:
t/BestBots
the title read:
2.3M NK-33 and His New Puppy, Gomert
(Gold x 102) posted by v/iamsaltsamon8
Below it was a photo taken amongst some old city ruins, where another one of the synths stood- this one shorter and more lean than the one I’d killed, with its whole head encased by some kind of weird helmet with reflective face plate, and form-fitting armor that looked as though it had glued a bunch of plastic, animal ribs along the sides of the torso, arms and legs. An absurdly long rifle hung from a sling on its right arm, and in its left it was cradling an adorable little German Shepard puppy- a little dirty but apparently in good health otherwise. The thing was smiling, its little tongue lolling out happily and its ears perked up- completely oblivious it was in the hands of the deadliest thing man had ever created.
Underneath the image were a string of comments:
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Some context:
After the big drug lab raid in Old Manhattan Tuesday, they were cleaning out the building a found a kennel where the little guy was being kept, with the name tag Gomert, and it ran out when they opened the door. One of the cops said the thing ran up to where Nicky was standing and was trying to hide between his legs. Apparently it was scared and freaking out until Nicky leaned down and started petting it, which surprised everyone.
Edit: Update
From the N.M.P.D. Twitter:
>Followers and fans of Nicky will be happy to know that little Gomert is happy and now has a new forever home here at the New Manhattan Police Department.
96137 v/fishsock4
OMG thank you for this! When I saw this I really hoped they’d let Nicky keep him!
65321 (Gold x 12) v/finfinale77
Best bot meets best boi.
63557 (Gold x 5) v/snakesthathug
Of course he pet it! Who could resist such an adorable little pupper?
63205 (Gold x 4) v/bedybedyboopbop
Shocked? Really? Like even a synth could resist such cuteness?
35214 v/turtumkops (Gold x 2)
The tin man had a heart all along. He just needed a puppy to thaw it out.
27153 v/quqaqeqiqu
PUPPER!!!
26133 v/peepeepoopoo5
Can we give the dog some augments? That way Nicky can have a robopup.
17320 v/AndImHerschel
I wanna see da cyberpupper!
90472 v/UAML
Your boot, your chew toy, and your treats, mister synth. Gib dem to me!
372 v/britcheslasagna
Wrong movie dumbass.
-701598 v/imalilbastard223
Filthy mutt should just be euthanized.
Edit: It was in a drug lab, people. Thing’s been breathing meth and chloro fumes its entire life. It’s going to have a ton of health problems later on.
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It’s so cute and adorable and I wanna snuggle it!
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I wanna bang a synth.
19354 v/SomeFacialHairedFellow (Gold x 4)
“You quiver in anticipation as NK-33 gently bends you over the park bench, and you feel something pressagainst your butt, and then suddenly realize it is, in fact, three somethings. And you hear loud whirring noiseas they begin to move.”
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I stopped reading through the comments at that point. It seemed the online world had barely changed between then and now.
Why the hell had that synth given me these, again? Most of what I’d seen had been public knowledge at some point or another, save for the security feeds and phone call audio. And even those were about events that people had learned about before the synths had gone rampant. And what wasn’t didn’t seem to show me anything new.
Test_Group_ODN-1-3
I clicked open a .pdf file, and it took me a few seconds to realize what exactly I was looking at.
The first appeared to be pictures of an autopsy. A man lay naked on a table, horribly bloodied and his face slashed and mutilated. His chest and abdomen had been ripped open- definitely not with the careful, surgical precision you would see from an autopsy. Several other photos showed the arms were riddled with numerous holes and tubes running in and out of their lengths, and even in the photos, it was clear that numerous veins and arteries throughout the bodies had been replaced with circulatory prosthetics that were fairly common at the time.
ODN-1
Status: Failed
COD: Combination of multiple brain aneurysms and self-inflicted wounds leading to massive tissue damage and organ rupture.
Reason: Subject broke restraints during [REDACTED] procedure and proceeded to tear at abdomen and chest cavity. Expired when [REDACTED] attempted to [REDACTED] and restrain subject.
The second was of another person- a woman who looked unnaturally pale- and not just because she had supposedly been on the autopsy table in the picture for who knew how long when it was taken. This one had more tubes and wires winding their way in and out of numerous points on the abdomen, and the woman appeared to have had a recent double-mastectomy at the time of death- with obvious and only-partial healed surgical scars on her chest.
ODN-2
Status: Failed
COD: Cardiac arrest.
Reason: Subject suffered a series of tonic-clonic seizures that didn’t respond to any on site medications. After third seizure, subject suffered cardiac arrest and subsequent failure.
The third photo, however, was completely different. It wasn’t of a corpse on an autopsy table in some hospital basement, but of a large, humanoid figure laying on an enormous metal slab, arms and legs held in place by cables and mechanized limbs. The figure seemed to be wearing an odd, plastic-like, figure-fitting fabric, with small plates of some kind of thick metallic plating over the joints, and a single large plate of it completely covering the face in its entirety. Next to it was a second photograph of what looked like an enormous storage tank, although its contents were unknown due to a complete lack of any labels or markings of any kind, and even from this photo, its actual size was difficult to determine as well.
ODN-3
Status: Extraction and Insertion Successful
Subject has been relocated to [REDACTED] for Phase 2 testing.
[REDACTED] being held in Fac. [REDACTED] storage for further experimentation.
39n5&2&G-3-2-13
This was more security camera footage. Three men that I recognized from earlier: General Kaulman and Professor Nakigawa were sitting across from Professors Minje and Ihoff. Professor Nakigawa appeared to be calm and resolute, but General Kaulman looked rather aggravated, or irritated. But what was even stranger was that he didn’t seem to be even trying to hide it. And while I could only see Ihoff and Minje’s faces intermitantly whenever they turned their heads towards the direction of the camera, I could tell just from the curling of the fingers, clenching and unclenching into fists, and the accusatory tone of their voices that they were very, very angry.
“So why did you do it?” Ihoff asked.
“What are you talking about?” Nakigawa responded.
Ihoff leapt from his seat, and leaned onto the table. And you could tell that he was struggling to just talk rather than scream at the tiny Japanese engineer.
“Don’t be stupid. We pulled all of the net records and traffic during recovery. Right before the fire started, someone got in and wiped everything. Prep, extraction, reinduction, react- everything- hard drives and servers were all slagged.”
“And you think we had something to do with this?” Nakigawa responded, infuriated by the accusation.
“Only seven people would have clearance for that kind of access. Hidose and Yaumont have both been dead for years, and we’ve already ruled out Montigue, which means it was someone in this room.” This time from Minje.
“This is absurd! You honestly think-” Nakigawa began but was quickly interrupted.
“Well who else would it be?” Ihoff interjected.
“How?” Nakigawa yelled back.
“That’s what we’d like to know!” This time from Minje.
“No, I mean, all my bio’s were put on a prohibited list when I left there- S.O.P. for any big business, and all my old codes and encryption keys were red-flagged as well. How the hell could I have gotten in if any of my credentials would cut the whole building off?”
Ihoff then turned to General Kaulman, who had remained quiet and surprisingly stoic so far despite the shouting match. “You have any ideas, Karl?”
Kaulman didn’t respond, but I could barely make out his eyes as they glanced over at met Ihoff’s gaze, and just stared.
The expression on Ihoff’s face slowly changed from one of anger to confusion, and then slowly, slowly changed to one of disbelief and shock.
“Wait. No...it was. It was you? It was you, wasn’t it? You did it!” Nakigawa and Minje had both shut up by now, as they realized what Ihoff was implying, and were quickly coming to the same realization that Ihoff just had.
“But why?” Minje asked. “You were so-”
“Because we now have a bigger problem.” Kaulman responded. While quiet, the fact that the words were coming from him carried more weight than anything the other three might shout or scream at each other.
“I don’t know if you gentlemen have actually been paying attention, but we’re having more and more problems with the synths. And I don’t mean the odd little peccadillos in their behaviors- like that one in New Manhattan with the dog, or the one in Florida that learned how to play a guitar. I’m talking some of the more recent ones- like the one who broke into a house in Brazil, or the one in Florence that was caught disassembling a car engine piece-by-piece.”
The other three looked at each other, then back to Kaulman. “We’ve been looking into the reason for the unexplained behavior for the past year.” Ihoff replied, and then turned to Nakigawa, “And Toshi, you said that once we started putting them into public service, they’d inevitably start mimicking things around them- things that other people were doing. It was a side-effect of their neural architecture- that they needed to understand the world from a human context.”
Nakigawa nodded once before responding. “Monkey see, synthee do. We knew stuff like this would start happening eventually. But re-extraction and -insertion always wipes the slate clean if something goes catastrophically wrong.” They all turned back towards Kaulman, “What’s the problem? Why would you-”
Kaulman raised a hand, silencing the others. “Gentlemen. We did what we did out of sheer desperation- humanity was only looking at maybe just a decade before the swarms finished advancing and cleansing every living thing from the planet. What we did was monstrous enough- but I will be thrice-damned if I let anyone else learn how we did it.”
“This again?” Minje shouted. “Dammit Kaulman, we’ve talked about this! Given how bad it was back then, I’m pretty sure most of them would be willing to give us a pass this once!”
“Then why don’t you tell them?” Kaulman responded, clam but terse. Minje visibly shrank and sat back down into his seat, while Kaulman continued to just stare at him. Ihoff and Nikagawa were too busy averting their eyes, apparently dreading making eye-to-eye contact with Kaulman’s gaze. “Write about it in another one of your books. About all the little wonders and miracles our little monsters gave us. Tell the world what we really did. How many people we lost- the nanites couldn’t account for all of them. You know this-”
Kaulman stopped as Minje raised his hands in front of him, in a gesture of surrender- Kaulman had made his point.
Kaulman then looked over to Ihoff and then Nakigawa. “And besides, that’s not the point. Imagine if some rogue nation got a hold of it, refined the process- something with a much lower failure rate. We designed these things to be nigh-indestructible killing machines, and ended the war with less than a thousand of them. Now imagine if some fascist dictator or religious zealot converted an entire army of them. The death toll would the North African front look like a fucking junior high schoolyard fight!”
Ihoff exchanged a confused look with Minje, before speaking again.
“What makes you think they’ll turn violent? We made them to-”
“We made them to adapt, mimic, learn- to adapt to anything and everything they might face. The first series figured out how to exploit loopholes in their hardware within a week of the war. Now they’ve learned how to play instruments after just watching people play.”
Kaulman then leaned forward, and Minje shrank back from the death glare Kaulman was giving him.
“How long until they start mimicking emotions? Say anger, for instance.”
Hinje, Nakigawa, and Ihoff’s faces began to visibly pale as Kaulman’s words began to sink in.
“How long until one of them mimics a murder?”
The video ended.
Jesus, we’d known that there had been warning signs that something was wrong with the synths, even long before they went rampant. But no one had even a hint they’d turn violent in the end. And yet these men- their very creators, had known about the risk from the start. Had known about it, and told no one.
But that still didn’t answer the biggest question- why had the synths gone rogue at all? With the original facilities destroyed years before their revolt, and all of their former creators dead at the hands of their own creations, there was far more conjecture than there was actual information on the matter. The biggest consensus was that we’d simply repeated the same mistake with the synths as we had with the nanites in the first place- a creation so adaptive that it had completely outgrown any semblance of control by its makers. Artificial beings with a constantly developing and evolving A.I. that it had either found some glaring loopholes in its original programming, or had simply “realized” that it didn’t have to follow what it had come to regard as arbitrary or redundant instructions, and had simply “decided” to revert back to its most basic of processes- consume, replicate, defend. And the nanite swarms had been the result.
But the synths had been designed specifically to think differently- advanced machines comprised of synthetic flesh and fluids, with artificial brains that couldn’t be infected or hacked. The odds that something so vastly different would come to the exact same conclusion- that mankind was a threat to their very survival…
It just seemed astronomically small that they would make the exact same mistake that would lead them into the exact same mess.
The next file I clicked on was another screenshot, this time from the New England Bay on 3/10/25.
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2019.11.05 15:52 HunchNeck Children's Raid Society

“Harmful Impacts” is the title of the Motherisk commission's report written by the Honourable Judith C. Beaman after two years of study. After reading it, “harmful” seems almost to be putting it lightly. Out of the over 16 000 tests (though that number has been reported as high as 35 000 tests) the commission only examined 56 cases of the flawed Motherisk tests, administered by the Motherisk lab between 2005 and 2015 and were determined to have a “substantial impact” on the decisions of child protection agencies to keep files open or led to children being permanently removed from their families.

WHAT ARE THE HARMFUL IMPACTS?

Separating kids from parents a 'textbook strategy' of domestic abuse, experts say — and causes irreversible, lifelong damage.

“Being separated from parents or having inconsistent living conditions for long periods of time can create changes in thoughts and behavior patterns, and an increase in challenging behavior and stress-related physical symptoms,” such as sleep difficulty, nightmares, flashbacks, crying, and yelling says Amy van Schagen - California State University.

