From Harvard prof Steve Pinker at Slate:
In 1993 the U.N. General Assembly adopted a Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and polling data show widespread support for women’s rights, even in countries with the most benighted practices. Many countries have implemented laws and public awareness campaigns to reduce rape, forced marriage, genital mutilation, honor killings, domestic violence, and wartime atrocities. Though some of these measures are toothless, and the effectiveness of others has yet to be established, there are grounds for optimism over the long term. Global shaming campaigns, even when they start out as purely aspirational, have led in the past to dramatic reductions of practices such as slavery, dueling, whaling, foot binding, piracy, privateering, chemical warfare, apartheid, and atmospheric nuclear testing.
So when it starts to happen in our own neighbourhoods because measures are toothless or yet to be established and shaming campaigns are “purely aspirational” (and quickly shut down due to claims that it is wrong to attack another’s culture), well don’t worry, be happy, we live in safe times.
Safe for whom?
Reality check: This guy is the kind of support to expect from the U we will get if we think our own safety and well-being matters.
See also: Respecting one’s heroes but taking issue – Thomas Sowell edition
Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose