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News of the Week: Homeland Security, Sexuality and the Law, Labor and Unions

Nickie Phillips

This is our latest installment of Dr. Demetra M. Pappas' "News of the Week" in which she uses short topics as a teaching tool to stimulate conversation in her sociology, anthropology, criminology and legal studies course. 1. HOMELAND SECURITY/DEVIANCE/SOCIAL MOVEMENTS/THE SAM RACE COMMENTARYABOUT THE POT NOT BEING ABLE TO CALL THE KETTLE BLACK:  Boston Marathon Bombing: The latest is three more suspects. Is it deviance or terrorism or both? Note: Sam still rules, no black men are in custody.  PS Sam is now famous south of the Mason Dixon line, and should be readying himself for The Daily Show or Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time!

2. MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY OF AGE (AND YOUTH)/SEXUALITY/GENDER.LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM/REGULATORY MECHANISMS:  On the television news today (NY1), there was a report that the FDA is going to lower the legal age for young women to be able to get Plan B (also known as “the morning after pill”) if they can prove they are 15 (one-five, PS you may or may not want to consider discussing statutory rape here, too).  In part, this is in response to a recent ruling by Brooklyn Federal Judge Edward Korman a few weeks ago, to the effect that drugstores should be required to make the drug available to women (and young women) of any age. What is your opinion of this?. And, further, what is your opinion of this SPECIFICALLY IN RELATION TO AGE, GIVEN LAST WEEK’S PROPOSED QUESTION REGARDING CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE QUINN’S EFFORTS TO RAISE THE LEGAL AGE TO PURCHASE TOBACCO CIGARETTES TO 21?

3. LABOR AND UNIONS/SOCIAL INEQUALITY/SOCIAL MOVEMENTS/MAY DAY:  Today is the celebration of “May Day,” in honor of union protest rallies (this year, in Union Square, supposedly the Occupy Wall Street movement protesters will join). Last week, there was a scandalous Indian factory collapse (check out the cover story of The New York Times, “Tears and Rage as Hope Fades in Bangladesh,” by Jim Yardley, regarding the 337 dead in the deadliest accident in the garment industry’s history (650 survivors have horrific injuries, and among the missing are many whose relatives are holding  up pictures in images reminiscent of post-9/11 New York). Is that the “triangle factory” of India?

For more information on Dr. Pappas' pedagogical approach, see her article, "Creating an Antidote to Student Apathy: The News of the Week," in Teacher Scholar:  The Journal of the State Comprehensive University, Volume 3, Number 1 pp. 45-51.