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6-29-16 What's so bad about being called a 'bitch'?
What's so bad about being called a 'bitch'?
Donald Trump fans have been condemned for calling her one, while some of her supporters have urged her to be more of one. So why is Hillary Clinton so often associated with the word "bitch" - and how offensive is it? Supporters of Donald Trump have sparked outrage in US media with merchandise attacking Hillary Clinton that many people say uses lewd and demeaning language. T-shirts saying "Trump that bitch" and badges with similar mottos were found on display at rallies. Despite the media outrage, both men and women at a rally in West Virginia told the Washington Post they thought the items were "funny". They liked the way the shirts defied political correctness, something the presumptive Republican nominee has railed against. The shirts are not authorised by Mr Trump's campaign. But a simple online search reveals a whole range of unofficial items such as bumper stickers displaying the same word in reference to the first female presidential candidate for a major party in the US.
6-24-16 Fury over U.S. bases in Japan
Fury over U.S. bases in Japan
Okinawans have had enough of American soldiers abusing and killing us, said The Ryukyu Shimpo in an editorial. After a civilian contractor stationed at the U.S.’s Kedena Air Base on Okinawa was arrested for the alleged rape and murder of a 20-year-old local woman, tens of thousands of island residents protested this week against the American military presence. The victim’s father gave an impassioned speech, asking “all Okinawans to come together as one in demanding the withdrawal of all the bases,” to prevent any more of our sons and daughters from becoming victims. We all remember the woman raped by two Navy officers in 2012, the multiple victims of car accidents involving U.S. personnel, and—worst of all—the 1995 rape of a 12-year-old girl by three American servicemen. After each crime, the U.S. military promises stricter discipline, but the rap sheet continues: Just last month, a U.S. sailor drove drunk and crashed into two cars, hospitalizing two Okinawans. At this point, the “anger and sadness of Okinawans toward continuous crimes and accidents involving people affiliated with the U.S. military has passed the tipping point.”
6-23-16 Apology after Japan porn industry coercion claims
Apology after Japan porn industry coercion claims
A Japanese porn industry association has apologised and promised reform, amid allegations women are being forced to perform sex acts on film. In June police arrested three men after a young woman said she was threatened with penalties for breach of contract if she did not perform in porn films. The Intellectual Property Promotion Association said it was "deeply sorry not to have taken any active action of our own volition". It comes after an activist group warned women were being sexually mistreated in the industry. Japan's adult sex industry has long been accused of human rights abuses. Doubts about the criminal justice system are said to cause victims to hesitate coming forward. In March, Human Rights Now, a Tokyo-based advocacy group, said it was aware of a rising number of cases in which young women hoping to be models were pressured to take part in obscene or pornographic videos.
6-20-16 Australian pleads guilty to making online threats over Tinder profile
Australian pleads guilty to making online threats over Tinder profile
An Australian man has pleaded guilty to making sexual threats on social media, in what is seen as a landmark victory for opponents of online harassment. Zach Alchin, 25, sent the comments on Facebook in response to a picture his friend shared of a woman's profile on the Tinder dating app. He told police he was drunk and was unaware he was committing a crime. He will be sentenced in late July and could face up to three years in jail.
6-19-16 Former Vanderbilt college football player convicted of rape
Former Vanderbilt college football player convicted of rape
A former US college football player has been convicted after a jury found that he encouraged teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg, 23, was a student at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He was first convicted last year alongside teammate Corey Batey, but the original verdict was thrown out when a juror was found to be a rape victim. In a retrial, the jury took four hours to find Vandenberg guilty. He was also convicted on one count of unlawful photography. Four former players were charged in the case but only two were accused of raping and sexually assaulting the woman. Batey was convicted again in April. The two men now face a minimum of 15 years in prison.
6-18-16 Brazil 'mass rape' video: Seven suspects to be charged
Brazil 'mass rape' video: Seven suspects to be charged
Six men and a minor are to be charged in Rio de Janeiro with raping a 16-year-old girl and posting pictures and video on the internet, police say. The lead investigator in the case has sent her conclusions to prosecutors, asking for all of them to be arrested. The victim said she was doped after going to her boyfriend's house and woke up in a different house, surrounded by 33 men, in May.
6-17-16 What the Stanford case shows
What the Stanford case shows
“The realities about sexual violence are so staggering that they’re often reduced to numbers,” said Adrienne LaFrance in TheAtlantic.com. Every two minutes, for example, another American becomes the victim of sexual assault. Sometimes, though, a case is so damning it puts “sexual violence at the center of a national conversation”—such as when Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced last week to just six months in county jail for assaulting a then-22-year-old woman. In court, Turner’s victim had spoken in heartbreaking detail about being found “half-naked and unconscious behind a dumpster” with Turner on top of her, and physical evidence and eyewitnesses helped secure a rare conviction in an assault case. Yet even then, the judge handed down a lenient sentence to the privileged white athlete—an outrage only compounded when Turner’s father complained his son was being punished for “20 minutes of action.” What faith can the victims of sexual violence have in our criminal-justice system if they can’t get justice in even the clearest of cases? Stanford University reported a sexual assault to police once every two weeks, on average, in 2015, according to figures from the U.S.
6-17-16 The house where the Philippines' forgotten 'comfort women' were held
The house where the Philippines' forgotten 'comfort women' were held
Hundreds of thousands of women and girls across Asia were raped and forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Some have been offered a direct apology and compensation from the Japanese government - but not in the Philippines. The last survivors there want their suffering to finally be acknowledged. This article contains graphic details which some readers may find disturbing. (Webmaster's comment: Human evil knows no bounds!)
6-17-16 Why women love Kashmir's ladies-only buses
Why women love Kashmir's ladies-only buses
The ladies' special bus service has become popular with women commuters in a short time. In one of her first decisions after taking over as the first woman chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti launched a bus service exclusively for women. The BBC's Geeta Pandey goes for a ride on one of them to gauge their popularity. (Webmaster's comment: Getting to where you want to go SAFELY is a challenge for women in India.)
6-15-16 Stanford sexual assault: Judge Persky removed from new case
Stanford sexual assault: Judge Persky removed from new case
A US judge who faced criticism over his sentencing of a Stanford University student convicted of sexual assault has been removed from a similar case. A prosecutor filed a challenge against Aaron Persky, a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara, California, alleging bias. The case from which he was removed involved a male nurse accused of sexually assaulting a sedated patient. Mr Persky came under fire last week when he gave the student a sentence that many regarded as too lenient. (Webmaster's comment: Remove him from the case, but also charge him with encouraging the raping of women!)
