Tomorrow is my birthday but I’m working all day and I was off today so my boyfriend took me out all day long for some birthday celebration awesomeness. At one point we ended up at Barnes and Nobel just relaxing and reading and checking things out. It was…
“It’s not Styrofoam or cellphones or tobacco that are killing us.
A report released Friday by the American Cancer Society echoes a 1989 statement by Dr. Samuel A. Broder, then director of the National Cancer Institute, who said that poverty is a carcinogen.
The society’s report said that the lower a person’s socioeconomic status, the greater the risk of cancer. That’s especially true for lung cancer, the report said, “for which death rates are 4 to 5 times higher in the least educated than in the most educated individuals.”
As for why, the report said that people who are lower on the economic ladder are more likely to engage in risky behavior —- partly because marketing for products such as tobacco is aimed specifically at them, and partly because of barriers —- societal and otherwise —- to opportunities for exercise and healthy food.
And then impoverished people don’t tend to engage in preventive medical care, which they can’t afford, so that by the time they seek treatment, it’s too often too late.
The costs to society are huge. The National Institutes of Healthestimated that last year, medical costs associated with cancer were $124.6 billion. Estimates are that by 2020, those costs could reach $158 billion.”
Dan Rottenberg, editor of the online arts magazine Broad Street Review, doesn’t have any sympathy for Logan or outrage on her behalf. Instead,Rottenberg says Lara Logan is to blame for her gang rape because she once showed cleavage at a US award show.
Rottenberg’s editor’s letter, published on June 6th, is titled ‘Male Sexual Abuse and Female Naivete,’ six words that from the get-go suggest if women were to act more responsibly, men wouldn’t commit “sex abuse,” i.e rape. The letter is accompanied by a photo of Logan (above) on the red carpet, wearing a v-line neck dress and smiling for the cameras. The caption under the photo reads, “What message was the TV journalist Lara Logan sending here?”
Rottenberg goes on, “Earth to liberated women: when you display legs, thighs, or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign you want to get laid. Forewarned is forearmed.”
I really need to know why women are supposed to feel bad for being nervous around strange men when the ongoing message from so many men is that they should be afraid simply because they’re women.