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So, men are obsessed with their bodies. Is that so bad?

January 31, 2012

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Male self-objectification has perhaps gone too far – but the compulsory self-loathing that came before was worse Mark Simpson guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 31 January 2012 David Beckham flaunts it in a 2008 advertising campaign for Giorgio Armani. Photograph: Kevin Sam/FilmMagic.com Back in the early 90s, when Loaded magazine and footie were conquering the culture, making it […]

So, men are obsessed with their bodies. Is that so bad?

January 31, 2012

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Male self-objectification has perhaps gone too far – but the compulsory self-loathing that came before was worse Mark Simpson guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 31 January 2012 David Beckham flaunts it in a 2008 advertising campaign for Giorgio Armani. Photograph: Kevin Sam/FilmMagic.com Back in the early 90s, when Loaded magazine and footie were conquering the culture, making it […]

Is the internet harmful to teenage girls?

January 31, 2012

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Caitlin Flanagan’s controversial new book, Girl Land, which argues that the internet has a damaging effect on teenage girls, has led to a furious row among US women Sarah Hughes guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 January 2012 Teenage girls surfing the internet: Flanagan argues it is ‘coursening and deadening’. Photograph: Alamy Few people are as experienced at […]

Is the internet harmful to teenage girls?

January 31, 2012

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Caitlin Flanagan’s controversial new book, Girl Land, which argues that the internet has a damaging effect on teenage girls, has led to a furious row among US women Sarah Hughes guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 January 2012 Teenage girls surfing the internet: Flanagan argues it is ‘coursening and deadening’. Photograph: Alamy Few people are as experienced at […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

BALKANS-SOCIETY First Abused, Then Imprisoned

January 31, 2012

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By Vesna Peric Zimonjic For the first time in Serbian history the issue of abused and incarcerated women is nudging its way into public consciousness. Credit: Ranmali Bandarage/IPS BELGRADE, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) – The women languishing in Serbia’s Pozarevac Penal Correctional Institution are victims twice over: survivors of decades of domestic violence, they have […]

BALKANS-SOCIETY First Abused, Then Imprisoned

January 31, 2012

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By Vesna Peric Zimonjic For the first time in Serbian history the issue of abused and incarcerated women is nudging its way into public consciousness. Credit: Ranmali Bandarage/IPS BELGRADE, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) – The women languishing in Serbia’s Pozarevac Penal Correctional Institution are victims twice over: survivors of decades of domestic violence, they have […]

ZAMBIA: Chinese Underage Sex Scandal Sparks Emotive Debate

January 31, 2012

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By Lewis Mwanangombe Daliu, 46, a carpenter from China never imagined himself in the dreadful confines of a stinking and overcrowded Zambian jail where conditions are so terrible that they lead to gastronomic disorders and skin diseases within days of confinement. But that is how the dice has fallen for Zhang and three other expatriate […]

ZAMBIA: Chinese Underage Sex Scandal Sparks Emotive Debate

January 31, 2012

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By Lewis Mwanangombe Daliu, 46, a carpenter from China never imagined himself in the dreadful confines of a stinking and overcrowded Zambian jail where conditions are so terrible that they lead to gastronomic disorders and skin diseases within days of confinement. But that is how the dice has fallen for Zhang and three other expatriate […]

Women Expose Secret Genital Cutting Rite

January 30, 2012

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PAKISTAN-INDIABy Zofeen Ebrahim A Bohra woman in traditional costume. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS KARACHI, Jan 30, 2012 (IPS) – “It was a dark and dingy room, where an elderly woman asked me to take off my panties, made me sit on a low wooden stool with my legs parted and then did something…I screamed out in pain,” […]

Women Expose Secret Genital Cutting Rite

January 30, 2012

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PAKISTAN-INDIABy Zofeen Ebrahim A Bohra woman in traditional costume. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS KARACHI, Jan 30, 2012 (IPS) – “It was a dark and dingy room, where an elderly woman asked me to take off my panties, made me sit on a low wooden stool with my legs parted and then did something…I screamed out in pain,” […]