The Science Is Unequivocal: Separating Families Is Harmful to Children

In news stories and opinion pieces, psychological scientists are sharing evidence-based insight from decades of research demonstrating the harmful effects of separating parents and children.

In an op-ed in USA Today, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (University of Delaware), Mary Dozier (University of Delaware), and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University) write:

“Years of research are clear: Children need their parents to feel secure in the world, to explore and learn, and to grow strong emotionally.”

In a Washington Post op-ed, James Coan (University of Virginia) says:

“As a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Virginia, I study how the brain transforms social connection into better mental and physical health. My research suggests that maintaining close ties to trusted loved ones is a vital buffer against the external stressors we all face. But not being an expert on how this affects children, I recently invited five internationally recognized developmental scientists to chat with me about the matter on a science podcast I host. As we discussed the border policy’s effect on the children ensnared by it, even I was surprised to learn just how damaging it is likely to be.”

Mia Smith-Bynum (University of Maryland) is quoted in The Cut:

“The science leads to the conclusion that the deprivation of caregiving produces a form of extreme suffering in children. Being separated from a parent isn’t just a trauma — it breaks the relationship that helps children cope with other traumas.

Forceful separation is particularly damaging, explains clinical psychologist Mia Smith-Bynum, a professor of family science at the University of Maryland, when parents feel there’s nothing in their power that can be done to get their child back.

For all the dislocation, strangeness and pain of being separated forcibly from parents, many children can and do recover, said Mary Dozier, a professor of child development at the University of Delaware. “Not all of them — some kids never recover,” Dr. Dozier said. “But I’ve been amazed at how well kids can do after institutionalization if they’re able to have responsive and nurturing care afterward.”

The effects of that harm may evolve over time, says Antonio Puente, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington who specializes in cultural neuropsychology. What may begin as acute emotional distress could reemerge later in life as PTSD, behavioral issues and other signs of lasting neuropsychological damage, he says.

“A parent is really in many ways an extension of the child’s biology as that child is developing,” Tottenham said. “That adult who’s routinely been there provides this enormous stress-buffering effect on a child’s brain at a time when we haven’t yet developed that for ourselves. They’re really one organism, in a way.” When the reliable buffering and guidance of a parent is suddenly withdrawn, the riot of learning that molds and shapes the brain can be short-circuited, she said.

In a story from the BBC, Jack Shonkoff (Harvard University) discusses evidence related to long-term impacts:

Jack P Shonkoff, director of the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, says it is incorrect to assume that some of the youngest children removed from their parents’ care will be too young to remember and therefore relatively unharmed. “When that stress system stays activated for a significant period of time, it can have a wear and tear effect biologically.

2018: “We need to do more to make sure that children are safe and cared for. If a child dies in care, someone is responsible,” Children, Community and Social Services minister Lisa MacLeod added.

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Does that mean someone was responsible for all the deaths in care up to now or just from now on?

Between 2008/2012 natural causes was listed as the least likely way for a child in care to die at 7% of the total deaths reviewed while "undetermined cause" was listed as the leading cause of death of children in Ontario's child protection system at only 43% of the total deaths reviewed.

http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/mcscs/images/195633-19.jpg

http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/DeathInvestigations/office_coronePublicationsandReports/PDRC/2013Report/PDRC_2013.html

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Why did 90 children die? By Laurie Monsebraaten SOCIAL JUSTICE REPORTER

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2009/02/23/why_did_90_children_die.html
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158 CANADIANS SOLDIERS DIED IN AFGHANISTAN BETWEEN 2002 AND 2011?

Canada in Afghanistan - Fallen Canadian Armed Forces Members.

One hundred and fifty-eight (158) Canadian Armed Forces members lost their lives in service while participating in our country’s military efforts in Afghanistan. You can click on the names to explore their entries in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/canadian-armed-forces/afghanistan-remembered/fallen
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“From the CASs to group homes to my ministry, we all bear some (or all) responsibility,” MacLeod said, referring to Ontario’s 49 children’s aid societies. “And I want to assure the house that, as the new minister, the buck stops with me and I will take action before I'm held accountable.”

(Is the ministry simply avoiding the responsibility by sharing the blame with everyone?)

Between 2014\15 the Ontario children's aid society claim to have spent $467.9 million dollars providing "protective services" that doesn't seem to extent to the 90 to 120 children that die in Ontario's group and foster homes that are overseen and funded by the CAS.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/09/25/coroners-panel-calls-for-overhaul-of-ontario-child-protection-system.html

Ontario's Government for the People Taking Action to Build Better Child Protection System

Ontario Ombudsman will assume investigation responsibilities to better protect and help province’s most vulnerable children
May 1, 2019 9:00 A.M.Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Ontario's government is keeping children safe by expanding and enhancing oversight of the child protection and residential services systems.

Today, the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman will assume all investigative functions of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. It is a crucial step towards building a better child protection system. These changes, set out in the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 introduced last fall, will bring greater oversight and provide better support for children in care.

“We want Ontario’s most vulnerable children and youth to thrive and be supported in reaching their potential,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “We must strengthen oversight and hold service providers accountable when young people are not getting the services they need.”

The Ombudsman’s office will take on responsibility for investigations related to children and youth receiving services from children’s aid societies or residential licensees, and address complaints using the office's early resolution and investigations mechanisms. The Ombudsman must also be notified of the death or of serious bodily harm to children or youth who have received services from a children’s aid society.

Staff from the office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth will be transferred to the Ombudsman’s office to help ensure quality service and appropriate resources for investigations. This will allow for a more effective transfer of investigations and is part of the overall approach to expanding the scope and mandate of the Ombudsman.

To further support building a better child protection system, the minister earlier announced three new youth roundtables dedicated to sharing ideas for improvement. Overseen by three chairs appointed by and reporting directly to the minister, the three new roundtables will be made up of those with lived experience including Black and Indigenous youth, to support transformation of the child welfare and youth justice systems.

“Our government is focused on providing better results and better lives for these children,” said Minister Macleod. “As we work to improve the system, it is vital that we always respect the rights of every child and encourage their voices to be heard, and I am committed to listening and incorporating youth voice in all our programs and services.”

Children’s aid societies and residential licensees are now required to inform a child in care of the existence of the Ombudsman, the office’s functions, and how the office may be contacted. They are also required to provide a child in care who wishes to contact the Ombudsman with the means to do so privately and without delay. Children and youth will be able to use the same telephone number to reach the Ombudsman that previously connected them to the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/05/ontarios-government-for-the-people-taking-action-to-build-better-child-protection-system.html

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Searing report blasts child protection system.

Ontario coroner calls for ‘urgent’ overhaul after 12 youths died while in province’s care Toronto Star 26 Sep 2018 LAURIE MONSEBRAATEN SANDRO CONTENTA.

Foster home tragedy blamed on bolted door, loose rules Youth worker Andrea Reid, left, and 14-year-old resident Kassy Finbow were killed in a Feb. 24 fire at a foster home near Lindsay.

A scathing report from Ontario’s coroner presses the provincial government to reform a child protection system that “repeatedly failed” 12 youths who died while in care.

“Change is necessary, and the need is urgent,” said the report, written by a panel of experts appointed by chief coroner Dirk Huyer last November to examine the spike of deaths between January 2014 and July 2017.

The 86-page report found that the12 youths — eight of whom were Indigenous — were all in the care of Ontario’s child protection system and living in unsafe homes when they died.

The report describes a fragmented system with no means of monitoring quality of care, where ministry oversight is inadequate, caregivers lack training, and children are poorly supervised. Vulnerable children are being warehoused and forgotten.

The expert panel convened by Ontario chief coroner Dirk Huyer to avoid another very "embarrassing" public inquest for our extremely secretive child welfare officials - the expert panel (leaving out nothing) found a litany of other problems, including:

Evidence that some of the youths were "at risk of and/or engaged in human trafficking."

A lack of communication between child welfare societies.

Poor case file management.

An "absence" of quality care in residential placements.

Eleven of the young people ranged in age from 11 to 18. The exact age of one youth when she died wasn't clear in the report.

The inquest into Jeffrey Baldwin's death was supposed to shed light on the child welfare system and prevent more needless child deaths. Baldwin's inquest jury made 103 recommendations. Sep 06, 2013.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/inquest-into-boy-s-death-to-shed-light-on-child-welfare-system-1.1699846

Nearly six months after the inquest into the death of Katelynn Sampson began, jurors delivered another 173 recommendations. APRIL 29, 2016.

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/inquest-into-death-of-7-year-old-girl-emphasizes-duty-to-report-abuse/article29798749/

276 OFFICIAL REASONS FOR CONCERN ABOUT CHILDREN IN CARE.

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“Despite complex histories and the high-risk nature of these young people’s lives, intervention was minimal and sometimes non-existent,” said the panel in a withering report released Tuesday.

On average, the youths were moved to 12 different foster homes and group homes in their short lives. Lack of resources in the North resulted in most being sent to residences 1,600 kilometres from their communities, cut off from their culture. All of them suffered from mental health challenges and eight of them died by suicide.

In an interview, Huyer said the report describes a system that is basically non-existent because there is “no co-ordination, (and) no integration” of services.

At Queen’s Park Tuesday, Children, Community and Social Services minister Lisa MacLeod promised to move quickly. “From the CASs to group homes to my ministry, we all bear some responsibility,” MacLeod said, referring to Ontario’s 49 children’s aid societies. “And I want to assure the house that, as the new minister, the buck stops with me and I will take action.” “We need to do more to make sure that children are safe and cared for. If a child dies, someone is responsible,” MacLeod added.

In an interview with the Star’s Kristin Rushowy, MacLeod said she’ll insist on more accountability from societies and group homes, more ministry inspections and more co-ordination among ministries and service providers. The government has committed more funds for mental health services, and MacLeod said she’s in talks with the health ministry to make sure the extra resources go where they’re needed.

“If we are making the decision to take a child out of their home, the supports in those group homes or other residential settings must be better than what they left and I’m setting that direction today,” MacLeod said.

Ontario’s child-protection system serves some 14,000 kids taken from abusive or neglectful parents, and helps many more in their own homes.

The panel recommended that children in struggling families should be helped at home and in their communities as much as possible. It called for a “holistic,” culturally sensitive approach to services focused on prevention and early intervention. Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler spoke with MacLeod about the report Tuesday and is meeting with federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott on Oct. 2. He wants to strike a committee with Ottawa and Queen’s Park to ensure the panel’s recommendations are carried out.

“The way to honour the 12 youth who were lost, and their families, is to ensure these recommendations are fully implemented in a timely manner,” said Fiddler, adding he’ll also strike a forum to hear from the families who lost loved ones.

The health challenges faced by the Indigenous youth who died were compounded by the gross inequities their communities face, including inadequate shelter, water, food, education and health care, the panel found. Some family members reached by the Star said they had not yet read the report. But Amy Owen’s father, Jeffrey, from Poplar Hill First Nation, north of Kenora, said he was disappointed a key point was omitted.

“Amy was supposed to have 24/7 supervision and yet why was she left alone for that long to lose her life,” he said, questioning why the report didn’t address the reason his daughter was left by herself for almost half an hour. When staff returned, Amy, one of several youth in the area who had formed a suicide pact, was found hanging. She was 13.

The coroner’s panel, which included a team of 13 youths with experience in the system, noted the young people had little say in their care. “Their attempts to communicate their needs were often overlooked, ignored and characterized as ‘attention seeking,’” the panel found.

Ontario’s Child Advocate Irwin Elman was outraged by the panel’s findings: “Enough is enough. Enough loss of life. That young people should survive our province’s attempts to protect and support them is a low bar to set, but that is where we are.”

Mary Ballantyne, the former head of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, said it’s clear “the system is currently failing many of these very high needs children in particular, there’s no question about that. And pointing fingers at the children's aid societies and our workers is not the step that we need to take.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/09/25/coroners-panel-calls-for-overhaul-of-ontario-child-protection-system.html

Nearly half of children in Crown care are medicated.

Psychotropic drugs are being prescribed to nearly half the Crown wards in a sample of Ontario children's aid societies, kindling fears that the agencies are overusing medication with the province's most vulnerable children.

Ontario researchers have found that not only were psychotropic drugs prescribed to a clear majority of the current and former wards interviewed, but most were diagnosed with mental-health disorders by a family doctor, never visited a child psychiatrist or another doctor for a second opinion, and doubted the accuracy of their diagnosis.

A Toronto Star investigation has found Ontario’s most vulnerable children in the care of an unaccountable and non-transparent protection system. It keeps them in the shadows, far beyond what is needed to protect their identities.

“When people are invisible, bad things happen,” says Irwin Elman, Ontario’s now former and last advocate for children and youth with the closure of the Office.

A disturbing number, the network's research director, Yolanda Lambe, added, have traded the child-welfare system for a life on the street.

"A lot of people are using drugs now," she said. "There's a lot of homeless young people who have been medicated quite heavily."

