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Same-Sex Marriage Support Shows Pace of Social Change Accelerating

May 11, 2012

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By PETER BAKERPublished: May 11, 2012 WASHINGTON — When Bill Clinton was president, he waited until almost 1 in the morning in 1996 to sign a bill defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. He did not like it, but was unwilling to veto it 45 days before an election. Sixteen […]

What Disrespect Looks Like to Women

May 3, 2012

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Posted: 05/ 1/2012Linda Durnell Behavior that denigrates women is prevalent throughout the world. Women are wives, co-workers, sisters, mothers, friends, daughters and over half of the population, and most of these women will be disrespected for simply being a woman. When women’s issues are regarded as secondary to those of men’s — as illustrated by […]

Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women’s Rights?

May 2, 2012

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Sahar AzizAssociate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Posted: 05/ 1/2012 Last week, Mona Eltahawy triggered a polemic firestorm with her blanket assertion that Arab men’s hatred of women explains the abysmal gender inequities found in the Middle East. Many Arab women are perturbed that her article “Why Do They Hate Us?” […]

Tennessee: Miscarriage Will Be Murder — Legislature Passes Embryo Bill

April 28, 2012

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by David Badash on April 24, 2012 The Tennessee House last week voted 80-18 to make miscarriage — or the killing of any fertilized egg — murder. Last night, the Tennessee Senate passed by a 28-2 margin a companion version of the bill. The bill specifically includes all embryos “at any state of gestation in […]

Try Walking In My Shoes

April 27, 2012

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CHELSEA GORROW | April 26, 2012 Click, clack. Click, clack. Clickity, clack. That was the sound of high heels on the sidewalk Wednesday afternoon. But the clacking sounds weren’t generated by women. Oh no, the sounds were generated by men – men in suits; men in ties; men in uniform. Despite the rain, nearly 20 male […]

Justice and Cash for Sex Trafficking Victims

April 25, 2012

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by Ms. MagazineApril 24, 2012  Written by Caroline Heldman Last week, U.S. district judge Lynn Hughes set an important legal precedent in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. He ruled that five teenaged survivors of sex slavery in Houston will receive the entire proceeds from the sale of their traffickers’ property. As U.S. […]

Bumpy ride in US Congress for Violence Against Women Act

April 20, 2012

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Posted on 19 April 2012Deborah CowenWVoN co-editor This week, the bill to reauthorise the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will make its way through congress in the United States. The 1994 Act, which established domestic violence and stalking as federal crimes, and provided funding for victim support and services, has generally been regarded as a […]

Military Labels Rape Victims “Crazy”

April 20, 2012

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by Julie M. RodriguezApril 18, 2012 Sexual assault is a growing problem in the US military. A recent report points to 3,192 reported cases in 2011 alone. And only a small fraction of sexual assaults are ever reported. The Pentagon estimates the actual figure may be closer to 19,000. Previous studies have suggested that 1 […]

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: Women, Space, and Resistance

April 13, 2012

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by TRACY E. ORESaint Cloud State UniversityGender & Society 2011 25: 689 In her book Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas, Levins Morales (1998) reflects on how tostones became a central part of Puerto Rican cuisine. She imagines how enslaved women, given nothing to eat by slave masters but plantains, used […]

Merlene Davis: More men are needed in effort to end sexual violence

April 10, 2012

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By Merlene Davis — Herald-Leader columnistPosted: 12:00am on Apr 10, 2012 Donald McPherson During my son’s first elementary school basketball practice, I remember catching my breath when his coach warned the young boys not to play like little girls. It was not the last time I would hear similar words hurled at young boys when […]

U.S. Culture War With Women at Its Center

April 4, 2012

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By LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSAPublished: April 3, 2012 NEW YORK — For all the alarm and outrage that conservative Republicans have ignited lately with actions perceived as attacks on U.S. women’s rights, there has been a fierce counteroffensive that is giving activists on the other side a larger voice and greater visibility than in recent years. […]

Unions take aim at discrimination against Latinas

April 4, 2012

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by: Mark Gruenberg April 2 2012 Photo: At National Day of Action Against Wage Theft rally, San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 18, 2010. Marilyn Bechtel/PW WASHINGTON – With Latinas being among the most-discriminated-against groups in U.S. society, the union movement’s major constituency group for Hispanic-named workers, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement has issued a […]

Financiers and Sex Trafficking

April 1, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 31, 2012 Damon Winter/The New York TimesNicholas D. Kristof THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com. This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by […]

