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Unacknowledged Racism Feeds Institutional Prejudice

Prejudice  by Mo Flickr/creative commons

This morning, The New York Times Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof asks, Is Everyone A Little Bit Racist? This bit of genius melds diverse findings that suggest that yes, we are, whether we are white or a person of color. Blind research has proven over and over again that unacknowledged racism throughout society has fed institutional prejudice. When injured, non-whites were less frequently prescribed pain-killers. Black students are three times more likely to be suspended from school. Young black people are almost 4 times more likely than their white cohorts. A black sounding name on a resume is Read More

The Sexual Freedom Project: Do your own research

The level of sex education in America's schools is impartial at best and at its worst calls for abstinence. What has been your experience? Many people believe that the responsibility for sex education lies with your parents. How has the worked for you? The bottom line makes you responsible for your own sex ed, researching those aspects that teachers, parents, and even your peers left out. There are plenty of good sources of sex ed on the Internet (and in your local library), including sites especially for teens such as teen source, Scarleteen, and sexetc, so you ...

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Male Genital Mutilation: Bad Science (Part 2)

In Part 1, I spoke of faults in pro-circumcision rhetoric and attitudes that condone genital cutting. Now we will examine some evidence in favor of circumcision. The trials in Africa, conducted from 2005-2007 and often referenced, have been shown to use poor methodology. Brian D. Earp, who has written rigorously on this topic, familiarizes us with others who have done extensive research: While the “gold standard” for medical trials is the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the African trials suffered [a number of serious problems] including problematic randomization and selection bias, ...

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