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What Are the Roots of Gender Inequality? Women’s Rights, Race and Reproduction

June 2, 2012

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Released: 6/1/2012 Newswise — Throughout history, women have faced intense discrimination—from a lack of legal rights and very little independence from their husbands, to being thought to have inferior brains. In many societies, women have long been viewed as less than fully human. American society has come a long way in recognizing and protecting women’s […]

Sex Related Alcohol Expectancies: mediating rape and alcohol consumption

June 2, 2012

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Reblogged from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland Blog Across European countries there are notable differences in the behaviours of individuals who consume equal amounts of alcohol.[i] Culture plays a role in how we behave when we consume alcohol. Studies have shown that how an individual responds to alcohol depends on what effects they expect to […]

A Penis and a Dress: Why the Gender Binary Needs to Go Away

May 23, 2012

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Allison HopePR specialist and journalist Posted: 05/22/2012 If your genitalia don’t match the gender you most identify with, the American Psychiatric Association slaps you with the weighted label “gender identity disorder.” There’s current dialogue around changing the label to “gender incongruence,” but it still boils down to the same ignorance: Society is placing judgment on […]

More Teens Seeking Gender Identity Treatment in Australia

May 22, 2012

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By Katherine Weber , Christian Post ReporterMay 22, 2012|10:33 amThe number of children receiving hormone treatment for gender identity disorder has increased greatly at one Australian clinic over the past decade, with the number of patient referrals growing eight times since 2003, doctors recently reported in the Medical Journal of Australia. The Melbourne’s Royal Children’s […]

Sex as Work and Sex Work

May 21, 2012

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By Laura Agustín On May 16, 2012 An army colonel is about to start the morning briefing to his staff. While waiting for the coffee to be prepared, the colonel says he didn’t sleep much the night before because his wife had been a bit frisky. He asks everyone: How much of sex is ‘work’ […]

Time’s breastfeeding cover is pure front

May 12, 2012

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Rather than challenging taboos, Time’s shock tactics exploit society’s existing shame and confusion about sex and maternity Victoria Bekiempisguardian.co.uk, Friday 11 May 2012 Time magazine’s ‘Are You Mom Enough?’ breastfeeding cover, 21 May 2012 When the Time magazine cover for a story on attachment parenting “Are You Mom Enough?” hit the web this week, the […]

The oldest discrimination in the world

May 9, 2012

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Analysis by Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent Tuesday, May 08, 2012 THERE is little new about gendercide, other than the 21st century ability to provide a scientific-sounding label, and modern technology’s ability to replace routine killings of baby girls with gender-specific abortions. Generally, this crime is held at a safe distance from our consciousness, pigeon-holed in […]

Conceptualizing Gender (2)

May 4, 2012

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Post-structural theories by Azadeh Azad03-May-2012 For a deeper understanding of the concept of gender, we need to get acquainted with theories that focus on the social and cultural construction of gender. These theories include Structuralism, Post-structural Theories and Semiotics of Gender, Gender as Performance and Performativity, Psychoanalysis, and psychological anthropology. 2. Structuralism Structuralism is a […]

Conceptualizing Gender (1)

May 4, 2012

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Conceptualizing Gender (1)Sex roles theories by Azadeh Azad27-Apr-2012 The concept of gender is as problematic as the “nature versus nurture” argument. The terms “sex,” “female,” and “male” are biological terms, based on verifiable physical differences. However, to be born with a sex, female or male, in any society does not mean to be born gendered, […]

Having Sex: Mythbusting

April 22, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist Mythbusting ‘To be human is to be sexual’ Winder, 1983 Sexuality is often equated with just sex. Actually, it’s much broader and also encompasses gender identities and roles sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction. Sexuality is experienced and expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships. […]

Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights

April 21, 2012

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Audacia Ray By Audacia Ray This essay originally appeared in the 2012 Momentum conference anthology ebook. If the pursuit of pleasure is good, how can it be bad for sex workers, people who are professionally steeped in sexuality? Well, it’s complicated. Over the past several decades, a contingent of feminist, sex positive sex workers have […]

