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The truth about false rape accusations
It’s exceedingly rare for a false rape allegation to end in prison time. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, since records began in 1989, in the US there are only 52 cases where men convicted of sexual assault were exonerated because it turned out they were falsely accused. By way of comparison, in the same period, there are 790 cases in which people were exonerated for murder...

The evidence suggests that even in the rare case where a man is the subject of a false rape complaint, chances are that the charges will be dropped without him ever learning about the allegations...

In every academic study, one of the most common kinds of false accuser is a teenage girl who tells her parents she was raped to avoid getting in trouble. Unwanted pregnancy is sometimes cited by such girls, but the reason can also be trivial; the phrase “missed curfew” shows up with disturbing frequency in these cases. As a rule, it’s the parents who insist on getting police involved. Two different studies have found that almost half of all false rape complaints are lodged by someone other than the alleged victim, usually a parent...

But while false accusers often have similar histories, they have various motives. These can be divided into roughly four categories: personal gain, mental illness, revenge, and the need for an alibi.
statistics  crime  abuse  sexism 
september 2018 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 
august 2018 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 
june 2018 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
Maiden America
The idea of sexual purity was a relatively late addition to Christian doctrine. Not even priests needed to be celibate until the twelfth century—and that change, according to Medieval historian R. I. Moore, had more to do with blocking church officials from transferring church wealth to their families than it did with forging any sort of resemblance between the lives of priests and how Jesus lived.

In the foundational years of Christianity, the sexual purity of women was of no great concern. An unmarried girl’s sexual activity was seen, according to historian of early Christianity Peter Brown, as “simply a bad omen for her future conduct.” A sexually active teen might grow up to be a wife who took lovers, not that that was such a bad thing either. The goal of marriage was not a sacred union of souls, but reproduction—needed to replenish the constantly keeling-over population at a time when the average lifespan was twenty-five years.

