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Farmworkers Are Dying from Extreme Heat
When farmworkers are out picking tomatoes or spraying pesticides in the high heat, they can be exposed to heat-related illnesses, some of which can lead to death if left untreated. According to Public Citizen, 130 million workers who make their living outside—from farmworkers to construction workers—lack heat stress protections. Between 1992 and 2016, nearly 70,000 workers were seriously injured from heat, and 783 of them died. 

Since farmworkers are often from marginalized groups like undocumented immigrants—the Department of Labor estimates 47 percent of them are undocumented—fear of deportation can lead to a reluctance to report incidents or even seek medical attention. That means the real numbers may be even higher.
health  food  equality  environment  usa  immigration  crime 
25 days ago by iamfantastikate
What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused?
An 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Ronell, described by a colleague as “one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world,” responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal, to the extent that her behavior was “sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman’s learning environment.” The university has suspended Professor Ronell for the coming academic year.

In the Title IX final report, excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as “my most adored one,” “Sweet cuddly Baby,” “cock-er spaniel,” and “my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.”

Coming in the middle of the #MeToo movement’s reckoning over sexual misconduct, it raised a challenge for feminists — how to respond when one of their own behaved badly. And the response has roiled a corner of academia.
abuse  sexism  crime  creepy  education  equality 
4 weeks ago by iamfantastikate
More Americans struggling to buy food, especially those with kids
After several years of declines, the so-called national food hardship rate is climbing, according to findings from the Food Research & Action Center, a nonprofit group that works to eliminate hunger. The survey, based on a national Gallup poll of 338,000 households, found that nearly 16 percent of families lacked the funds to buy food at least once in 2017, up slightly from the previous year. The risk of hunger was 1.3 times higher in homes with kids.
poverty  usa  money  equality  food  children  future-dystopia 
5 weeks ago by iamfantastikate
1 in 3 GoFundMe campaigns are for medical bills, CEO says
GoFundMe has raised more than $5 billion from 50 million donations since the website launched eight years ago—and one in every three of the site's campaigns are intended to pay medical bills, according to CEO Rob Solomon.
health  usa  money  poverty  equality 
5 weeks ago by iamfantastikate
Pride and prejudice? The Americans who fly the Confederate flag
“The Confederate flag played a big, big part in our history,” Ira says. “… Why are these minorities pushing to do away with this flag? Look at what’s happening to our statues!” he says...

In his attic, McCluney downplays slavery ownership – saying “elite” planters, not soldiers, owned most slaves. “Most (southerners) did not have a dog in the hunt,” he says.

He is right, but only to a point. Most of the soldiers were young – a fifth were under 18 – and few owned any of the 4 million slaves in the US. But many of their households owned at least one, or they aspired to ascend to slave ownership. The 1860 census shows 49% of families in Mississippi – one in two – owned at least one slave. Mississippi had 436,631, the most in the nation and 55% of the state’s population...

Thomasa Massey, 49, jumps out of her car at Pearl Park in a majority-white Jackson suburb wearing a T-shirt with Confederate butterflies she designed with “Pride, Not Prejudice” underneath...

Davis, 47, also believes the institution might have died out due to “modernization … if they were able to compromise another 20 years. That’s what state’s rights were about: protecting slavery,” he says. “… There would not have been a war over tariffs...”

Stuart blames detractors. “It’s not us that’s racial; it’s them that’s racial. Most of ’em don’t know what it means,” she says. “It’s a symbol of our state; it’s who we are...”

“If we can’t get white people to stand together, it’s going to be another civil war,” [Barnes] adds.
history  mississippi  usa  politics  racism  equality 
6 weeks ago by iamfantastikate
Israel adopts controversial Jewish 'nation state' law
The bill strips Arabic of its designation as an official language alongside Hebrew, downgrading it to a "special status" that enables its continued use within Israeli institutions. There are 1.8 million Arabs in Israel, about 20% of the 9 million population...

Clauses that were dropped in last-minute political wrangling – and after objections by Israel's president and attorney general – would have enshrined in law the establishment of Jewish-only communities, and instructed courts to rule according to Jewish ritual law when there were no relevant legal precedents.

Instead, a more vaguely worded version was approved, which says: "The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment."
religion  judaism  israel  racism  equality  politics 
8 weeks ago by iamfantastikate
Women Ask for Raises as Often as Men, but Are Less Likely to Get Them
We found that, holding background factors constant, women ask for a raise just as often as men, but men are more likely to be successful. Women who asked obtained a raise 15% of the time, while men obtained a pay increase 20% of the time. While that may sound like a modest difference, over a lifetime it really adds up...

Older workers [ask for a raise] more often. Long-tenured employees do so more often. Full-timers do so more often. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all part-timers, whether male or female, tend both to “ask,” and to get, less often...

The younger women in the labor market appear statistically indistinguishable — even in “getting” — from the younger men. Hence it could be that negotiating behavior through the years has begun to change. Future research may be able to decide whether true changes are going on in the modern labor market. Perhaps the world really is beginning to transform...
australia  equality  sexism  gender  money  gender-pay-gap  statistics 
12 weeks ago by iamfantastikate
Where a Taboo Is Leading to the Deaths of Young Girls
“If a woman goes inside the family’s home during her period, three things will happen,” explained a farmer named Runcho. “A tiger will come; the house will catch on fire; and the head of the house will get sick.”

Mr. Runcho spoke without any doubt or flourish. When asked if he had ever seen a tiger in his village, he smiled and didn’t answer yes or no, but then told a long story about how, maybe 10 years ago, he accidentally brushed up against his daughter when she was menstruating and lost his sight for several days.

“It was a nightmare,” he said...

