I had my students fill out mid-semester evaluations last fall. No big deal, just answer these four questions: 1) What am I doing to help you learn? 2) What could I be doing better to help you learn? 3) What are you doing to help yourself learn? and 4) What could you be doing better to help yourself learn? I had them turn the evaluations in anonymously to allow more genuine feedback. Later that afternoon, I started going through the responses. It was encouraging to see that, in general, responses to the first two questions indicated I was getting better, which was gratifying given the amount of time and energy I spent re-developing the class. For the most part, students were surprisingly honest when responding to questions 3 and 4, showing they understood their responsibility in their progress, or lack thereof. Somewhere towards the end of the ~160 evaluations, I came across one that answered question #2 with: “Teach naked.” [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Sep 4, 2013 -
"Developers, both named and those who wish to remain anonymous, tell Polygon
that harassment by gamers is becoming an alarmingly regular expected element of game development." (Previously
posted by griphus
on Aug 16, 2013 -
A 21 year old man was arrested for tweeting rape threats.
The target of the tweets, Caroline Criado-Perez
, had successfully campaigned to have a woman (Jane Austen
) shown on the UK's new 10 pound note, and has been subsequently receiving incessant rape and death threats via twitter, a violation of UK law. Twitter's Terms of Service
are being repeatedly and flagrantly violated in this episode, and the company appears to be having issues responding to a backlog of reports; it responded to Criado-Perez only that she take the matter to the police. This resulted in shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper asking Twitter to review
its policies for handling abuse complaints. [more inside]
posted by vira
on Jul 28, 2013 -
The Everyday Sexism Project
collects user-submitted reports from women to document their day-to-day experiences with normalized sexism, including sexual harassment and job discrimination. Entries can be submitted at the site, in an email to founder Laura Bates or to their twitter
account. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 20, 2013 -
In August, Google added a feature to Gmail that lets you make phone calls
— for free, if you live in the US or Canada and you're calling someone in the US or Canada. When you make a call, your number shows up as 760-705-8888. Judging by the nine pages of complaints found here
, the service is often being used to prank, harass and scam people. [more inside]
posted by defenestration
on Oct 2, 2010 -
The conservative city of Rajkot (Gujarat, India) received something of a shock this week when Pooja Chauhan
, 22, stripped to her "inner-wear" and walked through town
, brandishing a baseball bat. She was protesting
against the mental and physical harassment she's had to endure at the hands of her husband and in-laws for dowry, and for having borne a daughter, and also to denounce the local police's inactivity despite her repeated complaints. Controversy
, her side
posted by progosk
on Jul 6, 2007 -
Meet the Landlord.
Mr. Bobby Veal, a class act guy, decides to harass and rape mothers living alone on Section 8. Oh, but it gets better, when they refused sex and began to complain, he'd evict them, change the locks and keep their furniture inside. Even after an eventual trial and conviction, what are the women doing now? Living in cars, furniture stolen by Mr. Veal and waiting for the court settlement that many believe will never come. Poverty ain't pretty.
posted by geoff.
on Dec 3, 2004 -
Since 1996, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
has sponsored an annual national Day of Silence
event to help create safer schools for all students, "regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression". Today is the 7th
time such an event has been held across the country. Are you participating? What is school like for you in this context?
posted by WolfDaddy
on Apr 9, 2003 -
Untangling an online breakup.
Seapetal vs. Gothimuscle: a bond between author and bodybuilder formed in bondage ends with matching restraining orders. With a "trail of cyber-breadcrumbs" in the form of scurrious emails, chat-room stalking and nude photos that leads all the way to the Fetish Fleamarket, this anti-love story bears all the trapings of a Boston.com headline on a slow news day. But the question remains: where and how do we process crimes of harassment that occur in virtual places under assumed screen names? What's a real-world restraining order good for when all the attacking is done on the net?
posted by sixfoot6
on Feb 20, 2001 -