You need to read John Pavlovitz’s open letter to Brock Turner’s father in full. He responds to this horrible outcome much better than I could possibly:
I need you to understand something, and I say this as a father who dearly loves my son as much as you must love yours:
Brock is not the victim here.
His victim is the victim.
She is the wounded one.
He is the damager.
If his life has been “deeply altered” it is because he has horribly altered another human being; because he made a reprehensible choice to take advantage of someone for his own pleasure. This young woman will be dealing with this for far longer than the embarrassingly short six months your son is being penalized. She will endure the unthinkable trauma of his “20 minutes of action” for the duration of her lifetime, and the fact that you seem unaware of this fact is exactly why we have a problem.
Author Caroline Paul, on why boys should read girl books:
When a boy is directed to books that reflect only a narrow aspect of the world — often a part he already knows — or he is shamed for any interest in what is considered a “girl book,” his understanding of girls and of himself is devastatingly incomplete. So the school that rejected me is doing boys no favors.
This is absolutely rediculous. A sixteen year old boy invades his teacher’s privacy, steals nude photos from her phone, distributes them, and somehow this is the teacher’s fault? Victim-blaming at its most pathetic.
The student should be charged.
Ars Technica: Teacher pushed to resign after student grabs nude pics from her phone
Glad to see Zuckerberg calling out employees and guests of Facebook who have been crossing out “Black Lives Matter” and replacing it with “all lives matter”.
Photographer Anna Friemoth’s series “Words for Women” take a literal interpretation to words often used to criticize women. An over-the-top, and effective, social commentary.
Eleven-year-old Marley Dias sounds like just the sort of person we need more of in this world. She wants to read books with main characters she relates to, and wants to give others the same opportunity. Should we always read/watch stuff featuring those similar to us… of course not. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting more of an opportunity to do so. Especially when the bulk of mainstream media is so overwhelmingly middle-class white.
Jezebel: 11-Year-Old ‘Sick of Reading About White Boys and Dogs’ Launches #1000BlackGirlBooks
Absolutely ridiculous. Truly the terrorists have won as they’ve turned us into a society that arrests a 14-year-old for making and bringing a digital clock to school. Shameful.
The Verge: 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrested for bringing homemade clock to school