For a woman to take a vow of abstinence, then, was considered radical. St. Cecilia was a buzzkill at her own engagement party, wearing sackcloth and ashes. When Thecla left her fiancé to don men’s clothing and preach alongside Paul the Apostle, the rejected suitor complained that this denigration of marriage was “bizarre and disruptive to the human race.” It was certainly disruptive to families. Early women of the church had to fight their fathers to take their vows, and they fended off prospective suitors by making themselves repulsive: shaving their heads, scarring their faces, cutting out their own eyes.
history  u.s.a.  sex  sexism  religion  politics  christianity  gender 
january 2017 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, 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
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
#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
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
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
Jacksonville police officer who let woman drive patrol car to Hooters was suspended for 10 days
Officer Irving Diaz, hired by the Sheriff’s Office in December 2004, also inappropriately searched her name in a police database because she often was around his children, according to an internal affairs report. The woman was seen at least twice driving his patrol car while dressed scantily.
police  florida  u.s.a.  corruption  sexism  privacy 
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Barbie book implies girls can't be coders; Mattel apologizes
At this point, we've descended into a strange Lynchian world where Barbie attends a computer class with a female teacher who wears a lab coat and explains the importance of good security software as if this were an after-school special. The teacher's advice for fixing the borked computers weirdly involves pulling out the hard drives and plugging them into another computer. Here's where Steve and Brian come in, as they help helpless Barbie recover her files and restore her and her sister's computers. The book also implies that they code Barbie's game for her, which nets her extra credit in class.
funny  children  books  wtf  sexism  gender  equality  equality  toys 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Dear Mona: Are There Any Other Men Who Don’t Watch Sports?
The figure is the same for women: On average over the past four quarters, 7 percent of adult women in the U.S. said they hadn’t watched any sports on TV. I’m every bit as odd as you are Fred, although that gender parity may come as a surprise to some editors of men’s magazines and stock photos.
sports  statistics  media  sexism  u.s.a. 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege
“To move into the upper class, all you must do is throw your wadded-up paper into the bin while sitting in your seat.”
equality  education  racism  sexism  ugh-fucking-buzzfeed 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group
Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.
religion  christianity  abuse  celebrity  tennessee  u.s.a.  education  politics  crime  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Judge Orders Boy Circumcised Against Mother’s Wishes
A study found that circumcision may reduce the chances of HIV infection by 38–66%. Let me put this to you: if I told you that you could reduce your chances of getting HIV by about 100% by putting on a condom, or by about 50% by cutting off a piece of your penis, which would you choose?
u.s.a.  florida  politics  health  science  sexism  equality  gender  equality  children  parenting 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Male Anchor Wears Same Suit Every Day For A Year To Make A Point About Sexism
Karl Stefanovic wore the same blue suit every day for a year on Channel Nine's "Today" program. And no one noticed until he went public with his hidden-in-plain-sight experiment. He told Australia's Fairfax Media that while no one asked about his suit, people regularly commented about and criticized the outfits worn by co-host Lisa Wilkinson.
media  australia  funny  fashion  amazing-men  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
National Police confirms virginity tests for female candidates
Citing its documented research on the subject, the HRW said applicants who "failed" were not necessarily expelled from the force, but all of the women described the test as painful and traumatic. The 'virginity tests' are conducted under the National Police Chief Regulation No.5/2009 on Health Examination Guidelines for Police Candidates. "The examination has included a discredited and degrading 'two-finger test' to determine whether the female applicants' hymens are intact," said HRW.
sexism  gender  equality  equality  politics  abuse  indonesia  police 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Women on the pill have more to worry about than fancying their partner
That is why the jury is still out on whether the pill causes depression and anxiety, even though these issues are some of the top reasons women cite when quitting. It’s also why the pill’s widely known negative effect on libido tends to be laughed off, even though women have reported experiencing diminished sexual interest, lowered sexual arousal, less desire to initiate sex, increased pain during sex, and decreased sexual enjoyment including fewer and lower intensity orgasms. We rarely hear how the hormones that drive our libido also impact other drives like ambition, motivation, and creativity.
health  sex  science  drugs  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Ferguson officer accused of raping pregnant woman: ‘You’re the type of girl that can get me in trouble’
The federal lawsuit against Jaris Hayden accuses him of ordering the woman into the boiler room of the city jail in October 2013 and ordering her to provide oral sex before forcing himself upon her. Hayden allegedly assaulted the woman even though her boyfriend had posted her bond, telling her, “You’re the type of girl that can get me in trouble” as he released her from her cell. According to the lawsuit, DNA analysis confirmed that pubic hair the woman obtained during the attack belonged to Hayden.
missouri  u.s.a.  corruption  abuse  sexism  equality  gender  equality  politics 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Pregnant, and No Civil Rights
Based on the belief that he had an obligation to give a fetus a chance for life, a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered a critically ill 27-year-old woman who was 26 weeks pregnant to undergo a cesarean section, which he understood might kill her. Neither the woman nor her baby survived. In Iowa, a pregnant woman who fell down a flight of stairs was reported to the police after seeking help at a hospital. She was arrested for “attempted fetal homicide.” In Utah, a woman gave birth to twins; one was stillborn. Health care providers believed that the stillbirth was the result of the woman’s decision to delay having a cesarean. She was arrested on charges of fetal homicide. In Louisiana, a woman who went to the hospital for unexplained vaginal bleeding was locked up for over a year on charges of second-degree murder before medical records revealed she had suffered a miscarriage at 11 to 15 weeks of pregnancy.
