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~ Uncensored ~

The Blog: Uncensored is about issues of the day – Civil Rights, immigration, sexual assault, war, and other topics that have been historically important and continue to be relevant today.

# MeToo-2: Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

Too often, the victim of a sexual assault is criticized because she does not immediately report her assailant, sometimes holding it inside for years. Why? History has told her she has much to lose. Her assailant may attack her integrity. Vilify her. Threaten, bully, intimidate her. Humiliate and ridicule her. Fire or demote her. Or her assailant and his protectors may ignore her, smother her voice as if she doesn’t exist. That was my story.

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# MeToo-1: Memories Still Haunt

Are we reaping the unintended consequences of advances in birth control, coupled half a century ago with new freedoms spawned by Women’s Liberation and the Sexual Revolution? Ann muses on this question and recounts her own # MeToo moment at the hands of the then-President of the Medical University of South Carolina.

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El Filibusterismo: a long-tailed route to Soda Springs

Jose Rizal isn’t an author you run into every day. Nor is his 1891 novel, El Filibusterismo, at the top of today’s best seller lists. But there he was, in sepia grandeur, on this book review site, Bookingly Yours How could I not be intrigued? The bogger, Jenai, is a...

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How both The Help and Soda Springs honor Medgar Evers

The Help -- Jackson, Mississippi, Tuesday, June 11, 1963: In The Help, Kathryn Stockett’s acclaimed novel, this has been a long, tough day for Aibileen, a maid and the book’s primary protagonist. She’s kept late at work. She catches the last bus, but it stops...

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Up against The Wall in Calexico

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out. ~ Robert Frost, Mending Wall Calexico is an afterthought. My wife and I are on our way home to Las Vegas from San Diego and we want to see the Salton Sea from its western shores. But we got...

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Mass transit, race, and inequality

More than half a century after Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting an 11-month boycott that led to integration of that city's bus system, African Americans and Latinos are still struggling with an unequal transit system....

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Rape: it’s too, too common

Rape is a nasty word . . . and a despicable act. But it’s all the news these days . . . what with the allegation that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape a maid in a fancy New York hotel. (Before this incident, this guy was a big-time hot-shot: head of the...

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