It seems counterintuitive that there is a long history of men defining the rules of rape and its consequences, and there is still room for improvement in the seemingly advanced twenty first century.
Todd Akin’s claim that as long as the rape is “legitimate,” a female’s body has ways to “shut that whole thing down” mirrors ancient concepts of rape. In previous eras, rape had outlandish definitions, such as property damage against the victim’s father or the abduction of a woman against the man who had control over her life. Even more absurd, men decided that there virginity tests must be supplied in order to provide evidence of a rape. Men also explained that women could not get pregnant unless they had an orgasm, so if an “absolute rape” were to occur, there would be no way a woman could get pregnant. It’s ludicrous that such ideals of rape were in place, but even more so that a man in power based his concept off of them.
The definition of raped has changed recently, and this time for the better. The new definition includes other forms of sexual assault, genders, and the chance that a victim is incapable to give consent due to their mental and physical state. This is an improvement, no doubt, but we cannot deny the demand for more according to the backwards ideas that some men still have today.
It seems counterintuitive that with all of the advancement America has gone through, discrimination in the medical realm would still be an issue.
Prozac is an extremely popular type of anti-depressant; it is prescribed for more than 33 million Americans a year. Unfortunately, studies have shown that the majority of those who are prescribed Prozac are White.
Researchers do not have empirical evidence to explain why minorities are less likely to be prescribed such an effective, popular pill. What’s even more frustrating is that it is hard to conduct an experiment to find a genuine answer to the question due to the uncomfortable facts that must be faced.
The fact of the matter is, the research studies that have been conducted prove equality is still a goal Americans must strive for; there is a need for change in the way minorities are treated.
It seems counterintuitive that a city would subsidize the very dangerous habits of heroin addicts, yet it has proven to succeed. Vancouver proposed a program, Insite, which offers heroin users to shoot up under supervision with clean supplies.
The program is conducted with only 26 people who were previously involved in research studies. They have the worst additions because they do not take to heroin alternatives. So, the addicts are given heroin two or three times a day as their “treatment” according to their doctors.
The justification of Insite is explained through harm reduction. Since the users are shooting up in a safe environment, the chance that they will cause harm on themselves or the city is reduced; therefore, both the addicts and the city benefits.
The program, however, is a form of blackmail, and everyone involved knows it. Either way, these heroin addicts are dying, and if less harm can be done from that, so be it.