Rep. Gwen Moore on Her Own Sexual Assault, Violence Against Women Act

March 30, 2012

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by Patricia Murphy Mar 29, 2012 12:13 AM EDT Rep. Gwen Moore took to the House floor Wednesday to share her personal experience of sexual assault. She tells Patricia Murphy why the Violence Against Women Act must be passed—and how this Congress has a preoccupation with ‘putting women in their place.’ Rep. Gwen Moore is […]

The fight for women’s bodies and the race to the White House

March 20, 2012

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Posted on 19 March 2012.Auveen WoodWVoN co-editor Although taxation was predicted as the issue that would dominate the 2012 US presidential election, abortion, birth control and gay marriage have so far been at the forefront of the Republican primaries. This year a record number of states, including Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania have enacted legislation restricting […]

U.S. Lags in Legalising Women’s Rights Treaty

March 8, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 (IPS) – The United States has fallen behind. Many other countries have already implemented it, but the United States still has yet to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which promotes women’s rights as human rights. In 1945, the United […]

Women and the Leadership Gap

March 5, 2012

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Mar 5, 2012 It’s been almost a half-century since the modern women’s movement began. So why aren’t more women in positions of power? Leslie Bennetts reports. When a Congressional committee hearing presented an all-male panel of witnesses to discuss female contraception last month, Rep Carolyn Maloney made news by demanding, “Where are the women?” Her […]

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 […]

American Muslims Women behaving badly in mosques

March 2, 2012

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By Uzma Mariam Ahmed, March 2, 2012 << From the AltMuslimah Archives >> Women in American mosques are loud and messy. They allow their children to run free. They socialize and chatter during khutbas. They rush out after the prayers and don’t participate in cleaning or re-organizing the space. They wear inappropriate clothes, allowing their […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The assumptions behind the ‘black marriage crisis’

January 27, 2012

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It’s cast as a crisis for the African American community, but the subtext is that women should settle down – and settle for less Tamara Winfrey Harris guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 January Twenty years ago, just after college, I attended a birthday party for a friend. In the kitchen, standing round the drinks, a handsome guy […]

The assumptions behind the ‘black marriage crisis’

January 27, 2012

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It’s cast as a crisis for the African American community, but the subtext is that women should settle down – and settle for less Tamara Winfrey Harris guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 January Twenty years ago, just after college, I attended a birthday party for a friend. In the kitchen, standing round the drinks, a handsome guy […]

U.S. Forced Marriages Still an Ugly Secret

January 26, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda WASHINGTON, Jan 26, 2012 (IPS) – Two years ago, 40-year-old Vidya Sri decided to leave the devastating marriage her parents had forced her into nearly two decades ago. Alone for the first time, she began an earnest quest for support groups, women’s organisations or service providers who might help her in the […]

Advocates Hope FBI Changes will Clarify Sex Assault Picture

January 23, 2012

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By Vanessa Miller, ReporterStory Created: Jan 22, 2012 CST CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – With the FBI changing how it defines rape to be more inclusive and comprehensive, human service agencies across Iowa are hoping to finally get a clear picture of the sexual assault problem locally and nationally, and advocates are bracing for a possible […]

‘Stolen Babies’ Trial Awaits U.S. Documents

January 23, 2012

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WeNews correspondentMonday, January 23, 2012 Argentina’s Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo think a trial now underway could reunite them with stolen grandchildren. A key ally is U.S. Rep. Hinchey, who is pushing Obama to declassify relevant documents by executive order. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (WOMENSENEWS)–In a major trial here, the government is accusing 11 former leaders […]

‘The Invisible War’ Takes On Sexual Assault In The Military

January 18, 2012

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1/17/12Soraya Chemaly How many movies have you watched in which rape is a notable, if not integral, part of the plot? Not sure? Well, I started thinking about it and poked around. The short list I compiled is at the end of this article. Amazing, right? I personally have spent probably hundreds of dollars and […]

Gender affirmative action doesn’t have negative consequences

January 13, 2012

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by Zen VuongJan 12, 2012 Zen Vuong/MEDILLResearcher and economist Lori Beaman shows the impact of increasing numbers of female politicians in India. India’s affirmative action law changed life for a generation of women, mandating that one-third of village councilor positions must be reserved for women. By comparison, the United States has a smaller percentage of […]

Sexual Violence in America

January 2, 2012

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by DAVID ROSEN Many sex-related stories captured popular attention in 2011. Most upsetting, many of the incidents involved sexual violence. Taken together, they indicate something bigger, deeper, taking place in America, a social crisis. It’s as if the body politic is moaning, declaring that sexual intimacy, too, is a terrain of the mounting social crisis. […]

