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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Reflects on Oscar Win and What it Means for Pakistan

February 29, 2012

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By Sadia Ashraf, February 29, 2012 / followed by  “Pakistan’s First Oscar Win Explores Efforts to End Acid Violence in Pakistan” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar Academy Award win for Pakistan last Sunday, a first for the country, is a bittersweet victory. While the country rejoices in the worldwide recognition of an Oscar for Saving Face as […]

Gender stereotypes, miscommunication can hinder relationships among people of all gender identifications and sexual orientations

February 29, 2012

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Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Sophomore Ray George’s relationship with his girlfriend started in a bit of an unconventional way. “I actually didn’t ask my girlfriend [out] on our first date,” George said. “She asked me out first.” Marissa Oehlhof, an instructor in the Psychology department, said one of the traditional gender stereotypes is for […]

Where Abusing Women Is "An Accepted Norm"

February 29, 2012

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Mathilde Bagneres interviews LILLY BE’SOER, founder of Voice for Change, Papua New Guinea Lilly Be’Soer, founder of Voice for Change, a non-governmental organisation for women’s rights in Papua New Guinea. Credit:Mathilde Bagneres/ IPS UNITED NATIONS, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) – Violence, torture and other forms of cruel treatment are on the rise for women in […]

‘Vagina Monologues’ confronts taboo issues of sexuality

February 29, 2012

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By Lauren Sarner, The Dartmouth StaffPublished on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 At an institution that began as all-male and whose social scene is still largely dominated by fraternities, almost 60 female Dartmouth students are bringing the taboo discussion of vaginas into the spotlight in “The Vagina Monologues” beginning tonight. The performance, being staged for the […]

Women’s Health Care at Risk

February 29, 2012

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Published: February 28, 2012 A wave of mergers between Roman Catholic and secular hospitals is threatening to deprive women in many areas of the country of ready access to important reproductive services. Catholic hospitals that merge or form partnerships with secular hospitals often try to impose religious restrictions against abortions, contraception and sterilization on the […]

In India, a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mentality

February 29, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: February 28, 2012 NEW DELHI — When the West Bengal sports minister, Madan Mitra, offered his opinion of the character of a woman who was raped after leaving a Kolkata nightclub, he joined a long line of Indian officials who appear happy to blame the victim. “She has two children, and […]

Two SIdes of the Moon, by David L. Gould

February 28, 2012

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Reblogged from Honour Based Violence Awareness Network David Gould Director and Producer of documentary film Two Sides of the Moon. http://www.twosidesofthemoon.com Over four years ago, the former Deputy Director of the University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights, Chivy Sok invited me for coffee. Over the course of our conversation, Chivy challenged me to produce a […]

PAKISTAN: Abducted and forced into a Muslim marriage

February 28, 2012

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Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRINHindus marking a ritual occasion feel increasingly threatened in Pakistan KARACHI, 27 February 2012 (IRIN) – Sixteen-year-old Ameena Ahmed*, now living in the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, does not always respond when her mother-in-law calls out to her. “Even after a year of `marriage’ I am not used […]

Wronged women of Liberia reluctant to revisit human rights abuses

February 28, 2012

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Having already testified to a government commission, victims of sexual violence eschew new process based on traditional justice Tamasin Ford guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 February 2012 A boy in front of a sign illustrating the reasons behind the creation of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP The women sat on plastic chairs arranged in […]

Family finance gender roles changing with the times

February 27, 2012

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Women show more interest in taking charge on money matters By Derek Sankey, For The Calgary Herald February 26, 2012 Money has always been viewed as a potential source of conflict in relationships and it appears there continues to be a significant difference in how the two genders view their roles when it comes to […]

Male suicide rates four times higher than females nationally; problem seems to have cultural roots in stoic Midwest

February 27, 2012

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Kurt Schreiner was many things. A fun uncle who faithfully attended his nephew’s football games. A charming ladies’ man who loved to travel. A kind-hearted soul who made you feel like his best friend and doled out the perfect advice. That was on the outside. By: Tammy Swift, ForumPublished February 27, 2012 Kurt Schreiner was […]

Among the asexuals

February 27, 2012

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In a society obsessed with sex, it’s hard if you have no sexual desire at all. Some are searching for a new form of intimacy Rosie Swash The Observer, Sunday 26 February 2012 No sex please…: student Mary Kame Ginoza, 19, and David Jay, 29, the asexuality movement’s poster boy. Photograph: Alyson Aliano “OK,” writes […]

