Today in class we talked about Altruism, and we read a couple of articles where people failed to help others.
There is the classic case of Kitty Genovese.
The there is the more contemporary case of the gang rape outside of a California high school.
Finally, we talked about the situational explanations given for both the rape itself and for why people didn't help. We talked about the ways that men and women read the article on the gang rape quite differently. Part of Social Psychology is understanding that not only our immediate surroundings drive our behavior, but also the broader society in which we live. To this end, students were given the article Schroedinger's Rapist, which I think does a very good job illuminating the way that the world is a different place for men and women. Worth a read.