When I asked Mr. Runcho if he would like to sleep in the crawl space, he laughed. “Why should I?” he said. “It’s for women!”
nepal  gender  health  religion  sexism  equality 
june 2018 by iamfantastikate
In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything
Whatever the operative thinking, austerity’s manifestations are palpable and omnipresent. It has refashioned British society, making it less like the rest of Western Europe, with its generous social safety nets and egalitarian ethos, and more like the United States, where millions lack health care and job loss can set off a precipitous plunge in fortunes...

To a degree, a spirit of voluntarism materialized. At public libraries, volunteers now outnumber paid staff. In struggling communities, residents have formed food banks while distributing hand-me-down school uniforms. But to many in Britain, this is akin to setting your house on fire and then reveling in the community spirit as neighbors come running to help extinguish the blaze...

Nationally, spending on police forces has dropped 17 percent since 2010, while the number of police officers has dropped 14 percent, according to an analysis by the Institute for Government. Spending on road maintenance has shrunk more than one-fourth, while support for libraries has fallen nearly a third.

The national court system has eliminated nearly a third of its staff. Spending on prisons has plunged more than a fifth, with violent assaults on prison guards more than doubling. The number of elderly people receiving government-furnished care that enables them to remain in their homes has fallen by roughly a quarter.
politics  uk  poverty  equality  money 
may 2018 by iamfantastikate
Sweden to reintroduce conscription amid rising Baltic tensions
A resurgent Russia and tensions over Ukraine have prompted politicians to consider bolstering military capability while addressing the shortfall of people willing to pursue a career as a professional soldier.

The lack of military preparedness has been exposed in recent years, such as when Russian warplanes carrying out a mock bombing run on Sweden in 2013 caught air defences off guard....

With its reintroduction of the draft, Sweden will for the first time join Norway to become only the second country in Europe where military service is compulsory for women and as well as men.

“It’s very important to emphasise that military service is for girls and guys,” Hultqvist said. “It is important for the military to have a gender equal profile,” he added.
sweden  politics  war  russia  equality  europe  military 
march 2017 by iamfantastikate
Hidden Racism
Melfi shields white viewers from the uncomfortableness of seeing the totality of the horror their counterparts inflicted on the black women who worked at NASA, and he does so at the expense of the agency of those women, portraying them as being in desperate need for a white man’s validation.

The truth is that they lived freely in the fact that their lives were just as valid as anyone else’s.

What actually happened — documented in the book from which the film is adapted, Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, written by Margot Lee Shetterly, a black woman — is Katherine Johnson refused to use NASA’s colored restrooms. She defiantly used the white bathroom, even though doing so was illegal.
media  film  history  u.s.a.  politics  equality 
february 2017 by iamfantastikate
Millennials are moving less than earlier generations did at same age
In 2016, only 20% of Millennial 25- to 35-year-olds reported having lived at a different address one year earlier. One-year migration rates were much higher for older generations when they were the same age....

Labor market opportunities may be a factor. Millennials were hit hard by the Great Recession in terms of job-holding and wages. For many young adults who moved in the past year, job opportunities were a prime motivation for moving, and the modest jobs recovery may not be providing the impetus Millennials need.

When they do move, Millennials’ motivations for moving are significantly different from those of earlier generations of young movers. One incentive for moving is to buy a home, but Census Bureau migration data suggest Millennial movers are doing so at significantly lower rates than earlier generations. In 2016, homeownership among younger households was at its lowest level in at least 40 years. On the one hand, the different family demographics of Millennials – such as not having children – may undercut their desire to own a home. But financial considerations may play a role as well. Compared with Gen X young adults around 2000, lending standards are much tighter, making it more difficult for Millennial 25- to 35-year-olds to get a mortgage. Related to this, student debt may be deterring young adults from home ownership.
statistics  u.s.a.  politics  money  economy  equality 
february 2017 by iamfantastikate
Schools Add Washing Machines, See Attendance Improve
“After just one month, we saw an impact,” Gunn tells CityLab. The more long-term results of the program have actually been remarkable. The first year saw over 90 percent of tracked students increase their attendance, with those most in need of the service averaging an increase of almost 2 weeks. Teachers surveyed reported that 95 percent of participants showed more motivation in class and were more apt to participate in extra-curricular activities. The results support research demonstrating that chronic absenteeism isn’t because of kids’ lack of smarts or motivation, but is largely due to coming from a low-income household.
poverty  education  children  teens  u.s.a.  kindness  equality 
february 2017 by iamfantastikate
New research charts surging income inequality in United States
The average pre-tax income of adults in the bottom 50 percent income share in the U.S. has stagnated since 1980.

The bottom 50 percent’s share of income share has collapsed from about 20 percent in 1980 to 12 percent in 2014.

Between the early 1980s and 2014, the average pre-tax income of the top 1 percent of adults rose from $420,000 to about $1.3 million, and their income share increased from about 12 percent.

In 1980, the top 1 percent adults earned on average 27 times more than bottom 50 percent adults, while they earn 81 times more today.
 
The share of women falls sharply as one moves up the income ladder, with only 11 percent in the top 1 percent today.

There has been close to zero growth for working-age adults in the bottom 50 percent of the distribution since 1980.

In the bottom half of the distribution range, only income for the elderly is rising, while income has fallen for those under the age of 65.
equality  money  u.s.a.  politics 
january 2017 by iamfantastikate
The crisis of disabled millennials: 'It feels hopeless'
Phipps says the thought that this is what her life will always be like – never being able to have a career and earn money, or afford a decent place to live – is impacting on her mental health.

“My mum talks to me about her pension and I can’t imagine that. Or having my own home,” she says. “It feels hopeless. I can’t see how it’s getting better.”
uk  health  politics  money  equality  disability 
january 2017 by iamfantastikate
Worries about access fuel women’s rush to get contraception
Immediately after the election, Google searches for IUD spiked and Twitter saw phrases like “get an IUD” jump in popularity.
health  equality  gender  u.s.-elections  u.s.a.  politics  trump-presidency 
december 2016 by iamfantastikate
United States confirms Manus Island and Nauru deal with Turnbull government
Refugees languishing on Manus Island and Nauru will be offered resettlement in the United States under a "one-off" arrangement announced by the Turnbull government.

