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If Female Action Heroes Need To Be Role Models, What Should They Model?

June 8, 2012

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By Alyssa Rosenberg on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:09 am I’m normally of the belief that in pop culture, equality comes in two stages. First, members of a minority group, or of a group like women that are a majority but are poorly rendered in that space, get to be presented as admirable. Second, when […]

Beauty, body image and the media – guest blog by Bidisha

June 1, 2012

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Posted on 31 May 2012. Bidisha* writer, critic and broadcaster Yesterday a cross party group of MPs produced yet another report on the subject of what is fast becoming a national body image crisis (see WVoN story). Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by unrealistic, unattainable and often fabricated images of the human body – […]

Sudanese woman sentenced to stoning death over adultery claims

June 1, 2012

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Intisar Sharif Abdallah tried without access to lawyer and is being detained with four-month-old baby, prompting outcry David Smith in Johannesburg guardian.co.uk, Thursday 31 May 2012 A Sudanese woman in El Fasher. The country’s embassy in the UK claims rights groups are not interested in the welfare of women in Sudan. Photograph: AFP/Getty A young […]

More care needed for South Asian widows and single women

May 28, 2012

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Posted on 28 May 2012. Aisha FarooqWVoN co-editor Supporters of women’s rights across South Asia gathered last week in Islamabad to discuss better care policies for widows and single women. Hosted by the Aurat Foundation and the South Asian Network for Widows’ Empowerment in Development (SANWED), the two-day workshop sought to uncover and resolve the […]

Acid Attacks on Colombian Women

May 22, 2012

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by Meghan LewisMay 21, 2012 Latin America doesn’t generally pop into my mind when it comes to acid attacks on women. There’s usually some news flash or article detailing the sadly disturbing story of a woman from a fundamentalist Muslim society being doused with vitriol by a male member of her community. The possible offenses […]

The Second Sexism is just victim-envy

May 17, 2012

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It is perfectly possible to understand that many men are suffering at the moment without blaming it on feminism Suzanne Moore guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 May 2012 Simone de Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex, would be twisting in her chignon. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Are men the new women? Are they having a harder time […]

Read the Report: The Travesty of Being a Post-50 Woman in America

May 16, 2012

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Barbara Hannah GruffermanWriter; Speaker; Author, ‘The Best of Everything After 50’Posted: 05/15/2012 It seems we’re living in a country that penalizes women for:Taking time out of their own lives and careers to care for others Getting olderLiving longer than men According to a new study just published by OWL (Older Women’s League National Board), women […]

No Woman’s Land: on the frontlines with female reporters

May 9, 2012

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Posted on 08 May 2012.Anna Reitman Freelance journalist Published by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) “No Woman’s Land: On the frontlines with female reporters“ offers an inspiring, at times harrowing, look at what life for women journalists is like on the (often violent) frontlines they visit. It came about following a spike in requests […]

Kurdish Female Migrants Meet Isolation in Istanbul

May 7, 2012

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By Jennifer Hattam WeNews correspondent Monday, May 7, 2012 Life isn’t easy for the female migrants continually flowing into Istanbul from Turkey’s Kurdish region. Those who are illiterate or unable to speak Turkish can face particularly intense isolation from basic services. ISTANBUL, Turkey (WOMENSENEWS)–Sosin and her family moved from rural Turkey to Istanbul, the country’s […]

Here is the news – read by a young, attractive female (again)

May 7, 2012

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 Full study at Newsreaders as eye candy: the hidden agenda of public service broadcasting Posted on 07 May 2012 Jackie GregoryWVoN co-editor Turn on the TV news in Britain or the USA and it is likely to be the same story; a distinguished, grey-haired experienced male broadcaster sitting beside a younger and pulchritudinous female presenter. […]

Girls who buy sex from beach boys: Sex tourism in Bali

May 6, 2012

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Reblogged from the Naked Anthropologist 2 May 2012 in sex work by laura agustin Beach boys and women sex tourists: every journalist’s dream topic. A Swiss television reporter interviewed me about a documentary he was making, incorporating footage from Cowboys in Paradise, a film about Kuta Beach in Bali. I happened to be in Basel, […]

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 […]

Tobacco’s War on Women

May 2, 2012

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The global tobacco industry is targeting women in emerging markets. Can public policy rise to the challenge? BY BRAD EDMONDSON | MAY 1, 2012 Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images When a young paralegal in Mumbai or Hanoi lights up, it feels so good in so many ways. She loves the nicotine hit, of course, but she loves […]

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?” […]

India’s Dalit women and the real cost of fast fashion

May 2, 2012

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Posted on 01 May 2012 Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The High Street frenzy that follows when the Duchess of Cambridge is snapped wearing a new dress can lead to 24-hour shifts for women working in some of India’s garment factories. That’s one of the findings of a new report Maid in India that reveals the […]

Does attire define a woman?