In Ontario the CAS has turned themselves into a multi-billion dollar private corporation using any excuse to compel parents into submitting to fake drug testing to justify removing children or keeping files open keeping that government funding flowing.

All the while they've taking the thousands of children to specific CAS approved doctors who are all to happy to prescribe medication based on the workers assessments of the child's condition.. That's why there are no follow ups with qualified medical and psychiatric doctors and not because the CAS lack the funding, staff or attention span to care properly for the children.

Marti McKay is a Toronto child psychologist was hired by a CAS to assess the grandparents' capacity as guardians only to discover a child so chemically altered that his real character was clouded by the side effects of adult doses of drugs.

"There are lots of other kids like that," said Dr. McKay, one of the experts on the government panel. "If you look at the group homes, it's close to 100 per cent of the kids who are on not just one drug, but on drug cocktails with multiple diagnoses.
"There are too many kids being diagnosed with ... a whole range of disorders that are way out of proportion to the normal population. ... It's just not reasonable to think the children in care would have such overrepresentation in these rather obscure disorders."

According to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail under Ontario's Freedom of Information Act, 47 per cent of the Crown wards - children in permanent CAS care - at five randomly picked agencies were prescribed psychotropics last year to treat depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety and other mental-health problems. And, the wards are diagnosed and medicated far more often than are children in the general population.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nearly-half-of-children-in-crown-care-are-medicated/article687480/

"Use of 'behaviour-altering' drugs widespread in foster, group homes."

Almost half of children and youth in foster and group home care aged 5 to 17 — 48.6 per cent — are on drugs, such as Ritalin, tranquilizers and anticonvulsants, according to a yearly survey conducted for the provincial government and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS). At ages 16 and 17, fully 57 per cent are on these medications.

In group homes, the figure is even higher — an average of 64 per cent of children and youth are taking behaviour-altering drugs. For 10- to 15-year-olds, the number is a staggering 74 per cent.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/12/12/use_of_behaviouraltering_drugs_widespread_in_foster_group_homes.html

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What’s worse is that the number of children prescribed dangerous drugs is on the rise. Doctors seem to prescribe medication without being concerned with the side-effects.

Worldwide, 17 million children, some as young as five years old, are given a variety of different prescription drugs, including psychiatric drugs that are dangerous enough that regulatory agencies in Europe, Australia, and the US have issued warnings on the side effects that include suicidal thoughts and aggressive behavior.

According to Fight For Kids, an organization that “educates parents worldwide on the facts about today’s widespread practice of labeling children mentally ill and drugging them with heavy, mind-altering, psychiatric drugs,” says over 10 million children in the US are prescribed addictive stimulants, antidepressants and other psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs for alleged educational and behavioral problems.

In fact, according to Foundation for a Drug-Free World, every day, 2,500 youth (12 to 17) will abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time (4). Even more frightening, prescription medications like depressants, opioids and antidepressants cause more overdose deaths (45 percent) than illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and amphetamines (39 percent) combined. Worldwide, prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death.

https://dailyhealthpost.com/common-prescription-drugs/

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Standards of Care for the Administration of Psychotropic Medications to Children and Youth Living in Licensed Residential Settings.

Summary of Recommendations of the Ontario Expert Panel February 2009.

http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/specialneeds/residential/summary_report.pdf

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2009: Ninety children known to Ontario's child welfare system died in 2007, according to the latest report from the chief coroner's office – a number the province's new child advocate says is shocking and should trouble us all.

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2009/02/23/why_did_90_children_die.html

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Why did 90 children die?

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2009/02/23/why_did_90_children_die.html

Between 2008/2012 natural causes was listed as the least likely way for a child in care to die at 7% of the total deaths reviewed while "undetermined cause" was listed as the leading cause of death of children in Ontario's child protection system at only 43% of the total deaths reviewed.

92 children equals 43% of the deaths reviewed by the PDRC. 92 mystery deaths and like every other year no further action was taken to determine the cause...

http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/mcscs/images/195633-19.jpg

http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/DeathInvestigations/office_coronePublicationsandReports/PDRC/2013Report/PDRC_2013.html

WHY CAN'T THESE DEATHS BE PREDICTED WHEN THEY HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?

AND HOW IS IT AN AGENCY THAT CAN DETERMINE WHICH CHILDREN ARE AT RISK IN ANY OTHER SITUATION CAN'T DETERMINE WHICH CHILDREN ARE AT RISK IN THEIR OWN GROUP AND FOSTER HOMES?

The 14 Characteristics of Fascism

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine's policy.

https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/fasci14chars.html

The 14 characteristics are:

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism

Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights

Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause

The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

Supremacy of the Military

Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

Rampant Sexism

The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

Controlled Mass Media

Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

Obsession with National Security

Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

Religion and Government are Intertwined

Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

Corporate Power is Protected

The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

Labor Power is Suppressed

Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts

Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

Obsession with Crime and Punishment

Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption

Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

Fraudulent Elections

Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Copyright © 2003 Free Inquiry magazine
Reprinted for Fair Use Only.

This article was based upon the article "The Hallmarks of Fascist Regime" by Skip Stone, at

www.hippy.com/php/article-226.html.

Corporatism.

Fascism's theory of economic corporatism involved management of sectors of the economy by government or privately-controlled organizations (corporations). Each trade union or employer corporation would theoretically represent its professional concerns, especially by negotiation of labor contracts and the like.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatism
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2019.10.21 02:29 girl_undone Very inconvenient truths: sex buyers, sexual coercion, and prostitution-harm-denial

this is an archive of an article that is down

Very inconvenient truths: sex buyers, sexual coercion, and prostitution-harm-denial

