Firenze Sage: diversity bubble bursts [diversity course does not change attitudes towards race & gender]

What to do when a course teaching diversity does not change students’ attitudes?  Just keep requiring more classes?  Yep.

diversity course not effective ….

Mandatory diversity course not effective, prof discovers

A professor at East Carolina University recently discovered that the diversity course she teaches isn’t actually “effective” in changing students’ racial or gender biases.

Dr. Michele Stacey, who teaches criminal justice at ECU, assessed the efficacy of the school’s diversity course by surveying 288 criminal justice students’ attitudes towards women and minorities both before and after taking the course, publishing her findings in the latest issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Race, Gender, and Special Populations in the Criminal Justice System is a three-credit course that is required for the ECU major and minor in criminal justice. Aimed at educating students about the challenges of minorities in the criminal justice system, the course covers a variety of topics, including Native Americans and African Americans.

But while the course is also offered in the spirit of helping to reduce student’s bias towards these groups, Stacey discovered something interesting.

After assessing the bias of students before and after the course—using prompts such as “a woman should worry less about their rights and more about becoming good wives and mothers” and “if blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites”—Stacey found that the course hadn’t altered students’ attitudes towards race or gender.

Why You Can’t Just Outlaw Bias

Executives favor a classic command-and-control approach to diversity because it boils expected behaviors down to dos and don’ts that are easy to understand and defend. Yet this approach also flies in the face of nearly everything we know about how to motivate people to make changes. Decades of social science research point to a simple truth: You won’t get managers on board by blaming and shaming them with rules and reeducation. Let’s look at how the most common top-down efforts typically go wrong.

Diversity training

Do people who undergo training usually shed their biases? Researchers have been examining that question since before World War II, in nearly a thousand studies. It turns out that while people are easily taught to respond correctly to a questionnaire about bias, they soon forget the right answers. The positive effects of diversity training rarely last beyond a day or two, and a number of studies suggest that it can activate bias or spark a backlash. Nonetheless, nearly half of midsize companies use it, as do nearly all the Fortune 500.


Firenze Sage:  This cannot stand so the class will be pass/fail and nobody will fail.

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#Me too …. movement: What women say privately …


What  women say privately about  the  #Me too…movement differs considerably from what’s said in public.  So says an opinion piece published by the New York Times recently.

Aptos Psychologist:  Seems like the #Me Too …. encourages young woman to view themselves as frail victims?  Let’s raise kids (boys and girls) to view themselves as strong and capable.


Want lower premiums, more choice & freedom from Obama-Care rules? Trump’s proposed rule lets individuals & small businesses freedom from ACA

Trump's health care reform

Trump’s proposed health care rule offers relief from high premiums and freedom to choose

Whew!  Trump offers relief from Obama-Care’s many requirements   and high premiums.   Trump’s health care proposal  [The Wall Street Journal, Friday, Jan 5, 2018] offers  millions of self-employed and small businesses freedom to purchase  health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obama’s  Affordable Care Act.

Time to speak up and say what you think.  The new rule will be published Friday in the Federal Register and undergo a 60 day comment period.

The Trump administration also plans to release a proposal to pave the way for more short-term health policies with fewer benefits.

The proposal was praised by the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Association as a way for small  businesses to have the same bargaining power as large companies, leveling the playing field.  Self-employed people who don’t get subsidies also heralded the proposed changes in rules.


Aptos Psychologist Cameron Jackson:  Getting rid of the requirement that all Americans must purchase health insurance — which is part of the recent legislation that reduces taxes for 80% of Americans — that was a huge step towards more choice.  This proposal means that mom’s working from home as sole proprietors can get health care for themselves and their  family. Whew. 

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Look don’t touch! — woman’s cleavage an invitation says Rep Marccy Kaptur [D-Ohio]

cleavage  can be an invitation to harassment says Rep Marcy Kaptur privately

 Clothing which shows cleavage an invitation to harassment  says Rep. Marcy Kaptur  [D-Ohio] privately.

“I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor,” Kaptur said, according to the sources present. “And what I’ve seen … it’s really an invitation.” The comments left many others in the room stunned, the sources said. From Politico.