April 30, 2012

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Rebika Laishram April 29, 2012 The Hindu All the northeast States have a very rich culture… a testimony to this is the Hornbill festival held annually in Nagaland. — File Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar In a land of salwar kameez and sarees, a young Mongoloid damsel walking around the streets in her shorts with a […]

The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies

April 27, 2012

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China’s men far outnumber women. So why is it so hard to find a good husband? BY CHRISTINA LARSON | MAY/JUNE 2012 The Spicy Love Doctor was running late. A well-heeled crowd one recent Sunday afternoon had packed into the second-floor lounge of Beijing’s Trends Building — home to the publishing offices of several glossy […]

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

April 26, 2012

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By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSUPublished: April 25, 2012 Daniel Etter for The New York TimesA victim of domestic abuse in a women’s shelter in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 31, 2012. She has fled her husband and does not want to reveal her identity.  ISTANBUL — Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived […]

Why Do They Hate Us?

April 25, 2012

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The real war on women is in the Middle East. BY MONA ELTAHAWY | MAY/JUNE 2012 In “Distant View of a Minaret,” the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a […]

Muslim Women in India Seek Gender Equality in Marriage

April 24, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: April 24, 2012 NEW DELHI — Three years ago, Salma Khatun’s husband divorced her in a fit of rage after a quarrel, pronouncing what is known as the triple talaq in the presence of witnesses. The triple talaq is a formula of repudiation. The first two times it is pronounced, it […]

A gift to UN Women showcases the world’s only female writing system from China

April 24, 2012

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Posted on April 20 2012 Counsellor Minister Lu Hailing presents a Nüshu scroll to UN Women Deputy Executive Director John Hendra on behalf of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations. (Photo Credit: UN Women / Ryan Brown) A scroll, given to UN Women by a Chinese delegation, has showcased a unique female-only […]

‘Gender (in)equality not linked to Islam’

April 22, 2012

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Equality between Muslim men and women has little to do with religion, says Gönül Halat-Mec. DW’s Klaudia Prevezanos spoke to the family lawyer and member of the of the annual German Islam Conference. Deutsche Welle: What’s the situation regarding equality between Muslim men and women in Germany? Gönül Halat-Mec: You have to differentiate: It always […]

Economic Crisis Hits Gender Budgeting

April 22, 2012

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By Jennifer Hattam ISTANBUL, Apr 22, 2012 (IPS) – Worldwide, women are largely responsible for managing family budgets, controlling 65 percent of global spending. But, women’s needs are often ignored when it comes to government budgeting, delegates at an international meet in the Turkish capital observed. Over the last 10 years, there has been a […]

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. […]

Cell Phone Study Suggests Female Relationships Shape Society

April 22, 2012

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Posted: 04/22/2012 9:39 am Updated: 04/22/2012 By Daisy Yuhas | April 20, 2012 An analysis of 1.95 billion cell phone calls and 489 million text messages reveal how men and women follow different relationship patterns during their lifetimes. The researchers argue that women’s friendships in particular drive the process of finding a mate and supporting […]

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 […]

Speak out India: 53 women sterilized in Bihar in 2 hours

April 18, 2012

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War on Terror Traumatises Pakistani Women

April 16, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Women in Pakistan’s tribal areas show signs of mental stress. Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Apr 16, 2012 (IPS) – Collateral damage caused by the ‘war on terror’, prosecuted by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan since 2001, may well extend to psychological trauma sustained by thousands of women in the […]

Uzbekistan’s policy of secretly sterilising women

April 16, 2012

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By Natalia AntelavaBBC World Service12 April 2012 The BBC has been told by doctors that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women – and has talked to women sterilised without their knowledge or consent. Adolat has striking looks, a quiet voice and a secret that she finds deeply shameful. She knows what happened […]

Who will bell the Cat ? #Tribalrights

April 15, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist MARI MARCEL THEKAEKARA, April 14, 2012, The Hindu What does one do when a tiger‘s life is apparently more precious than an Adivasi‘s? On March 30, Kokila, an Adivasi woman, was collecting firewood with a few friends near Kozhikolly village in the Devala area of Gudalur taluk, 50 km below Udhagamandalam, when […]

Breadwomen

April 15, 2012

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‘The Richer Sex,’ by Liza MundyBy RACHEL SHTEIRPublished: April 13, 2012 Five or six years ago, my mother and I sat in a darkened theater talking about a couple we knew. The wife was an executive with Ivy League degrees. The husband had some nebulous part-time job, but mostly he stayed home with the kids. […]

‘Who Needs Feminism?’ New Tumblr Promotes Gender Equality

April 15, 2012

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1 day ago by Matt Petronzio Move over, Feminist Ryan Gosling — there’s a new Tumblr battling sexism. On Wednesday, 16 undergraduate students at Duke University launched Who Needs Feminism?, a campaign that encourages feminist and gender egalitarian discussion over social media. The Tumblr features posters and statements from individuals explaining why feminism is important. […]