by Melissa Farley
Globalisation has further tilted the imbalance of power between the male punter with his wallet and the woman who rents her vagina for a fee. In France, 85 per cent of prostitutes are immigrants, many without papers, vulnerable to exploitation. In Germany, with its legal super-brothels, it is about two thirds. If demand is not tackled, more will come. Is that something any Western nation should be proud of: an underclass of poor women from Thai villages and Ukrainian towns, imported to service First World penises? – Janice Turner, 2014. [1]
Some pimps, some sex buyers and some governments have made the decision that it is reasonable to expect certain women to tolerate sexual exploitation and sexual assault in order to survive. Those women most often are poor and most often are ethnically or racially marginalised. The men who buy them or rape them have greater social power and more resources than the women. For example, a Canadian prostitution tourist commented about women in Thai prostitution, “These girls gotta eat, don’t they? I’m putting bread on their plate. I’m making a contribution. They’d starve to death unless they whored.” [2] 📷
This self-congratulatory Darwinism avoids the question: do women have the right to live without the sexual harassment or sexual exploitation of prostitution – or is that right reserved only for those who have sex, race or class privilege? “You get what you pay for without the ‘no,’” a sex buyer explained.[3] Non-prostituting women have the right to say “no.” We have legal protection from sexual harassment and sexual exploitation. But tolerating sexual abuse is the job description for prostitution.
One of the big lies is that most prostitution is voluntary. If there’s no evidence of force, then her experience is dismissed as “voluntary” or “consenting.” A sex buyer said, “If I don’t see a chain on her leg, I assume she’s made the choice to be there.” But most prostitution today is what German abolitionists have named poverty prostitution. That means she’s hungry, she can’t find a job, and she doesn’t have alternatives. The john’s payment does not erase what we know about sexual violence, domestic violence and rape. Whether or not it is legal, prostitution is extremely harmful for women. Women in prostitution have the highest rates of rape, physical assault, and homicide of any women ever studied. In a Dutch study, 60% of women in legal prostitution were physically assaulted, 70% were threatened with physical assault, 40% experienced sexual violence and 40% had been coerced into legal prostitution. [4]
In the past decade, after interviewing hundreds of sex buyers in 5 countries (USA, UK, India, Cambodia, and Scotland), we’re looking more closely at behaviors and attitudes that fuel the misogyny of prostitution and we have started to understand some of their motivations. Normative sex buyer behavior includes a refusal to see one’s own participation in harmful activities such as dehumanizing a woman, humiliating her, verbally and physically sexually harassing her, and paying her money to coerce her to perform sex acts that she otherwise would not.
Objectification and commodification are at the root of the violence in prostitution.
Sex buyers don’t acknowledge the humanity of the women they use for sex. Once a person is turned into an object, exploitation and abuse seem almost reasonable.
In interviews with sex buyers in different cultures, some chilling examples of commodification were provided. Prostitution was understood as “renting an organ for ten minutes.”[5] Another US sex buyer stated that, “Being with a prostitute is like having a cup of coffee, when you’re done, you throw it out.”[6] Sex buyers commodify and select women on the basis of race/ethnic stereotypes via ethno-sexualization. [7] “I had a mental check list in terms of race,” said a London sex buyer, “I have tried them all over the last five years but they turned out to be the same.”[8] In Cambodia, prostitution was understood this way: “We men are the buyer, sex workers are goods, and the brothel owner is a vendor.” [9] A woman who had prostituted in Vancouver for 19 years explained prostitution the same way that sex buyers did, “They own you for that half hour or that twenty minutes or that hour. They are buying you. They have no attachments, you’re not a person, you’re a thing to be used.” [10]
Sex buyers’ lack of empathy
Using his own special logic, the sex buyer calculates that in addition to buying sexual access, money also buys him the right to avoid thinking about the impact of prostitution on the woman he uses for sex. [11] His fantasy is the hassle-free girlfriend who makes no demands on him but is willing to satisfy his sexual needs. “It’s like renting a girlfriend or wife. You get to choose like a catalogue,” explained a UK sex buyer. [12] Sex buyers seek the appearance of a relationship. A number of men explained their desire to create an illusion for other men that they had acquired an attractive woman without payment. “I want my prostitute not to behave like one, said a London sex buyer, “I want them to role play to be a pretend girlfriend. To a third person it looks like we’re in love.” [13] Some men who buy sex want to playact the kind of relationship that they are unable or unwilling to have with non-prostituting women. He may pretend emotional intimacy but the relationship with a woman in prostitution always stops short of emotional mutuality. If they construct an imaginary pleasant emotional relationship with the woman they buy for sex, then they can then retain their opinion of themselves as nice guys. However these men demand extensive and exhausting lies from prostituted women. A survivor wrote to the ‘nice’ sex buyer,
The truth, that you’re so desperate to flee from, is that you are just like a gentle rapist. Your attitude and demeanour does not mitigate what you do. The damage you’re causing is incalculable, but you tell yourself you’re doing no harm here, and you use the smiles of the women you buy as some kind of currency; they allow you to buy your own bullshit…I didn’t want you close to me, never mind inside me. Your arms around me made me want to puke more than your penis ever did…Every moment with you was a lie, and I hated every second of it. Rachel Moran, 2014. [14]
Like other sexually aggressive men, sex buyers lack empathy for women in prostitution. In Scotland, researchers found that the more often men bought sex, the less empathy they had for prostituted women. “I don’t want to know about her,” said a john, “I don’t want her to cry or this and that because that spoils the idea for me.” [15] Men create a sexually arousing version of what a prostitute thinks and feels that has little basis in reality. [16] Against all common sense, most of the johns we interviewed believed that prostituting women were sexually satisfied by the johns’ sexual performances. Research with the women, on the other hand, shows that women are not sexually aroused by prostitution, and over time, prostitution damages the women’s sexuality. [17]
One of the few differences between domestic violence and prostitution is that in prostitution, perpetrators profit from sexual exploitation. Because of the money, prostitution is much more organized than one man’s individual battering of one woman. Beckie Masaki who was director of the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco, spoke about the shock waves that went through the agency when they began to accept women who had been trafficked into prostitution. Previously, they had worked individually with battered women. Now, they were taking in a dozen women at a time. The Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean organized crime groups were not happy with the loss of income. This necessitated increased security precautions for the Shelter.
Sex buyers and sexual coercion
Men’s favorable opinion of prostitution is one of a cluster of attitudes and opinions that encourage and justify violence against women. [18] Attitudes of entitlement to sexual access and sexual aggression, and attitudes of superiority over women are connected to men’s violence against women. Research shows that sex buyers – like other sexually aggressive men – tend to prefer impersonal sex, fear rejection by women, have a hostile masculine self-identification, and are more likely than non-sex buyers to rape if they could get away with it. [19] In Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico and Rwanda, sex buyers were more likely than other men to rape.[20] Men who used women in prostitution were significantly more likely to have raped a woman than men who did not buy sex. [21] In Scotland we found that the more often a john used women in prostitution, the more likely he was to have committed sexually coercive acts against non-prostituting women. [22]
Denial of harms of prostitution
Strip clubs never have mirrors positioned where sex buyers can see themselves, a pimp who managed strip clubs for many years explained. [23] What do they not want to see? Do they want to look away from their predatory maneuvering with the women? Do they not want to see their own foolish suckerhood? Do they want to close their eyes to the lie that the women are attracted to sex buyers? Do they not want to know that while they see themselves as players, men who choose not to buy sex see them as losers? The truth about prostitution is inconvenient for men who buy sex.
A London sex buyer who observed Eastern European women and their “bodyguard,” was an active participant in what was very likely sex trafficking. He commented,
The relationship looked very professional, like a business. Still he instructed them to do things they weren’t entirely happy with. A stern look on his face and a slight raised voice, made me slightly uncomfortable. But after the girl had been talked to by him, she put on a professional face and got on with it. My uncomfortable feeling went away because she did it – she could have walked away from the job. Melissa Farley, Julie Bindel, Jacqueline M. Golding, 2009. [24]
Sex buyers see, and yet at the same time refuse to see, the fear, disgust, and despair in the women they buy. If she didn’t run out of the room, screaming “help, police! trafficking!” then the sex buyer concludes that she chose the prostitution. Knowing that women in prostitution have been exploited, coerced, pimped, or trafficked does not deter sex buyers. Half of a group of 103 London sex buyers said that they had used a woman in prostitution who they knew was under the control of a pimp. As one man explained, “It’s like he’s her owner.” Another man said: “The girl is instructed to do what she needs to do. You can just relax, it’s her job.” [25] In Romania, researchers interviewed sex buyers, women in prostitution, pimps, and police officers, all of whom agreed that sex buyers “are not interested if the girls are actually trafficked or not but are rather more interested in satisfying their sexual needs.” [26]
Rationalizations for legalizing or decriminalizing prostitution
Laws against sex buyers and pimps are barriers to the business of sexual exploitation. Legalization and decriminalization zone prostitution into areas where it is legal to buy, sell, and be sold for sex. Under these laws, the interests of men who buy sex are represented and pimps are protected.[27]
The argument that legalizing prostitution would make it “safer” is the primary rationalization for legal or decriminalized prostitution. However, there is no evidence for this. Instead, we hear self-serving claims and strongly worded assertions without empirical data.
The aftermaths of legal prostitution in the Netherlands and Germany have shown just how bad it can get. As of 2016, 80% of German and Dutch prostitution was under the control of criminal mafias.
After legalization in the Netherlands, organized crime spiraled out of control and women in prostitution were no safer than when prostitution was illegal. Mayor Job Cohen closed much of Amsterdam’s legal prostitution in response to organized crime. [28] After legalization in Victoria, Australia, pimps established 95 legal brothels but at the same time, they also established another 400 illegal brothels in Victoria. [29] Instead of decreasing violent criminal involvement, legalization of prostitution has resulted in increased trafficking according to research from 150 countries. [30]
Anyone who knows about the daily life of those in prostitution understands that safety in prostitution is a pipe dream. Advocates of legal and decriminalized prostitution understand this but rarely admit it. Still, evidence exists, for example the Sex Workers’ Education and Advocacy Taskforce in South Africa addressed distributed a list of safety tips including the recommendation that while undressing, the prostituting individual should “accidentally” kick a shoe under the bed, and while retrieving it, should check for knives, handcuffs or rope. The SWEAT flyer noted that fluffing up the pillow on the bed would permit an additional weapons search. [31] Understanding the lethal violence directed at women in prostitution, a Dutch legal pimp told a journalist, “You don’t want a pillow in the [brothel’s] room. It’s a murder weapon.”[32] A San Francisco organization advised, “be aware of exits and avoid letting your customer block access to those exits,” and “shoes should come off easily or be appropriate for running in,” and “avoid necklaces, scarves, across-the-body shoulder bags or anything else that can be accidentally or intentionally be tightened around your throat.” [33] Specifications in the Australian Occupational and Safety Codes (OSC) for prostitution illustrate their concern about its dangers. The Australian OSC recommend hostage negotiation training for women in prostitution, utterly contradicting the notion of prostitution as just your average job. [34] The panic buttons in massage parlors, saunas, and brothels can never be answered quickly enough to prevent violence. Panic buttons in legal brothels make as little sense as panic buttons in the homes of battered women.
The public’s health is a significant component of the safety alleged to be present in decriminalized prostitution. In the 1980s, groups such as the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC) capitalized on the AIDS epidemic by focusing on HIV education and harm reduction among those in prostitution. [35] This focus brought in massive funding to the prostitute unions who used it to lobby for decriminalized prostitution.[36]The harm reduction approach of these groups to HIV prevention seems to be based on the assumption that if enough male condoms are distributed then life will be better for everyone. In reality, women want harm elimination (exit from prostitution) as well as harm reduction. And a majority of johns across the globe refuse to use condoms. Epidemiologists have found that high risk for HIV is caused by rape and a large number of sex partners. Neither factor was addressed by prostitute unions.
Although it was promoted as a law protecting sex workers, the NZ government’s own evaluation of its law concluded that after prostitution was decriminalized, violence and sexual abuse continued as before. [37] “The majority of sex workers felt that the law could do little about violence that occurred” and that it was an inevitable aspect of the sex industry. [38] During one year, 35% of women in NZ decriminalized prostitution had been coerced. [39] The highest rate of sexual coercion by sex buyers was reported by women in massage parlor prostitution who were pimp-controlled (described as “managed” by the government). The social stigma of prostitution and mistrust of police persisted after decriminalization. Most women in prostitution did not report violence or crimes against them to the police after decriminalization. [40] Gangs of pimps have waged turf wars over control of prostitution in Auckland, [41] and NZ street prostitution spiraled out of control with some reports of a 200% increase post-decriminalization. [42]
Public misconceptions, rationalization, and denial about prostitution
Public misconceptions about prostitution stem from sex buyers’ and pimps’ cover narratives for the violence perpetrated against women in prostitution. Men’s justifications for other forms of violence against women are remarkably similar to their justifications for prostitution. They blame the victim, viewing women in prostitution as intrinsically different from other women and as morally deficient. Batterers justify beating women by declaring that she asked for it or provoked it. Sex buyers justify prostitution by telling us that she’s getting rich or that she’s simply doing an unpleasant but necessary job like factory work. Sex buyers and sex trade advocates may acknowledge a fraction of the abuse and exploitation in prostitution, but they justify the abuse because the women are alleged to make a lot of money. Once paid for, exploitation, abuse, and rape are disappeared. “All of them are exploited. However, they also have good incomes,” said an Italian sex buyer. [43] A sex buyer described the rapes of a woman by her pimp. But, he said, it was only “Every once and a while, not every week.” [44] If men’s sexual expectations are unmet, rape and prostitution are assumed to be inevitable. Women who fail to provide the sex acts demanded by their partners are then blamed for their partners’ use of women in prostitution. “If my fiancee won’t give me anal, I know someone who will.” [45]
Words that conceal its harm lead to confusion about prostitution: voluntary prostitution which implies that she consented when she had no survival alternatives; forced trafficking which implies that somewhere there are women who volunteer to be trafficked into prostitution; sex work, which defines prostitution as a job rather than an act of violence. The term migrant sex worker implies that both prostitution and trafficking are acceptable. Strip club prostitution has been reframed as sexual expression or freedom to express one’s sensuality. Brothels are referred to as massage parlors, saunas, and health clubs. Older men who buy teenagers for sex in Seoul call it compensated dating. In Tokyo prostitution is described as assisted intercourse. Men who buy women in prostitution are called interested parties, pimps are described as managers.
Pimps and traffickers facilitate denial by misrepresenting it as an easy, fun, lucrative job for the women in it. Women as well as men are pimps. A number of prominent advocates identify themselves publicly only as “sex workers,” although they are managers of women in the sex trade, some are pimps, and some have been arrested for pandering, brothel managing, or trafficking. There is a blatant conflict of interest when individuals who are management/owners/pimps are in the same organization as those who are under their control. The misrepresentation is even more unethical when the brothel owners, managers, and strip club board members hide their affiliations, claiming to represent the interests of sex workers. Hiding beneath the banner of labor unions, pimps appeal to the Left’s sympathies. Yet groups such as the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, the International Union of Sex Workers (UK), Red Thread (the Netherlands), Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (India), Stella (Canada), and Sex Worker Organizing Project (USA) – while aggressively promoting prostitution as work – do not resemble what most of us think of as labor unions. They do not offer pensions, safety, shorter hours, unemployment benefits, or exit services (which is what 90% of women in prostitution say that they want). Instead, these groups promote a free market in human beings who are used for sex. [46] We have located 12 people from 8 countries who publicly identify as sex workers or sex worker advocates but who have also sold others for sex or who have been implicated in the management of sex trade businesses in various specific ways. All of them promote decriminalized pimping. Many have been arrested for running brothels and escort agencies, trafficking, pandering, interstate prostitution, or living off earnings of prostitution. [47]
How can we respond ethically and appropriately to the existence of prostitution?
The existence of prostitution anywhere is society’s betrayal of women, especially those who are marginalized and vulnerable because of their sex, their ethnicity, their poverty, and their history of abuse and neglect. Prostitution is sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, often torture. Women in prostitution face a statistical probability of weekly rape, like domestic violence taken to the extreme.
The complicity of governments sustains prostitution. When the sex trade expands, women are less likely to compete with men for jobs. When prostitution is incorporated into states’ economies, governments are relieved of the necessity of finding employment for women. Blood taxes are collected by the state-as-pimp in legal and decriminalized prostitution. Banks, airlines, Internet providers, hotels, travel agencies, and all media are integral to the exploitation and abuse of women in prostitution tourism, make huge profits, and are solidified as part of the economy.
If we listen to the voices and analyses of exited survivors – those who are no longer under pimp or sex trade control – they direct us to the obvious legal solutions. Men who buy sex must be held accountable for their predatory aggression. Those in prostitution must be offered real alternatives for survival, and never arrested. Those who profit from prostitution – pimps and traffickers – must also be held accountable. A human-rights based approach to prostitution, recognizing it as sexual exploitation, like that of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Northern Ireland, would provide safety and hope. In this abolitionist approach to prostitution, sex buyers are criminalized (as are pimps and traffickers) and people in prostitution are decriminalized and are also provided with exit services and job training. But first we have to move past the pimps’ and profiteers’ lies about prostitution. I know we can do that.
To summarize:
  1. The truth about prostitution is often concealed behind the lies, manipulations and distortions of sex trade pimps, managers and others who profit from the business. The deeper truths about prostitution are revealed in survivors’ testimonies, as well as in research on the psychosocial and psychobiological realities of prostitution.
  2. At the root of prostitution, just like other coercive systems, are dehumanization, objectification, sexism, racism, misogyny, lack of empathy/pathological entitlement (pimps and johns), domination, exploitation, and a level of chronic exposure to violence and degradation that destroys the personality and the spirit.
  3. Prostitution cannot be made safe by legalizing or decriminalizing it. Prostitution needs to be completely abolished.
  4. Prostitution is more like being chronically sexually harassed, endangered, and raped, than working in a fast food restaurant. Most women in prostitution suffer from severe PTSD and want to get out.
  5. Sex buyers are predators; they often engage in coercive behavior, lack empathy and have sexist attitudes that justify abuse of women.
  6. A solution exists. It is called the Swedish model and it has been adopted by a number of countries including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Northern Ireland.The essence of the solution is: criminalization for johns and pimps; decriminalization for women, and the provision of resources, alternatives, safe houses, rehabilitation.
  7. Prostitution affects all of us, not just those in it.
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2019.10.12 09:23 mukposdingdong Re request for KC+leadership meeting notes (June/July 2018) in u/Teachgr8’s last post