Explainer: Gender Identity issues

February 25, 2012

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Image: Vincent Yu/AP/Press Association Images THIS WEEK, a television advert by bookmaker Paddy Power that was labelled as “deeply transphobic” by an Irish transgender support group was suspended from UK television and most Irish TV stations. The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) had said that the advert made transgender people feel “mocked and ridiculed” and […]

The real cost of human trafficking

February 25, 2012

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Posted on 24 February 2012Deborah CowanWVoN co-editor Human trafficking and the buying and selling of human beings has been happening since the earliest of times. But it seems that trafficking is not just the most horrific human rights abuse of modern times, it’s also big bucks for those who deal in the exploitation and misery […]

Society needs to realise the horrific consequences of sex-selective abortions

February 25, 2012

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UK doctors who allegedly offer sex-selective abortions should look to India to see the emotional and social disaster they create Kishwar Desai guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 The claim that doctors in the UK have been caught agreeing to conduct sex-selective abortions is extremely shocking – but certainly not surprising. At a time when doctors […]

Sexual violence against women is the result of the cult of masculinity

February 25, 2012

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A false image of manhood makes men act violently and risk their lives against their own interests as humans. It must be addressed Gloria Steinem and Lauren Wolfeguardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 ‘Neither in war zones nor in street gangs is rape primarily about sex.’ Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Gangs of young men […]

The Difference between a One Night Stand and an Escort.

February 25, 2012

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Reblogged from The Difference between a One Night Stand and an Escort. Posted on February 22, 2012 One of the most annoying, ignorant and blinkered opinions I have heard is that the only difference between a one night stand, and seeing an escort, is that money changes hands. A radio presenter on a relatively new radio […]

Anonymous Woman Haters and Other Animals

February 25, 2012

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Reblogged from Anonymous Woman Haters and Other Animals I had another abusive comment left for me delightfully on my blog today. It’s great to see that the opposition remain as unintelligent and inarticulate in their response to criticism of their ‘right’ to buy women’s bodies and to vent their hatred as ever. It’s good to know […]

Gender and the tyranny of the ‘normal’

February 24, 2012

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Sensationalist news stories about gender dysphoria only serve to isolate sufferers of this condition Philippa Perryguardian.co.uk, Thursday 23 February 2012 A still from the film Ma Vie en Rose, which tells the story of Ludovic, a small boy who dresses like a girl. Photograph: Blue Light In the past, the major difficulty with gender identity […]

UN report on sexual violence during conflict singles out worst offenders

February 24, 2012

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Special Representative Margot Wallström presents the Secretary-General’s report on conflict-related sexual violence to the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 23 February 2012 – The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of […]

Is the US the only country where more men are raped than women?

February 24, 2012

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The figures on rape may be uncertain, but we could lower the sexual assault rate in American jails – if we had the political will Jill Filipovic for Feministe, part of the Guardian Comment Networkguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 February 2012 Inmates at a jail in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP That’s the claim in this n+1 […]

Women, Victims of War, Have No Seat at Negotiating Table

February 24, 2012

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By Thalif Deen For a long time, Zambian women’s participation in politics has ended at voting. Credit:Richard Mulonga/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23, 2012 (IPS) – When the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held its inaugural meeting in London back in 1946, the U.S. delegate, Eleanor Roosevelt, read an open letter to “the […]

Femen, four years of activism in pictures

February 24, 2012

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Founded in Kiev in 2008, Femen first became known for its Flash against sex tourism events in the country. “The Ukraine is not a brothel!”, they say in 2008, disguised as prostitutes, independence square. Credits: AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY In February 2010, to protest against the “rape” of democracy in Ukraine, several activists burst into the polling […]

Femen, four years of activism in pictures

February 24, 2012

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Founded in Kiev in 2008, Femen first became known for its Flash against sex tourism events in the country. “The Ukraine is not a brothel!”, they say in 2008, disguised as prostitutes, independence square. Credits: AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY In February 2010, to protest against the “rape” of democracy in Ukraine, several activists burst into the polling […]

Facebook’s nudity and violence guidelines are laid bare

February 22, 2012

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Nipples are rude but crushed limbs are OK – a document leak has revealed the social network’s attitudes to sex and violence Charles Arthur guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 February 2012 Facebook’s censorship guidelines, dictating what kinds of sex and violence can be depicted in photographs, have been leaked. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Facebook bans images of breastfeeding […]

