Recommended Reading for 26 July 2010
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Explanations are hard to come by. The suicides could have nothing – or everything – to do with the victims’ military service.
“It is the separation from our families, it is the lack of a support structure in our personal lives sometimes, financial challenges, relationships – we know that,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a recent talk about the suicide problem to troops in South Korea.
(Transcript at the link, and link to French/English bi-lingual video)
Those interviewed have been displaced by mass violence, ranging from the Holocaust to the Rwandan and Cambodian genocides, to political violence in Haiti, Latin America and South Asia. The project hopes that the act of listening intently to how these survivors speak of their memories, may bring us to an understanding of what these experiences mean to them and how they can be retold. Recording their process of remembering and telling will also help us better understand the impact of mass violence and displacement on those who have sought refuge in Montreal and the ways in which their sense of home and community has been affected.
Through the practice of oral history, Life Stories intends to create cultural and historical materials for Montreal’s diverse communities, to foster collaboration and partnership between them, to develop interdisciplinary pedagogical tools and to make a significant, original contribution to the preservation of historical memory in Canada, by raising questions about the long-term repercussions of crimes against humanity.”
As an extra bonus for the young people, Paralympian Simon Jackson, plus tandem pilot Olympian Craig MacLean, GB Wheelchair Rugby Player Michael Kerr and Scotland CP Football captain Jonathan Paterson attended the event. They also participated in a Q & A session. This offered the youngsters an opportunity to engage with the established performance athletes and receive tips about their personal involvement in disability sport. Fraser Penman, a pupil from Uddingston Grammar School, was delighted with his opportunity to speak to a Paralympic champion. “It was great to talk to Simon,” said 15-year-old Penman. “He gave me the address to his website because I was interested in maybe trying to get involved with judo.”
If South Hadley and other Massachusetts schools are really serious about instituting anti-bullying programs, they need to look further than research on teenage psychology. They need to look at a culture that sexualizes women at an extremely young age and then castigates them for their sexuality, and that consistently engages in the victim-blaming of girls and women.
A high-schooler interviewed for Bazelon’s story said it best: “The girls found out she’d been with the boys, and true to high-school girls, they got mad at the girl instead of the boyfriend.” This isn’t just “normal” behavior for high school girls. It is something taught by our media and our society, and something that has been largely ignored in the case of Phoebe Prince.
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