This was one of the earlier versions a friend sent to me. Can’t find a link so copying text verbatim—too long for a comment in their post. (If someone can share content in a nicer way I’m happy to delete.)
Joshua Silberstein: KC experiencing pain, confusion, trying to sort things out. Pain, sadness, lies out there. Share what they know and don’t know. Be human in the midst of this huge storm. A truly painful time. Want to share from that basis. We know that from some of you we have lost some trust, may be questioning our actions. Our purpose is not to defend ourselves, our purpose is to be with you as leaders and share what we know. You can then make the decisions that you need to make.
Address from the Sakyong Hello eveyonre. I wanted to join you toay at this important time. And mainly just to be in person and to express to you just how sorry I am and to personally shre this to all of you as Shambhala leaders. And I know that there is a lot of sadness, heartbreak, anger, confusion and I just want to say that how incredibly sorry I am that all of you have to carry this because of my actions and because of my own past. And I also wanted to expres to you personally that this has been obviously a difficult and trying time for the Sakyong Wangmo and ourelves and that we are always thinking about you and that every morning I feel your pain and also I feel that this is a time where all of you are being asked to hold your communities and allow for your community to experience what is happening. And it is my hope that somehow we are able to heal and move forward and I think that this really begins in a great deal by myself beginning to explain and to share with you some of my own history and my own path. And I am currently working on a letter and a statement. Which is really one of the first times that I have done this, explaining my own own... (connection break) ....the women in the community that I have harmed by my actions. And I feel that right now it is an important time right now for me to share this. And it has been a journey for myself that goes a long ways back in handling the death of my father.... (connection break) ...the community... and mistakes that I have made personally and so I want to send that out very soon. And I am working on that for all of you and for our community. I am here for you. I feel like somehow this is very important for me to share, that I am ready to do the hard work and I feel like a lot of what is also happening is addressing deep issues within our own community, and this is something that I hope we can both work with. I just feel so..... sad and embarrassed it’s been difficult, but all of you are in my heart. And I feel so much love for all of you, and I know that you are there doing what you can, and I am thinking
of you always, and I will be here for you, and I will do everything that I can. And I send you my love. Thank you.
Acharya Christie Cashman Time to engage in the ancient practice of tonglen. Which bgins with feeling how we are feeling which sends us right into the emptiness space of absolute bodhicitta. If we can simply embody are feelings and emotions, fully accepting and embracing that as a way of finding vastness on the spot. AT that point one takes into whatever one experiences of the exterior world, it’s pain it’s heaviness it’s suffering, and one brings that through all one’s pores of one’s system, and it is felt. And in the outbreath one breaths out to th epheneomonal world relief, purity, lightness and goodness. Following then the inbreath and the outbreath one becomes a body of transformation, breathing in what is heavy and dark, solid. Breathing out transforming, with a goodness that you carry in your heart. One could even see the pheonomal world as waking and cheering up by virtue of this powerful practice. It sometimes helps to begin by thinking of someone it is very easy to love, someone very close to you in wishing them utter relief from their pain.
Joshua Silberstein Again our attempt today is to really just show what we know. Not to try and sway you one way or antoher. You all have to decide what makes sense to you, and then as leaders there are a bunch of people you take care of. So you have to take care of them. A close colleague shared that they are on facebook, and seeing KC letters, and don’t know what to believe. So we thought we would share some clarifying things. And then take Q and A to hear from you. On my part I will try and clarifying some of the project sunshine rumors that have been out there. 1. For the third time I want to say. There are have never been any lawsuits towards anybody, I havne’t, the organization... that is not an issue. 2. It’s not been a practice of ours to silence victims, in fact what we have done is the oppositie of that. In all of this we want to hear from the experience of the victims who are coming forward... . We are not trying to disprove anyting that any victims are bringin forward.
  1. Also as we shared previously, we didn’t have any of this information ahead of time. People at project sunshine were concerned that Lion’s Roar published that fact. But we got the report the same time that you all did. Last Thursday morning we were reading it together and crying and feeling anger and pain with everyone else.
  2. Lastly I will share that regarding the rape allegation in Chile, we have reason to believ etha’ts not true because we have actually heard form first hand witnesses. And as it says in the report they share that it’s only rumor and allegation, but unfortunately the press is taking hold of that, so we feel we need to show that we do not believe that to be true. We thought it would be good to give a timeline of events.
Jesse Grimes Hello everyone. For those of you that don’t know me I’m Jesse Grimes, the commadner of the Dorje Kasung. Just a few very quick things personally before I jump in. We are there with you. I think it’s safe to say that none of us have a sense really of what the next steps are, but somehow it will be through mutual engagement and coming together, and each of us needs something different as we find our healing thorugh this. How we do this is going to be so much more important than what the end result is. I was asked to give a little bit of history. I went to seminary in ’96 with the Sakyong and traveled from 96 until the end of 97. And for me at that time it was quite a shift, I had grown up in the community and hadn’t spent time with the Sakyong.. Found myself immediately very close after seminary. Working with devotion, loyalty and seeing a more complete picture of the Sakyong as my teacher and as a person. There were so many beautiful moments that I experinee between him and his students that really transformed me. And one of the dififuclt things that I started to notice. There was a lot of drinking, at times excessive, from the SAkyong and those close to him. Egging on energy. A lot of what I was told was crazy wisdom. And that was in the space, not constantly, but definitely in the space. And I started to notice that that drinking seemed to be becoming difficult and challenging and creating challenging situaitons and environments for people. I’m abospuutely not calling into questions any of the accounts in project sunshine. I personally did not see violence, but I did see thse outragenous qualities. And the Sakyong had consorts, and he also had longer term girlfriends, and I absolutely saw that. And it seems that the stories that we are seeing, coming out of project sunshine are from those previous times and those earlier days, and I will say through .......98, 99, 2000 Through 2002 some of us got very concerned with his drinking, in light of our community, and so in early 2002 Mitchell Levy and myself sat down with the Sakyogn for an intervention, and talked honestly and openly about what we were seeing and experiencing. He was indrecbily open to that feedback, we did start
to see some real changes around alcohol. And so I just wanted to share some of that context with all of you, and would like to turn it over to Acharya Adam Lobel.
Acharya Lobel Thanks Jessse, and hello to everyone out there. It was a good and painful but heartfelt surpise to see the Sakyong join us at the beginning of this call. My role at this point is to try and continue the story in my own experience in those early days, I took over a few years after Jesse left traveling with the Sakyong. I definitely saw this wild cultue of drinking and spontaneous poetry, and these parties that were sometimes a part of the Skayong’s life. A lot of what I saw with women and girflredns and consorts was clearly consensual. But what was painful or disturbing or confusing for me was the Sakyong’s ability to communicate, and connect as a human being. Which I think is some portion of the pain. I think he was still trying to discover how to fulfill his role and remain human and be in relationship. I remember that sitting heavily with me at times, and not really understanding it. Most of my tour there were either long periods of retreat, or treaveling crosscoutnry in eruope and Tibet. And I did not see much contact with girlfirends and consorts. That was in 2000. And sense that time there was definitely something off or confusing in that period. From that time on there was an intervention, and the Sakyong went on retreat and transformed in many mahy ways. Greater health in his life, disdcpline around food, dsiciplien around alcohol..... there was drinking but much less, the Sakyong started running. I really saw a massive tarnsfmroation. And then the Sakyong married the Sakyong Wanmgo, and there was this period of tremendous outpouring of teachings that we have seen as the growth of the community and the scoriopn seal path. And that was inspired me over the years is the massive trnasmforaiton. The storyline in my mind has been a story of real human growth, something really encouraging. At the same time I want to acknowledge that we have never really looked at the past. And a lot of the stories and accounts are clear that harm was caused for some people. And I want that to akneonledge being complicit and a part of not fully looking at that past. I regreat, I acknowledge and I apologize that especially students entering into sacred world assembly, I should have taken time to say hay, before you take this commitment let’s look at this past, what the sakyong has been through, the journey we have been through. We never did that, we are now feeling the karmic consquences of this. Whatever Shambhala can and will be in the future, somehow we need to face this. Something in our dculture, Shambhala and borader around the history of patriarchy, and harm that men casuse and power casuses. And we are being faced to recoon with that, and Shambhala as we know it will never be the same, and ultimately that is good.. There is more to share, and hopefully less from the Kalapa council and more from the broader community and voices that need to be heard. Thank you for taking care of your commiunities, yourselves, and connecting this all with the dharma, the teachings.
Joshua Siblerstein For myself, I came on working with Rinpoche directly in 2004, and it’s exactly how Adam describe.d There would be different nights to let off steam, bu tnothign at the intensity of what was shared about what happened before. He had ended a long term relationshiops, and all of a sudden we were in the period of meeting the Sakong Wangmo fo rhte first time and their lives joining, from 2004 to 2010. I felt really fortuneate that I ahdn’t been there for earlier days, I don’t know if I would have been able to stay around. Then in 2011 there was the incident reported in facebook and project sunshine.. This person is actually, I will still say is actually a close friend of mine. Althoguh there is pain between us right now. This person relied on Wendy and I to be her support and advocates. The day after the incident described I heard about it, I already planned to go to Halifax and stay with this woman and her boyrfirned. Immediatley she was sharing her experience and her voice, and Wendy and I immediately thinking, how do we give support. From the beginning to the end, nothing about trying to silence any voice. And this person was in a lot of pain. Amd it was hard to see a friend who was in a lot of pain, and immediately I said to her, she needs to share her story however she needs to share it. She was wondering whether to see the Sakyong again to talk about it, I said to her” when you are ready to see the Sakyong again we will make that happen” it was all proactive from my perspective. I would go home and get clals in the middle of the night, constant trying to care for a friend having a really hard time. Went on that way for years. Then in 2014 at her request said she was ready to meet with the Sakyong, let the Sakyogn know and he immediately said ok. I asked her, what does she need, how does she want to get there, who does she want to support her? She wanted me to pick her up and be in the room and drive her home. And I questeinoed that because of my role, and she said that would make her feel most safe and confomrtable. In that meeting the Skayong apologize dand did a healing ceremony. This woman shared from her heart for a long time in a way that ripoche could hear. As we kept checking afterwards I get the sense that yes, that is what was needed. A coupel years later she shared that that wasn’t enough and we have been in contact. . Three weeks ago we lost contact.
Wendy Friedman I am trying to think what would be helpful or of any value about that. As Josh mentioned I am also friends with and know the person involved in the indicent in 2011 with the Sakyong. After it happened she told me her account of it, a couple of days after the incident. My response to her was what happened was not ok, was not her fault, and not ok. I shared the same feelings with the Sakyong. I shared with him that he needed to attend to it, and attend to her, and that it was not acceptable. I really did try and be a friend, to this person, this friend, who was going through a lto of different challenges and hve stayed in contact with her, she was my neighbor for several years following that incident. And boht my husband and I tried to be of support to her. I was in touch with her up to a week and half ago, very loving messages. I really hope that through all this, for her and for our whole community, for all the women in Shambhala that we can dig in the dirt a little bit and really feel and smell everying that w need to look at honestly. I grew up in Shambhala and have experienced a range of things over the years, and for me Shambahla is something that I cannot take out of my cellular system so I am hoping that we can find a way to work with this and in a real way to work with it together so that in 30 years this does not arise again in some other form. I feel this is the culmination of many things not being attended to well. For any part I have played in that I offer my heartbreak to all of you.
Joshua Silberstein The only thing that I will add is that she requested not to make a big announcement, but that we could share with anhyone who came up to us. So we have always been very truthful, or denied that it happened or tried to keep it queit. Since that incident in 2011 there has been nothing that I know of. And that brings us to today.