The long-awaited breakthrough will see the 1800 detainees encouraged to return home, seek resettlement in the US or face an indefinite stay in the Nauruan community.
u.s.a.  australia  equality  racism 
november 2016 by iamfantastikate
Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie
Some economists go further and advocate for an IPL of $5 or even $10 - the upper boundary suggested by the World Bank. At this standard, we see that some 5.1 billion people - nearly 80 percent of the world's population - are living in poverty today. And the number is rising.
equality  poverty  money  economy  politics 
october 2016 by iamfantastikate
The ‘Welfare Queen’ Is a Lie
Over time, politicians have contrived modern equivalents of the welfare queen, with policy implications of their own. Newt Gingrich infamously lamented a food-stamp recipient who used her benefits to fly to Hawaii at taxpayers’ expense. As anyone who has actually enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would know, benefits are tightly restricted to food products off of the shelf and can’t even be used to buy other necessities, such as diapers, much less a plane ticket.
poverty  equality  u.s.a.  politics  racism  sexism  money 
september 2016 by iamfantastikate
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university in case they get ‘dangerous’ secular knowledge
Written in Yiddish, the decree warns: “It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah. We will be very strict about this. No girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree. It is dangerous. Girls who will not abide will be forced to leave our school. Also, we will not give any jobs or teaching position in the school to girls who’ve been to college or have a degree. We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment. It is against the base upon which our Mosed was built.”
judaism  religion  sexism  gender  education  new-york  u.s.a.  equality 
august 2016 by iamfantastikate
“The Best Revenge is Your Paper”: Notes on Women’s Work
“Ever since the invention of dating,” Weigel writes, “the line between sex work and ‘legitimate’ dating has remained difficult to draw and impossible to police.” Many early female daters were arrested because “[i]n the eyes of the authorities, women who let men buy them food and drinks or gifts and entrance tickets looked like whores, and making a date seemed the same as turning a trick.” Weigel notes that there is still debate about “what exactly makes sleeping with someone because he bought you dinner different from sleeping with someone because he paid you what that dinner cost.” On websites like SeekingArrangement.com, a rich “Sugar Daddy” can seek a “Sugar Baby,” an attractive young woman he will support in exchange for sex and companionship. Despite the evidently transactional nature of such a relationship, many men seeking this arrangement like to imagine that they are not hiring a prostitute, as Alana Massey has observed in The New Inquiry, specifying on their online profiles that “no pros” need apply. Women’s work must not look like work.
equality  gender  sex  sexism 
june 2016 by iamfantastikate
Why sons hold marriages together
Playgrounds in hip neighbourhoods may be full of sprogs with unisex names like Sage and Riley, and big-box retailers may be ditching gendered toys and clothing, but changes in public behaviour haven’t necessarily changed private attitudes. This can perhaps be seen most clearly in parents’ communications with Google – those quiet, furtive moments, when the site’s autocomplete feature absolves even the most neurotic questions (misery may love company, but anxiety needs it). A recent analy­sis of anonymous search data found that Americans ask “Is my son gifted?” more than twice as often as “Is my daughter gifted?”, even though young girls are more likely than boys to be enrolled in gifted programmes in school. Parents also ask “Is my daughter overweight?” nearly twice as often as “Is my son overweight?”, even though boys are more likely to be fat.

People will also reveal to pollsters preferences they might keep from their families. In every Gallup poll since the 1940s, when asked which sex they would prefer if they could have only one child, Americans have consistently pulled for boys. Results from the most recent poll, in 2011, were startlingly similar to those from the first: Americans said they favour boys over girls by a margin of 12 percentage points. This preference is driven mainly by men; women are largely agnostic. “Most people will say in public that they are happy to have a boy or a girl, they just want a healthy child,” says Vienna Pharaon, a marriage and family therapist in Manhattan. “But in the therapy room, where people are more comfortable feeling vulnerable, there’s an overwhelming sense that men really do want to have a boy.”
equality  statistics  relationships  children  gender 
may 2016 by iamfantastikate
Silicon Valley imported cheap labor
The companies that arranged his questionable visa instead sent Lesnik to a menial job in Silicon Valley. He earned the equivalent of $5 an hour to expand the plant for one of the world’s most sophisticated companies, Tesla Motors....

Yet neither the contractors involved nor Tesla itself have accepted legal responsibility for the hiring practices, long hours and low pay. While most of the imported workers interviewed for this story said they are happy with their paychecks, their American counterparts earn as much as $52 an hour for similar work.
money  california  u.s.a.  politics  equality 
may 2016 by iamfantastikate
Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone
He looked at his list of abstracts and did the math. Purchasing the papers was going to cost $1000 this week alone—about as much as his monthly living expenses—and he would probably need to read research papers at this rate for years to come. Rahimi was peeved. “Publishers give nothing to the authors, so why should they receive anything more than a small amount for managing the journal?”

Many academic publishers offer programs to help researchers in poor countries access papers, but only one, called Share Link, seemed relevant to the papers that Rahimi sought. It would require him to contact authors individually to get links to their work, and such links go dead 50 days after a paper's publication. The choice seemed clear: Either quit the Ph.D. or illegally obtain copies of the papers. So like millions of other researchers, he turned to Sci-Hub, the world's largest pirate website for scholarly literature. Rahimi felt no guilt. As he sees it, high-priced journals “may be slowing down the growth of science severely.”
science  money  equality  statistics  internet  education 
may 2016 by iamfantastikate
9-year-old reporter defends homicide coverage after backlash
She went to the scene to get the details and posted a story and video clip on her website the "Orange Street News" later that day.