Gloria Steinem “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution”- Responses

April 13, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivistUp against the epidemic of trafficking-Neha Alawadhi, April3, 2012 “Prostitution is not inevitable, it is only about unequal distribution of power,” said author/activist Gloria Steinem talking about “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution” here on Monday. Speaking at a Press conference and later at an interaction with students of Jawaharlal Nehru […]

Face it, there’s no skirting the rise of the new breadwinners

April 13, 2012

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April 14, 2012 Taking big steps forward … the dynamics are shifting towards women contributing more in the workplace. They are women, watch them soar, writes Mathew Murphy in New York, of the female force behind economic recovery . Julia Gillard is one. So too is Sarah Palin. Gail Kelly has grown to become one […]

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 […]

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

April 10, 2012

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Attractive women should not include a photo with a job applicationMar 31st 2012 You’re hired AT WORK, as in life, attractive women get a lot of the breaks. Studies have shown that they are more likely to be promoted than their plain-Jane colleagues. Because people tend to project positive traits onto them, such as sensitivity […]

Canadian native women heard at Inter-American Commission on Human Rigts

April 10, 2012

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Published on Mon, 2012-04-09 Over the last 30 years, more than 600 aboriginal woman and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addressed this issue for the first time following a petition by Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action […]

Heroine With a Thousand Faces: The Rise of the Female Savior

April 9, 2012

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Male hero figures abound in our culture. But lately, they just don’t seem to be getting the job done. Photo Credit: shutterstock By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet Posted on April 8, 2012, Printed on April 9, 2012 http://www.alternet.org/story/154784/heroine_with_a_thousand_faces%3A_the_rise_of_the_female_savior Hard times were made for heroes. In the face of oppression, it’s natural to want a savior – […]

In Spain, Women Enslaved by a Boom in Brothel Tourism

April 8, 2012

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By SUZANNE DALEYPublished: April 6, 2012 Marta Ramoneda for The New York TimesA prostitute waits for customers on a road in La Jonquera, on the border with France and Spain on December 11, 2011 LA JONQUERA, Spain — She had expected a job in a hotel. But when Valentina arrived here two months ago from […]

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 […]

Women: The Libyan Rebellion’s Secret Weapon

April 6, 2012

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They helped overthrow Qaddafi by smuggling arms and spying on the government. Now the women of Libya are fighting for a greater voice in society By Joshua HammerPhotographs by Michael Christopher BrownSmithsonian magazine, April 2012 They helped overthrow the regime, but can they overcome tradition and win their share of political clout? (Here: Women rally […]

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. […]

Anti-abortion climate ‘will deter new generation of doctors’

April 2, 2012

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British Pregnancy Advisory Service attacks politicisation of abortion and warns of impact on future healthcare Ben Quinn and Sarah Boseley guardian.co.uk, Sunday 1 April 2012 The anti-abortion vigil near the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s Bedord Square clinic, central London. Photograph: Corbis A new generation of doctors will be put off from becoming involved in abortion […]

Fears of female genital mutilation revival in Egypt

April 2, 2012

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Posted on 02 April 2012. Auveen WoodsWVoN co-editor Azza El Garf, a prominent member of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of just 11 female parliamentarians in Egypt, has publicly denounced the 2008 ban on genital cutting (or female genital cutting, ‘FGM’) for Egyptian women. “It is […]

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. […]

Look Behind the Closed Doors

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from rmott62 After my post yesterday, I have felt I have to write more, get closer into the realities of pushing prostitution indoors. I want to confront why it is possible to believe that it must be safer – I want to look at some of the many myths that make that illusion. I […]

The Aftermath

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from Survivors Connect NetworkFree Irish Woman, FreeIrishWoman on 2012/03/30 By FreeIrishWoman In the wake of every traumatic experience humans are re-traumatised, in new and unfamiliar ways, which combine to create the occurrence of an aftermath. Often the newly-discovered politics and the integral confusions of these repercussions are at least as traumatic as the experiences […]

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 […]

Breaking the cycle

March 19, 2012

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Mary CrooksMarch 18, 2012 Illustration: Matt Davidson. To keep quiet about sexism and verbal put-downs is to condone violence. TRUE story. People hovered in the chemist shop waiting area. She felt one of the guys looking her up and down. Taking his turn to speak with the chemist, he said loudly: ”You can always tell […]

The recession’s gender factor

March 17, 2012

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Okabayashi Kazumi, an employee of Toto Ltd., leaves her office in Kitakyushu earlier than her co-workers. Okabayashi is working under the company’s program that allows reduced working hours for employees so that they can take care of their children. (Mainichi) It’s the Year of the Dragon and time to face our fears. But Japanese men, […]