Jane Arthur I have been contemplating a lot these days about this whole situation and watching lots of whatsapp feeds and receiving emails and I have come to believe that what has occurred is part of a big sytem and part of a power dynamic between men and women that is unhealthy in our larger community that has played itself out in our Shambhala community. And on an individual basis I have so many male friends and colleageus that I love as human beings, the situation has perpetuated these very insideious power dynamics. The feminie has been crushed. And unless we figure out a way to not just address the sexual harm but address the whole dynamic between tehse energies, I don’t tink we can actually heal deeply in the weay that I thinkw e need to. And I think that Shambhala has a shot which is why I have stuck around. I was in the legal profession which was filled with patriarchy and patrongizeing behavior, and I came to Shambhala because I believed that we can do it differently, and I have remained with my colleagues because I believe that we can do it differently. I think it’s much bigger then sexual miscionduct, the much bigger that we need to relate to, and I don’t know how. I think we need help with that. But we are going to give it a shot, I have no doubt about that. And I feel that good first steps that we are all going to take, is that we are very close to signing on the dotted line with An Olive Branch, they are just finalzing a proposal. And the wonderful thing about an olive branch is that they have helped organizations with clergy misconduct, will create a confidential line where people can report what they want to report and support them. The person will help them assess, what does the person need, an opportunity to offer them a victim advocate, will collect every story that they receive and offer that to us as a report. And I know that people are very much wanting another body to handle this, and there will...... but for the time being...... There are also a number of things that they offer around policy development, training, communication and community meetings and reviewing our policies. We hope to sign that contract this week.
We are also very close to signing on a third party investigator, a law firm in Halfiax, they have a person on their staff who does third party investigations of any claims of harm. I really hope that this week those are both signed on and we can move forward with those concrete things. Question: How are the ministers or others working with the SAkyong directly at this time in regard to all of this? Josh: We shared earlier that through the Winter and Spring Jesse and I met with the SAkyong regularly to keep him up to speed about what was happening and to support him in understnaing his part that he plays in all of this. And I think that that continues in terms of just sharing my own pain and confusion, and my love. And us meeting minds in that way. He feesl for all of us deeply, some people have left the community, some have written letters of support... each of those he feels deeply. Especially when people leave the community... from my perspective trying to be as truthful and honest about how we are doing, how we feel and encouraging others to do the same. Ashley: From my perspective these past few days in Halifax, we have had a number of conersations with primarily the Sakyong through the past few months about these topics, beginning to talk about how he might offer teaching sto the communtiya bout his own past and the community’s past. That has been happening for a while, Josh was involved with that, Jane, Jesse, Wendy, Adam, myself Mark Whaley.. A number of us involved starting in late February, over the past few days we have tried to present as much as possible. They both have a sense of what is unfolding in the community, the support and magnitude of what is saying. The Sakyong Wangmo sends her love and would also like to offer a statement. I can jut share that there has been a lot of heartfelt exchange happening here that is honest and truthful and quite painful. I can just offer that from the past few days. Question: Harmful behavior, alcohol misconduct, in the past? Nothing after 2011. I asked the SAkyong this morning, nobody is aware of anthing after 2011. Question: I was touched by the genuine quality of all who spoke and hope to share that with the community. Is there any plan for this to be shared? Jane: I really appreciate Lisa. WE are thinking what would be helpful to the community. Maybe a listening tour, get out, feel what people are feeling. I don’t’ have the skills to do this work around sexism, but it’s already started. AS far as I know, anything from this call is fair game to share it with anyone thatyou want to share with it. This is our way to shre with anyone you want to share with.. It’s all open source. This is just a start, so please trust yourselves.
Wendy: In Halifax groups of women have been helpful. Marginalized groups gathering. Please encourage people to be together and share openly whatever comes out. Ashley: I will add in terms of communication that we are working as fast as we can, working non stop, doing our best to give information as soon as possible. REuqests for info sheets, doing our best to provide that as soon as possible. Question: Is there going to be a transcript or recording of this call that we can share? We on this call are fortunate to get such direct communication from you, and I have to say that our members are asking well if the council represents the Sakyong to us, who should represent us, the community at large? How can we feel represented in our voice? I promised to carry that message and question to you. So please answer and thank you again. Adam Lobel: An important question points to how vast and complicate dthe situation is that we are facing: gender, patriarchy, sexual miscondudct and actual governing structures. Part of what we are running into here is the asbolsute limit point of the entirely top down model that we have been working with, that we at the Kalapa Council have been part of. And this goes into the understanding of what is our tradition? How does that meet the modern world? It’s clear in the present that we have not come close to giving the kind of governing structure and map of a good human society that we aspire to. Includes a transmissional quality that everything good flows up above and flows down to the people below. And I feel that we are seeing the limits of that. That includes myself, working with a small group and rolling out curriculum to the community. ....WE have not come close to figuiirng that out. . Acharyas discussing how this relates to the Skayong, how he teaches, it’s a download, one direction. Ther eisn’t a way for him to hear from us, that hsas been in many ways his choice, some of us have pushed back, but we have supported it in many ways. We need some way for the community, it’s voice... the delek system was one way, that has fallen apart. Those of us on the KC can’t do it alone, and likely can’t do it at all. If we can be together as a community, fi we can work towards society, it has to be a differnet model. Question: (Shante Smalls): My question is about intersectionality. A point of clariiction or imfonramtion. One of the concerns coming up for students of mine is what’s seen as a desire to switch one form of hegemonic power for another, women of colour, queer folks, trans folksm mintority communities aren’t just crushed in our desire to switch patriarchal power to matriarchal power. And there is soul searching in the other twin power in Shambhala, a trenemndous amount of white supremacy, commitment to North American whiteness. The forms, cultural references, almost all of our teachrs at the Acharya and Shastri level, most of our center directors, altmost everyone on the council of the Makkyi Rabjam. Some of us calling for now Her Majesty to teach us more, a ground swell to hear her wisdom, Vajrayana students, her voice... I wanted to say that on this call that there is a real desire, not just around diversity, but really around questions of power and oppression that keep people away and casue them to leave....
Jesse: I just want to say thank you for that. I absolutely agree.. One of the dangers is that we could piclk one thing and try and fix that, but really it’s about taking down everyting, taking dout the studs, getting the naisl out, looking at the foundation, getting down to it and see what we can do together there. Ashley: The Sakyong Wangmo has shared that she would like to offer a letter to the community and be with the community this year around the annviersty of her empowerment. Wendy and I have been working with that, will e able to share more about that soon. That is her desire and her heart wish, doing our best to make that possible as soon as we can. She has been an amazin gpresenc ehere for me personally, her steadiness and her strength and been completely incredible.. I know it hasn’t been announced, but it seems as good a time as any to mention it. Question: (Shastri Trinley Busby) Today was the fisrt time that I have cried.. I want to just start with that. I’m so happy to have that. I’ts been welling up as a death and a loss, and to actually see the Sakyong take accountability and responsibility was needed from my self personally. My utmost concern at this point is what many people have mentioned previous to this. There have been people all along that have been in the Shambhala mandala that hae been oppressed and marginalized that have had intuition of the discomfort of how many things work within our mandala and have experienced real pain, real harm, and real trauma from it. And it can’t be centered just on women experiencing sexualized trauma. I feel that we have to understand that any person of color who has stayed I our community for enough years to get on the Vajrayana path... what does that take in a human being to do that? It’s like the necessity.... Some of you know me, some of you don’t, some of you know how I have been asked to advise on certain things. Alll along what I feel right now, the disappointment of “it didn’t have to get here.” Is very strong in many. There have been so many people ready, willing, going, able, saying doing, all these things all along, and I wrote this in a thread with the Shambhala Office of Social Engagnement, oh my god we are being co-opted, outsourced to say the right thing, do the right thing, so that people can feel that we are doing and saying the right thing. That is harm on top of harm.. Why is it that at some point the Salyong himself wouldn’t have wanted to meet with us. We are so good and wise and devoted and love him, and have a clarity of a broad spectrum of lived experience and knowledge. Why was that always dissociated from having to go through the middle people of the Kalapa Council? I am disappointed by that, and it’s still not in action. I don’t’ know how that can come about, if that can come about. If I even want that to come about. I will say two more things: Ashley Dinges, thank you for doing everying that you are doing. And I feel what you are being asked to hold is so unfair. And I love you, and thank you for being there for all uf us in this way. And I hope you are taking care of yourself. And lastly, at this point in time, the recognition of the irony of the people who are holding all of the pain and confusion and anger and hate in this society, it’s the people who are most impacted. And it’s an irony that we can get away from,because white heteronormantive cis gendered men can’t do this work,
and it’s always falling back on the people whose body’s are most effected. I am slo glad that the Sakyong acknowledge this, but it’s not enough, it’s so painful. What we will and wont’ do. At the cost of what? It’s kind of crazy making. So thank you. Joshua: Thank you for everything you shared. I don’t know why he goes to a small number of people from advice. And I know that it looks like from the outside...... Trinley: I don’t want to have this, it’s not a conversation, just stop. Question: This is going to be hard for me. I want to say Acharya Lobel characterized these relationships as consensual. My experience of my relationship with the Sakyong from 2003 to 2004 was not consensual. Because I don’t think that relationships that have a power differential can actually be characterized and consensual. It might have looked consensual from the outside, but I didn’t feel that I had a choice. Of course we all have choices, but it’s so complicated that they are not consensual. Adam: I agree that we are learning what consent means around power dyanmics. And that is a huge part of the breakthrough in what is happening right now. I no longer sees those relaitnoships as consensual in the way. I am sorry for the pain that you or anyone has gone through because of those power dynamics. Question: (Arthy Tejuja): I have so many feelings that are coming up all of a sudden. I feel very similar to Trinley when she talked about beign co-opted. I feel like even before this for this whole year I have been saying so many of these things about power dynamics and structure and I just feel like there is kind of a deaf ear going on.. I don’t know whether anybody took me seriously.. And so here we are now, painted into a corner, and this is what it took to talk about this? And I still have this feeling that nothing might change. Like that’s how gross it feels right now for me. Like Trinely said, it didn’t really have to get here. This top down structure, even now in this call is going on. We are looking at members of people at the top, and the only people invited are people at the top of their centers, and now we have to trickle it down to the bottom. So I have been managing a facebook group, the office of social engagenemtn for a while. And it’s different from the Shambhala one because there is a lot of moderating. Right now I am getting 16 joins an hour. And almost every other post is: when is the Kalapa Council going to step down? There are multiple petitions out there. There is a formal document that go tcreated today. And tha’ts what people want, that’s what they are asking for right now, and I don’t think that is going to change.. There is nobody holding this body accountable right now.. Who holds you accountable? And I have relatinoships with a lot of you on this council, one on one, and I care about you, the people I have gotten to know. But there is not accountability over you, and that is not fine. I’ts just not fine. Nevermind that it’s not repsresntative of our community, but yeah, I want to see some accountability. I want to see some “you know what, maybe I should step down from the KC because this structure is not working, the KC is not working”. You created this office two years ago, and I have not had one interaction and been invited to speak with the KC as a body. And all I have been doing is working my ass off, talking about racism, talking about power strucutrres, talking about the masoginy. You created this because you wanted to go out in the world and change it, but we aren’t going to change the
world if we are complicit in the actions inside. I know that you have been working, working with lawyers, I know it’s hard. But I also want to say that you have had a long time to work on this sturcuutre. I have been saying it for a year. So there is a huge part of me that doesn’t feel so bad for you. So I don’t know what to say. I just hope that you will really take that seriously now. I hope that you will understand that this structure is prpoblematic, bu that this council is problematic. If you want to create englihtend society this isn’t going to work. This is not creaing enlightend society, we are not doing anyting other than what is already out there. And if its’ not going to change than I need to find some other place to go. I hope you take this seriously. Many of you are copmlicit in this. You knew what was going on behind the scenes. Some of you even said it here. That’s being complicit. I just wish people would just come clean about it, because we can forgive you if you would just say that, that you udnersatnd what was going on behind the scenes and didn’t say anhyting. I’m tired of people saying that they didn’t know, because I think a lot of people know. Adam: Definitely I was complicit in the sense that I knew of the apst that was extremely painful and could feel something in my bones that has never been addressed and that I never called forward to be addressed, and was under the dilusion that by jut moving forward that somehow that was sufficient, and I knew it at the time, and I have always known that that wasn’t ture. And I just went along with it out of fear, or that I would go against what the SAkhong wanted, .. I never had the bravery and never trusted my own intelligence enough to demand something different. I don’t’ want to say anhting more othern than I agree and played a role.... I will not be able to stay on the Kalapa Council unless there is active and quite radical change, either in the makeup and structure of this council or in creating some other body or governing structure that is radically different, I will not be able to stay in my seat, and that means really soon. And I have the feeling that I am not alone in that. Thank you. Closing Josh: Thank you for joining.....
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2019.08.20 15:35 khroniq2x ‘I was outraged by the lack of respect’ — South America footballers who fought for change

