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  • Abortion Supporters Try, but Can't Remove the Stigma

    08/13/2015 6:58:01 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies ^ | 8/13/15 | Steve Berman
    “You have cancer.” Fear and dread pulse upon hearing those words.  The stigma of cancer—the chemotherapy, the endless tests, the knowledge that death is growing inside—is not joyful.  But the disease and the stigma can be overcome. “You’re pregnant.” Depending on circumstances, this is can be the biggest news in the world, or the worst possible thing. There are only two ways a pregnancy can end: a birth or a death.  There’s no stigma in having a baby, but the stigma never goes away when a pregnancy ends without one.  No matter how much some people want to hush over...
  • New York City Council Speaker reveals she has 'high risk HPV'

    08/18/2014 1:33:50 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    Melissa Mark-Viverito, 45, shared her diagnosis on Twitter on Sunday She learned she had the infection after her first appointment with a gynecologist in two years - and encouraged women to get checked HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can lead to cervical cancer, as well as other cancers New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has revealed she has 'high risk HPV', a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause cancer. She made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday, explaining that she learned about her human papillomavirus diagnosis on Friday following a long overdue gynecologist's appointment. [Snip]...
  • Help! My paradox meter broke: an atheist church?

    07/29/2014 6:56:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 19 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 7/29/2014 | Steve Berman
    Image credit: Jimmy Demello Artworks[/caption] The last time I was in Houston, I had to change the fuse in my paradox meter after meeting a self-described pro-choice Republican woman, who was also a lawyer. I told her at least she was better than Wendy Davis, to which no response was offered. I said it a second time, and with a puff of white smoke, the paradox-meter died. Dang, the fuse just blew again, reading Times August 4 issue, Religion section article Atheist Churches Gain PopularityEven in the Bible Belt (behind a paywall). Yup, the Atheist Church they wrote about...
  • There Really Is A Stigma Against The Long-Term Unemployed

    04/16/2013 7:05:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 130 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/16/2013 | Vivian Giang
    There's a real stigma associated with people who have been out of work for more than six months or those who are prone to job hopping. To find out how hiring managers view these candidates, economist Rand Ghayad conducted an experiment where he sent out 4,800 fictitious rsums for 600 job openings. Ghayad found that managers would rather hire people with no relevant job experience than someone who's been unemployed for a long time or has had several jobs in a short period of time. The resumes sent out described candidates looking work for different reasons across several industries, but...
  • Pro-abortion activists combat abortion 'stigma' with deceptive training methods

    04/05/2013 7:23:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesite ^ | Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.
    NEW YORK, April 5 (C-FAM) Frustrated by the persistence of shame attached to abortion, international abortion activists are employing stealth methods to recruit and train abortionists while scholars are attempting to stigmatize healthcare providers right to object on grounds of conscience. Abortion stigma is affected both by legislative initiatives that establish fetal personhood and gestational age limits and by discourses that influence cultural values, write Dr. Allison Norris and her colleagues in a Womens Health Issues article. By constructing the fetus as a person and abortion as murder, anti-abortion forces argue that women or providers - or both - should...
  • In '95, Holder called for anti-gun info campaign: 'Brainwash people...'

    12/17/2012 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama promised meaningful action to prevent gun violence, but he didnt explain exactly what that meant. Although a push for some kind of gun control legislation seems likely, theres also the possibility of an anti-gun informational campaign as described in 1995 by then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder. Holder, now Obamas attorney general, proposed using various levers of media and pop culture to attach a social stigma to guns, just as smoking has been stigmatized in recent decades. One thing that I think is clear with young people and with adults as well, is that we just have to be repetitive...
  • Mexico says it's singled out in flu fear

    05/08/2009 12:27:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 564+ views
    UPI ^ | 05/05/09
    Mexico says it's singled out in flu fear Published: May 5, 2009 at 8:13 AM MEXICO CITY, May 5 (UPI) -- Countermeasures some countries use to mitigate the outbreak of H1N1 flu prompted Mexican officials to say their citizens are typecast as virus-carriers. Officials consider Mexico the epicenter for the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak that has spread to at least 20 countries. Scientists haven't pinpointed the origin of the virus, but the earliest cases were found in the southwestern United States and Mexico, The New York Times reported. However, the United States Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said the...
  • Japan: Google crosses line with controversial old Tokyo maps(addresses of Burakumin?)

    05/04/2009 11:00:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 1,041+ views
    Japan Times ^ | 05/05/09 | JAY ALABASTER
    Google crosses line with controversial old Tokyo maps By JAY ALABASTER The Associated Press When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its online collection last year, the search giant didn't expect a backlash. The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, they were already posted on another Web site, and a historical map of Tokyo put up in 2006 hadn't caused any problems.
  • Gosaibi acts a waiter

    07/03/2008 4:51:32 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 74+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 03 July 2008 | Staff
    JEDDAH No job is demeaning and all professions, however considered lowly, must be respected. This was the message Minister of Labor, Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi, delivered when he donned the uniform of a waiter and carried out orders from the catering departments head. He also kissed the head of a Saudi waiter at one of Jeddahs restaurants in an expression of admiration for the man who caters to the food needs of many customers on a daily basis oblivious of the stigma and the negativity attached to the profession. The minister was patronizing the first Saudi Hospitality Day organized by...
  • Can Blaming People for Being Fat Help Curb Obesity?