“Honor” killings and political correctness

February 22, 2012

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Reblogged from “Honor” killings and political correctness By Peter Gray, February 22, 2012 The debate about whether Canada’s “Shafia murders” were “honor killings” or “domestic violence” seems like an argument about whether “■” is a square or a rectangle. Beneath the surface, however, much more than semantics is at stake. Critics who reject all mention […]

The Nominees for the Best Performance of Gender Are…

February 22, 2012

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Posted: 02/21/2012 6:49 pmBy Jill Dolan The year celebrated by the 2011 Academy Awards was one of rigid political identities — the one percent vs. the 99 percent, the perennial Democrats vs. Republicans, the “people” vs. the leaders whose corruption brought about the Arab Spring. But in American movies, by contrast, it was a year […]

Global Gender Imbalance Poses Critical Problems for Women

February 22, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda A group of Chinese boys plays in the mud. By 2013, one in 10 Chinese men of marriageable age will lack a female counterpart. Credit:Jimmiehomeschoolmom/CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) – In 2005, there were 163 million more men in Asia, more than the entire female population of the United […]

Together we can end child marriage: building momentum in South Asia

February 22, 2012

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Every year an estimated 10 million girls are married before they turn 18. Nearly half of them live in South Asia. In February 2012, Girls Not Brides brought together over 70 organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to discuss how to create change across the region. All were united in the […]

Fact Sheet: U.S. Work for Abandonment of Female Cutting

February 22, 2012

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18 February 2012 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 18, 2012 2011/254 FACT SHEET The U.S. Government Working for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice that ranges from nicking to total removal of the external female genitalia. An estimated 100 to 145 million women […]

How Gender Values Point the Way for a More Effective U.N.

February 21, 2012

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By Alisa Clarke* Mexican women say “We are not spoils of war”. Credit:Daniela Pastrana/IPS NEW YORK, Feb 20, 2012 (IPS) – A growing list of U.N. Security Council Resolutions acknowledges the importance of gender in processes for peace. Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960 note that women continue to be marginalised in peace negotiations […]

TRANSGENDER CHILDREN: Sex-changing treatment for kids: It’s on the rise

February 21, 2012

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Associated Press,  Feb. 19, 2012CHICAGO — A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.It’s an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts […]

Gang life: First he builds trust. Then you help out. Next you’re cutting crack

February 21, 2012

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One ex-gang member describes how her life was taken over by a boyfriend, and how the cycle begins at schoolBen Ferguson and Matthew Taylor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 19 February 2012 Lisa remembers the moment she knew her life had been overtaken by the gang. Her boyfriend of six months had called and asked her for a […]

Why does it matter if a child has a same-sex crush?

February 21, 2012

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The ripples caused by a boy of seven coming out as gay shows society has a way to go before it views LGBT people equally Tom Katsumiguardian.co.uk, Monday 20 February 2012 Members of the cast of Glee. Photograph: Channel 4 A blogger for the Huffington Post has caused ripples online recently by writing that her […]

In Sudan, Seeing Echoes of Darfur

February 20, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: February 18, 2012 A GREAT humanitarian catastrophe and vicious ethnic cleansing is unfolding here in the remote and impoverished region where Sudan and South Sudan come together. For some in the Nuba Mountains, living in thatch huts far from electricity or paved roads, the sharpest acquaintance they are making with 21st-century […]

Young girls using Facebook to ‘advertise’ to older gang members

February 20, 2012

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As gang prevention programmes target children at risk of involvement, police warn that girls are particularly vulnerable Matthew Taylor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 19 February 2012 Girls as young as 13 are posting explicit photographs on Facebook to “advertise” themselves to older gang members, police say. The children, who are often already involved on the periphery of […]

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

February 18, 2012

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By JASON DePARLE and SABRINA TAVERNISEPublished: February 17, 2012 LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. […]

‘I’m the girl with the ladydad’

February 18, 2012

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What happens when your dad becomes a woman? Mainly, Natasha Ozimek tells Maureen Paton, you end up disapproving of his makeup and clothes Maureen Paton The Guardian, Saturday 18 February 2012 Jane Fae (formerly John) and Tash: ‘He’s still Dad, just with a different outer layer.’ Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Natasha Ozimek was […]