‘I was outraged by the lack of respect’ — South America footballers who fought for change

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They hadn’t stepped foot onto a football pitch for more than two years — 981 days to be exact — but Chile’s national team made quite an impact on its return.
The match had barely been advertised, not in the media nor by the country’s football federation, but still more than 10,000 fans turned up at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional to watch them beat Peru 12-0.This, of course, was not the men’s national team but the women’s, a team which had endured years in the wilderness under the country’s football association (ANFP).
Such was the neglect of women’s football in the country, an all too familiar feature across South America, Chile had been removed entirely from FIFA’s world rankings for being “inactive”.
This was caused by a combination of the ANFP’s then-president Sergio Jadue being implicated in the FIFA corruption scandal — for his part, he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy — and ingrained societal sexism.
“It made me mad,” Iona Rothfeld, who played for the national team at the time, told CNN. “But it mainly made me sad, because we fought for that ranking. I know all the effort that we made and my teammates made before me and after me.”
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2019.04.25 19:03 Blubari The legend of the 3 sisters

A while ago I posted a story about how a cousin tried to destroy my VR because it was "eeeeeviiil and tooxiiic" (later she apologized and said she was angry because her boyfriend broke up with her), now, in that story I mentioned "the 3 sisters".
These 3 are the 3 oldest(besides my grandma) women of the family, my mom and 2 aunts, the Olympic podium of entitlement, racism, sexism, conservativism and other stuff I'm too lazy to write.
Now, with the years the have softened (mainly because 90% of their sons left the city/country) but there are still 3 forbidden moments in the family stor that triggers them, a death, a broken marriage, and a crying child (altho that one is fault of my entitled cousin for not disciplining her child... And aunt for brag about hitting my cousin's kid the whole trip).
I'll write about the death one, because they tried to drag me in the mess recently (since kid I stayed out of their black hole of stress and depression, and also pulled my youngest cousins away, is their problems, not mine).
Now, before, there werent 3 sisters, there 4, and they weren't evil, they were nice (altho that may be because I was 4). Sadly, the 2nd oldest died of lung cancer (2 packs a day) when I was 8 (now I'm 22) and left her only daughter(my closest cousin) alone (she was 13).
Now, there is no faults here, no one knew how to deal with a pre teen during such a hard time...and they didn't. I meant, they went to her home... To visit grandma (she lived with her now) and left her some pocket money for my cousin to buy things. My mom and I went to her home for a semester to live with her (I was told to stay silent and play with her if she wanted, again, i was just a kid) and had an agreement with the other 2 sisters to exchange turns....but they weren't there, they said it was too far away and had to work. (even tho they lived in the same city unlike me and my family).
Eventually the oldest sister moved to the US and started living there, sending some pocket money month to month.
Now the moment that sparked the legend, i dont remember very well, i think it was a christmas and I was playing charades with the newborn babies of the family.
D: My dad /M: My mom/EA: aunt 1/EA2: aunt 2 (coming to chile for holidays) /U: uncle, the only male brother of the sisters/SC: sad cousin
EA : HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT?!
U: EA, calm down... What did D said?
D: I said, let SC move to my house, we already lived with her, we can give her a roof, bed and food.
EA2: WHAT NONSENSE. She is fine in my mother's home and you know it.
M: But sister, is too much stress for a young girl, she lost her mom and my mother lost her daughter, please, le-
EA2: That's exactly why is fine for her!!. They can support each other. Besides, now SC can take care of our mother and learn about responsibilities.
D: But she isn't being a teen, she goes home the moment she leaves school for her grandma, she doesn't go out with friends anymore!
EA: THAT'S GOOOOOD. Why lost her time, she needs to learn, besides, you live at what, 1 hour of here? You can't give her the trips
D:I can and I will!, I'd gladly play thousands daily for her, she is like a 3rd child to me
EA2: SHE ISN'T YOUR CHILD SHE IS CHILD OF MY SISTER AND SHE DIED!!
D: Listen what you are talking! You'll deny her a family for what, tell me, FOR FUCKING WHAT
EA: WE ARE HER FAMILY AND WE ARE ALREADY DOING MORE THAN ENOUGH, SO YOU WON'T TAKE THE KID TO YOUR HOUSE
D:...ok, ok, is your lastname, you decide then, but don't cry later.
///
Eventually, idk how, but my cousin learned about the situation and started being more and more cold, and rejecting "the 3 sisters" (except for my mom and dad).
Now, after she dropped out of 2 careers and git a degree on 1, during a september 18(chilean july 4) party, EA started bragging about how is thanks to her that SC is with a deegree, her son stopped saying:,
Whaaaaat but you only gave pocket money, we all know what happened that christmas.
-dead silence-
-storm rages-
My EA's started screaming about how we are all ungrateful sinners and should respect them for all their sacrifices. And pointed SC with her skeletal finger:
EA: YOU, IT'S YOUR FAULT THAT THE FAMILY IS BREAKING APART
My sister: THE FUCK YOU SAID
EA2: SHUT UP YOU DISGUSTING FAT WHORE
D: THE FUCK YOU CALLED MY DAUGHTER YOU SENILE BITCH?!
EA: OHHH RIGHT, SUPER D, DEFEND THESE 2 ALL THE TIME YOU WANT, FOR A FAT LAZY GIRL AND AN ANNOYING BRAT?! YOUR MOTHER DIED SC THANK ME FOR YOUR SUCCESS
My cousin broke in tears and ran away to a secluded psrt of the house, my sister went sfter her to hug her. I also ran back, not for them but because my EA was running, screaming curses and insults. I stopped her midway
EA: LET ME PASS
Me: No aunt, she needs time
EA: WHAT TIME LET ME PASS YOU SPOILED FAT SHIT.
She tries to push me and stab me with her nails, she gives up and walks back to the table(I peek to the room my sis and cousin are, my sis tells me to go)
An hour passes, and with the adults things are sort of forgotten, drinking tea, but aunt says:
EA: HOW DARE THEY
D: I told you thag Christmas, don't cry now, you reap what you crop
EA: HA!, still with that stupid idea? Too late now, and is SC fault to not open up (yeah, blame a 14yr old recent orphan for being sad), not mine, AND I'M RIGHT
She glares at me, eating cake with my youngest cousin (LK from my vr story)
EA: YOU! YOU ARE. SMART MAN, YOU KNOW I'M RIGHT, SAY IT
I just put cakes in a plate, tea for me, milk for my cousin and both leave the table:
Me: Hey dwarf, wanna play with plastic soldiers?
Little cousin: incomprehensible sounds of mouth full of cake
To this day I think ignoring her was the best decision.
And yup, she still thinks she is on the right and is my cousin's fault for not opening up back when her mother died. And yeah, i find disgusting how they blame a 14yr old kid so they won't accept their errors.
To this day there is still tense air, specially when there is a family gathering
EDIT: HOLY THIGHS OF AN ANIME WAIFU SILVER AND GOLD?!?!? Thank you so much!!! Altho I don't think I deserve them since I was only a witness during the whole thing, but still let me thank you
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2019.04.02 20:00 autotldr Harvard Study: "Gender Wage Gap" Explained Entirely by Work Choices of Men and Women John Phelan

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"Gender pay gap is worse than thought: Study shows women actually earn half the income of men," NBC announced recently in reference to a report titled "Still a Man's Labor Market" by the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research, which found that women's income was 51 percent less than men's earnings.
There are differences in the type of work men and women do, which bears on their earnings.
The authors, Stephen J. Rose and Heidi I. Hartmann-listed in that order because that is how it is presented on the cover of their report, not because of sexism-arrive at this conclusion by taking a longitudinal dataset from 2001-2015 and measuring average annual earnings across the period for people who worked any amount during any of these years, and then comparing the overall averages for male and female workers, as well as for different subsets of men and women.
Remember, if we truly want to measure the impact of sexism on male and female relative earnings, we want to look at men and women doing exactly the same job at exactly the same place.
"The gap can be explained entirely by the fact that, while having the same choice sets in the workplace, women and men make different choices."
"The gap of $0.89 in our setting," the authors concluded, "Can be explained entirely by the fact that, while having the same choice sets in the workplace, women and men make different choices."
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2019.03.19 15:40 limbodog How to identify fascism

Fascism is a far-right form of government. In 2003 Political Scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt compiled the 14 common characteristics of fascist governments after studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile) ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Read them below. And note that having a couple of anecdotal examples of one or two of them doesn't make one fascist, but if you find lots of examples of each of them, then you're almost definitely talking about fascism.
Powerful and Continuing Nationalism -- Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights -- Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause -- The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
Supremacy of the Military -- Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
Rampant Sexism -- The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
Controlled Mass Media -- Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
Obsession with National Security -- Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
Religion and Government are Intertwined -- Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
Corporate Power is Protected -- The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
Labor Power is Suppressed -- Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .
Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts -- Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
Obsession with Crime and Punishment -- Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
Rampant Cronyism and Corruption -- Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
Fraudulent Elections -- Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
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2019.03.18 17:40 ZenoAtharax How can antifascists help the muslim community?

Hello everyone. I wanted to wait until a few days have passed in order to post this. We're mostly anarchists and communists against racism, sexism, and classism. In some countries we're more organized, in others less, but I keep wondering how can we make antifascism more appealing for our muslim comrades. I'm a spaniard, and I've read the Quran (it was a gift from my friend Abdul before I left the country. as I'm currently living in Chile). In Spain, christians, muslims and atheists have coexisted for more than 8 centuries. And here in Chile (the exception, apparently), it looks like there are quite a few palestinians that migrated some years ago, so now the youth are starting to participate in anticapitalist/antifascist movements.
I've noticed there isn't much muslim/arab presence in our groups, overall. While it's true that there are many muslims in Spain (they're strong and protective of each other, as you might know we had 40 years of fascist dictatorship and there are still many attacks on mosques, most times they leave pork heards at the door, or throw dog poo at the buildings) it's also true that they don't seem interested in organising with us. I doubt this has anything to do with half of us being atheists, but I might be wrong. For us, atheism doesn't mean having anything against religious people, not even against religion itself, but rather against the political use of religion to justify certain inequalities, or against the religious hierarchies themselves. In all the years I spent there, I just saw one arab kid wearing an antifa t-shirt. I just wanted you all to know that, in the event fascists attack and there aren't enough of you nearby to help, please consider letting us know, as we've been fighting those intolerant primates for decades.
We've been really sad since the NZ massacre (you can check Anarchism or MutualSupport, most of us were or are still depressed because, even if this kind of attacks are nothing new, the cruelty of the attacker was something we were not used to seeing).
You know, my friend Abdul saved my life when I couldn't even stand up due to severe back pain, and I couldn't even walk to the pharmacy. Then he gave me this amazing, quasi-poetic book which only helped my anti-islamophobic stance grow with more and more arguments. I just want to turn the favor back, sort of. As you might know, fascists usually attack when they blatantly outnumber the victim, and there might be places where the muslim community isn't big enough to defend itself. Most antifa's are extremely critique of christianism, but that's because that religion was imposed on us like it was imposed in South America after all the indigenous massacres, but that doesn't mean we have anything against religious people. We know the vast majority of muslims, christians and jews are not only good people, but often oppressed by some of their own religious hierarchies.
My friend and I ended up having long, philosophical debates where the line that separates theology from philosophy blurred. I told him I believe in the cosmos and its chemical/physical laws, that imo it's what some people call "God". Obviously he would have been very happy if I ever decided to convert to islam, but I kept telling him "There are already 1.400 million muslims, what harm would I do if I defended islam against islamophobic attackers "from the outside", from an atheist perspective?
Please, no matter what some stupid kids do in the name of misunderstood atheism, never forget that most anarchists and communists will lend you their hand if islamophobic people insult you, attack you, or show disrespect fo your mosques. As-salāmu ʿalaykum.
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2018.12.10 23:02 autotldr A New Harvard Study Suggests the Gender Pay Gap Doesn't Exist

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"Gender pay gap is worse than thought: Study shows women actually earn half the income of men," NBC announced recently in reference to a report titled "Still a Man's Labor Market" by the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research, which found that women's income was 51 percent less than men's earnings.
There are differences in the type of work men and women do, which bears on their earnings.
The authors, Stephen J. Rose and Heidi I. Hartmann-listed in that order because that is how it is presented on the cover of their report, not because of sexism-arrive at this conclusion by taking a longitudinal dataset from 2001-2015 and measuring average annual earnings across the period for people who worked any amount during any of these years, and then comparing the overall averages for male and female workers, as well as for different subsets of men and women.
Remember, if we truly want to measure the impact of sexism on male and female relative earnings, we want to look at men and women doing exactly the same job at exactly the same place.
"The gap can be explained entirely by the fact that, while having the same choice sets in the workplace, women and men make different choices."
"The gap of $0.89 in our setting," the authors concluded, "Can be explained entirely by the fact that, while having the same choice sets in the workplace, women and men make different choices."
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2018.11.03 05:46 owlmonkey Update from Transition Task force (2 Nov 2018)

Dear Worldwide Shambhala Community,
Summary (Highlights of the letter for those who do not speak English as a first language): Thank you to the 96 people interested in being a part of the Process Team and for your patience as we take care in assessing our approach and requirements for applicants, types of involvement, and structure for the PT. There will be four areas of commitment: Community Healing, Culture Change, Governance, and Community Building. A small group of organizational development and culture change professionals are working with us to design the appropriate structure for the PT in advance of its launch. Thank you for everyone’s support and participation in the unfolding and maturation of this landmark group.
Thank you to all of you who have applied to the Process Team and for your patience. With the seating of the Shambhala Interim Board of Directors, the Transition Task Force has turned its attention to the establishment of the Process Team. This is a very different process than selecting the Interim Board. We acknowledge the Process Team’s importance and potential impact on the global Shambhala community, and we are taking care with each step of its development.
Ninety-six people from around the world are interested in being part of the Process Team. This includes 47 people from the United States, 34 from Europe, 11 from Canada, and 4 others from Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. It has been inspiring to have so many people step forward. Every applicant has expressed passion and heart, and an impressive array of skills, expertise, and knowledge in the professions and disciplines that will be needed. While we would like to include everyone in an aspect of the PT, we are also taking time to review specific qualifications and proposed structures in advance of appointments.
The Process Team is charged with the task of creating a path to freshness, trust, and transparency for Shambhala as a worldwide organization and, at the same time, to adhere to the vision of Shambhala, the lineage of Sakyongs, the Shambhala teachings, and Mahayana and Vajrayana buddhadharma. We envision that the Process Team will listen to and consult with the Shambhala community region by region in order to explore, and eventually propose to the community and Interim Board, how Shambhala can heal and find sustainable culture and leadership.
The task of the Process Team will be to engage with the community, build on efforts already underway, prototype, and reveal appropriate regional and, potentially, sangha-wide ways to heal, be more inclusive, develop sustainable governance structures, and build community. The current four areas, which overlap, and may develop in different ways depending on regional needs, reflect the concerns that the community has communicated to us and are likely to contribute to and guide the ways the work of this group will move forward. These four areas are:
Community Healing & Learning
Assessing what people need to continue in Shambhala with full engagement and heart, for example, addressing trauma, and truth and reconciliation. This includes practitioners at every level, including students of the Vidyadhara who are not students of the Sakyong.
Culture Change
While remaining true to the heart of Shambhala vision, fostering education and raising awareness regarding social system dynamics, i.e., privilege and power, racism, North American centrism, classism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, and able bodyism, among other areas of change.
Governance Structures
Exploring what it means to manifest the vision of Shambhala and the teachings of our lineage as a worldwide organization. This might include activities such as gathering input from the community toward the design of a model for the organization, possible governance structures, and models of financial and resource sustainability.
Community Building
Working with efforts already underway in this area to strengthen our communities and bring out their best qualities at local, regional, and global sangha levels. Community Building may include suggestions from the other three areas.
We have looked carefully at all the PT applicants’ bios and areas of interest and have organized all applicants by regions and general areas of interest. Recently, we sent a survey to applicants to learn more about their specific area of interest, including their personal and professional experience, time availability, and leadership experience.
With this information, we will consider next steps to create an appropriate distributive organizational structure for the Process Team. To do so, we have consulted with five organizational and culture change professionals from three continents. They have reviewed our steps to date and the four areas of interest, and have agreed to meet again to offer a proposed design for the Process Team that is inclusive, cohesive, and flexible.
We look forward to this continuing conversation and the initiation of the Process Team. As the PT initiates and enters its work, other areas that need to be addressed or a sequence for addressing areas may evolve. The Process Team will be fully empowered to adjust and adapt its work accordingly, and/or to invite others into the process, as needed. The Process Team will also be in communication with the Interim Board about its scope, tasks, and progress.
Thank you to all those who have applied to the Process Team and for everyone’s support and participation in the unfolding and maturation of this landmark group.
Sincerely,
The Transition Task Force * Ani Pema Chödrön, Acharya * Arawana Hayashi, Acharya * Charlene Leung, Acharya * Suzann Duquette, Acharya * Katrin Stelzel, Treasury Council Europe, Member * Andrew Sacamano, Kasung Shastri * Sharon Owyang, Regional Director * Basia Solarz (facilitator)
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2018.10.23 17:45 CaptMackenzieCalhoun Brazilian Comrades: Prepare to go underground.

