Lest the power of fiction in the political sphere be doubted, remember Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. By personalizing the slave experience and bringing to light the subhuman ways slaves were treated, the 1852 novel heightened the tensions between Northerners and Southerners that erupted in the Civil War. Reportedly, Lincoln called Stowe “the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” After reading Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel The Jungle, a riled-up Teddy Roosevelt launched his own investigation of food preparation and handling conditions. The public outcry in response to Sinclair’s scarily accurate descriptions of unsanitary food preparation brought about the signing of the Meat Inspection Act and other regulatory laws.
University of Cambridge scientists and others performed brain scans on 19 heterosexual men who had compulsive sexual behaviors and 19 heterosexual men who didn’t, with the participants either watching explicit pornographic videos or sports. Two of the participants in the former category had lost their jobs after watching porn at work and four of them said intensive pornography use had led them to escalated behavior such as hiring prostitutes.
Whatever advice you give, be short.
—Horace (via wellsaidblog)
That’s what international media outlets seem to forget: that it’s people simply trying to live their lives that are paying the ultimate price. In this latest escalation, just like any other escalation, every Gazan is a target.
Since the start of the latest round of air strikes, life in Gaza has totally changed. In some ways, it has disappeared almost entirely. Gone is the usually festive spirit of Ramadan. Instead, Gazans are stuck at home, watching their loved ones being killed on television, and praying that it won’t be them next. Death hangs over even the most mundane aspects of life. Leaving home to go to the supermarket to stock up on food means running the risk of either being killed or injured.
This year Malala celebrates her 17th birthday by traveling to Nigeria to honor the missing girls, and to encourage the government to do more to get them back home.
Malala expresses her concern not only about the Nigerian abductions but also the violence in Syria, the rapes in India, and the crossfire between Gaza and Israel, and how all this is affecting access to education, particularly for girls.
“We cannot sit on the sidelines and let this continue,” she says. “Each of us is responsible. We cannot rest until we have justice and freedom for every girl and every boy.”
Read Malala’s Washington Post opinion piece about how we are #strongerthan fear and the enemies of education.