Soon after, her Facebook page and YouTube channel were clogged with negative comments urging her to "play with dolls" and have a tea party, and questioning her parents' judgment in letting her do such work.
children  amazing-youngsters  media  equality  gender  u.s.a.  pennsylvania  sexism 
april 2016 by iamfantastikate
Texas Forced This Woman to Deliver a Stillborn Baby
The doctors and nurses at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin cried with them, but said because of Texas law HB2, they could not help speed Taylor’s labor. Technically, the baby was healthy and the mother was healthy, so to induce labor would be an abortion, and to do it at this stage in the pregnancy would be illegal.

The Mahaffeys were sent home to wait for their baby to die or for Taylor’s labor to progress. “We cried ourselves to sleep, waiting for him to come,” Daniel said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

They prayed conflicting prayers: for a miracle that might save him and for an end to their baby’s suffering. Daniel worried his wife would hemorrhage while Taylor could feel the baby struggling inside of her, Daniel said. Taylor declined to speak for this article.

When Taylor started bleeding, they went back to the hospital, but with Fox’s heart still beating, doctors couldn’t legally interfere.

“Eventually she was just screaming at them to get the child out of her,” Daniel said.
abortion  equality  health  texas  politics  u.s.a. 
april 2016 by iamfantastikate
Why The New Year’s Attacks On Women In Germany Weren’t Even A Crime
It was hardly the first or last time women have been assaulted during a big public holiday in Germany, but it is the first time, thanks to the obsessive discussion that followed the New Year’s attacks, that many Germans have learned about a shocking feature of the country’s sexual assault law: Most of what happened that night in Cologne is not actually a crime.

This is the irony women’s activists are struggling with in the wake of attacks in Cologne. A quick squeeze of the breasts, a hand on the ass, an unwanted kiss — when it happens in a public space, none of these are against the law in Germany.

“The German law accepts that a man generally has the right to touch a woman, to have sexual intercourse with a woman. It’s his right, unless the woman shows her resistance very, very strongly,” said Chantal Louis, an editor at Emma, Germany’s oldest feminist magazine. “We have a situation where … even touching the breasts or vagina can’t be punished in the logic of that law, because if the perpetrator does it very quickly, you don’t have time to resist. It seems weird and crazy, but that’s German law.”