CASUAL HOOKUPS TO FORMAL DATES: Refining the Boundaries of the Sexual Double Standard

April 13, 2012

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by JULIE A. REID, University of Southern Mississippi, SINIKKA ELLIOTT, North Carolina State UniversityGRETCHEN R. WEBBER, Middle Tennessee State University Gender & Society October 2011 vol. 25 no. 5 545-568 Abstract – “Hooking up,” a popular type of sexual behavior among college students, has become a pathway to dating relationships. Based on open-ended narratives written by […]

Too Young to Wed

April 11, 2012

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WARNING: Not suitable for sensitive persons Published June 7, 2011 Stephanie Sinclair, for the Pulitzer Center Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste. Over an eight-year […]

A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?

April 8, 2012

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By WILLIAM DERESIEWICZPublished: April 7, 2012 CAN men and women be friends? We have been asking ourselves that question for a long time, and the answer is usually no. The movie “When Harry Met Sally…” provides the locus classicus. The problem, Harry famously explains, is that “the sex part always gets in the way.” Heterosexual […]

Sex and Sharia: Muslim women punished for failed marriages

April 2, 2012

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By Charlotte Rachael ProudmanNotebook – A selection of Independent views -, OpinionMonday, 2 April 2012 Today I received another telephone call from a young Muslim woman, Nasrin, who pleaded with me to help her obtain an Islamic divorce. After fleeing a forced marriage characterised by rape and physical violence, Nasrin applied for an Islamic divorce […]

Moral ‘Crimes’ Land Afghan Women in Jail

March 30, 2012

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By ROD NORDLANDPublished: March 28, 2012 KABUL, Afghanistan — Asma W., 36, ran away from her husband after he beat her, threw boiling water on her, gave her a sexually transmitted disease and announced that he would marry his mistress. Fawzia, 15, took refuge with a family that drugged her and forced her into prostitution. […]

I salute Meena Kandasamy, each and every domestic Violence survivor needs to read this

March 13, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist Meena is my Facebook friend, and I salute her, as it takes extraordinary courage to come out in the open about a violent and an abusive marriage, I hope this step by Meena ,will give the courage to many such women trapped in such abusive relationships to break their shackles ‘With sad-woman […]

Madonna, Naked Hunks, and Anal Intercourse: Long Live the Feminine World

March 10, 2012

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Marten WeberPosted: 03/ 9/2012 For most of human history, we lived in male cultures. Men hunted and warred, women raised children, cooked, and gathered or cultivated food. Roles such as these are inscribed into the psyche of many nations and are almost universally codified in sacred texts. Today, we are living in a feminine world […]

“Porn is an obsession with female pleasure” says woman porn director

March 7, 2012

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Posted on 07 March 2012Polly Trenow WVoN co-editor Anna Span (real name Anna Arrowsmith) is an English pornographic film director, who speaks widely about sex, pornography and feminism. She spoke to WVoN about her views and why she believes women enjoy porn. You said your moment of inspiration came when you realised you weren’t angry […]

The Republican party declares war on women

March 5, 2012

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The more Republican candidates pitch for social conservative votes, the more we see the misogyny of America’s religious right Diane Robertsguardian.co.uk, Monday 5 March 2012 Rick Santorum campaigning in Ohio: he has cast America asfighting a spiritual struggle against secularism and Satan. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Republicans and their Tea Party shock troops say they […]

Female bonobos use homosexual sex to increase social status

March 3, 2012

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(PhysOrg.com) — Female bonobos (Pan paniscus) often form strong bonds with other females, and these bonds affect their position in the social hierarchy. Scientists from St Andrews University in the UK looked at the part sexual interactions might play in the formation of these social bonds, since female bonobos are known to often engage in […]

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

March 2, 2012

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From 2005 to 2010, there have been a total of 43 incidents of sexual assault reported on the Whitman College campus, according to Whitman’s Clery crime statistics. Of these, 31 were incidents of forcible rape. It is likely that far more rapes have actually occurred over that period, because many go unreported. Some of these […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

