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On Ray Rice’s Suspension and Whom The NFL Cares About

If you are reading this, you probably already know about Ray Rice, his domestic violence charge (which he pled down), and the NFL’s recent two-game suspension of Rice for this crime. Here is a round-up of posts that all explain in their title the big public takeaway from this lax suspension: Face It, Women: The NFL Does Not Give a Shit About You NFL tells women it doesn’t care about them Ray Rice Suspension Shows Just How Much NFL Cares About Domestic Violence Keith Olbermann Wonders Why the NFL Doesn’t Think Women Are Worthy of “Basic Human Respect” DEAR NFL, WOMEN MATTER … The problem with being a female football

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ESPN and Making Victim Blaming MUST SEE TV

On Friday, ESPN personality, Stephen A Smith, said this about domestic violence victims on his show First Take: But what I’ve tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what, I’ve done this all my life, let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions … we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen. After his colleague, Michelle Beadle, tweeted her disgust at this “Victims, Don’t Provoke” mantra that

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About UT Football, Sexual Assault, and Race

Yesterday, news broke that two UT football players were arrested for raping a fellow student and that they had been indefinitely suspended from the team. UT is conducting a Title IX investigation. In response to the news earlier this year that three Oregon basketball players had been investigated for raping a fellow student and dismissed from the team despite no charges being pressed, I wrote this: The rub here is that sexual assault cases involving student athletes often end up being high-profile cases and black men on campuses are greatly overrepresented on athletic teams. According to the 2013 report, “Black Male Student-Athletes And Racial Inequalities In NCAA Division I College

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How We Tell The Story

Today, ESPN had an article about domestic violence that went like this: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters in New York on Monday, league source confirmed to ESPN. This is an important step as the NFL determines its discipline for Rice, who was arrested and indicted for striking his then-fiancée. Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and was later accepted into a pretrial intervention program last month. The league could fine and suspend Rice under the personal conduct policy. This is his first major off-the-field incident. The New York Post had earlier reported the news. Rice

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DePaul Student Athletes Upset Over Banner But Not About Rape

From my friend Jordan: When 'no' is not enough: Students question DePaul's sexual assault policies http://t.co/A7mqqLNJb3 Sigh. @scATX pic.twitter.com/YCWfKf3XME — Jordan + Bunny (@jordanbks) May 3, 2014 Here is the article that Jordan calls, “Oh no their fees fees column about the banners”: “Banners in Arts and Letters building upset DePaul student athletes” An excerpt: “I just think it’s an overgeneralization, it paints everybody in a bad light when that’s not the case at all,” Student Athlete Two said. “By spreading it to all of these people I feel victimized by it … I’m supposedly in this department that is perpetuating rape culture when that’s not the case at all.” “You

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