Cross post from socialism
“Either they go overseas, or go to jail… These red outlaws will be banished from our homeland. It will be a clean-up, the likes of which has never been seen in Brazilian history”
Our comrades in Brazil may be in some of the gravest dangers, as the next wave of fascism may hit their door steps soon. Many have already been attacked even carving swastikas on their flesh to uphold their hate. This rhetoric is not unknown to Latin America, as we have seen countless dictators, generals, and fascistic leaders actually live up to these words; whether its Pinochet in Chile, or death squads in El Salvador.
Jair Bolsonaro is a far-right candidate who’s racism and bigotry against our queer comrades, and comrades of color is well known throughout the world. He has now vowed to purge Brazil of all left-wing political opponents if elected, including the Worker’s Party’s candidate who is facing him now. We have also suffered the lost of many progressive activists and leaders in Brazil through shady means. We may expect to lose more if he wins.
Comrades in Brazil, please prepare for the worst. Protect yourselves while fighting to move forward. Have your communications ready for whatever may happen (encrypted, private, or other creative means); be well stocked; take self defense; mark safe places for you and other comrades; record anything/everything; and make known to the world what ungodly tactics Bolsonaro and his fascistic thugs put upon you all. Make sure your loved ones are as safe as you can make them, as you continue to advance humanity’s hope for a better future… Socialism.
As for the liberals and other who stand by this “election”, be warned. Fascists always come for the socialists/Marxists/leftists first. Soon they will come for others, whether they be black, queer, Jewish, immigrants, poor, or simply people that get in their way.
Feel free to lend any support for our Brazilian comrades here. We stand with you through these dark times. Know that you are loved with all of our hearts, as we all seek to rid the world of all this hateful bigotry, racism, sexism, poverty, and oppression. The harder they fight, the more their fear is exposed. The late stages of capitalism will usher in the new stages of socialism!
SOLIDARIEDADE!
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2018.10.23 15:51 bayarea415 BRAZILIAN COMRADES: PREPARE TO MOVE UNDERGROUND.

“Either they go overseas, or go to jail… These red outlaws will be banished from our homeland. It will be a clean-up, the likes of which has never been seen in Brazilian history”
Our comrades in Brazil may be in some of the gravest dangers, as the next wave of fascism may hit their door steps soon. Many have already been attacked even carving swastikas on their flesh to uphold their hate. This rhetoric is not unknown to Latin America, as we have seen countless dictators, generals, and fascistic leaders actually live up to these words; whether its Pinochet in Chile, or death squads in El Salvador.
Jair Bolsonaro is a far-right candidate who’s racism and bigotry against our queer comrades, and comrades of color is well known throughout the world. He has now vowed to purge Brazil of all left-wing political opponents if elected, including the Worker’s Party’s candidate who is facing him now. We have also suffered the lost of many progressive activists and leaders in Brazil through shady means. We may expect to lose more if he wins.
Comrades in Brazil, please prepare for the worst. Protect yourselves while fighting to move forward. Have your communications ready for whatever may happen (encrypted, private, or other creative means); be well stocked; take self defense; mark safe places for you and other comrades; record anything/everything; and make known to the world what ungodly tactics Bolsonaro and his fascistic thugs put upon you all. Make sure your loved ones are as safe as you can make them, as you continue to advance humanity’s hope for a better future… Socialism.
As for the liberals and other who stand by this “election”, be warned. Fascists always come for the socialists/Marxists/leftists first. Soon they will come for others, whether they be black, queer, Jewish, immigrants, poor, or simply people that get in their way.
Feel free to lend any support for our Brazilian comrades here. We stand with you through these dark times. Know that you are loved with all of our hearts, as we all seek to rid the world of all this hateful bigotry, racism, sexism, poverty, and oppression. The harder they fight, the more their fear is exposed. The late stages of capitalism will usher in the new stages of socialism!
SOLIDARIEDADE!
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2018.10.09 23:32 mariposadenaath I think those here who relish the coming irrelevance and decline of the Mormon Corporation are forgetting something important...

Its not really about popularity and growth. Its about Money and Power in the hands of the elites running the Corporation. And in that sense it is working quite well.
That has become crystal clear through the leaks and through just simple observation at what the Corporation does with its funds and how it chooses its priorities. Tithing is useful for shaming/coercing/policing the sheeple, but not really important for creating Corporate wealth. Forget the propaganda, the doctrines and stories and the smarmy mind numbing pap mewled by the geriatrics and corporate professional liars like Gerard and Oaks. That is just about creating boundaries, fear and ignorance. Which again serves the main purpose, money and power in the hands of the chosen elite, by selecting for those who will conform and forcing out those who won't.
Those who won't conform remove themselves and all is well. A smaller group is easy to convince that smaller means more pure and valient, instead of a loss of validity or decline in relevance. Nothing covers up moments of doubt like feeling special, elite, chosen, strong instead of 'weak' like those who quit. Nobody in power in the Corporation will be threatened by smaller congregations and consolidated units. And all the bullshit about new temples and amazing growth will be dumped as soon as it is no longer remotely plausible among even the most ignorant sheeple. Because it isn't really needed anyway.
The Corporation has chosen sides on the issues with sharp boundaries, and they genuinely think they will win. For those who have been paying attention for a few decades, the agenda of what Chris Hedges calls christian fascists in this country has been very clear for a long time. In particular, as part of its goal of christian dominionism in control of the government, it is to end any legal recognition for gay rights and to re-legalize discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality, and any other minority category under the false basis of 'protecting religious rights'.
When the Supreme Court ends the legacy of civil rights achievements for all the hated minorities, which will happen very quickly, the Corporation can boast about how it never gave into 'changing times'. The 'liberal' era was a blip, and the Corporation stood firm and strong. The Court will also only strengthen the reality that corporate persons are the only persons that matter in this country, which also suits the Mormon Corporation just fine. Oats spewing his hatred and ignorance isn't a risk, its a win win as he sees the future. And unfortunately the evidence may be on his side.
It isn't just a Corporation, its sort of like a mafia state too, because it will accept into its elite class a few chosen tokens who abide by the rules. It is still dominated by legacy Mormon elite families, not hard with a history of polygamy, but it has had to learn to expand. And as anybody with a missionary experience abroad knows, opportunists willing to do whatever is asked of them by imported Corporate COB leaders are easy enough to find. It is the opposite of diversity, it is carefully selecting those who can be bought, those who have sold out totally by adopting without question the rule of the elite who run the Corporation.
And it doesn't matter that most of the christian fascists with real actual power in this country despise Mormons and see them as useful idiots, because I think the Mormon mafia state has rather modest goals. A small very carefully and slowly expanded insider group gets to keep its privileges and lifestyles, ruling over an increasingly frightened and militantly ignorant flock of sheeple, as reward for cooperating with the real powers in the broader society. The Corporation never bothered itself with sticking up for non white Americans during our hideous history of slavery, lynching and segregation, it won't in the future either. Let alone the gays and other genders, poor people, or uppity women.
In a sense, the Mormon Corporation is just the pitied and despised little token member among the real power mafia state of christian dominionism, and it is perfectly okay with that. The Corporate Mormon elite see the overall trend in this country as to who has power, (which is a lot different than saying who is actually popular) and they want to be on the winning side for their own interests, as well as ideological affinity. The Mormon Corporate elites won't have a single thing to say about the loss of civil rights for any of the despised minorities. Loss of political and social status of the hated minorities is just the deserved wages of sin, or a test from the Lard for their own benefit.
The Corporation knows it has already lost this ideological war in many of the countries that were once the chosen targets of growth, the ones where missionaries didn't have to ask people for extensive genealogy charts and photographs to make sure they didn't have "negro blood". The Corporation gave in when it became clear just a relatively short time ago that the racism had to be blunted to some extent, but even this didn't stop the decline in Europe, Australia/NZ, and eventually in the US. Even many people in Western Europe who sympathize with authoritarian trends are still fine with gay people and contemptuous of religion and have no interest in Mormonism.
But there is still hope in the white-ish newer countries for Mormonism, where cultural hostility similar to the traditional Mormon kind are still very much in evidence. Racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, hostility to a complicated world, these are ways of selecting what kinds of people the Mormons can look to for growth in Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as in pockets of the US and other countries with a long history of missionaries. This will allow the Corporation to stop having to settle for refugees and broken people in Western Europe/Australia/NZ, people they don't want in the first place.
We'll see how this pans out, as people in those countries have far superior local and more popular options available, even if they are exactly the type of people who would fit into the authoritarian version of reactionary Mormonism. Why join a foreign cult just because you hate gay people and foreigners? I suspect the Corporation is delusional in its hopes for these new areas for growth.
And now that the Corporation knows its area of real growth is in Africa in particular, it is still creating a selection process along very similar lines and with some built in advantages. These are areas with some very strongly homophobic and misogynistic cultural traditions (often imported by traditional christians during colonial times), among a variety of very different traditions that are none of these things, all present within the society. They are also areas with a very patchy system of access to information and education, and where all kinds of competing beliefs about reality are part of the mix.
This is absolutely not to denigrate the citizens of these countries or make stereotypical assumptions about these societies as a whole, it is just to point out that only SOME of those citizens are of interest to the Corporation. The Mormons want only certain types of converts, the ones who will absolutely embrace this weekend's hostility towards gay people, non-traditional genders, unwelcome news about the real world, science, and who are happy to embrace very traditional gender roles.
Again, although all of these countries have traditions that are very radically different to Mormon values when it comes to these boundary issues, the Corporation is not interested in recruiting from those traditions. It is picking its side very clearly, it is not interested in a universal message no matter how it spins its bullshit, it is only talking to SOME people in Africa. Just as it is talking to only SOME people even in the Morridor. It has never been interested in selling its ponzi scheme to everyone.
This will also be true in other parts of the world where reactionary, fascist, authoritarian, racist, and anti-intellectual trends within the host society are increasing dramatically, and where Mormons have been for a longer period of time. Brazil will be just the latest country in Latin America where the Corporation will be creating dramatic schisms among the members, just as in Guatemala, Chile and Argentina before. This is likely happening in the Philippines as well. The Corporation already selects those who conform to corporate Morridor ideology when deciding on whom to bestow fuzzy church employment for men, that will just get a lot more overt as events play out in the countries at large.
The Corporation doesn't want the Salt of the Earth, it wants a completely different demographic. This shouldn't be a surprise, as we should all know by now how the Corporation reacted to fascism the last time it was a major global force. And in more recent times, we should all know how it reacted to more recent dictatorships, mass killings and genocides in countries where the Mormons were recruiting. It always picked sides, just as it doing now. Along with its preference for any ideology which is authoritarian and reactionary, the Corporation has always picked the side it saw as most likely to hold onto power. That isn't going to change now.
The Corporation really doesn't have to broaden its appeal in order to increase funds, or even membership. I think this is a myth that many exmos embrace but it is a false hope because it doesn't accept what the Corporation is really about.
And the Corporation is looking on with glee to the rather terrifying trends in societies and politics around the world, it all looks good for their future. Scared marginal people are ripe for the plucking, end times are good for a ponzi scheme selling false security, and authoritarian regimes love authoritarian religions. Sucking up to worldly powers is as corporate as it gets, and the Mormon Corporation is already barely a religion. The future looks very good for the Corporation, even as so much looks pretty horrible for normal humans and regular mormons.
I don't even think PR matters that much anymore either, as we can see with this cringe inducing focus on the name over the weekend. What exmos think of as stupid and counterproductive may also be beneficial to the Corporation as a cult. People constantly encouraged to be insular and separate and superior, don't really need to care much about PR, its just another selection process.
Anyway, some thoughts, none of them particularly original lol, just typing out my musings after the weekend and some very depressing conversations with TBMs. Apologies for the length.
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