Posts by juliaselch

  1. Misogyny in Rap: Affecting Psychology?

    [ By on December 23, 2014 ]

    In hip hop and rap, women are often degraded or objectified and, in this study, Ellen  Nikodym from Macalester College discusses the effects of misogynistic lyrics and themes on women listeners. Compiling and outlining the various studies on the psychological effects of hip hop and rap, she finds that exposure to these lyrics often cultivate self-objectification, as women internalize these standards of male objectification of women’s bodies. She argues, for example, that listening to lyrics about reducing women to their bodies affects the self-esteem of female listeners. And, as many young people listen to these genres, she begs the question: should kids be exposed to this music in their formative years? As adolescents learn more about the world ...

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  2. Cook County Jail is the Largest Mental Health Provider in Illinois

    [ By on December 17, 2014 ]

    Here is an interesting New York Times article about Cook County’s Jail, in Chicago, and its doubled role as a makeshift mental health institution and a jail. What's been happening for the past few years in this jail is pretty messed up. Those who seek psychiatric care, and cannot afford medication or a bed at a mental hospital, essentially must choose between two institutions--a public mental hospital or jail--where they can pursue mental recovery. With the closings of various clinics, however, the option of entering a public mental hospital isn’t exactly exercisable for these poorer Chicagoans. And so, these Chicagoans seek sanctuary and, specifically, medication, by committing offenses that will guarantee them a bed at the jail. Is it okay to essentially ...

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