    05/23/2008 7:17:18 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 123 replies · 221+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | May 22, 2008 | Katherine Hobson
    Stigma can be a powerful force in changing behavior. Just ask smokers, whose once accepted habit is now so marginalized that the prevalence of smoking has dropped to about 19 percent of U.S. adults from nearly 24 percent just a decade ago. A lot of factors figured into the decline since smoking's mid-20th-century peak, but the sense that smoking is disgusting as well as unhealthful and socially costly has certainly contributed to many people's decision to quit. Now that smokers have been taken care of, the obese are the new scapegoats for a lot of our ills. Last week, a...
  • A humbler Bill Clinton

    02/26/2008 7:56:05 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 48 replies · 211+ views
    International Herlad Tribune ^ | February 26, 2008 | John M. Broder
    LANCASTER, Ohio: The long campaign has taken some of the fight out of the Big Dog. The growling and snapping Bill Clinton that the country saw before the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries has been muzzled and leashed. He is being kept as far from the media as possible to prevent any more of the red-faced, finger-wagging tirades and freelance political commentary that polls say cost Hillary Clinton a lot of support, particularly among black voters. In the Lancaster High School gymnasium Monday night, Bill Clinton spoke for a full hour to about 2,000 people. The room could have...
  • Inflicting white neuroses on nonwhite women

    09/21/2007 9:49:40 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 81 replies · 289+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 21, 2007 | Paul F. Campos
    Americans are obsessed with fat because fatness has become a symbol for poverty, downward mobility, nonwhiteness and socially marginal status in general. Fear and hatred of fat has very little to do with the health risks associated with being "overweight" and "obese" (which are wholly imaginary and highly exaggerated
  • Weekend warrior no more, Reserve Marines drop stigma

    08/18/2006 4:27:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 454+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Leo A. Salinas
    HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, Washington (Aug. 18, 2006) -- Richard Litto does not like the term weekend warrior. In fact, he despises it, and the mere mention of the phrase triggers a standoffish response in a thick, South Boston accent. I dont like it, said Litto, a reserve Marine on active duty at Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. Were all Marines regardless of what status were in. And Litto is a true Marine. The 46-year-old sergeant currently serves with Marine Air Support Squadron 6; however, when called up for active duty from the reserves, he wanted to be with the action....
  • Clueless on Cable: Mass Murderers Need More Love, Understanding

    01/04/2006 2:43:57 PM PST · by pabianice · 19 replies · 766+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 1/3/06
    Clueless on CableRampage Killers, American Justice Series, A&E Network, hosted by Bill Kurtis (1 hour) In 1991, Wayne Lo, a male student at Shining Rock College in Massachusetts, started harassing a female student for a date. When, after several months, she still refused to date him and in fact had to climb out windows to avoid him, he bought a rifle and ammo and went on a shooting rampage on campus, shooting at random six people (including the campus gate guard), leaving two dead. When he got bored, Lo then sat down and dialed 9-1-1. The college prohibited campus police...
  • Immigrants struggle with illegitimacy

    12/05/2005 2:13:08 AM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 74 replies · 1,288+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 4, 2005 | ELENA VEGA, TONY FREEMANTLE
    ONE NATION, TWO WORLDS Illegal status not always an issue, but stigma still felt Their dream was a small piece of land in Mexico City, a place to build a modest house, a refuge from the inner-city barrio where they made their living selling used handbags on the street. Their plans included Houston, but only as a temporary step. Francisco would come here for a year, make some money and return to Mexico City. They never thought that eight years later they would be living in a small, neat apartment in southeast Houston, or that one of their children would...
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • The Sad, Selective Application of Shame

    07/30/2004 7:07:15 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 846+ views ^ | July 27, 2004 | Andy Diluvian
    Bob Dole's attempt to ascend to the Presidency in 1996 was a far from stellar endeavor. His fall from the railing on the campaign trail epitomized the enterprise (in all fairness, the railing gave way; Dole is not a clumsy man). But even in the most miserable of circumstances, a moment of clarity can spring forth like a bolt in the blue. And so it was when candidate Dole uttered, "We have lost shame as a motivating factor in our society". His cognizance received little attention at the time (for it was directed at Bill Clinton, and the national media...
  • Abortion Clinic Managers Quit After Being Outed by Operation Rescue

    07/10/2004 8:12:26 AM PDT · by xzins · 5 replies · 1,035+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Shannon Augustus
    Abortion Clinic Managers Quit After Being Outed by Operation Rescue Shannon Augustus Correspondent ( - Tactics employed by the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue may have contributed to the resignations of two managers at an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kan., run by controversial abortionist George Tiller. "Our mission is stop abortion in America," said Cheryl Sullenger, event coordinator for Operation Rescue West, which has long targeted Tiller's operation, particularly because it is believed he performs late term abortions. Sullenger said that once her group discovered that Rhoda Lipscomb had been hired from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado to serve as...
  • Bring back the stigma that made misbehaving a no-no. (For shame!)

