Rape is never a joke.
As the Texas state board of education chooses textbooks for schools, we’re noticing an alarming trend:
A recent review by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) found that several textbooks under consideration by the Texas Board of Education, which includes numerous members who deny global warming, cast doubt on the basic fact that carbon pollution is driving climate change. National Journal explained that since “Texas is the second-largest market in the U.S. for textbooks after California,” the textbooks chosen by the board could affect what publishers sell to states across the country.
According to the National Center for Science Education, here are some concerns that the appointed anti-science textbook reviewers have raised:
“I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption.”
“Text neglects to tell students that no transitional fossils have been discovered. The fossil record can be interpreted in other ways than evolutionary with equal justification.”
“evolutionary theory is challenged by science, reason and mathematics.”
“Presentation fails to include metaphysics (not a pseudoscience) as a limitation to scientific inquiry.”
“Modern evolutionary biology is based on comparisons of DNA sequence information, not fossil records.”“CO2 levels have been much higher in the past and life survived just fine.”
“Plants always grow better with higher CO2 levels.”
“No mention is made of the benefit to plants of higher CO2 concentrations.”
“The earth has not warmed now for 16 years and the sun spot cycle is approaching a long minimum that willreduce [sic] temperatures.”
In November the Texas board of education will be voting on which textbooks they’ll adopt. In the meantime, NCSE and the Texas Freedom Network are gathering signatures to ask publishers to “remove climate change denial from Texas social studies textbooks.”
In the United States, access to tampons and pads for low-income women is a real problem, too: food stamps don’t cover feminine hygiene products, so some women resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for “luxuries” like tampons. Women in prison often don’t have access to sanitary products at all, and the high cost of a product that half the population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply, well, bullshit.
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody suggest that toilet paper or paper towels in public bathrooms shouldn’t be free. We’d consider it outrageous if that very basic necessity were to be missing, or provided only for purchase.
imagine if this popped up every time a journalist wrote about a trans person
In my very strong opinion — and I speak to you as chairman of the veterans committee in the Senate — I do not believe that people fought and died for democracy so that billionaires can buy elections.
i don’t want to be a part of a college system where plagiarism is a worse crime than rape
When people say they don’t want their kids ‘influenced’ by seeing homosexuality portrayed on tv, in books, in public, etc, what they’re really saying is ‘if my kid isn’t straight, I want them to be too uneducated to understand so they’ll be forced to stay in the closet and it doesn’t become my responsibility to face things that make me uncomfortable’
On September 1st, Al Jazeera Online published an opinion piece entitled “Are Reproductive Rights Human Rights?”, which discussed a series of cases in which abortion was denied to women who, as a result, suffered serious health consequences, or even death. The author, Julia Zulver, asks, “… what do we say to these women? That the rights they were given by CEDAW, which their governments signed on…
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