The article, “Beyond Christianity: The Status of Women and Rape Myths” by Renae Franiuk and E. Ashley Shain discusses the relationship between religion and rape myths. It was written to review religious writings that support or instigate rape myths in past and present societies. Also, the article investigates the literal and distorted interpretations of each text. This analysis focuses on the most prominent texts used in Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
In context to religion and rape myths in general, it is safe to say that women are much more “under the radar”... [+] Read more
Teen Pregnancy: Are you ashamed?
Based off of the article, “Tough truth about teen pregnancy”, from the New York Daily News, I discussed the main points and argued some of my own thoughts after summarizing the article.
The article opens with a discussion of the public education posters in New York City. The public is divided because the posters use shame as a tactic to educate people about teen pregnancy. One poster in particular shows a toddler boy crying next to words that say he is less likely to graduate high school because he was born to a teen mother... [+] Read more
The article, “The Cult of Assad”, published by TIME Magazine (Baker, Newton-Small, 2013) provides a detailed analysis of Bashar Assad then and now. The article begins by discussing his father, Hafez and his regime. After an attempted assassination, Hafez struck back at his enemy, the Syrian Brotherhood. He used lethal cyanide gas and military force to kill between 10,000 and 30,000 people who he believed to be insurgents and rebels. From this example, Bashar learned to believe that rebellion needed to be exterminated. Today, Bashar is in hot water with the United Nations, specifically... [+] Read more