6-15-16 How one woman responded to an unwanted penis photo
How one woman responded to an unwanted penis photo
A woman who received an unsolicited picture of a penis from a man she didn't know responded by giving him a dose of his own medicine. It's a familiar tale for many young women in the digital age. You sign up for internet dating hoping to find a suitable bachelor and, before you know it, you've received a picture of a penis. In a blog post, she writes: "I've read about these mystical happenings but since I've been in a loving, pre-Tinder, three-year relationship, I never thought I'd witness the horror first hand. My initial thought was to ignore it, as we females are taught from such a young age. But... Nah! I decided to mess with him and call him out on all his ridiculous behaviours and double standards." She replied back to him with a series of photos of penises. Then she uploaded screen grabs of the exchange to Facebook, embellishing the inappropriate area with colourful and mocking cartoon-like stickers. One of these showed an image of a penis covered by a clenched like fist with the words "mine is bigger". "I wanted guys to know that not every girl is going to be silent; you do run the risk of being exposed; that you can't do this." (Webmaster's comment: Sock it to him girl!)
6-15-16 Nepal's Lhakpa Sherpa: 'I want to climb Everest 10 times'
Nepal's Lhakpa Sherpa: 'I want to climb Everest 10 times'
Last month Lhakpa Sherpa, reached the peak of Mount Everest for the seventh time, breaking her own world record for the number of ascents by a woman. But she told BBC Nepali's Surendra Phuyal that she isn't done with climbing yet.
6-13-16 Qatar convicts Dutch woman held 'after being raped'
Qatar convicts Dutch woman held 'after being raped'
Sexual acts by non-married people are punishable under Qatar's penal code. A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped. The 22-year-old was handed a suspended sentence and fined $824 (£580). She will also be deported. Her lawyer said her drink had been spiked at a Doha hotel in March and she had woken up in a stranger's flat, where she realised she had been raped. Her alleged attacker, who said the sex was consensual, was sentenced to 100 lashes for having sex outside marriage. He will be given a further 40 lashes for consuming alcohol.
6-12-16 Petition to remove Stanford sexual assault judge
Petition to remove Stanford sexual assault judge
Over a million people have signed a petition to demand the removal of the judge who gave Stanford student Brock Turner a sentence of six months for sexual assault. Judge Aaron Persky has been criticised for perceived leniency. (Webmaster's comment: We should also charge the judge with aiding and abetting a crime. Aiding and abetting is a legal doctrine related to the guilt of someone who aids or abets in the commission of a crime. It exists in a number of different countries and generally allows a court to pronounce someone guilty for aiding and abetting in a crime even if they are not the principal offender.)
6-12-16 Former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie shot dead in Orlando
Former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie shot dead in Orlando
Singer Christina Grimmie, who had competed on the US TV programme The Voice, has died of her wounds after being shot in Florida, police say. They say a man opened fire on her when she was signing autographs after a concert in Orlando. The assailant - who was tackled by Ms Grimmie's brother - then shot and killed himself. The 22-year-old singer died in a local hospital. In 2014, Ms Grimmie finished third during season six of The Voice. (Webmaster's comment: More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study. That's over 4 women a day. Nationwide, 1,615 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2013, at a rate of 1.09 per 100,000. The study found that nationwide, 94 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of their killers.)
6-10-16 'We're told to wear a headscarf'
'We're told to wear a headscarf'
Officials in Indonesia say the hijab isn't compulsory for students. But that's not the experience of these girls.
6-10-16 Five sentenced to life for raping Danish woman in Delhi
Five sentenced to life for raping Danish woman in Delhi
A court in the Indian capital Delhi has sentenced five men to life imprisonment for the 2014 gang rape of a Danish woman in the city. The 52-year-old tourist was robbed and raped at knife point in January 2014. Nine people, including three minors, were arrested for the crime. One of the accused died, while the minors are being tried in a juvenile court. Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus. The tourist had lost her way to her hotel in Delhi's Paharganj area when she approached the men to ask for directions. The 2012 gang rape led to protests and new anti-rape laws in India. However, brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.
6-10-16 Stanford sexual assault: Pressure to sack judge grows
Stanford sexual assault: Pressure to sack judge grows
More than a million people have signed a petition calling for the judge in the controversial Stanford University sexual assault case to be sacked. Judge Aaron Persky has been heavily criticised for giving student Brock Turner six months for assaulting an unconscious woman last year. Two other petitions have reached 115,000 and 175,000 signatures each. (Webmaster's comment: He should face criminal charges just like anyone else who aids a criminal.)
6-9-16 Domestic abuse: Violence amid a life of luxury
Domestic abuse: Violence amid a life of luxury
A new shelter aims to provide a safe haven for women who are targets of domestic abuse in some of Sydney's most affluent areas, writes Ashley Donnelly. When Lisa McAdams began her decade-long relationship with the man who abused her, she had a successful career and enough savings for a home deposit. She walked away a single parent, carrying debts that took a decade to reconcile. "I was lucky he hit me", Ms McAdams confesses bluntly. There's a bitter irony behind this statement. The physical assaults provided clear evidence of the abuse she was suffering. The mental and economic attacks were savage, but covert and subtle. (Webmaster's comment: Domestic violence has no wealth safety zone. Any person at any economic level can suffer from being it's victim or being an abuser.)
6-9-16 Lena Dunham and the Girls cast back Stanford University sexual assault victim
Lena Dunham and the Girls cast back Stanford University sexual assault victim
The cast of TV show Girls have made a video backing the anonymous victim of a sex assault at Stanford University in the US. In the clip, for Now This News, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet call for female sexual attack survivors to be heard and supported. It's after Brock Turner was found guilty last week of sexually assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman in 2015. He was sentenced to only six months in jail, after being found guilty of three sexual assault charges.