Sexual Violence in America

January 2, 2012

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by DAVID ROSEN Many sex-related stories captured popular attention in 2011. Most upsetting, many of the incidents involved sexual violence. Taken together, they indicate something bigger, deeper, taking place in America, a social crisis. It’s as if the body politic is moaning, declaring that sexual intimacy, too, is a terrain of the mounting social crisis. […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assaulted

December 31, 2011

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By RONI CARYN RABINPublished: December 14, 2011 An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought. Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assaulted

December 31, 2011

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By RONI CARYN RABINPublished: December 14, 2011 An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought. Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or […]

US-GUATEMALA Shocking Experiments Highlight Lack of Controls

September 10, 2011

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By Danilo Valladares and Amanda Wilson* GUATEMALA CITY/WASHINGTON DC, Sept 9, 2011 (IPS) – The appalling experiments carried out by U.S. doctors in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 using 1,300 human subjects who were infected with sexually transmitted diseases highlighted the inadequacy of controls and safeguards in clinical testing in this Central American country – […]

US-GUATEMALA Shocking Experiments Highlight Lack of Controls

September 10, 2011

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By Danilo Valladares and Amanda Wilson* GUATEMALA CITY/WASHINGTON DC, Sept 9, 2011 (IPS) – The appalling experiments carried out by U.S. doctors in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 using 1,300 human subjects who were infected with sexually transmitted diseases highlighted the inadequacy of controls and safeguards in clinical testing in this Central American country – […]

Special report Chemical warfare: the horrific birth defects linked to tomato pesticides

September 5, 2011

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Barry Estabrook1st September, 2011 Carlos Candelario was born without arms and legs. His mother had been exposed to a cocktail of toxic pesticides whilst harvesting tomatoes   The ‘Immokalee babies’ were born with severe deformities after their mothers were each exposed to pesticides whilst harvesting tomatoes. Barry Estabrook reports on the case that shocked the […]

Special report Chemical warfare: the horrific birth defects linked to tomato pesticides

September 5, 2011

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Barry Estabrook1st September, 2011 Carlos Candelario was born without arms and legs. His mother had been exposed to a cocktail of toxic pesticides whilst harvesting tomatoes   The ‘Immokalee babies’ were born with severe deformities after their mothers were each exposed to pesticides whilst harvesting tomatoes. Barry Estabrook reports on the case that shocked the […]

USA: Victim turned activist reflects on landmark domestic violence decision

September 4, 2011

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2 September 2011 Jessica Lenahan has become an activist for ending violence against women© Private For the past 12 years, Jessica Lenahan has fought to know the truth about the awful summer night in 1999 that ended in her three young daughters being found dead in the back of a pick-up truck. Legal battles all […]

USA: Victim turned activist reflects on landmark domestic violence decision

September 4, 2011

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2 September 2011 Jessica Lenahan has become an activist for ending violence against women© Private For the past 12 years, Jessica Lenahan has fought to know the truth about the awful summer night in 1999 that ended in her three young daughters being found dead in the back of a pick-up truck. Legal battles all […]

Beyond suffrage: How far have women come since?

August 30, 2011

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By EVE WEINBAUM AND RACHEL ROTHLos Angeles TimesPosted on Mon, Aug. 29, 2011 Today we celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, a victory that took more than 70 years of political struggle to achieve. After women won the right to vote in 1920, socialist feminist Crystal Eastman observed that suffrage was an important first step […]

Beyond suffrage: How far have women come since?

August 30, 2011

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By EVE WEINBAUM AND RACHEL ROTHLos Angeles TimesPosted on Mon, Aug. 29, 2011 Today we celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, a victory that took more than 70 years of political struggle to achieve. After women won the right to vote in 1920, socialist feminist Crystal Eastman observed that suffrage was an important first step […]

What’s fueling Bible Belt divorces

August 27, 2011

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By Katia Hetter, Special to CNNAugust 25, 2011 Southerners tend to run to the altar earlier, but also more often to divorce court, experts say. (CNN) — While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don’t do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get […]

Study: New job trends reproducing old forms of gender inequality

August 21, 2011

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Public release date: 21-Aug-2011 This is Youngjoo Cha from Indiana University. Jobs that come with large paychecks but long work hours are slowing the gains women have made since the late 70s in narrowing the gender wage gap. A study by sociologists from Indiana University and Cornell University finds that the growing trend of overworking […]

Study: New job trends reproducing old forms of gender inequality

August 21, 2011

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Public release date: 21-Aug-2011 This is Youngjoo Cha from Indiana University. Jobs that come with large paychecks but long work hours are slowing the gains women have made since the late 70s in narrowing the gender wage gap. A study by sociologists from Indiana University and Cornell University finds that the growing trend of overworking […]