Kaptur said women on Capitol Hill should have to abide by a stricter dress code, like those adopted by the military or corporations.

“Maybe I’ll get booed for saying this, but many companies and the military [have] a dress code,” she said. “I have been appalled at some of the dress of … members and staff. Men have to wear ties and suits.”

Aptos Psychologist:  More decorum coming soon?  Not likely.    Women students wear P.J.s to night  law classes.   In Aptos, women wear bathing suits with minor cover up to get groceries. The image you present does affect how people interact with you.

written by Psychologist Cameron Jackson PSY14762

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new CA sexual harassment HELP line – for ALL genders starts DEC 1

sexual harassment HELP LINE in CA

 New CA Sexual Harassment HELP LINE: 323.545.0333

If you got no help contacting Nancy Pelosi regarding sexual harassment — try this resource.

 Hollywood, California-based non-profit organization called Women in Film (WIF) announced this week that it is launching a “sexual harassment help line” on December 1.

The group, which “advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture,” says the helpline will help by providing legal aid, counseling, and advice to men, women, and youth who have experienced or are experiencing sexual harassment.

The William Morris/Endeavor (WME) talent agency provided seed funding for the sexual harassment help line. However, WIF says it still needs to raise $25,000 to help launch the helpline.

“Since early October, the world’s attention has been focused on the unfolding story of countless allegations of sexual harassment against many powerful men in the entertainment industry,” a statement from WIF  read. “In response, Women In Film is launching a Sexual Harassment Help Line — an integrated program to refer victims of harassment to designated mental health counselors, law enforcement professionals, and civil and criminal lawyers and litigators.”

Southern California Public Radio reported that WIF stated: “Anyone, regardless of gender, can access the Sexual Harassment Help Line at 323.545.0333. The Help Line will go live beginning FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 at 10 am PST.  It will be open M-F from 10am-5pm.”

The helpline is being launched in response to a multitude of sexual harassment allegations and revelations against mostly men in the film, news, and entertainment industries. In addition to that, years of sexual misconduct have started to surface against politicians, both in Washington and in various state capitals.


Comment:  Who is paying for this?   How is privacy protected?  Is there followup to see how callers like the service?    There are plenty of mental health professionals that might be interested in helping out. written by licensed CA psychologist Cameron Jackson, Ph.D.  PSY14762     

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firenze sage— Cokie Roberts, elitist woman snob in action

Cokie Roberts elitist woman snob in action

   Elitist woman snob in action:  ABC Cokie Roberts  Suggests that  Lower Class Women Excuse Moore Because ….. get this ….  That Kind of Woman  Are Used To Being Raped. Oh?

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts said, “One of the things to keep in mind is, in the base, even women are suspicious about these sexual harassment claims.  

She continued, “And part of the reason for that is that women who are not in fancy white collar jobs often have really awful things happen to them on the job. They are assaulted. They are raped. They have horrible things happen to them. And so when they hear women say, ‘he talked dirty to me,’ or ‘he came on to me,’ they think, ‘big deal. That’s not what happened to me. What happened to me is so much worse.’ And so there’s not that same sense of affinity.”
More on  what Cokie Roberts says about women:   on how to limit the Hispanic vote.


Firenze Sage:   Or it could be that the non tv personality woman just punches the sexual assaulter —  rather than scream for a safe spot?   But this  swamp  broad wouldn’t get that.


Late-night TV blackout — about Harvey Weinstein Hollywood producer & Democratic Party mega-donor

   Late-night TV blackout  — about  Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood producer & Democrat Party mega-donor.

The parade of liberal late-night TV hosts — including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and James Corden — flat-out ignored Thursday the blistering New York Times report alleging that Hollywood super-producer and Democratic Party mega-donor Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed multiple women over a period of decades.

The allegations piled up even as Mr. Weinstein helped define popular culture. He has collected six best-picture Oscars and turned out a number of touchstones, from the films “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting” to the television show “Project Runway.”

In public,  Mr. Weinstein  presents himself as a liberal lion, a champion of women and a winner of not just artistic but humanitarian awards.