HIV/AIDS: You, me and HIV

February 14, 2012

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Photo: lst1984/FlickrLiving and loving with HIV JOHANNESBURG, 14 February 2012 (PlusNews) – Rising HIV prevalence rates around the world have changed how we date and how we love, at least in theory. The sexual history discussion comes up earlier in dating, and HIV testing as a couple is just a step below becoming “official”. Then […]

Busted: the politics of cleavage and a glance

February 11, 2012

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February 11, 2012Opinion For your eyes only . . . some women dress provocatively but bristle if the wrong man shows he enjoys the display. Increasingly, women feel they are entitled to dress however they like but take offence when the ‘wrong’ man has a look, writes Bettina Arndt. A young man and woman are […]

Is online dating destroying love?

February 8, 2012

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Online dating is now one of the most common ways to start a relationship. But is it fulfilling our dreams – or shattering our cherished ideal of romance? Stuart Jeffries guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 February 2012 Online dating: offers the dream of true love but, for many, casual sex is the aim. Photograph: Alamy ‘I’m telling […]

Male and Female Behavior Deconstructed

February 2, 2012

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UCSF Team Uncovers Genes Influenced by Sex Hormones that Control Masculine and Feminine Behaviors in Mice By Jason Bardi on February 2, 2012 Hormones shape our bodies, make us fertile, excite our most basic urges, and as scientists have known for years, they govern the behaviors that separate men from women. But how? Now a […]

Male and Female Behavior Deconstructed

February 2, 2012

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UCSF Team Uncovers Genes Influenced by Sex Hormones that Control Masculine and Feminine Behaviors in Mice By Jason Bardi on February 2, 2012 Hormones shape our bodies, make us fertile, excite our most basic urges, and as scientists have known for years, they govern the behaviors that separate men from women. But how? Now a […]

Male sex hormone behind people’s ego

February 1, 2012

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ANI | Feb 1, 2012, 01.27PM IST Too much testosterone can make us overvalue our own opinions and blind us to other people’s views, researchers have revealed. The findings from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (University College London) may have implications for how group decisions are affected by dominant individuals. Previous research […]

Male sex hormone behind people’s ego

February 1, 2012

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ANI | Feb 1, 2012, 01.27PM IST Too much testosterone can make us overvalue our own opinions and blind us to other people’s views, researchers have revealed. The findings from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (University College London) may have implications for how group decisions are affected by dominant individuals. Previous research […]

Mobile Phone Data Reveals Human Reproductive Strategies

February 1, 2012

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The pattern of calls and texts between humans reveals how women invest more heavily in their main relationship than men; and how this changes as they age. kfc 01/31/2012 Various studies have shown that the frequency of contact between individuals is a reliable indicator of the emotional link between them. So it should come as […]

Mobile Phone Data Reveals Human Reproductive Strategies

February 1, 2012

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The pattern of calls and texts between humans reveals how women invest more heavily in their main relationship than men; and how this changes as they age. kfc 01/31/2012 Various studies have shown that the frequency of contact between individuals is a reliable indicator of the emotional link between them. So it should come as […]

Just say yes (to yourself)

January 27, 2012

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By Lauren Rosenthal Friday, January 27, 2012 Last Friday, Maria Yagoda argued in these pages that there is a “scarcity of nice-looking, not-evil and socially adjusted straight single males (NLNESASSM)” at Yale. According to Yagoda, the overwhelming majority of these acronymic Romeos are really, really, really bad in bed. Yagoda claimed that she was speaking […]

Just say yes (to yourself)

January 27, 2012

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By Lauren Rosenthal Friday, January 27, 2012 Last Friday, Maria Yagoda argued in these pages that there is a “scarcity of nice-looking, not-evil and socially adjusted straight single males (NLNESASSM)” at Yale. According to Yagoda, the overwhelming majority of these acronymic Romeos are really, really, really bad in bed. Yagoda claimed that she was speaking […]

