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19th-Dec-2009 11:19 pm
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Every year, Regret the Error publishes a list of the top corrections, errors and retractions from the English-speaking press.

I thought you might enjoy the award for Best Science Reporting, which went to the UK-based Daily Telegraph for the following correction:
Owing to an editing error, our report “Women who dress provocatively more likely to be raped, claim scientists” (June 23) wrongly stated that research presented at the recent BPS conference by Sophia Shaw found that women who drink alcohol are more likely to be raped. In fact, the research found the opposite. We apologise for our error.
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20th-Dec-2009 04:48 am (UTC)
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20th-Dec-2009 05:09 am (UTC)
I hope they published that correction in full caps across their front page, because it's not like printing that is contributing to rape culture, or anything...
20th-Dec-2009 05:18 am (UTC)
A not small part of me wonders: where is the study that goes 'indicators/factors which men will be a rapist' instead of focusing on the victim with implied victim blaming. Prevention from that side might be a good idea.
20th-Dec-2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Ironically enough, that *was* what the actual study was about.

http://www.badscience.net/2009/07/asking-for-it/
20th-Dec-2009 05:31 am (UTC)
fuck you Guardian, fuck you

I as thinking of a more grown-up response, but I am drawing a blank. What on earth were they thinking? This is more than a tad deliberate to either sell more copies, either/or verify their views. In both cases: see above.
20th-Dec-2009 05:34 am (UTC)
The Telegraph appears to be the perpetrator.
20th-Dec-2009 05:35 am (UTC)
I have been trying to figure that one out. The Guardian link goes to their Main Section, and is kinda useless due to that.

Either, or, both?
20th-Dec-2009 05:40 am (UTC)
It seems it is the Telegraph. Actually this makes me feel a little bit better since I do tend to read the Guardian on a regular basis and fail this epic would make me doubt their other articles, too.

Not that this is not horrific and gross all by itself.
20th-Dec-2009 10:55 am (UTC)
A bit off topic but I find it interesting that out of all the recent posts and conversations lately this is the one that is locked.
20th-Dec-2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Oh, eh. I have it set to lock by default. (Journal is friends-only.) I'll crack it open.
20th-Dec-2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
The great posts in this world need to be shared.

Yours helped me happily evade necessary work for hours - finally ending up on Vagina Dentata. Thank you!
20th-Dec-2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who thinks the word 'rape' is too informal for the situation?
21st-Dec-2009 02:22 am (UTC)
"women who drink alcohol are more likely to be raped. In fact, the research found the opposite"

So drinking alcohol decreases chances of being raped?
Men everywhere have a new pickup line:

"Hey, lemme buy you a drink; it's for your safety."
22nd-Dec-2009 04:19 am (UTC)
According to the article referenced, the student doing this research found that men are not willing to go as far with women who have been drinking than women who have not been drinking:

Women who drink alcohol, wear short skirts and are outgoing are more likely to be raped? “We found no evidence that that women who are more outgoing are more likely to be raped, this is completely inaccurate, we found no difference whatsoever. The alcohol thing is also completely wrong: if anything, we found that men reported they were willing to go further with women who are completely sober.”
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