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Booby traps and interracial squeezes: Your sex and gender morning roundup

April 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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OVER 130,000 PEOPLE have signed a petition to hold McDonalds accountable for the attack on trans woman Chrissy Lee Polis inside a Rosedale, Md. location last week. One employee filmed the minutes-long attack that sent Polis into a seizure. Though the video shows the store's manager attempting to intervene in the beating, other employees, well, stood around and filmed it, some apparently laughing at the incident. Change.org wants the fast food chain to adopt an anti-discrimination policy that's inclusive of gender identity and to provide employees with diversity training. Interestingly, the tape has been central to the incident's traction as a rallying point for LGBT rights. I can't imagine this level of national outcry had the incident not been widely circulated on YouTube; it certainly wouldn't have gained so much traction on TV, where there just isn't a story without a visual.

AFTER THE JUMP: STD education of yore; Albert Haynesworth and black athletes who date white women; Dept. of labor rethinks "sex"; the FBI should rethink "rape":

SYPHILIS AS SEA MONSTER: One hundred years of graphic STI hysteria.

ELAHE IZADI digs in to the racial implications Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's defense in his sex abuse case: That he just doesn't "like black girls." "Despite obvious problems with such a 'victim-blaming' defense, Haynesworth’s remarks touch upon a sensitive topic: interracial dating and black athletes dating white women," Izadi writes. "If you look at the country as a whole, interracial dating and marriage is becoming more acceptable: a record 14.6 percent of new marriages in 2008 were interracial. But, 22 percent of black men married someone outside of their race, compared to 9 percent of black women who did so. And white-black pairings overall only made up 11 percent of those 2008 interracial marriages." She continues: Analyzing individual relationships to make a broader political point can be tricky, as Ta-Nehisi Coates notes. He wrote last year that one big problem when talking about black men dating white women is the 'kind of collectivist approach toward something as individual and private as marriage.'"

SOMEDAY, television will run out of ethnic groups on which to base reality wedding programming.

THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR's understanding of "sex" discrimination extends to discrimination based on pregnancy or gender identity. In a press release, the department "announced its full commitment to implementing equal employment opportunity policies for all department employees and applicants. The policies ensure equal protections for all employees and applicants regardless of race; color; religion; national origin; sex, including pregnancy and gender identity; age; disability, whether physical or mental; genetic information; status as a parent; sexual orientation; or other non-merit factor."

RELATIONSHAPES.

REDEFINING RAPE: "The year 1929," Kate Sheppard writes of the year the FBI settled on its current definition of forcible rape, :was quite a while ago—before the Great Depression, before Mickey Mouse, and before the Empire State Building, to name a few. It was also before roofies had been invented and before date or partner rape were even concepts."

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