Mary’s helpful guide to soliciting research participation on the ‘net

In my years on the ‘net, I’ve seen any number of people want to interview others or get them to take surveys for everything from a short high school or undergraduate paper through to graduate research projects and books. And they so seldom manage to meet basic ethical guidelines for making sure they aren’t wasting their participants’ time at best or endangering them at worst.

Sunday Spam: crepes and maple syrup

As just fed to my son, in fact. The execution of Troy Davis and the death penalty Death Sentences Linked To History Of Lynching In States A Grievous Wrong on Georgia’s Death Row I donated to the Innocence Project and the (US) National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, for what it’s worth. Fukushima Disaster: It’s Not Over Yet The impact of both radiation and fear of radiation on Japanese society, although it feels a little shallow. I’d love to read this argument from the perspective of a Japanese person. Debunking the Cul-de-Sac Struggles to come up with anything nice … Continue reading Sunday Spam: crepes and maple syrup

University colleges: nurturing a rape culture

This article originally appeared on Hoyden About Town. Warning: this post has graphic quotes from and links to mainstream media accounts of rape culture and imagery, and sexual violence. One of the profoundly disturbing aspects of rape culture discussions—and this won’t surprise readers here—is the way that they reveal the confident assumption that there are rapists, who are evil and other and unresponsive to any form of social control, and then there are the rest of us, who can be exposed to any number of conflicting messages about rape—sexy rape, not-rape rape, that-type-of-girl rape, he’s-such-a-good-fellow rape—and emerge with our anti-rape … Continue reading University colleges: nurturing a rape culture