- 66% of rapes or sexual assaults (163,138) were not reported to law enforcement in 2014
- 84,041 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2014
- 21,007 individuals were arrested for rape
- 39% of reported cases (8,193) were sent to prosecutors
- 35% of those charged with felony rapes (2,868) were untimately convicted
- So 18,139 got away with, and 244,311 rapes went unpunished
- This does not include the over 10 million children being used for sex by parents or relatives or their friends
6-8-16 Pakistan: Mother 'burnt her daughter to death' over marriage
Pakistan: Mother 'burnt her daughter to death' over marriage
Police in the Pakistani city of Lahore have arrested a woman suspected of murdering her daughter for marrying without family consent. Police say the body of Zeenat Rafiq shows signs of torture. She was tied to a bed, doused with fuel and set alight. Her mother Parveen is accused of luring her back from her in-laws. It is the third such case in a month in Pakistan, where attacks on women who go against conservative rules on love and marriage are common. Last week a young school teacher, Maria Sadaqat, was set on fire in Murree near Islamabad for refusing a marriage proposal. She died of her injuries. Maria Sadaqat suffered burns all over her body and died three days later. A month earlier village elders near Abbottabad ordered the murder of a teenage girl who was burnt to death because she helped a friend to elope, police said. Zeenat Rafiq, who was 18, had been burnt and there were signs of torture and strangulation, police told BBC Urdu. A post mortem examination may establish if she was still alive when she was set on fire. (Webmaster's comment: One of the most barbaric nations on the planet.)
6-7-16 Will Stanford sexual assault case silence future victims?
Will Stanford sexual assault case silence future victims?
There's been an outcry over the six-month jail sentence handed to a Stanford university student who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Some survivors say the judge's decision could deter victims in other cases from coming forward. Her powerful victim statement conveyed, in brutal and honest detail, how she endured a sexual assault in January 2015. "I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party found behind a dumpster, while you are the All-American swimmer at a top university, innocent until proven guilty, with so much at stake. "I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt, my life was put on hold for over a year, waiting to figure out if I was worth something." The unnamed young woman who was sexually assaulted on the campus of Stanford university, detailed how Brock Allen Turner, a star athlete at Stanford, became Brock Allen Turner, her attacker. Brock Turner was seen by two witnesses sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (Webmaster's comment: White males almost always get light sentences for rape. Why punish such a nice young man for just having some fun? Blaming the woman is the favorite defence! America's RIGHT-TO-RAPE CULTURE lives on! Rape is a brutal physical assault and should be treated as such!)
6-6-16 Brock Turner: Father's defence of Stanford sex attacker sparks outrage
Brock Turner: Father's defence of Stanford sex attacker sparks outrage
A statement by the father of a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault in California has led to an angry reaction on social media. Brock Turner, 20, was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman last year. But his father said he should not have been jailed for "20 minutes of action". Social media users who criticised his remarks also shared the victim's impact statement, which was read out in court.
6-6-16 India court convicts five over Danish woman's rape in Delhi
India court convicts five over Danish woman's rape in Delhi
A court in the Indian capital, Delhi, has found five men guilty for the 2014 gang rape of a Danish woman. The 51-year-old tourist was robbed and raped at knife point on 14 January. Nine people, including three minors, were arrested for the crime. One of the accused died in February. The minors are being tried in a separate court for juveniles. Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.
6-2-16 How I convinced the world you can be raped by your date
How I convinced the world you can be raped by your date
Katie Koestner was 18 when she went on a date with a fellow college student - and was forced to have sex. In 1990 the idea that you could be raped on a date was not widely understood, but Koestner went public with her story and - as she explains here - the concept of "date rape" took root for the first time. Some readers may find her account disturbing.
6-2-16 Brazil's women take on 'rape culture'
Brazil's women take on 'rape culture'
In Brazil, the alleged mass rape of a 16-year-old girl by up to 33 men in Rio has been raising widespread debate – and triggered demonstrations in 11 Brazilian cities to call for an end to violence against women. Almost 50,000 cases of rape were registered in Brazil in 2014 and there is fear that the numbers are radically under-reported. (Webmaster's comment: Over 84,000 cases of rape were registered in the United States in 2014 and over 293,000 sexual assaults were registered! There also is fear that these numbers are radically under-reported. And where are the protests by women in America? Why don't they take on the AMERICAN RAPE CULTURE?)
6-1-16 Pakistan: Woman who rejected marriage offer burnt to death
Pakistan: Woman who rejected marriage offer burnt to death
A Pakistani woman who was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal has died of her injuries. Maria Sadaqat, a young schoolteacher, was attacked in her home by a group of men on Sunday and died in hospital in Islamabad on Wednesday. Her family say she had turned down a marriage proposal from the son of the owner of a school she had taught at. Campaigners say attacks on women who refuse marriage proposals are common in Pakistan.
5-28-16 Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard accuses him of assault
Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard accuses him of assault
A US judge has ordered actor Johnny Depp to stay away from his estranged wife, actress Amber Heard, after she alleged he assaulted her. Ms Heard said in court on Friday that Mr Depp threw her mobile phone at her during a fight on Saturday. Ms Heard brought a photograph of herself with a bruised cheek and eye to the Los Angeles Superior Court. "I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorise me, physically and emotionally,'' Ms Heard wrote in a sworn declaration. She said the actor was high on drugs and drunk when the incident occurred, and that he had pulled her hair, screamed at her, grabbed her face and hit her. Her filing alleged a history of abuse throughout the relationship. (Webmaster's comment: Another male brute exposed!)
5-28-16 Brazil 'mass rape' video: President calls crisis talks
Brazil 'mass rape' video: President calls crisis talks
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer has called an emergency meeting of state security ministers after a gang rape of a teenage girl in Rio de Janeiro triggered wide condemnation. He vowed to form a federal police unit to deal with violence against women. The girl, 16, believes she was doped after going to her boyfriend's house last Saturday and says she woke up in a different house, surrounded by 30 men. Hundreds of protesters on Friday demanded an end to sexual violence. The video of the attack was put on social media, shocking Brazil. Police are hunting more than 30 male suspects. Arrest warrants have been issued, including one for the boyfriend. "I condemn most forcefully the rape of the teenager in Rio de Janeiro," Mr Temer said. "It is absurd that in the 21st Century we should have to live with barbaric crimes such as this." (Webmaster's comment: And yet we still do in almost every country in the world including the United States. Male brutes rule!)
