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Tonto’s Portrayal

Tonto’s Portrayal

DEPP’S “TONTO” COSTUME BASED ON A NON-NATIVE ARTIST’S WILD IMAGINATION by Lisa Wade, PhD, From Sociological Images Johnny Depp is playing the character of “Tonto” in the movie re-make of The Lone Ranger. Critics of the original series have observed that Tonto, the American Indian sidekick of the White hero, was a negative racial stereotype. He was subservient to the Ranger, spoke...

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A Personal Account of the 6/25 Texas Filibuster

A Personal Account of the 6/25 Texas Filibuster

Yesterday, June 25th, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered against Senate Bill 5: The ambulatory regulation bill (which also would have made it illegal to have an abortion after 20 weeks, among other regulations). And I was there. Growing up in a family who lived under the poverty line, I have seen struggle, and I have held close to my faith to get me through times that I didn’t...

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Military Rape Trial

Military Rape Trial

As the Senate Armed Services Committee meets to take up its version of the Defense Authorization bill, senators will likely devote at least as much verbiage to discussion of sexual assault in the military ranks as they do to the finer points of the Pentagon budget that is the bill’s main focus. But missing from the committee’s final version of the bill will be the one measure that advocates...

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I call. You’re stone. One day you’ll look and find I’m gone.

I call. You’re stone. One day you’ll look and find I’m gone.

Poetry Magazine’s Landays: Poetry of Afghan Women http://bit.ly/12raltn I call. You’re stone. One day you’ll look and find I’m gone. The teenage poet who uttered this folk poem called herself Rahila Muska. She lived in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold and one of the most restive of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces since the U.S. invasion began on October 7, 2001. Muska, like many...

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Finland To Ban Alcohol Advertising in Public Places

Finland To Ban Alcohol Advertising in Public Places

In a proposal to be sent to parliament in the spring, the Finnish government is planning to ban all alcohol advertisement on public places in order to reduce youth exposure to alcohol promotion. The decision comes shortly after the government took action to reduce cigarette visibility by banning ads and requiring that cigarette products be kept under the counter or behind closed doors where...

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Men’s Role in Reproductive Rights

Men’s Role in Reproductive Rights

Until now, we’ve been far too comfortable with men occupying a lethargic role in the sexual and reproductive rights movement: that of passive allies. And while it’s imperative that communities and individuals most marginalized by reproductive oppression lead the way in building a new future, it’s also critical that we situate an analysis of masculinity in the reproductive justice...

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