Enduring myths about rape victims lead to acquittals, says chief prosecutor

January 30, 2012

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Alison Saunders says jurors arrive at court with preconceptions about women which affects how they consider evidence Nick HopkinsThe Guardian, Monday 30 January 2012 Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service says women can become amost demonised by the media and that this affects preconceptions of female rape victims. Photograph: Felix Clay The demonisation of […]

Enduring myths about rape victims lead to acquittals, says chief prosecutor

January 30, 2012

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Alison Saunders says jurors arrive at court with preconceptions about women which affects how they consider evidence Nick HopkinsThe Guardian, Monday 30 January 2012 Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service says women can become amost demonised by the media and that this affects preconceptions of female rape victims. Photograph: Felix Clay The demonisation of […]

The Next-Generation of Female Leaders Will Emerge At A Faster Pace When Women Stop Trying to ‘Act Like Men’

January 30, 2012

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By CHERYL ISAAC, Forbes contributor Jan. 29, 2012 Men don’t push eight pound human beings out of deeply personal places. Men don’t undergo hormonal changes every month. Men don’t have to be constantly reminded of what sexy looks like via a higher percentage of sexual images of themselves displayed across magazines, billboards, TV commercials, etc. […]

The Next-Generation of Female Leaders Will Emerge At A Faster Pace When Women Stop Trying to ‘Act Like Men’

January 30, 2012

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By CHERYL ISAAC, Forbes contributor Jan. 29, 2012 Men don’t push eight pound human beings out of deeply personal places. Men don’t undergo hormonal changes every month. Men don’t have to be constantly reminded of what sexy looks like via a higher percentage of sexual images of themselves displayed across magazines, billboards, TV commercials, etc. […]

For men and boys, a silver lining amid sex abuse scandals

January 30, 2012

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By Jessica Ravitz, CNNJanuary 30, 2012 Groups that help male sex abuse victims have seen Web traffic and hotline calls increase since the Sandusky scandal broke (CNN) — Advocates and therapists for survivors of male sex abuse say the recent scandals at Penn State and elsewhere may help men who were abused as children, and […]

For men and boys, a silver lining amid sex abuse scandals

January 30, 2012

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By Jessica Ravitz, CNNJanuary 30, 2012 Groups that help male sex abuse victims have seen Web traffic and hotline calls increase since the Sandusky scandal broke (CNN) — Advocates and therapists for survivors of male sex abuse say the recent scandals at Penn State and elsewhere may help men who were abused as children, and […]

Incarcerating youth: An American injustice

January 30, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Eva McEnrue We teach our youth the “golden rules:” To treat others the way they would like be treated, to share, to tell the truth and to forgive. For the 2,600 people serving a life without parole sentence in a U.S. adult prison for crimes they committed while under age 18, according […]

Incarcerating youth: An American injustice

January 30, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Eva McEnrue We teach our youth the “golden rules:” To treat others the way they would like be treated, to share, to tell the truth and to forgive. For the 2,600 people serving a life without parole sentence in a U.S. adult prison for crimes they committed while under age 18, according […]

Topless protesters detained at Davos World Economic Forum

January 30, 2012

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The activists are from the group Femen, which has become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests By The Associated PressSaturday, January 28, 2012 Anja Niedringhaus/APThe activists are from a group which has have become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests against a range of issues including oppression of political opposition. DAVOS, […]

Topless protesters detained at Davos World Economic Forum

January 30, 2012

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The activists are from the group Femen, which has become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests By The Associated PressSaturday, January 28, 2012 Anja Niedringhaus/APThe activists are from a group which has have become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests against a range of issues including oppression of political opposition. DAVOS, […]