That’s because, as far as the law is concerned, verbal consent isn’t really the issue. The law focuses instead on the overwhelming force of the perpetrator, requiring that there be a “threat of imminent danger to life and limb.” For a court to rule that a woman was raped, and the justice system to put a rapist behind bars, a woman must physically, exhaustively resist her perpetrator. If she can’t prove with her body — with bruises or other injuries — that she fought back, the assault isn’t really a crime.
crime  abuse  germany  politics  equality  gender  wtf 
april 2016 by iamfantastikate
Pay-equity issues follow women onto eBay, too
Researchers analyzed more than one million transactions on the e-commerce platform and discovered that women made an average of 20 percent less selling new items than their male counterparts. They made three percent less than men selling used items. The takeaway here is that, if your eBay username is Michelle1805, you might get $80 for a smartwatch that your friend Mike1805 could sell for $100.
internet  equality  gender  money 
february 2016 by iamfantastikate
“Hunger, filth, fear and death”: remembering life before the NHS
I agreed to speak about the NHS because I know there are few people left who can remember that brutal time before the welfare state, when life for many was short and cruel. I felt that I owed it to my sister Marion, whose life was cut short by extreme poverty and poor health care, along with all of those other victims of a society that protected the rich and condemned the poor to miserable lives.
equality  poverty  uk  politics  health  money  history 
february 2016 by iamfantastikate
Black Teen Fatally Shot By Austin Police Was Naked And Unarmed
"It's almost incomprehensible that a young naked man would be considered dangerous such that a police officer would kill him," Jim Harrington, director of the TCRP, said in a statement.
racism  equality  u.s.a.  police  texas 
february 2016 by iamfantastikate
#WheresRey? The ‘Star Wars’ Heroine Is Featured In Fewer Toys Than All The New Dudes
The women who get the rawest deal are female shoppers. Toys R Us allows a shopper to filter toys by the gender that they’re intended for, and, if a user clicks “Girls,” 83 percent of the toys are removed from the results. (I called Toys R Us for comment, but have not yet heard back.) That includes things like a fairly gender-neutral looking set of Darth Vader hat and gloves and a Lego Millennium Falcon set (which includes Rey). Only one toy is excluded from the “Boys” filter: a Rey dress-up kit.
children  toys  sexism  equality  star-wars 
january 2016 by iamfantastikate
The sad economics of being famous on the internet
In other words: Many famous social media stars are too visible to have “real” jobs, but too broke not to. Platforms like YouTube mirror the U.S. economy’s yawning wealth gap, and being a part of YouTube’s “middle class” often means grappling daily with the cognitive dissonance of a full comments section and an empty wallet. Journalists kvell over stars like Swedish gamer Pewdiepie, whose net worth is around $12 million, or comedian Jenna Marbles, who’s worth around $2.5 million. On the other extreme, fan-funding sites like Patreon (a Kickstarter-type site that allows for ongoing funding) are at the center of a communal movement to fund “smaller YouTubers.” But that definition gets blurry. Is someone with 50,000 subscribers worth supporting financially? How about 200,000? What if people assume you’re too successful to need money, and you’re too proud to tell them otherwise?
money  internet  celebrity  youtube  vlogging  economy  equality  usa  politics 
december 2015 by iamfantastikate
Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks
Results (90 pedestrian trials, 168 driver-subjects) revealed that Black pedestrians were passed by twice as many cars and experienced wait times that were 32% longer than White pedestrians. Results support the hypothesis that minority pedestrians experience discriminatory treatment by drivers.
study  psychology  racism  transportation  equality 
july 2015 by iamfantastikate
DECLARATION OF CAUSES: February 2, 1861 A declaration of the causes which impel the State of Texas to secede from the Federal Union. | TSLAC
In all the non-slave-holding States, in violation of that good faith and comity which should exist between entirely distinct nations, the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party, now strong enough in numbers to control the affairs of each of those States, based upon the unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color--a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law.
history  texas  u.s.a.  racism  equality  politics 
june 2015 by iamfantastikate
Simple Photo of Man Holding Baby Sparks Important Parenting Conversation
The situation unfolded when the baby of a student in Engelberg’s Hebrew University class — open to students’ kids by a matter of the professor’s policy — began to cry. Engelberg scooped him up into his arms to calm him, continuing on with his lecture on organizational management without missing a beat. Someone in class snapped a photo of him holding the boy, who was wearing blue footie pajamas covered in stars, and posted it to social media. The rest is history.
education  cute  parenting  equality  gender  equality  children  israel 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
Early men and women were equal, say scientists
The study suggests that it was only with the dawn of agriculture, when people were able to accumulate resources for the first time, that an imbalance emerged. “Men can start to have several wives and they can have more children than women,” said Dyble. “It pays more for men to start accumulating resources and becomes favourable to form alliances with male kin.” Dyble said that egalitarianism may even have been one of the important factors that distinguished our ancestors from our primate cousins. “Chimpanzees live in quite aggressive, male-dominated societies with clear hierarchies,” he said. “As a result, they just don’t see enough adults in their lifetime for technologies to be sustained.”
history  science  equality  gender  equality  sexism 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
Hydro One employee fired after FHRITP heckling of CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt
Many of Hunt's colleagues later shared their own experiences of being taunted on air, with one reporter telling CityNews she had once heard the same sexually explicit remark shouted by a nine-year-old boy. The child's actions, according to one gender analyst, show that overt sexism can take a heavy toll on society as a whole.
sexism  gender  equality  equality  media  canada 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
Lawsuit over naked crime scene photos headed for trial
When the lawsuit was first filed, the sheriff's office denied it had taken naked photos of the young woman at the scene. Smith, who was not with the sheriff's office at the time, acknowledged the photos were taken but said it's "standard operating procedure" to photograph crime scenes. The pictures, shown to the Tribune by Mejia's attorney, show the young woman's body was moved after the accident. One set of photos shows Mejia, lifeless, in the back seat of the vehicle: She is wearing jeans, a white T-shirt and high heels. Other shots show her on a tarp on the ground, naked except for her lower undergarment.
illinois  police  u.s.a.  sexism  gender  equality 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Global Views on Morality
The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives.1 For each issue, respondents were asked whether this is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue. The chart below displays the median responses for each question across the 40 countries.
statistics  politics  equality  health  sex  abortion  relationships  lgbt 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
The homeless man who works in the Senate
Today he gives much of his meager paycheck to his three daughters and their grandchildren, who have also struggled to find steady housing and employment. He says that he needs the money less than they do, that he knows how to brave “the elements” and make good use of food pantries and free health clinics. He has, after all, been homeless intermittently over two decades. He has always managed. “I want to provide for them,” he says of his family, “not burden them.”
amazing-men  politics  u.s.a.  homelessness  dc  money  poverty  equality  health 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
U.S. cracks down on female teachers who sexually abuse students
Female educators who sexually abuse their students are facing tougher prosecution in part because there are more women police officers. There is also a greater awareness among prosecutors, judges and the general public that students who are victimized by an authority figure, regardless of gender, experience trauma with life-long consequences. "Law enforcement is increasingly feminized, and women are much less prone to the old attitude: 'Oh, this is just some kid who got lucky,'" said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center. "They recognize the issues involved and they go after women who violate the statutes."