In 2015, the year Ms. O’Connor wrote her memo, his company distributed “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about campus sexual assault.

A longtime Democratic donor, Mr. Weinstein  hosted a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton in his Manhattan home last year. He employed Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, as an intern this year, and recently helped endow a faculty chair at Rutgers University in Gloria Steinem’s name. During the Sundance Film Festival in January, when Park City, Utah, held its version of nationwide women’s marches, Mr. Weinstein joined the parade.

Weinstein’s most current attorney, a woman, just resigned.


Firenze Sage writes:   Did we really expect fair and balanced news from these elitists?


The Palestinian way: Marry your rapist

     More than 50% of  Palestinians — men and women  — think a woman should marry her rapist. That seems bizarre and  outlandish  by Western standards. The picture to left  shows a group marriage of child brides in  Palestine.

Below is a picture of an 11 year old who was forced to marry her rapist.

 Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait and Palestine have similar ‘marry-your-rapist laws.

 Egypt is the worst country for women in the Arab world, closely followed by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen, according to gender experts surveyed in a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll.

 These are the results of a U.N. Women study which finds horrifying attitudes and behaviors toward women in the Muslim world.

 64% of “Palestinian” men say that women who dress provocatively deserve to be sexually harassed. 52% believe that women who are in public places at night are asking to be harassed.

57% think that a woman should marry her rapist and 47% believe that women who are honor killed for bringing “shame” to their families usually did something to deserve it.

A third of “Palestinian” men say that women who don’t wear hijabs deserve to be insulted.

And the women aren’t much better.

More “Palestinian” women than men justify sexual harassment in public places. 54% believe that a woman who was raped should marry her rapist. 41% don’t think he should be prosecuted.

43% of “Palestinian” women agree that women who are out in public at night deserve to be harassed.

Half the population knew of an honor killing that had taken place in their community in the previous year.


 Firenze Sage writes:   More dross from the religion of peace. 


Don’t wrong my daughter! — Democrat Truman nor Republican Trump

Democrat Truman & Republican Trump defend their daughters

Democrat Truman & Republican Trump defend their daughters

Don’t mess with my daughter! Democrat  Truman’s daughter….  Republican Trump’s daughter Ivanka …


Retail department store Nordstrom’s decision last week to cut first daughter Ivanka Trump’s fashion line has sparked a tremendous backlash from consumers—especially women—who say the company’s move has led them to boycott the store and cut up their Nordstrom’s cards.

Nordstrom’s claimed that the Ivanka Trump brand wasn’t performing well, but industry insiders tell Breitbart News that’s just not accurate. Nordstrom’s decision to mislead the public on why they are stopping carrying the Ivanka Trump brand is part of the fury out there among its longtime customers, who tell Breitbart News they’re cutting up their Nordstrom’s cards and won’t shop at the store anymore. Some even say they plan to return all their recent purchases.



Aptos Psychologist: We [women] are marching to …

women-march-jan-21Aptos Psychologist: Yes, women are marching.

And,  we’re all  for  ‘women’s choice’.  How abut the choice to have babies and work?

How about the ‘choice’ of the unborn child?  The ‘choice’ of the father of the unborn child?

How about the ‘choice’ of taxpayers to fund or not fund  abortions during the third trimester?  Currently, federal law permits abortion into the 9th month of pregnancy.

Women marched this last Sat. 1/21  for all sorts of reasons — for the choices of the unborn child. For privacy rights. For reproductive rights. Thousands of women on the march.

Remember that old song ‘We are marching to …Pretoria, Pretoria …. We are marching…”

Many women for very different reasons  on the march Saturday, Jan 21, 2016.  Did you know …

A feminist group was  unceremoniously expelled from the list of participants from the  Women’s March on Washington, once organizers discovered that the group did not adhere to the strict pro-abortion requirement for marchers.

New Wave Feminists had been chosen as an official partner of the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington, until the Atlantic magazine revealed that the group believes in the right to life of unborn children.

As we see those images of women on the march.  Remember that song from years ago,   “We are marching to…”


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