5-27-16 'Mass rape' video on social media shocks Brazil
'Mass rape' video on social media shocks Brazil
Brazilian police are hunting more than 30 men suspected of raping a teenage girl in Rio de Janeiro, and of putting video of the attack on social media. The girl, 16, believes she was doped after going to her boyfriend's house on Saturday and says she woke up in a different house, surrounded by the men. Arrest warrants have been issued, including one for the boyfriend. The assault has provoked an online campaign against what campaigners call a culture of rape in Brazil. According to a statement she is reported to have given to police, she woke up on Sunday, naked and wounded, and made her way home. Only days later did she find out that some of the alleged rapists had put images of the attack on Twitter.
5-26-16 Indonesia approves death penalty for child rapists
Indonesia approves death penalty for child rapists
Indonesia has toughened its punishments for child rapists to include the death penalty and chemical castration. It follows outrage over several recent violent crimes, including the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. President Joko Widodo said the regulation was "intended to overcome the crisis caused by sexual violence against children". Previously, the maximum sentence for rape, of either an adult or a child, was 14 years in jail. People jailed for sexual offences against children may also now be made to wear electronic monitoring devices after their release.
5-25-16 Touching portraits of former 'comfort women'
Touching portraits of former 'comfort women'
A look at some of the last, nearly forgotten victims of World War II. Zhang was 16 years old, and recently married, when Japanese soldiers broke into her home and seized her. She couldn't run away because her feet were bound. Zhang, who died in November 2015, was the only surviving comfort woman of the 16 plaintiffs in Shanxi who sued the Japanese government in 1990s. Their claims were denied. The ravages of World War II spread across the globe, touching almost every continent. And though the war ended more than 70 years ago, its ghosts linger on for some of its oldest victims. In the early 1900s and up through the end of World War II, Japan deployed its military across Asia in an attempt to expand its power and resources in the Pacific. In occupied Chinese and Korean territories, authorities kept aggressive troops "in check" by recruiting, tricking, and outright kidnapping women and forcing them into brothels run by the Japanese military. Exact numbers of the enslaved women, called "comfort women," a euphemism for forced prostitution, are hard to come by and estimates range from 20,000 to 200,000 women. Most of these women died. And in the messy period after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II, the survivors, some of whom were just teenagers when they were kidnapped, hid their past to protect their family, find a husband, build a life, and start again. (Webmaster's comment: There was nothng "comfort" about it. These women were RAPED continuously day after day for years. Many died from the abuse. No sanitizing of the facts can make this pretty. It was horrible treatment of women by male brutes. Males should think of themselves being anally raped multiple times everyday for years. Maybe then they could begin to appreciate what was being done to these women.)
5-20-16 Harvard: The crackdown on single-sex clubs
Harvard: The crackdown on single-sex clubs
Harvard has just “declared war on Greek life,” said Lizzie Crocker in TheDailyBeast.com. Starting with the class of 2021, the university will punish members of single-sex fraternities, sororities, and semisecret societies known as “final clubs” by denying them student leadership positions and banning them from applying for fellowships like the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships. “The reason for the crackdown is simple,” said Dylan Matthews in Vox.com. Harvard concluded that the single-sex groups—particularly elitist all-male final clubs like The Fly and the Delphic—“are major contributors to sexual violence on campus.” About 47 percent of female seniors who participated in final club activities reported nonconsensual sexual contact. As I saw myself while attending Harvard, final club parties are wild, lavish affairs in which alcohol, cocaine, and freshmen girls are brought in for the entertainment of privileged male members. Is it any wonder “a culture of sexual assault began to fester”? (Webmaster's comment: Young men are brought up in a culture were the sexual abuse of women is accepted and even promoted. It even has become a rite of passage. So sexually abuse them they will.)
5-20-16 Making a noise about machismo in Mexico
Making a noise about machismo in Mexico
"Machismo has to die," chanted protesters as they walked through the centre of Mexico City last month. Thousands of people came out onto the streets to say enough was enough. The macho culture is all pervasive in Mexico and many of those at the march think its emphasis on male pride is a contributing factor in the high rates of violence against women that Mexico is experiencing. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 women have been subjected to sexual violence, whether on the streets or at home.
5-18-16 French women say 'Non' to everyday sexism
French women say 'Non' to everyday sexism
It's the month of May and, as often in France, it comes with its string of scandalous sex allegations involving French politicians. Five years ago, IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was accused of attempted rape after his arrest on an Air France plane bound for Berlin, where he was due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the euro crisis, although the charges were later dropped. Now the deputy speaker of the French assembly, the ecologist Denis Baupin, has had to resign after being accused by eight women from his party of sexual impropriety.
5-16-16 Chinese women react to sexual harassment of men
Chinese women react to sexual harassment of men
Reports that a Chinese woman is in custody suspected of sexually harassing men has prompted acerbic responses from women eager to highlight the rhetoric they say is normally reserved for female victims. The news provoked a fierce backlash online, from China's vocal female netizens, keen to point out perceived hypocrisy. On Sunday local media reported that men travelling the buses of eastern Shandong province had been subject to harassment by a woman. The Jinan News TV station said that a woman was being held in police custody. "The irony of this situation, how the tables have turned," commented Weibo user Junwei Han. "What I want to know is how the men reacted, whether they are as traumatised as female victims of sexual harassment." Significant numbers of women took to Weibo, to confront male commenters for perceived chauvinism.
5-15-16 French female ministers decry sexual harassment
French female ministers decry sexual harassment
Seventeen women who have served as ministers in France say they will no longer be silent about sexual harassment in politics. All 17 signatories to the declaration are current or former ministers. Among them is Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund and France's former finance minister. On Monday, the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Denis Baupin, resigned over sexual harassment claims, which he denies. "Like all women who have entered spheres that up until then were exclusively male, we have had to fight against sexism,"
5-14-16 Top Italian fertility doctor Severino Antinori arrested
Top Italian fertility doctor Severino Antinori arrested
Well-known Italian fertility doctor Severino Antinori has been arrested after a woman said he had forcibly removed eggs from her at his clinic. According to Italian investigators, the Spanish woman, who was temporarily working at Dr Antinori's Matris clinic in Milan, had her mobile phone taken and was forcibly immobilised and anaesthetised before her eggs were harvested. She reportedly managed to use an office phone to alert police who came to rescue her.