abuse  education  police  politics  sexism  gender  equality  children  u.s.a. 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
2015 Hugo Awards and the History of Science Fiction Culture Wars
Currently, the science fiction world is being torn asunder by a cultural war over diversity, with a hot battle going on over the Hugo Awards, the long-running and prestigious fan-selected awards given out every year at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). Reflecting the demographics of the larger field, the Hugo Awards have traditionally gone to white men, but nominations for women and non-whites have risen in recent years. That trend has upset right-wing fans who say they've been marginalized by affirmative action gone mad—and who organized a successful nomination campaign to undo these gains in diversity, creating an unprecedented party-line slate which has led to the stacking of this year's Hugo ballot largely with white men once again.
books  media  gender  equality  equality  racism  sexism  politics 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
County supervisor defends calling Hillary Clinton 'Ovary'
Alexander, who is considered a possible candidate for the state Senate, said she found it interesting that people have jumped to the conclusion that she was referring to Hillary Clinton when she discussed "Ovary's campaign." She noted that Time Magazine ran a "sexist" article on the former secretary of state earlier this month by suggesting that Clinton is ready to run for president now that she's past menopause. "So I'm certainly not the only one who has taken notice here," Alexander said. "While I would be excited to someday see a woman become president, I think that the potential to make history for simply being female is the only thing Hillary has going for her."
politics  sexism  gender  equality  equality  u.s.a.  u.s.-elections  wisconsin 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
When a Plane Seat Next to a Woman Is Against Orthodox Faith
And Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, a Modern Orthodox Talmud scholar who grew up in the ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect, said, “When I was still part of that community, and on the more conservative side, I would make every effort I could not to sit next to a woman on the plane, because of a fear that you might touch a woman by accident.” Airlines, and flight attendants, are often caught in the middle. Morgan Durrant, a Delta Air Lines spokesman, acknowledged the phenomenon, saying: “This is a dynamic of some customers who utilize our service. We’re aware of it, and we do what we can to get ahead of it prior to boarding.”
sexism  equality  gender  equality  travel  religion  judaism 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
The uncomfortable truth about how we view working women, in one simple Google search
In addition, many images retrieved by the web’s top search engine happen to be hyper-sexualized caricatures. Some female construction workers in midriff-baring flannel and jean shorts seem better dressed for a Halloween party than, say, a demolition site. (Researchers dubbed this the “sexy construction worker problem.”) “It’s part of a cycle: How people perceive things affects the search results, which affect how people perceive things,” said co-author Cynthia Matuszek, who now teaches computer ethics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
internet  sexism  psychology  equality  gender  equality 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
A Few Words on Russell Tovey and Why If It Weren't for My Father, I Wouldn't Be a Faggot
My own truth is that I went down the very path that Tovey claims he was able to avoid: I was an extremely effeminate boy. A sissy. A faggot. I know some of you are recoiling at the sight of that word. I am using it on purpose. It symbolizes everything that Tovey and his father were terrified of seeing materialize before their eyes and everything I was because I didn't have a choice in the matter -- or a father with a plan to prevent it. I wasn't merely gay or just a boy attracted to other boys, I was a swishing, prancing princess wagging my penis at the garbage man and waving a My Little Pony figurine like a scepter as I sashayed through my neighborhood. I was the very embodiment of everything our society worries could go wrong with a little boy, and in my small Midwestern town in the early '80s, I was every father's nightmare awoken and menacingly mincing my way through our local mall's food court.
lgbt  amazing  amazing-men  equality  gender  equality 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Delhi rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back
"Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20% of girls are good." People "had a right to teach them a lesson" he suggested - and he said the woman should have put up with it. "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy," he said.
india  sexism  abuse  crime  creepy  gender  equality  equality 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman
The outcry was so tremendous that vos Savant was forced to devote three subsequent columns to explaining why her logic was correct. Even in the wake of her well-stated, clear responses, she continued to be berated. “I still think you’re wrong,” wrote one man, nearly a year later. “There is such a thing as female logic.”
statistics  math  sexism  gender  equality  amazing-women 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
200 Women and Girls Raped in Mass Darfur Attack, Human Rights Watch Says
Two army defectors told Human Rights Watch that they were ordered to rape women, the group said, and a woman in her 40s described assaults on her and her three daughters, two of whom were under 11 years old. "They raped my three daughters and me," Human Rights Watch quoted the woman as saying. "Some of them were holding the girl down while another one was raping her. They did it one by one."
war  sudan  sexism  abuse  crime  gender  equality  equality 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
One Tweet Perfectly Destroys This Newspaper's Sexist Obituary of a Beloved Female Author
"Colleen McCullough, Australia's best-selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth," the Australian decrees in earnest. McCullough was more than "Australia's best-selling author" — she was an amazing woman who wrote over 20 books, including a biography, a detective series and a multiple-volume historical series, the Masters of Rome, which earned her an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University.
australia  media  sexism  gender  equality  equality  books 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
AG's Office: Raped teacher should have known better
The Arizona Attorney General's Office is asking for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was brutally assaulted and raped after being left in an unguarded prison classroom with a convicted sex offender. The AG's reasoning is essentially this: the woman knew she was in a prison, so what did she expect? No, seriously. That's the reasoning.
arizona  abuse  crime  prisons  u.s.a.  politics  equality  gender  equality 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum
Life-size sculptures of slave children haunt the clapboard church on the grounds of the old sugar cane plantation, where ceramic heads of black men will soon sway on pikes in the Louisiana breeze. Unlike other plantation museums along the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the newly opened and under-construction Whitney Plantation focuses squarely on the plight of slaves.
history  u.s.a.  louisiana  racism  equality  art  amazing  amazing-men 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
IOC rules out Saudi Arabia-Bahrain Olympic bid
Fahad acknowledged Saudi Arabia faces "certain cultural constraints," especially involving women. "Our society can be very conservative," he said in the Francs Jeux interview. "It has a hard time accepting that women can compete in sports, especially in swimming. Wearing sports clothing in public is not really allowed. For these cultural reasons, it is difficult to bid for certain big international events."
sexism  saudi-arabia  bahrain  politics  sports  equality  gender  equality  religion  islam 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Classical Portraitist Emile Klein Rides His Bicycle Across the US, Painting Working-Class People
This attitude reflects Klein's disdain for the exclusivity of classical portraiture. Klein intensely dislikes the aristocratic aura associated with his style of art. He's especially offended by artists who profit by painting and photographing the poor, then selling their work to wealthy private collectors or esteemed galleries. "There are a lot of projects that document people who can't afford to be documented," Klein later told me. "Like going into a favela and taking pictures and putting it in an exhibition. Or writing a song like Sufjan Stevens about an 'other.'" You're US is intended as "reparations for a longstanding offense" of the wealthy and well-connected profiting from depicting the type of poor and working class people Klein often paints. To subvert this tradition, Klein gives complete ownership of the finished works to the subjects themselves, only requiring them to occasionally loan the paintings to Klein for You're US exhibitions.