    03/21/2004 6:46:16 AM PST · by wjersey · 10 replies · 242+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 3/21/2004 | Jane Eisner
    According to the Bible, the prophetess Miriam was smitten with leprosy as a punishment for speaking against her brother Moses. In Elizabethan England, criminals were branded on the face or palm. Colonial Massachusetts was home to the infamous scarlet letter - A for adulterer, F for forger, R for robber. Shame always has been a powerful public tool to enforce norms of behavior. At its most efficacious - or, some might say, most brutal - shame worked like a giant, guilt-inducing spotlight on human frailty, highlighting the miscreant's bad behavior while making clear what society expected of everyone else. Defy...
  • Study Shows Depth of Obesity Stigma

    10/14/2003 7:23:32 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 215+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 14, 2003 | AP
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Oct. 14 While it is no surprise that people often have a low opinion of the overweight, a new study finds that just standing next to a large person can be bad for one's image. The experiment, conducted in England, demonstrates the depths of stigmatization endured by heavy people: It even rubs off on their friends. Trying to combat discrimination against the overweight is a topic of discussion at this week's meeting in Fort Lauderdale of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, the field's top professional organization. Even here, though, another study suggests...
  • Black boys see little to encourage education

    08/15/2003 7:50:16 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 102 replies · 2,492+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/17/03 | NATHAN McCALL
    Nathan McCall, author of the best seller "Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America," teaches journalism at Emory University. He is a former reporter at The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Related: Why African-American boys often fail in school How mentoring can help African-American boys succeed Some years ago, when I was a young boy, I decided that the gritty streets were far more promising than a good education.I was in junior high -- right around the time experts say young black males tend to disengage from school -- and I was fairly...
  • Are Women Stigmatized When They Benefit From Gender-Based Affirmative Action?

    07/09/2003 5:41:56 PM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 40 replies · 581+ views
    Comte De Maistre
    I tried re-reading the majority opinion of Sandra Day O'Connor on the University of Michigan case, and it struck me that her opinion totally lacked any constitutional basis. But she was recognizing the existence of a practise that is common in job markets all over America - that race and gender are "plus factors" in getting some jobs. From my experience in academia and corporate America, I know for a fact that minorities and women get preferences in jobs - with the largest share of preferences in most technical jobs going to women. Perhaps Sandra Day O'Connor was trying to...

    05/15/2003 1:32:36 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 242+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/15/03 | WILLIAM RASPBERRY
    <p>May 15, 2003 -- ONE of the advantages of being around for a while is that no matter what happens, you've seen something like it before. I've seen something like Jayson Blair, the reporter for The New York Times who deeply embarrassed his employer by manufacturing or stealing information that he passed off as original work - and who, by getting away with it so long, earned himself a place in journalism textbooks for decades to come.</p>
  • Diversity's Stigma

    05/14/2003 6:53:40 PM PDT · by ontos-on · 11 replies · 364+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 14. 2003 | Jason Riley
    <p>A young news reporter is sacked after editors discover he's been writing fake stories. The embarrassed publication details the deception and issues an earnest apology to readers. Then the chattering classes descend for a news cycle of navel gazing.</p> <p>If the perpetrator is Stephen Glass, the white fabulist fired five years ago from the New Republic magazine, he is just another ethically challenged youngster who made some very bad decisions in life. But if the perpetrator is Jayson Blair, the black fabulist who resigned two weeks ago from the New York Times, he is an example of affirmative action run amok.</p>
  • Reverse McCarthyism: Unfair Stigmatization of the Political Right

    01/19/2003 9:06:31 AM PST · by BurkesLaw · 3 replies · 720+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | January 19, 2004 | Murray Soupcoff
    How does that little children's ditty go? Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me! Well, that might be an appropriate maxim for the playground, but it certainly doesn't apply to modern-day North American politics. Name calling has turned into one of the most sophisticated weapons of the political left (and its sympathizers in academia and the media) -- and probably its most effective stratagem in the cut and thrust of everyday political combat. And what name calling would we be referring to? Why the use of such pleasant labels of disapprobation as right wing,...
  • Better Than Sticks and Stones: Stigmitization of Voices from the Right......

    10/09/2002 5:38:21 AM PDT · by clintonbaiter · 23 replies · 211+ views
    The Iconoclast ^ | October 9, 2002 | Unknown
    DAILY NOTEBOOK.... The Iconoclast ( Better Than Sticks and Stones...... October 9, 2002: How does that little children's ditty go? Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me! Well, that might be an appropriate maxim for the playground, but it certainly doesn't apply to modern-day North American politics. Name calling has turned into one of the most sophisticated weapons of the political left -- and probably its most effective stratagem in the cut and thrust of everyday political combat. And what name calling would we be referring to? Why the use of such pleasant labels...