5-13-16 Allen’s stalker ordeal
Allen’s stalker ordeal
Lily Allen has been living in fear for seven years, said Tracy McVeigh in The Observer (U.K.). Back in 2009, a man named Alex Gray started sending the British singer abusive messages. “He would drop off these letters at my record company, my management offices, my sister’s shop, my flat,” says Allen, 31. She took them to the police, but they didn’t seem very interested. The stalking intensified: Gray started knocking on her front door and sneaking into her back garden. Last October, Allen accidentally left her back door unlocked, and was later woken up by the sound of someone banging around her house. “I sat up and looked and the door handle was twisting round. This guy came steaming in. I recoiled and he ripped the duvet off, calling me a ‘f---ing bitch.’” Fortunately, she hadn’t been sleeping alone, and her friend chased Gray out of the house. Yet even then, Allen says, the police were slow to respond. Gray has now been found guilty of burglary and harassment, and is awaiting sentencing. But Allen is still angry about how little support she received. “The police made me feel like a nuisance rather than a victim. I feel lucky I had the resources to protect myself: I could move house, get a lawyer. But if you don’t have that money, how much more terrifying must it be?”
5-13-16 One mistake dooms women for life
One mistake dooms women for life
Women convicted of morals violations can disappear forever in Saudi Arabia’s arbitrary justice system, said Sabria Jawhar. More than a dozen Saudi women were arrested recently for making provocative videos that were deemed pornographic. News reports didn’t say what the videos actually showed, and since Saudi law is vague about what constitutes immorality, we are left to wonder whether the women even knew they were doing something illegal. Now their lives are ruined. The “mere fact that they are incarcerated has doomed their future.” Upon their release from prison, some Saudi women are killed by male family members. Others are cast out. Many families won’t take a woman back if she’s been convicted of a crime, so she must go to “a halfway house, which in effect keeps [her] in custody” for the rest of her life. Is this fair? We have programs to rehabilitate terrorists, people who “have taken lives and have violated the very core of Islam.” But a woman who has transgressed, perhaps even inadvertently, is considered lost forever. Saudi society is changing, and it’s time for our laws to catch up. “If women are to play a vital role, laws should be open to transparency and discussion.” And those who break them should get a second chance.
5-12-16 Women are banned from the Porcellian club at Harvard. It's not alone.
Women are banned from the Porcellian club at Harvard. It's not alone.
Did you know you're not allowed into the Porcellian Club at Harvard University if you're a woman? According to Charlie M. Storey (who has now resigned from club leadership), the presence of women may increase "non-consensual sexual contact". But where else can't women go?
5-11-16 What's killing white middle-aged American women?
What's killing white middle-aged American women?
The rich world has got used to health and longevity getting better, and death rates falling for everyone. But over the past few years, data has been accumulating which suggests that this trend has stopped for poorly-educated, white Americans. And for one group in particular - middle-aged women - death rates are going up. (Webmaster's comment: More and more families are living on the edge of financially not being able to make it. This causes extreme stress on women as the prime care givers. Stress shortens lives as has been shown in many studies.)
5-11-16 Zeenat Shahzadi: Fears for missing Pakistan reporter
Zeenat Shahzadi: Fears for missing Pakistan reporter
Zeenat Shahzadi is believed to be the first female journalist "forcibly disappeared" in Pakistan. Her family and human rights groups say she was abducted by security agencies who have been accused of illegally detaining thousands of people under the guise of anti-terrorism operations. BBC Urdu's Saba Eitizaz investigates. (Webmaster's comment: Women are never really safe. They are the first choice of forced inequality and physical attack by many males, by many corporations and businesses, and by many governments.)
5-11-16 France sexism: Minister Sapin admits 'inappropriate' act
France sexism: Minister Sapin admits 'inappropriate' act
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has apologised for "inappropriate behaviour" towards a journalist but has denied harassing her, amid a sexism row that has engulfed French politics. He has rejected claims that he twanged the elastic on the woman's underwear at a conference but admits remarking on her clothing and touching her back. The political sexism scandal has already prompted one resignation.
5-10-16 Indonesian teenagers jailed for gang rape and murder
Indonesian teenagers jailed for gang rape and murder
Seven boys below the age of 18 have been sentenced to 10 years in jail each in Indonesia for the gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. The incident, in a village in western Bengkulu province, sparked a rare debate in Indonesia about sexual violence. The maximum penalty would have been 15 years each, but the judge said he took into account the boys' youth. The family of Yuyun earlier told the BBC they wanted the boys to spend life in jail. The girl, Yuyun, went missing on 2 April on her way back from school. Her body was found in undergrowth two days later by villagers, bruised, beaten and with her hands tied.
5-10-16 France Baupin affair: 'Sexual harassment' inquiry launched
France Baupin affair: 'Sexual harassment' inquiry launched
Prosecutors in France have opened a preliminary investigation into claims of sexual harassment made by political colleagues of senior MP Denis Baupin. Several women in the Green Party have alleged they were subjected to either sexual assault or lewd text messages. Mr Baupin, 53, who stood down on Monday as deputy speaker of parliament, has vigorously denied the allegations.
5-9-16 South African Judge Mabel Jansen in race rape row
South African Judge Mabel Jansen in race rape row
A white South African judge has been strongly condemned for purportedly saying on social media that rape was part of the culture of black men. Judge Mabel Jansen said the gang-rape of babies, girls and women was seen as a "pleasurable" pastime. A petition has been launched to demand her removal as a judge. She said her comments had been taken out of context.
5-8-16 France 'sexual harassment' politician Denis Baupin quits
France 'sexual harassment' politician Denis Baupin quits
The deputy speaker of parliament in France has quit after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him by colleagues. Denis Baupin groped one female Green Party member and sent explicit messages to others, the women said in interviews in French media. His lawyer told Agence France-Presse Mr Baupin had resigned from his role. He added Mr Baupin denied the allegations and may sue the women for defamation.
5-6-16 Cologne sex attack charge dismissed
Cologne sex attack charge dismissed
A judge in the German city of Cologne has dismissed sexual assault charges against an Algerian man, in the first case over a wave of New Year attacks. A court spokesman told the BBC "it could not be proven" that the 26-year-old took part in the sexual assault. He and a fellow Algerian, 23, were convicted of theft and were both given a six month suspended sentence. The large-scale sexual assaults and robberies by men of North African and Arab appearance shocked Germany. (Webmaster's comment: Rape and Theft and no punishment for either. What is going on here?)