amazing  amazing-men  u.s.a.  politics  art  poverty  money  equality 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Edits Female World Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March | Mediaite
Yesterday’s historic march across Paris included over 40 world leaders expressing solidarity for France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, but if you read this Haredi newspaper, you’d believe that none of them were women. The image that ran on the front page of the Israeli newspaper The Announcer edited two female world leaders out of the image, originally provided by wire service GPO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. A third woman in a blue scarf who we can’t identify was also photoshopped out.
religion  judaism  sexism  equality  gender  equality  israel  france  media 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Dublin priest says he is gay during Mass – receives standing ovation
A Dublin priest received a standing ovation from his congregation this week as he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland and came out to his parishioners. Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street in Dublin’s city center for 15 years, opened up to his congregation at the Saturday night Mass. He also confided in his Sunday morning congregation. Dolan is the only priest in the parish. Calling on his Dublin city congregation to support same sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum, set for the end May, Dolan said “I’m gay myself.”
religion  christianity  ireland  lgbt  politics  equality 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Guantanamo order bars women from moving accused in 9/11 case
The ruling by Army Col. James Pohl addresses a dispute that has threatened to disrupt proceedings in the case, which is in the pretrial phase. Defendants have been refusing to meet with defense lawyers, arguing that any physical contact with a woman not related to them violates their Muslim beliefs.
religion  islam  politics  u.s.a.  cuba  war  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
India MP Sakshi Maharaj: Hindus must have more babies
A hard-line Indian MP has sparked outrage by urging Hindu women to have at least four children "in order to protect the Hindu religion".
politics  sexism  gender  equality  equality  india  hinduism 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
How elected judges became a threat to American democracy
Why? Because state supreme courts — which decide important cases involving business liability, workers compensation, and insurance coverage — have become the latest battleground in the nation’s long-running tort wars, pitting business interests, which are eager to limit damage awards, against plaintiffs and their allies, who contend that big-dollar judgments are critical to holding negligent businesses accountable. “We’re clearly engaged in hand-to-hand combat, and we’ve got to step it up if we’re going to survive,” says U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue. On the other side are their opponents: unions and trial attorneys. As an Ohio AFL-CIO official put it, “We figured out a long time ago that it’s easier to elect seven judges than to elect 132 legislators.”
u.s.a.  politics  money  corruption  equality 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Clothing tops the gift list from parents: Technology lags in gifts for children
Technology gifts were cited about half as often as clothing as likely presents for girls. And while boys are more likely to receive the technology items than girls, they are still less likely to receive a computer, smartphone or gaming system than they are to receive clothing, entertainment or toys and games. Books are a more likely present from parents to girls than technology gifts. Top technology items include laptops, notebooks and computers for boys 12-14 (19% parents intending to purchase) and in-home game consoles like Xbox or Wii for boys 15-17 (18%) and boys 6-11 (16%). Game consoles are a far less popular gift for girls of the same ages. Girls ages 12-14 are more likely to receive a cellphone (15%) from their parents compared to only 3% of boys the same age. Girls are three times as likely overall to receive a phone as a gift (9% for girls compared to 3% for boys).
shopping  money  children  parenting  sexism  education  gender  equality  toys 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
'Undercover Boss' CEO Fires Employee For Not Wearing Bikini On Camera, Offers Another A Boob Job
The episode featured Doug Guller, CEO of Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, going undercover and attempting to "improve" his business from the inside. By the end of the hour-long program, Guller had fired a bartender for wearing a t-shirt instead of a bikini during work, and offered to pay for another employee's breast augmentation surgery if she showed improvement and became a "rockstar" at her job.
creepy  sexism  u.s.a.  food  gender  equality  equality 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists in 2002
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the newly elected House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white nationalist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of both congressional chambers. The 48-year-old Scalise, who ascended to the House GOP’s third-ranking post earlier this year, confirmed through an adviser that he once appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. That organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
racism  u.s.a.  louisiana  republicans  equality 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Stop denying the gender pay gap exists. Even Jennifer Lawrence was shortchanged.
For some time, conservatives have disputed the truth of the gender wage gap. Despite numerous credible studies showing that women earn roughly 77 percent of what men earn, conservatives attack the idea of a pay gap as “a myth” and “a total sham.” They claim that women make 23 percent less than men because women take time out of their careers to care for children, choose less demanding jobs, or fail to negotiate for higher salaries as vigorously as their male counterparts. But here, we have a situation that negates all those excuses. In Lawrence, we have a highly talented woman who is single with no children, and — as evidenced by her success — extremely hardworking. She likely has a team of agents, managers and lawyers who advocate for her best interests in production deals, representatives not only skilled at negotiations but presumably well-informed on prevailing compensation standards in the industry. And yet, she’s still paid as though she’s less valuable than her male co-workers, who performed the same job she did. How much less was she to be paid? What’s the difference between 7 points and 9 points? Yup, about 23 percent.
money  equality  gender  equality  sexism  celebrity  politics  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says
Some witnesses were clearly lying when they spoke to a grand jury about the August police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., according to St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch. In an interview about the case Friday, the prosecutor says he won't seek perjury charges.
missouri  u.s.a.  equality  racism  corruption  politics 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Even Samantha Power, one of the world's most powerful women, deals with sexism at work
Compliments can be lovely, but receiving that sort of remark from a professional colleague who isn't a friend places women in a deeply annoying position: either respond positively and risk being seen as unprofessional and flirtatious, or respond negatively and risk being seen as rude. I'd wager that that's a tradeoff that every working woman in America has had to make — albeit probably not in response to the French Ambassador.
politics  u.s.a.  france  gender  equality  equality  sexism 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
This GOP Lawmaker Wants a Woman to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion
A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the victim of "legitimate rape." Rick Brattin, a state representative from outside Kansas City, filed the bill on December 3 for next year's legislative session. The proposed measure reads, "No abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion." ... "Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it," Brattin tells Mother Jones. "So you couldn't just go and say, 'Oh yeah, I was raped' and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape."
