Male privilege and women in elevators.

My current book deals with male privilege among other things. Last week I thought back to one of my earliest realizations of this phenomenon. Male privilege realization. I was old enough to be walking around my sleepy town at night —maybe age 15 or so. I discovered that I needed to vary my walking pace —or even stop and look into a store window—to prevent a solo woman ahead of me from worrying about my intentions. I  learned also to cross a street whenever I got within a block or so of a … [Read more...]

Brock Turner, Oscar Pistorius: how white privilege works.

I sometimes examine white privilege in my crim justice writings, and I'm doing so in a memoir I'm currently working on.  What's interesting about Brock Turner, Oscar Pistorius is that they may've been given light sentences because they were white and outstanding athletes. They are athletes in cultures (America and South Africa) where athleticism is prized. In such cultures super athletes, for sure, are treated leniently by their justice systems because of it. I've written about Pistorius … [Read more...]

Criminologist Yablonsky carried switchblade before seeing the light.

Lewis Yablonsky honored me by writing the forward to my first book as a criminologist, Dealing with Violence back in the '70s. We taught together and enjoyed one another's company. He died in 2014.As part of a series on great colleagues and teachers, I offer this obit of  Yablonsky by William Yardley.  Lewis Yablonsky, teaching at California State University, Northridge, in 1984. His books include “The Violent Gang.” CreditGary Friedman/Los Angeles TimesSociologist and criminolgist."Lewis … [Read more...]

Crim Justice takes a hit with regard to older celebs.

What happens when crim justice, lookism, and celebrity meet face to face? Lady Justice peaks from under her blindfold and renders "modified" justice. Some would call it "in" justice.Crim justice takes a hit.We've explored attractiveness and sentencing in recent posts.  Recently we looked at younger troubled stars. Here are a couple of examples of older troubled stars. That is, attractive people who've used their celebrity and wealth to game the justice system.The crim justice system pretty much … [Read more...]

Blind justice takes a hit with regard to lookism and younger celebs.

What happens when blind justice, lookism, and celebrity intersect?  Something's got to give, at least in our modern culture that worships attractiveness and celebrity. Lady Justice peaks from under her blindfoldand renders "modified" justice. Some would call it "in"justice.Blind justice takes a hit.We've explored attractiveness and sentencing in recent posts. Here are a couple of examples of  younger troubled stars. That is, attractive people who've used their celebrity and wealth to game the … [Read more...]

Cyberbullying: non-obvious reasons kids of color targeted more.

  Cyberbullying: Why Do Kids Of Color Get More?Cyberbullying may result from family or societal biases, beliefs, and distortions being unconsciously absorbed by children,then passed on to kids of color. But, there are other reasons than racism and ethnocentrism that explain the high rate of cyberbulling directed at kids of color.Janaroohartvshares some ideas here: Why do kids get bullied? In most cases, the reason is because they are different from others. As a kid, you usually become a … [Read more...]

Lookism and crim justice. Expert research & evaluation.

Lookism and crim justice go together like Thelma and Louise? Naw, more like beer and sausage during Ocktoberfest. (Crim justice, like legislation, is often made like sausage. Ouch!) In my prior blog I looked at the results a novice researcher, Kelly Beck, came up with several years ago. She used relatively sophisticated methodology, but her sampling was limited.Today, we see what professional researchers at Cornell University—using a national sample—found. And we see some of the practical … [Read more...]