Sex and the over-60s

January 13, 2012

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Older people are living longer and in better health than ever – so of course they’re continuing to have sex. Why is it so hard to talk about, asks the editor of Gransnet Geraldine Bedellguardian.co.uk, Thursday 12 January Sharon Gless and Barry McCarthy in A Round-Heeled Woman. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian Ten years […]

Why women have sex

January 13, 2012

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According to a new book, there are 237 reasons why women have sex. And most of them have little to do with romance or pleasure Tanya GoldThe Guardian, Monday 28 September 2009 Perefect symmetry: Brad Pitt and Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive Do you want to know why women have […]

Zoologger: Transgender fish perform reverse sex flip

January 9, 2012

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January 2012 by Chelsea Whyte Swims both ways (Image: Fred Bavendam/Minden Pictures/FLPA) Species: Cirrhitichthys falcoHabitat: Kuchino-Erabu Island in southern Japan, swapping sexes effortlessly When it comes to selecting mates, hawkfish keep their options open. The flamboyantly coloured reef dwellers start life as females but can transform into males after maturing. Many marine animals do this, […]

Among many older women, sex gets better as they age

January 6, 2012

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By Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY Not in the mood tonight, dear? Not to worry, according to a study on sexual activity and satisfaction of older women. A majority of women reported sexual satisfaction increases with age — and arousal and orgasm are frequent, despite having low sexual desire. Women want to engage in sex for […]

Among many older women, sex gets better as they age

January 6, 2012

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By Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY Not in the mood tonight, dear? Not to worry, according to a study on sexual activity and satisfaction of older women. A majority of women reported sexual satisfaction increases with age — and arousal and orgasm are frequent, despite having low sexual desire. Women want to engage in sex for […]

Porn made for women, by women

December 29, 2011

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Independent female directors are making pornographic films aimed at women. Catalina May finds out what makes them so different Catalina May guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 March 2011 Anna Arrowsmith (aka Anna Span) has been a porn director for 12 years. This made her recent campaign as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham rather controversial. “Not my […]

Songs about sex – how they affect kids

September 9, 2011

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Do sexualized lyrics in popular music have an impact on the sexual behavior and attitudes of adolescents? Researchers Cougar Hall, Joshua H. West, and Shane Hill from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, take a look at the trend of increasing use of sexually explicit lyrics in music. Their findings, published online in Springer’s journal […]

Songs about sex – how they affect kids

September 9, 2011

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Do sexualized lyrics in popular music have an impact on the sexual behavior and attitudes of adolescents? Researchers Cougar Hall, Joshua H. West, and Shane Hill from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, take a look at the trend of increasing use of sexually explicit lyrics in music. Their findings, published online in Springer’s journal […]

Mystery of Female Orgasm Continues to Baffle Evolutionary Science

September 7, 2011

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | 09/07/2011 4:00 PM HKT Evolutionary biologists have postulated several hypotheses about the role, if any, of the female orgasm in the reproductive process for decades. One well-known evolutionary theory has it that the female orgasm is a byproduct of ongoing selection on the male orgasm and ejaculation system. But a […]

Mystery of Female Orgasm Continues to Baffle Evolutionary Science

September 7, 2011

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | 09/07/2011 4:00 PM HKT Evolutionary biologists have postulated several hypotheses about the role, if any, of the female orgasm in the reproductive process for decades. One well-known evolutionary theory has it that the female orgasm is a byproduct of ongoing selection on the male orgasm and ejaculation system. But a […]

The UK has to get over its prudishness about sex

September 2, 2011

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After being suspended, I was given the chance to challenge the idea that being a stripper is incompatible with being a teacher Johnny Anglais guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Benedict Garrett, aka Johnny Anglais, was suspended from the school where he worked after the authorities discovered that he also earned money as a stripper. Photograph: […]

The UK has to get over its prudishness about sex

September 2, 2011

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After being suspended, I was given the chance to challenge the idea that being a stripper is incompatible with being a teacher Johnny Anglais guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Benedict Garrett, aka Johnny Anglais, was suspended from the school where he worked after the authorities discovered that he also earned money as a stripper. Photograph: […]