missouri  u.s.a.  politics  health  sexism  abortion  equality  gender  equality 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Woman accused of shaming son, forcing him to dress as girl
According to Winter Garden police, officers were contacted on November 24 about a possible child abuse incident.  Photos were given to authorities that show the 10-year-old boy dressed as a girl, including wearing makeup, while crying. Prado told police that Keith Driscoll, her landlord and roommate, came up with the idea for punishment after she told him that her son often wet his pants and soils himself. Police said the boy has a documented medical condition.
florida  u.s.a.  abuse  children  parenting  equality  sexism  gender  equality  disability 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Anti-gay N.C. church members indicted on felony kidnapping, assault against gay man
All are members of The Word of Faith Fellowship, a church which has continually come under fire for its alleged cult-like behaviors and severe treatment of members, particularly young people. In 1995, the church was the subject of an “Inside Edition” report on its “blasting” techniques, in which a person is encircled by church members and subjected to high-pitched shrilling sounds, screams and prayers. Blasting sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. In this most recent case, 21-year-old student Matthew Fenner, a member of the church since age 16, alleges that several members targeted him because of his sexual orientation. On Jan. 29, 2013, Fenner says he was threatened with confinement for two days, slapped, strangled and verbally assaulted in an attempt, he says, to free him of “homosexual demons.”
north-carolina  u.s.a.  lgbt  equality  religion  christianity  abuse  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
UC Davis Economics Professor: There Is No American Dream
Clark crunched the numbers in the U.S. from the past 100 years. His data shows the so-called American Dream—where hard work leads to more opportunities—is an illusion in the United States, and that social mobility here is no different than in the rest of the world. “The status of your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren your great-great grandchildren will be quite closely related to your average status now,” he said.
money  politics  u.s.a.  equality 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Family, Friends Remember 12-Year-Old Boy Who Committed Suicide
Shimizu had previously attended Folsom Middle School, but was only recently being home schooled. He killed himself yesterday. “I didn’t see why people would tease him because he was so nice,” said a fellow cheerleader. Those who knew Shimizu say he was the only male cheerleader with the Vista Junior Eagles Cheer Team. “I heard that people called him gay because he was a cheerleader,” said.
suicide  children  education  california  sexism  equality  gender  equality  lgbt  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
No More Page 3 - "THE EXPERIMENT"
We collected The Sun over a 6 month period. Our volunteers were cutting out pictures for 5 1/2 hours and in that time we found no sportswoman featured in their sports pages. Not one. We may not have got round to every single edition (the rules of the experiment were if we cut one photo out of an edition we’d cut every photo out of that edition, but we’d stop when the wall was full) so perhaps we missed the one or two images in their extensive coverage of women in the Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon tennis, but honestly, we were as surprised as The Sun to find no women in their sports pages. Now that we've covered that, perhaps The Sun could explain why we found limited coverage of women of colour, older women, women with disabilities, female CEO's, female politicians etc etc etc …
videos  sexism  gender  equality  equality  politics  media  uk 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
No Gender December: Abbott criticises bid to end gender stereotypes in toys
Abbott was asked if he supported the campaign on the Nine Network on Tuesday morning. “I certainly don’t believe in that kind of political correctness. Let boys be boys, let girls be girls – that’s always been my philosophy,” he said.
australia  toys  politics  children  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
How Not to Make a PSA About Rape
The key takeaway from the "You can do something about it, you can do something against it" campaign? Hungarian women should not invite rape by drinking, flirting, dressing scantily, or dancing suggestively. In case the message was lost, another county police department in the country issued a statement on Tuesday warning that "flirting by young women can often elicit violence," according to the AP.
hungary  sexism  gender  equality  equality  politics  abuse  health  media 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Egypt’s first female genital mutilation trial ends in not guilty verdict
The first doctor to be brought to trial in Egypt on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been acquitted, crushing hopes that the landmark verdict would discourage Egyptian doctors from conducting the endemic practice. Raslan Fadl, a doctor and Islamic preacher in the village of Agga, northern Egypt, was acquitted of mutilating Sohair al-Bata’a in June 2013. The 12-year-old died during the alleged procedure, but Fadl was also acquitted of her manslaughter.
egypt  politics  sexism  gender  equality  equality  children  health  religion  islam 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
‘I can’t think of a time when it was worse’: US abortion doctors speak out
The Boyds say that myths are pervasive, even among those who say they support abortion. Patients are thought of as “thoughtless teenagers” who do not take precautions, even though 61% of their clients have one or more children. Often, Glenna says, “they feel responsibility to the children they already have”. Half are married and 46% have used birth control in the month they got pregnant.
abortion  u.s.a.  health  texas  politics  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Video Game Reviewer Is Contacting the Mothers of Her Online Harassers
It's a story as old as, well, the Internet. A woman is a video game journalist. She receives rape and death threats. The end. But in a delightful new take on the old story, said video game journalist has reached out to the mothers of her harassers, just to let them know what their sons are up to.
gaming  media  gender  equality  equality  funny 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
India: Girls Found Hanging From Tree Killed Themselves, Not Slain By Rapists
The night the girls died, the younger girl had called her cousin's boyfriend and suggested they go to a local fair. The three left their homes after dinner, Prasad said. Later, the older girl and her boyfriend were caught by one of her relatives as they were about to have sex in a nearby field, she said. The girls apparently committed suicide because they were afraid of the reaction of their families and the stigma attached to what they had done, the spokeswoman said. Indian villages are extremely conservative and such a scandal would be difficult for a family to bear.
india  sexism  gender  equality  equality  sex  suicide  teens 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Wasilat Tasi'u, 14-Year-Old Nigerian Girl, Sentenced To Death For Murdering Husband
The case calls into question the legality of trying a 14-year-old for murder under criminal law and the rights of child brides, who are common in the poverty-stricken, predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria region. "She was married to a man that she didn't love. She protested but her parents forced her to marry him," Zubeida Nagee, a women's rights activist in Kano, told AP. Nagee and other activists have written a letter of protest to the Kano state deputy governor.
nigeria  islam  religion  children  abuse  crime  equality  gender  equality  teens  politics 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
The new threat: 'Racism without racists'
They showed people a photograph of two white men fighting, one unarmed and another holding a knife. Then they showed another photograph, this one of a white man with a knife fighting an unarmed African-American man. When they asked people to identify the man who was armed in the first picture, most people picked the right one. Yet when they were asked the same question about the second photo, most people -- black and white -- incorrectly said the black man had the knife.
racism  psychology  equality  u.s.a. 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
David Cameron urges EU support for migration plans
Britain's prime minister said lower EU migration would be a priority in future negotiations over the UK's membership and he would "rule nothing out" if he did not get the changes he wanted. Under his plans, migrants would have to wait four years for certain benefits.
uk  politics  equality  money  europe 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
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