Hysteria and the Teenage Girl

January 29, 2012

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By CAITLIN FLANAGANPublished: January 28, 2012 LOS ANGELES CHEERLEADERS with Tourette’s syndrome. Like a fly buzzing against the window, this weird arrangement of words flitted across the edge of my consciousness last week. I kept thinking I should take a minute to track down the Onion piece from which this kooky phrase surely emanated, but […]

Hysteria and the Teenage Girl

January 29, 2012

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By CAITLIN FLANAGANPublished: January 28, 2012 LOS ANGELES CHEERLEADERS with Tourette’s syndrome. Like a fly buzzing against the window, this weird arrangement of words flitted across the edge of my consciousness last week. I kept thinking I should take a minute to track down the Onion piece from which this kooky phrase surely emanated, but […]

Foul-mouthed females: Why are so many women so comfortable being coarse?

January 29, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Tina Fey, left, and Jane Lynch got laughs when they made a penis joke at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month. / PAUL DRINKWATER/Associated Press Joan Rivers goes on “Good Morning America” and compares Angelina Jolie’s Golden Globes gown to a used feminine hygiene product. Jane Lynch and Tina Fey high […]

Foul-mouthed females: Why are so many women so comfortable being coarse?

January 29, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Tina Fey, left, and Jane Lynch got laughs when they made a penis joke at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month. / PAUL DRINKWATER/Associated Press Joan Rivers goes on “Good Morning America” and compares Angelina Jolie’s Golden Globes gown to a used feminine hygiene product. Jane Lynch and Tina Fey high […]

Record Numbers of Incarcerated Mothers Bad News for Women, Children, Communities

January 29, 2012

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by Care2 Causes EditorsJanuary 28, 2012 Written by Gina McGalliard, Truthout It is well known that the United States imprisons a higher percentage of its population than any other industrialized country. And while it is true that the prison population is predominantly male, the number of female prisoners has risen more than 800 percent in […]

Record Numbers of Incarcerated Mothers Bad News for Women, Children, Communities

January 29, 2012

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by Care2 Causes EditorsJanuary 28, 2012 Written by Gina McGalliard, Truthout It is well known that the United States imprisons a higher percentage of its population than any other industrialized country. And while it is true that the prison population is predominantly male, the number of female prisoners has risen more than 800 percent in […]

Hollywood women unite to break through the celluloid ceiling

January 29, 2012

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With female scriptwriters behind some of the biggest movies, from Juno to Kung Fu Panda 2, it seems the sexism barrier has been lifted. But has it? Paul Harris New York guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 January 2012 Ellen Page and Michael Cera in Juno, the indie film hit that won an Oscar for screenwriter Diablo Cody. […]

Hollywood women unite to break through the celluloid ceiling

January 29, 2012

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With female scriptwriters behind some of the biggest movies, from Juno to Kung Fu Panda 2, it seems the sexism barrier has been lifted. But has it? Paul Harris New York guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 January 2012 Ellen Page and Michael Cera in Juno, the indie film hit that won an Oscar for screenwriter Diablo Cody. […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]

Abortion: No return to the bad old days

January 28, 2012

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Tuesday 24 January 2012by Louise Raw The decision by the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) to allow ads for post-conception advice services has the usual suspects in a lather. It’s no use in wearily pointing out that pregnancy advice agencies actually give counselling, rather than automatic compulsory abortions to anyone who walks through their […]

Abortion: No return to the bad old days

January 28, 2012

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Tuesday 24 January 2012by Louise Raw The decision by the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) to allow ads for post-conception advice services has the usual suspects in a lather. It’s no use in wearily pointing out that pregnancy advice agencies actually give counselling, rather than automatic compulsory abortions to anyone who walks through their […]

In Facebook Game, Indian Women Reject Dowry

January 28, 2012

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Kurt Achin | New DelhiJanuary 24, 2012 A new social-media game is drawing renewed attention to an age-old problem in India – the illegal practice of dowry, or the transfer of wealth from a bride’s family to a groom’s family to coax him into marriage, a practice often abused by families that make excess demands. […]

