'Boys Will Be Boys': The Lie That Keeps It All Going
Why have we turned and looked the other way after studies reveal that sexual assault is a common occurrence among many fraternities (2, 3, 4)? Are we really just fine with chalking it all up to "boys will be boys?"

There is something eerily disturbing about committing crimes, photographing them, and then sharing those photos on a social media site. An investigation into a Penn State fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho, is underway as police allegedly uncovered images of drug deals and nude (some unconscious) women that were posted on the fraternity’s Facebook group page. The entitlement and lack of empathy from these actions should make us all cringe.

It seems clear that the Greek system is a breeding ground for questionable behavior and needs to be reformed. Don’t get me wrong, there are many positive contributions from fraternities that benefit the universities and outlying communities that support them. However, that doesn’t negate the criminal behavior that also occurs more frequently among fraternities: underage drinking, drug use, vandalism, harassment, sexual assault, and now, revenge porn. We know that at least 1 in 5 women have experienced rape by the age of 25 (1), which is a daunting to say the least. So why have we turned and looked the other way after studies reveal that sexual assault is a common occurrence among many fraternities (2, 3, 4)? Are we really just fine with chalking it all up to “boys will be boys?”

What is posting nude images of women without their consent about?

Read the rest of this post on the Huffington Post, where it was first published (posted via feedly/ ifttt)

In social psychology, pluralistic ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it. This is also described as “no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes.” In short, pluralistic ignorance is a bias about a social group, held by a social group.
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sleepylump asked:

Hello! Do you know where the term "white savior complex" first originated from? I love your blog, by the way, thank you so much !!

Thanks! As for the term’s origin, I actually don’t. But part of the reason is the confusion over the phrase or term itself. I think a lot of people take this in the Freudian sense, like an “Oedipal complex” or similar usages. This individualizes the concept and sort of minimizes the issue, when it’s actually either describing a well-established (and racist) narrative trope in film, books, shows, et cet., or the White Savior Industrial Complex, which is a neocolonialist and capitalist enterprise that often involves missionary and charity work.

You would come across these concepts in post-colonial studies, sociology, performing arts, almost any discipline incorporating critical race theory, and history (if your professor decided not to skip those chapters…*eyeroll*).

The term “White Savior Industrial Complex” garnered a great deal of media attention relatively recently (in 2012) when Teju Cole made a series of tweets in response to some rather misguided media campaigns encouraging Americans to “get involved” in a political situation in Uganda. These tweets are cited in everything from post-colonial disability studies (Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance by Heather Laine Talley, page 128) to Art and Architecture textbooks (Architecture’s Appeal: How Theory Informs Architectural Praxis, edited by Marc J. Neveu, Negin Djavaherian).

If anyone has a better grasp than I do on how the term originated or a general etymology on its development, feel free to add it in the notes or send me a message!

I would define racism as a system of social advantages and disadvantages doled out based upon group membership, particularly what we have socially defined as races. Among sociologists, we also talk about a newer form of racism known as “colorblind racism” (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva pioneered this work) that emerged after the 1960s, where the outward expression of racial animus and explicit discriminatory laws have been silenced or removed, but unfair racial advantages or disadvantages are still doled out, despite few people admitting to being devout racists.

Psychology/Sociology Notes, Lecture 2, MCAT Prep (7/3/2015).

First post! Dina (sadgaytrashbaby) said my notes were pretty and encouraged me to start a blog for them. I figured this might also be a great way to reflect on how my studying changes as I progress throughout my academic career. The main app I use for handwriting notes will be GoodNotes, but if anything is typed it usually goes in Word. 

That shit is ugly tho, so it won’t be posted, don’t worry. / /@jaded_culture
A social-network illusion that makes things appear more popular than they are
An illustration of the “majority illusion” paradox. The two networks are identical, except for which three nodes are colored. These are the “active” nodes and the rest are “inactive.” In the network on the left, all “inactive” nodes observe that at least half of their neighbors are “active,” while in the network on the right, no “inactive” node makes this observation.

Interesting, makes perfect sense.

Credit: arXiv:1506.03022 [cs.SI]