Links – 2008-11-18

Reminder: Happy Hour in DC tonight at the Chi-Cha Lounge. Fun starts around 5:30.

Women’s eNews talks about the Global Gender Gap:

The economic, political and educational gender gaps have shrunk globally, with equality between women and men improving in more than two-thirds of 130 countries analyzed in the annual Global Gender Gap Index. The Nov. 12 index was released by the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based development think tank.

Worldwide, women’s health and life expectancy, however, keep worsening.

Alternet asks “Is the Turban Effect the new Bradley Effect?”

The first is “The Turban Effect,” published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology by a team from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. It suggests that simply noticing someone is a Muslim increases aggressive tendencies on the part of non-Muslim Westerners.

The Pushback Blog comments on Andrew Sullivan’s take on Prop 8:

On the first point, the logic is absurd; if the voting preferences of African-Americans in one state can be used as a proxy for the voting preferences of African-Americans in all states, then, by Sullivan’s reasoning, we can also safely say that Prop 8 revealed the seething homophobia in a huge swath of the population: the over-65 community (61 percent voted “yes”), Latinos (53 percent voted “yes”), and middle-class voters (54 percent voted “yes”). Indeed, by Sullivan’s reasoning, most communities in the United States are brimming with “seething” homophobia.

Afrobella’s got another great discussion going on Prop 8, in her Love not H8 post. The comments are an interesting volley between those for and against gay marriage.

Shygirlj sends in this link from CNN:

A jury awarded $2.5 million in damages on Friday to a Kentucky teenager who was severely beaten by members of a Ku Klux Klan group because the Klansmen mistakenly thought he was an illegal Latino immigrant, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.
Jordan Gruver, then 16, was targeted and beaten by Klan members, his lawsuit alleged.

The jury found that the Imperial Klans of America and its founder wrongfully targeted 16-year-old Jordan Gruver, an American citizen of Panamanian and Native-American descent.

Rob Schmidt sends in this interesting tidbit buried in a Slate article (emphasis mine):

A report from the pro-gay National Black Justice Coalition attributes President Bush’s 2004 reelection in part to the near-doubling of his percentage of the black vote in Ohio, which he achieved “by appealing to Black churchgoers on the issue of marriage equality.” This year, blacks in California were targeted the same way.

The NBJC report paints a stark picture of the resistance. It cites surveys showing that “65% of African-Americans are opposed to marriage equality compared to 53% of Whites” and that blacks are “less than half as likely to support marriage equality and legal recognition of same-sex civil unions as Whites.” It concludes: “African-Americans are virtually the only constituency in the country that has not become more supportive over the last dozen years, falling from a high of 65% support for gay rights in 1996 to only 40% in 2004.” Nor is the problem dying out: “Among African-American youth, 55% believed that homosexuality is always wrong, compared to 36% of Latino youth and 35% of White youth.”

Jasmine sends in an article on Danny Hoch, who has apparently declared war on gentrifiers:

Although the characters in “Taking Over” range from a real estate developer to a young man whose family is being kicked out of its apartment, the pro-gentrification characters (who are, not coincidentally, white) are inevitably less sympathetic than those being pushed out by the neighborhood’s transformation.

During earlier workshop runs, Mr. Hoch said, many upper-middle-class audience members told him they felt excluded or alienated while watching the show, particularly when the more hostile characters were onstage. “And my response to that is: That is a good thing, embrace that, because that is what all of my characters who are getting displaced are feeling.”

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