In Facebook Game, Indian Women Reject Dowry

January 28, 2012

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Kurt Achin | New DelhiJanuary 24, 2012 A new social-media game is drawing renewed attention to an age-old problem in India – the illegal practice of dowry, or the transfer of wealth from a bride’s family to a groom’s family to coax him into marriage, a practice often abused by families that make excess demands. […]

Family and Work: An Immigrant Woman’s Dilemma

January 28, 2012

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By Zaira CortésGlobal Connect! BloggerThursday, January 26, 2012 Midnight passes and it is intensely cold on Roosevelt Avenue. On the corner of 82 Street, Maria Gomez, a-39-year-old Mexican, carefully cleans the space occupied by her food cart. With water and “jabón Roma,” she brushes the fat off the stove that comes from the meat she […]

Family and Work: An Immigrant Woman’s Dilemma

January 28, 2012

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By Zaira CortésGlobal Connect! BloggerThursday, January 26, 2012 Midnight passes and it is intensely cold on Roosevelt Avenue. On the corner of 82 Street, Maria Gomez, a-39-year-old Mexican, carefully cleans the space occupied by her food cart. With water and “jabón Roma,” she brushes the fat off the stove that comes from the meat she […]

Men against domestic and sexual violence

January 28, 2012

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Jason JohnstonFriday, January 27, 2012 Domestic and sexual violence shatters lives. It tries to hide within the community. Men must get involved to stop the cycle of abuse. SOS Inc. hosted a training session on reaching and engaging men to eliminate abuse from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Courthouse Annex Building […]

Men against domestic and sexual violence

January 28, 2012

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Jason JohnstonFriday, January 27, 2012 Domestic and sexual violence shatters lives. It tries to hide within the community. Men must get involved to stop the cycle of abuse. SOS Inc. hosted a training session on reaching and engaging men to eliminate abuse from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Courthouse Annex Building […]

How the CDC is overstating sexual violence in the U.S.

January 28, 2012

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By Christina Hoff Sommers, Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Her books include “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study suggesting that rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken […]

How the CDC is overstating sexual violence in the U.S.

January 28, 2012

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By Christina Hoff Sommers, Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Her books include “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study suggesting that rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken […]

Beyond macho: defining a man’s world

January 28, 2012

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By DONNA NEBENZAHL, Freelance January 28, 2012 Marc Lafrance teaches courses on masculinity at Concordia University. “If we can get men to feel that their lives don’t need to correspond to this mythic machismo, that will open them up to life experiences,” he says.Photograph by: ALLEN MCINNIS THE GAZETTE, Freelance The male stereotyPe of the […]

Beyond macho: defining a man’s world

January 28, 2012

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By DONNA NEBENZAHL, Freelance January 28, 2012 Marc Lafrance teaches courses on masculinity at Concordia University. “If we can get men to feel that their lives don’t need to correspond to this mythic machismo, that will open them up to life experiences,” he says.Photograph by: ALLEN MCINNIS THE GAZETTE, Freelance The male stereotyPe of the […]

Why Men Always Tell You to See Movies

January 28, 2012

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Trailer Voice-Over Work Scarce for Women Melissa Disney, top, did the voice-over for the trailer for “Gone in 60 Seconds,” starring Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage. Women “have so much more to pull from than your typical male action voice,” Ms. Disney said. By ANDY ISAACSONPublished: January 27, 2012 WHAT gender is the voice of […]

Why Men Always Tell You to See Movies

January 28, 2012

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Trailer Voice-Over Work Scarce for Women Melissa Disney, top, did the voice-over for the trailer for “Gone in 60 Seconds,” starring Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage. Women “have so much more to pull from than your typical male action voice,” Ms. Disney said. By ANDY ISAACSONPublished: January 27, 2012 WHAT gender is the voice of […]