Register, register, register!

If you don’t live in Alaska, Rhode Island, or Washington state then you still have time to register to vote. Lifehacker recently wrote up a great article discussing voting myths:

The midterm elections are only a few weeks off, and if ever there’s a time to participate in the electoral process, it’s now. But as of November 2016, only 70 percent of U.S. citizens over age 18 were registered to vote, which means that more than 65 million people who are eligible to register have not done so. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Sex Object: A Memoir”

Title: Sex Object: A Memoir
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
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Having reviewed ‘He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut’ and Why Have Kids?, I promised to review feminist author Jessica Valenti’s memoir. And, here we are! The title received some backlash after its initial publication, although I cannot quite understand why. Although provocative, many women are pulled into feminism after being on the receiving end of sexism that reduces them to sex objects. In my view, the criticism of the title demonstrates that people still don’t understand that fact. Continue reading

False rape accusations, explained

Reddit user LefthandedLunatic wrote up a long, detailed, and well-sourced post about false rape accusations. It’s excellent in its entirety, but here’s the “too long, didn’t read”:

  • For both genders you are way more likely to be raped then falsely accused of rape.
  • The estimated number of false rape accusations are around 2-10% at the highest.
  • For 216 False Rape Accusations only 39 named suspects, and only 2 got charged. That means that only 18% of False Rape Accusations actually accuse someone and that only 0.9% of false rape accusations ended up on court.

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Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care about your privacy

Be careful:

The private sector is making a calculated move here after reckoning with the fact that there’s popular momentum for federal privacy legislation following revelations of Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data. Companies know that many states have mustered the political will to pass strong privacy protections that address consumer concerns. And they know that Congress is so paralyzed by gridlock that it has been unable to act even where there is overwhelming bipartisan agreement. So many see here an opportunity to try to enact weak federal protections and kneecap state privacy efforts in the process. Continue reading