5-5-16 NFL star Johnny Manziel in court over domestic violence case
NFL star Johnny Manziel in court over domestic violence case
American football star Johnny Manziel has made his first court appearance in Dallas, a day after posting bail on charges of domestic violence. The 23-year-old is accused of hitting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley during a night out in January. A judge has ordered the former Cleveland Browns quarterback not to have contact with Ms Crowley. In the brief court session on Thursday, judge Roberto Canas barred him from possessing firearms and from any form of contact with Ms Crowley. "You can't call her, can't text her, can't email her, can't send her any letters or go to where she's at," the judge said.
5-5-16 Pakistan elders 'ordered girl's killing' in Abbottabad
Pakistan elders 'ordered girl's killing' in Abbottabad
Police in Pakistan say village elders ordered the murder of a teenage girl because she had helped a school friend to elope. The 16-year-old was kidnapped from her home near Abbottabad, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and put inside a vehicle that was set alight, police said. Police say the victim's mother and the leader of the local council, or jirga, are among several people arrested. The killing has been linked to orders given last week by the jirga, a traditional assembly of elders,
5-4-16 How a rape that was ignored angered Indonesia's women
How a rape that was ignored angered Indonesia's women
The rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Indonesia has sparked a rare and intense debate about sexual violence in the country. The story of Yuyun, who was allegedly gang raped by 14 men while on her way back from school, has even led to calls for laws left languishing in parliament to be revived. But the case was not widely reported by local media until activists spoke out and her story became a social media cause.
5-3-16 German couple tortured two women to death, police say
German couple tortured two women to death, police say
Police in Germany investigating the deaths of two women say they were the victims of a couple who held them hostage and tortured them. They say a man and his ex-wife placed dating advertisements to lure the women to their home. Detectives believe there may be further victims and are searching the couple's home in Hoexter, north-western Germany.
5-1-16 What are US university 'honour codes'?
What are US university 'honour codes'?
When a young American woman told police she had been raped, her university started to investigate whether she had violated its "honour code" before the attack took place. At some US colleges even having a man in your room or drinking alcohol is an offence. What is an "honour code" and how is it supposed to work? Madi Barney was so terrified she would be thrown out of Brigham Young University (BYU) she waited four days to tell police in the city of Provo, Utah, that she had been raped in her own flat. Her fears were borne out when she was summoned to the university weeks later. She learned her police file had been passed to university officials and they had launched an investigation into "honour code" violations. Barney says was told she could not register for any future classes at BYU while its inquiry into her honour code violations was pending. When she complained publicly about her treatment, several other female students said they too had been subjected to investigations after reporting sexual abuse. (Webmaster's comment: The same old male excuses for rape! If a woman gets raped it must be her fault! So don't punish the male brute! Punish his victim, the bruised, battered, and bleeding women! What a crock of Shit!)
5-1-16 Why are so many white women dying young?
Why are so many white women dying young?
White women between 25 and 55 have been dying at accelerating rates over the past decade, a spike in mortality not seen since the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. According to recent studies of death certificates, the trend is worse for women in the center of the United States, worse still in rural areas, and worst of all for those in the lower middle class. Drug and alcohol overdose rates for working-age white women have quadrupled. Suicides are up by as much as 50 percent. (Webmaster's comment: Maybe it's because they live under constant threat of being controlled, dominated, intimidated, manipulated, and of being physical beaten or of being raped by males. If you are a male imagine living under constant threat like that your whole life! A woman has to worry her whole life about her safety in America. Do You?)
4-28-16 White women, dying young
White women, dying young
Why are so many working-class women in rural America dying in middle age? asks journalist Eli Saslow. Addiction, suicide, and an epidemic of despair. White women between 25 and 55 have been dying at accelerating rates over the past decade, a spike in mortality not seen since the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. According to recent studies of death certificates, the trend is worse for women in the center of the United States, worse still in rural areas, and worst of all for those in the lower middle class. Drug and alcohol overdose rates for working-age white women have quadrupled. Suicides are up by as much as 50 percent.
4-28-16 Tubman: Is it ‘politically correct’ to put her on the $20?
Tubman: Is it ‘politically correct’ to put her on the $20?
“This might be the most popular decision of the Obama presidency,” said Jennifer Rubin in WashingtonPost.com. After much deliberation, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced last week that a portrait of the abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman will replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Liberals are obviously delighted to see the slave-owning Jackson, who set in motion the bloody ethnic cleansing of Native Americans along the Trail of Tears, replaced with a “deserving African-American woman.” Republicans can celebrate the fact that Tubman happens to have been “a gun-toting, freedom-loving Christian and Republican.” Not every conservative is happy, said Amanda Marcotte in Salon.com. In fact, many “right-wing pundits are in meltdown” over the decision. GOP front-runner Donald Trump echoed their argument when he called Lew’s decision to supplant Jackson an act of “pure political correctness,” suggesting that Tubman’s image should instead be banished to the exotic, rarely used $2 bill. Liberals are often mocked for their “identity politics,” but what does it say about conservatives’ “fragile sense of self” that they still insist “our money be reserved for white men only?” 56% of Americans support replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, including 80% of blacks, 51% of whites, and 34% of Republicans. (Webmaster's comment: Here you have a black woman who only did good versus a white man who was a slaver and a butcher of those who really owned the nation. Yet he is what the conservatives want to call a great leader of our nation!)
4-28-16 Cologne sex attacks: MPs debate tougher laws
Cologne sex attacks: MPs debate tougher laws
The German parliament is debating draft laws to give women more protection in sexual violence cases. Dozens of sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve shocked Germany, increasing the pressure to pass tougher laws on rape and molestation. The new legislation could make groping punishable in more cases. Campaigners for women's rights want the "No means No" principle enshrined in law. They say a woman should not have to prove that she resisted physically. Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants courts to be able to punish sexual violence in cases where a woman felt unable to resist physically. It is argued that current German law does not adequately protect victims who come under sexual pressure, who lack any means to defend themselves or who are subject to a surprise attack. The tougher legislation would include: a woman assaulted in a park without any witnesses nearby, or a wife assaulted at home at night, who does not want to distress her children. The justice ministers of Saxony and Bavaria say groping ought to be punished by up to two years in jail or a fine. The Saxony Justice Minister, Sebastian Gemkow, said it was time for the judiciary to treat groping as a criminal offence, not as a type of "insult". "For the victims it's simply incomprehensible when the judiciary dismisses such cases as 'irrelevant'," he said. (Webmaster's comment: The United States should be just as tough. We should treat all unwanted sexual contact as physical assault.)
