It seems counterintuitive that international photojournalists, who are professionally paid to capture the reality of the world – covering tragic events such as natural disaster, war, and crisis – often face mass criticism and ignominy among their hungry consumers.
Tragedy struck the country of Haiti January of 2010 when a devastating earthquake killed over 200,000 Haitians. Once sturdy buildings all came toppling down, killings its occupants. Thousands were lost because of the natural disaster itself. Following the demises and downfall, many lives were lost due to the state of complete lawlessness. The streets of Haiti became the home of absolute chaos, murder, and looting.
As disaster took place, photojournalists were sent out to Haiti to capture the chaotic environment that had unraveled. There are a multitude of reasons why hundreds of photojournalists were sent out, but most were to help capture the scene to raise awareness and relief funding.
Fabienne Cherisma was one of the many victims who lost their life during the earthquake. Cherisma lost her life not due to the natural disaster but due to the Haitian police firing into the crowd of looters.
The picture itself captures the feelings of agony and loss. The picture was believed to be taken by a lone photographer who happened to “stumble upon” the scene but another picture shows multiple photographers on the scene- practically feeding off the girl’s condition.
After the photographs were released to the public, heated debated followed. Many argued the photos were “too graphic” and “inappropriate”. Yet, the same people who made this appoint, were also the same people sending photojournalists to feed off the scene.
It seems counterintuitive that physicians, who are mandated to swear by the Hippocratic Oath, would purposely take part in discriminative action against their patients.
Prozac was first introduced to the general public in 1987. An almost “miracle drug”, this antidepressant had fewer side effects and overdoes. Overall being a great national success. More than 33 million Americans (one out of ten Americans) are prescribed Prozac each year.
New research on the distribution of Prozac has raised a couple of concerns. After analyzing medical data of over 125 million patients, results showed that doctors were more likely to prescribe Prozac to those of the white race and those who had private insurance.
In a study conducted in 2008, of the white patients being treated for depression, 11 percent were being prescribed medication compared to the four percent of Hispanics and blacks. And those with private insurance were far mor likely to receive these medications. Those without private insurance, using Medicare or Medicaid, if possible, were 60 precent less likely to be prescribed newer antidepressants such as Prozac.
These new findings raise many questions among the public and those in the medical field. These physicians, who are taught to keep an ethical way of thinking and decision making, and swear by the Hippocratic Oath, are also doctors who actively discriminate against their patients.
It seems counterintuitive that men have the authority to decide what it means to rape a women.
Rape and what defines rape has been a global issue for many centuries up until today. The lengthy timeline of such hideous acts dates back to 1780 B.C (and most definitely before). These same barbaric laws defining rape carried out through ancient civilizations, the medieval era, and even through modern times.
Beginning with The Code of Hammurabi (1780 B.C), defined rape as “property damage”. Indicating women were merely viewed as “their father’s property”- nothing more. Leading into the medieval ages, women were still viewed as insignificant and unimportant. Under the Saxon law, punishment for rape was dependent upon if the woman was declared a virgin, wife, widow, nun, or whore.
As English physician Samuel Farr believed and wrote in his book Elements of Medical Jurisprudence (1814), “women could not get pregnant without orgasm”. Standards were even worse for women of color; they were completely disregarded as a whole.
Up until the early 21st century, women still suffered the consequences of a man raping her. Feminists began to vocalize the issue to a more broader crowd, beginning to enlighten the issue women have faced for thousands of centuries.
This detailed timeline only shines light on a small proportion of the struggle women face regarding rape. Yet, it is men, who still get to play authority and define what it means to rape a woman.