Women prisoners should be allowed out to visit their children, judge rules

February 18, 2012

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By Charles WalfordLast updated at 7:58 AM on 15th February 2012 Female prisoners should be allowed temporary release from jail to visit their children, a High Court judge has ruled. Kenneth Clarke was wrong to try to stop two women prisoners being allowed time out of prison to see their children, said Mrs Justice Lang. […]

The Rise of Intermarriage

February 18, 2012

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Rates, Characteristics Vary by Race and Gender by Wendy Wang Executive Summary This report analyzes the demographic and economic characteristics of newlyweds who marry spouses of a different race or ethnicity, and compares the traits of those who “marry out” with those who “marry in.” The newlywed pairs are grouped by the race and ethnicity […]

When men aspire to have balls bigger than our brains, we get what we deserve

February 17, 2012

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Lads’ mags have degraded men for too long, but their dip in sales won’t make high brow cool – we’re hard-wired to be crass Stuart Jeffries guardian.co.uk, Friday 17 February 2012 Lowest common denominator … a lad mag. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian Perhaps clever is the new stupid. Just possibly, astronomical telescopes are […]

Abortion rights: what’s wrong with these pictures?

February 17, 2012

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Tell us whether you feel these panels making choices on women’s reproductive rights are missing a crucial something Jessica Reedguardian.co.uk, Friday 17 February 2012 I want you to look at the following photographs and think about what they represent for a minute or two. Take your time – can you think of anything missing from […]

Female athletes challenge Saudi Muslim norms

February 17, 2012

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Behind concrete walls and out of sight of men, Saudi women wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirts meet three times a week to play soccer in an all-female club in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah AP, Friday 17 Feb 2012 Cheering them on is Jeddah King’s United coach and striker Reema Abdullah, who also is […]

Trial Sheds Light on Trafficking of Women in Argentina

February 17, 2012

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By Marcela Valente Susana Trimarco holding a missing persons poster for her daughter, Marita Verón. Credit:Courtesy of Metrodelito BUENOS AIRES, Feb 16, 2012 (IPS) – A high profile trial for trafficking of women is giving the public a clearer picture of how sex trafficking rings operate in Argentina, with victims who are even forced, eventually, […]

Why is there a gender gap for blacks in interracial marriage?

February 17, 2012

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By Zerlina Maxwell 02/17/2012 © auremar – Fotolia.com At a time when the president of the United States is himself the offspring of an interracial marriage, a new Pew study has found that the acceptance of interracial marriage is at an all time high. Nearly 43 percent of respondents said that interracial marriages are good for […]

For Punishment of Elder’s Misdeeds, Afghan Girl Pays the Price

February 17, 2012

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By ALISSA J. RUBINPublished: February 16, 2012 Andrea Bruce for The New York TimesShakila, 10, was abducted and held for about a year as part of a traditional Afghan form of justice known as “baad.” ASADABAD, Afghanistan — Shakila, 8 at the time, was drifting off to sleep when a group of men carrying AK-47s […]

Peta’s vegan sex ad shows it has tofu for brains

February 17, 2012

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Flirting with domestic violence imagery in your shock-tactic marketing is not the way to promote an animal-free diet Arwa Mahdawi guardian.co.uk, Thursday 16 February 2012 This article contains content of sexual nature. If you don’t like it, jog on. If you are still reading, it may have something to do with the fact that shock […]

Women In Business: Why You Don’t Have To Be ‘More Like A Man’ To Get Ahead

February 16, 2012

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Posted: 02/15/2012By Kristen Houghton “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” sings Professor Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady”. Charming as the song is, I can’t help but be offended. And in Higgins’ misguided opinion, women fall far short of the male animal. What would the good prof think of women today […]

Many layers: Examining the complex meanings of hijab

February 16, 2012

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By Fatima Ayub, January 30, 2012 Writer Fatima Ayub examines perspectives on veiling in Muslim majority and minority contexts, both in the United States, where she grew up, and in Afghanistan, where she has lived and worked. She finds a surprising number wear it due to a combination of social expectation and cultural habit, rather […]

Gender and conflict in Iraq

February 16, 2012

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By Mehrunisa Qayyum, February 15, 2012 “Violence emanates from the man, so we have to have projects that make him aware of this circumstance,” said Zainab Sadeq Jaffer, an Iraqi human rights attorney who presented at the US Institute for Peace Conference entitled “Women Fighting for Peace”. Others may argue that violence is not a […]