4-27-16 Dennis Hastert, ex-US House speaker, sentenced to 15 months in jail
Dennis Hastert, ex-US House speaker, sentenced to 15 months in jail
A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison, calling the former House Speaker "a serial child molester" who tried to cover up his abuse with hush money. Using a wheelchair, Hastert, 74, told the court he was "deeply ashamed" that he "mistreated" students while he worked as a school coach in the 1970s. One of the victims said the abuse left him "devastated" and "betrayed". Hastert served as an Illinois congressman from 1987 to 2007. He was the longest serving Republican House Speaker in US history. As House Speaker, Hastert was second in the line of succession to the presidency. Many of his former Republican colleagues had appealed to the judge for leniency. (That's tells you what the conservatives think of child abuse.) Prosecutors allege Hastert abused five boys while he was working in Yorkville, a suburb of Chicago, between 1965 and 1981. However, Hastert could not be charged with the sexual abuse of his victims because of the amount of time that has passed since the crimes. (So you should get away with it because it happened 40 years ago?) (Webmaster's comment: A slap on the wrist! You sexually abuse 5 children and you only get 3 months for each because you are have "paid a high price in disgrace." That's not punishment. This is a travesty of justice!)
4-26-16 NFL star Johnny Manziel charged with domestic violence
NFL star Johnny Manziel charged with domestic violence
American football star Johnny Manziel has been charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Mr Manziel is accused of hitting and threatening to kill Colleen Crowley during a night out in January. She accused her former partner of hitting her so hard she lost her hearing, according to the indictment.
4-24-16 'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'
'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'
Some 200 million women and girls across 30 countries have been affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). But how do survivors live with the pain of peeing, periods and childbirth? "The first time you notice your physicality has changed is your pee," says Hibo Wardere. Hibo, now 46, was subjected to what is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "type three" mutilation when she was six. This means all of her labia were cut off and she was then stitched together, leaving a tiny hole she compares to the size of a matchstick. Her clitoris was also removed. "An open wound rubbed with salt or hot chilli - it felt like that," she recalls. "And then you realise your wee isn't coming out the way it used to come. It's coming out as droplets, and every drop was worse than the one before. This takes four or five minutes - and in that four or five minutes you're experiencing horrific pain."
4-21-16 Harriet Tubman, anti-slavery activist, to be on new US $20 bill
Harriet Tubman, anti-slavery activist, to be on new US $20 bill
Anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will be the first woman to appear on a US banknote for more than a century. Tubman, who was born a slave around 1820 and helped hundreds of others escape, will feature on the new $20 bill, the US Treasury announced. She will replace former President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner. (Webmaster's comment: We should remove all slave owners from our currency. What most slavers did to human beings was beyond belief. It included child rape and rape of the women anytime they wanted, and mutlilation of man and women as punishment for anything they wanted to punish them for.)
4-21-16 Harriet Tubman: Former slave who risked all to save others
Harriet Tubman: Former slave who risked all to save others
Sometime in mid-October 1849, Harriet Tubman crossed the invisible line that borders the state of Pennsylvania. Tubman, a slave and later prominent abolitionist who has been chosen as the face of the new $20 bill, had escaped a plantation and was partway through a near-90 mile journey from Maryland to Philadelphia, and from bondage to freedom.
4-19-16 How a 26-year-old white woman died a horrible death in an American jail
How a 26-year-old white woman died a horrible death in an American jail
Even white people can't escape the hellscape that is America's jail system. American jails are a hellscape of abuse, medical neglect, and preventable suicide. And because they house those who have been arrested but not convicted or sentenced, very often it's the legally innocent who suffer. Mass incarceration is slowly fading — but without serious jail reform, abuses will continue to pile up even as fewer people are going through the jail system. Consider the case of Madaline Pitkin, whose grim, days-long slide into death was recently featured in The Oregonian. She was a 26-year-old heroin addict, pulled over for a routine traffic stop in 2014, and then arrested for an outstanding warrant. She quickly became ill, and despite repeatedly begging for medical attention in writing, eventually died from untreated complications of heroin withdrawal. She was never convicted of a crime. For the past couple years, Black Lives Matter activists have been arguing that African-Americans are disproportionately abused by the criminal justice system. They are completely correct about this. The statistics are undeniable. Yet Pitkin's fate provides another window into the system — through the other end of the telescope, as it were.
4-17-16 Philippines candidate Duterte condemned over rape comments
Philippines candidate Duterte condemned over rape comments
A video of leading Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte joking about a murdered Australian rape victim has provoked a storm of protest. The footage shows Mr Duterte and his supporters making light of the assault by prison inmates in 1989 when he was town mayor. He said the female missionary was so beautiful that "the mayor should have been first". Critics say this shows Mr Duterte is "unfit" for the office of president. Mr Duterte's supporters however have dismissed the comments as a joke. The candidate is known for his irreverent speeches and boasts of sexual conquests.
4-16-16 The politician 'trolled by Australian police'
The politician 'trolled by Australian police'
Trolling regularly hits the Trending headlines, but it's not often that police officers are the ones accused of sending offensive online messages. That's what happened in Australia this week when a story broke accusing members of the New South Wales police force of making racist and sexist comments on Facebook. The posts targeted Jenny Leong, a Green Party politician in Sydney, after she spoke out against the use of drug sniffer dogs on Facebook.
4-14-16 Woman accused of live-streaming rape on Periscope
Woman accused of live-streaming rape on Periscope
A woman from Ohio has been charged with streaming the rape of a teenage girl via Twitter's live video app Periscope. The offence is alleged to have occurred two months ago and was brought to the authorities' attention by someone who said they had seen the broadcast. The accused's lawyer says that she "categorically" denies the charges.
4-14-16 Germany trafficking: Mass police raid on Berlin mega-brothel
Germany trafficking: Mass police raid on Berlin mega-brothel
Nine hundred police officers have taken part in a raid on one of Germany's biggest brothels in Berlin, making six arrests over alleged human trafficking and tax fraud. Brothel managers are accused of evading some €17.5m (£14m; $19.7m) in social security payments since 2006. Prosecutors allege that staff at Artemis were forced to pretend to be self-employed to avoid the payments. Germany legalised prostitution in 2002, creating an industry now thought to be worth approximately €16bn per year. So-called "mega-brothels" are common, attracting tourists from neighbouring countries with stricter laws, and sex workers from Eastern Europe. The number of prostitutes in Germany is thought to have doubled to 400,000 over the last 20 years.
