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Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

thefredasaurusrex:

are people actually surprised a greedy organization that employs rapists, murderers, and dog torturers protected a wife beater?

centerforinvestigativereporting:

Just days before video of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee sparked outrage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling numbers on the prevalence of domestic violence:
More than 31% of women in the U.S. have experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the new survey. Here’s Washington Post’s look at the stats. 
In South Carolina, the state’s domestic violence epidemic is particularly deadly. Read the chilling investigation from our partners at The Post and Courier for an in-depth look at the problems – and what can be done to address them.

centerforinvestigativereporting:

Just days before video of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee sparked outrage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling numbers on the prevalence of domestic violence:

More than 31% of women in the U.S. have experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the new survey. Here’s Washington Post’s look at the stats

In South Carolina, the state’s domestic violence epidemic is particularly deadly. Read the chilling investigation from our partners at The Post and Courier for an in-depth look at the problems – and what can be done to address them.

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So if no one is going to talk about the welfare of the person [Janay Rice] who is actually subjected to the violence on that tape, let’s talk about it here. I spent the morning communicating with people who work on issues involving domestic violence and violence against women nearly every day of their lives. They all said the same thing, without dissent: releasing this tape to the world is incredibly damaging to Janay Rice. Just as we would protect the name of an alleged rape victim, just as we would not show a video of Ray Rice committing a sexual assault, we should not be showing this video like it’s another episode of Rich People Behaving Badly. If Janay Rice wanted to show this tape to the world, in other words if she had offered her consent, that is a different matter. But showing and reshowing it just because we can is an act of harm[…]

If you were outraged by violence against women before, will seeing this video really change your mind? If you are not outraged by violence against women, does this video actually make a damn bit of difference? My fear, and this happens whenever you have videos that spark outrage until the next new cycle, is that all it will provoke are the kinds of reactions that don’t necessarily help anybody, least of all the victims. I hear influential people like ESPN’s Mike Greenberg asking the question, “Why isn’t Ray Rice in prison?”

There is no thought given to restorative justice. Only how do we further punish, impoverish and crowd our prisons. As for Janay Rice, she has of course been standing with Ray Rice, even marrying him after the incident. I have no doubt that there are issues there, but they become our damn business only if Janay Rice wants them to be our damn business. I will ask again: What does Janay Rice want, and shouldn’t that matter? If it doesn’t matter, all we are doing is re-victimizing this person one click at a time.

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- Dave Zirin, “The Revictimizing of Janay Rice” (via owning-my-truth)