4-12-16 UC Berkeley students sue university over sexual harassment
UC Berkeley students sue university over sexual harassment
Two students at the University of California, Berkeley, have filed a legal complaint against a professor, alleging he sexually harassed them. Kathleen Gutierrez and Erin Bennett took their case to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, saying the university had failed to act. They say Blake Wentworth, an assistant professor, repeatedly touched them and made inappropriate sexual comments.
4-12-16 The woman who shows how toxic America’s culture wars have become
The woman who shows how toxic America’s culture wars have become
Why is a "happy wife" with "paleoconservative" political views a near-constant topic of conversation on Twitter? To her critics, she's a racist troll who harasses her opponents, and she offers rewards to those who dox - reveal personal information about - her enemies. To her defenders, she's a proud conservative standing up for free speech, and a victim of online abuse and harassment herself. She has more than 18,000 followers on Twitter and there's a constant low-level hum of discussion about her on the network. Tens of thousands of tweets mention her every month.
4-12-16 Why are India's housewives killing themselves?
Why are India's housewives killing themselves?
More than 20,000 housewives took their lives in India in 2014. In fact, more than 20,000 housewives have been killing themselves in India every year since 1997, the earliest year for which we have information compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau based on occupation of the victim. In 2009, the grim statistic peaked at 25,092 deaths. The rate of housewives taking their lives - more than 11 per 100,000 people - has been consistently higher than India's overall suicide rate since 1997. It dropped to 9.3 in 2014, yet suicide rate for housewives was more than twice those for farmers that year.
4-8-16 Grim history of Bosnia’s 'rape hotel'
Grim history of Bosnia’s 'rape hotel'
According to human rights groups as many as 20,000 women were raped in the early 1990s during the Bosnian war, often at camps set up for that purpose. One hotel in the town of Visegrad became a centre for rape and murder by Serb paramilitary forces. However, 20 years on, the hotel and local government which runs it has chosen to ignore its grim legacy.
4-8-16 Jessica Knoll: Blaming the victim.
Jessica Knoll: Blaming the victim.
Jessica Knoll is through telling white lies to veil a trauma from her past, said Alexandra Alter in The New York Times. Last week, the 32-year-old author of Luckiest Girl Alive revealed in an online essay that the gang rape central to the novel’s plot was based on her own experience of being sexually assaulted at 15 by three boys at a teen party. Like the protagonist of her runaway best-seller, Knoll had felt shamed by the experience and tried to bury the memory as she moved on to college and then a magazine career in New York City. But only after the book was published, and after readers began asking how she understood the experience so well, did Knoll start to think that withholding the truth was wrong. “I was so conditioned to not talk about it,” she says, “that it didn’t even occur to me to be forthcoming.” Knoll’s reasons for keeping silent will be familiar to readers of the novel too, said Maggie Mallon in Glamour.com. She said at the time that she had been raped, but no adult followed up on her claim, and schoolmates taunted her. “No one was treating me like a victim,” she says. “They were treating me like a perpetrator, like I was getting what I deserved.” Knoll credits her decision to speak out to the example set by other women who’ve been coming forward with similar stories. In her emotional essay, published by the women’s website LennyLetter.com, she confesses that for many years she made the mistake of thinking that living well was the best revenge. “Revenge does not beget healing,” she writes. “Healing will come when I snuff out the shame, when I rip the shroud off the truth.”
4-7-16 These hijab-inspired clothes just reignited a major culture war in France
These hijab-inspired clothes just reignited a major culture war in France
In France today, veils reveal more than they hide. Laurence Rossignol — the Socialist government's minister for family, children, and women's rights — recently criticized the fashion designer Dolce & Gabbana, along with retailers like Marks and Spencer, for their new lines of hijab-inspired clothing. The flowing dresses, brightly printed headscarves, and even a bathing suit dubbed the "burkini" provided panache, Rossignol declared, to a religiously sanctioned form of female oppression. "It is irresponsible," she thundered. What about those Muslim women, her interviewer asked, who chose to wear the hijab — the headscarf also known, misleadingly, as a voile or veil — as a sign of pride in their faith? Rossignol would not buy it: "There were also American negroes who favored slavery." (Webmaster's comment: As long as it doesn't hide their idenity (their face) they should be free to wear what they want.)
4-7-16 China hotel 'assault video' sparks anger and debate
China hotel 'assault video' sparks anger and debate
Footage that appears to show a woman being assaulted in a Beijing hotel has sparked a massive debate in China. CCTV footage shows a woman being grabbed and dragged across a hotel corridor, in full view of bystanders. Although the incident is still being investigated, it has prompted millions of posts on social media - and been viewed more than two billion times. China has seen several incidents in recent years where bystanders have refused to help those in need.
4-2-16 India temple ruling: Protesters block entry to women
India temple ruling: Protesters block entry to women
Protesters in India have defied a court order and prevented a group of female activists from entering a Hindu shrine in western Maharashtra state. Several temples in India preserve the tradition of barring entry to women. However, the Mumbai high court ruled women have the fundamental right to enter temples, with a six-month jail term for those preventing them.
4-1-16 Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck
Carrie Buck’s story proves “deeply, almost physically, infuriating,” said Dana Goldstein in The New Republic. Though she remains a cipher, we learn that she completed five years of schooling before her foster parents forced her to quit, and that they sent her away after she became pregnant at 17 and accused a family member of rape. No heroes emerge—even Buck’s defense lawyer was collaborating with the men who viewed her case as a chance to legalize sterilization nationwide. But while the main players here are the villains, we do get a late glimpse of Buck as a nursing home resident, and she’s no “imbecile.” She enjoys music and crosswords, and lives to read the daily paper. At least 60,000 other U.S. women were forcibly sterilized in the decades following Buck v. Bell, and Hitler used the American example to bolster his case for mass sterilization—and then for genocide.
4-1-16 India court says women have 'fundamental right' to enter temples
India court says women have 'fundamental right' to enter temples
Women in the western state of Maharashtra have a fundamental right to enter and pray inside temples, an Indian court has ruled. The Bombay High Court said the government had to protect this right. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by an activist against the centuries-old tradition of barring women from certain temples.