u.s.a.  politics  abortion  health  equality  gender  equality  crime  sexism 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
California Pastor: ‘Jezebels’ Who Have Sex Before Marriage Are Like ‘Filthy Dishrags’ (Video) | Americans Against the Tea Party
“One wonders, whatever happened to purity?” he asked his congregation. “Whatever happened to that? Whatever happened to the days when girls said, I’m not going to be touched by every guy? I’m not going to walk down the aisle like a filthy dishrag on my wedding day. Whatever happened to that day?”
religion  christianity  sexism  gender  equality  equality  u.s.a.  california 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Doctor arrested after botched sterilization at India camp kills 13
Although the national government has said since the 1990s that it no longer sets public targets for the number of women sterilized, Borah said the district family planning department was trying to reach its annual goals when it organized the mass drives in recent days. Women were given 1400 rupees, or about $22, for the surgeries. A “motivator,” usually a local public health worker, was paid 200 rupees (about $3.25) to bring a woman to the camp. “The district family planning department have annual targets, and they try to convince more and people into these camps,” Borah said. “We will see if there was breach of protocol on part of the officials.” Gupta, the doctor who performed 83 surgeries in about six hours, told reporters he had been pressured to meet sterilization quotas given to him by local authorities.
india  sexism  equality  gender  equality  health  abuse 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Paternity Leave: The Rewards and the Remaining Stigma
One of the studies was by Mr. Coltrane of the University of Oregon. It used data from 6,403 men in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and was the first major longitudinal study — tracking the same group of people over time — to show that taking time off for family reasons reduced men’s earnings, just as it reduced women’s earnings. When men reduced their hours for family reasons, they lost 15.5 percent in earnings over the course of their careers, on average, compared with a drop of 9.8 percent for women and 11.2 percent for men who reduced their hours for other reasons. When men start diverging from the breadwinner role by taking time off or working fewer hours — or, as Mr. Coltrane puts it, “become active-enough parents and begin looking like what we think of as mothers” — they can be penalized.
parenting  children  equality  gender  equality  money  u.s.a.  politics  sexism 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Dashcam Catches Texas Cop: 'They Can't Un-Rape You'
In the video, the officers are conversing and joking about work, when one officer notices a woman walking by. The first officer says, "Look at that girl over there." The second cop then blows a whistle and says, "Go ahead and call the cops. They can’t un-rape you."
sexism  equality  gender  equality  police  texas  politics  u.s.a. 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Mormon women's rights campaigner loses appeal against excommunication
In June, Kelly was tried in absentia by an all-male panel of three judges, and found guilty of apostasy, defined as repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings. It is the most serious punishment the church court can administer. The excommunication means she cannot participate in church proceedings such as taking the sacrament, speaking at church or offer public prayer at a church meeting. Ordain Women was founded in 2013 to push for women to be allowed in the all-male lay clergy. The group staged demonstrations outside two church conferences, drawing criticism from church leaders.
mormonism  religion  u.s.a.  politics  sexism  gender  equality  equality  virginia 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Federal judge in Tacoma blocks release of strip club dancers’ licenses
The judge asked him if he understood why the women didn’t want him to have their license information. Van Vleet said he did, but that he is protected by the same Constitution they are. Leighton also asked Van Vleet why he wanted the information. Besides being curious and praying for the workers, Van Vleet said he was entitled to the licenses under the state’s Public Records Act. “I’m not going to harm them,” Van Vleet said. Leighton countered: “You could leave their files at a coffee shop inadvertently.” Van Vleet told the judge he wouldn’t release the information to harm anyone. He said the workers should have known their licenses could be disclosed under state law.
religion  christianity  wtf  washington-state  u.s.a.  politics  sexism  sex  gender  equality  equality  privacy 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Hospital allegedly kicks out mom for breast-feeding
FOX 34 reports that the incident took place at the UMC Physician Clinic in Lubbock, Texas. Varghese was at the clinic so her son, Carlos, could get his vaccinations. Varghese began breast-feeding Carlos in the waiting room. A clinic employee ordered her to cover up or move to a private area, such as the breast-feeding lounge or bathroom.
sexism  parenting  children  equality  gender  equality  u.s.a.  politics  texas 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Curriculum Reviewer Barry Spurr Mocks 'Abos, Mussies, Women, Chinky-Poos' |
Professor Spurr also takes aim at “bogans” “fatsoes”, “Mussies” and “Chinky-Poos”, and laments the reality that Australia is less white than it was in the 1950s. He calls Nelson Mandela a “darkie” and Desmond Tutu a “witch doctor”; describes his University of Sydney chancellor Belinda Hutchinson as “an appalling minx”; likens Methodists to “serpents”; refers to women as “whores”; and in response to a comment about a female victim of a serious sexual assault being a “worthless slut”, he suggests that she needs more than just ‘penis’ put in her mouth, before it’s “stitched up”.
australia  education  politics  racism  sexism  equality 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Five scary Christopher Columbus quotes that let you celebrate the holiday the right way
Rape! Columbus was such a mensch, he would let his men do whatever they wanted with the natives they captured. One of his men and a childhood friend of Columbus, Michele da Cuneo, describes in a letter how he raped a native woman.
history  u.s.a.  italy  racism  sexism  equality 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Acknowledging appearance reduces bias when beauties apply for masculine jobs, says study
In the study, when an attractive woman applied for a job typically filled by men -- a construction job -- and said, "I know I don't look like your typical applicant," or "I know there aren't a lot of women in this industry," and pointed out successes on her resume, she received higher ratings from reviewers than counterparts who made no mention of their looks.
sexism  gender  equality  psychology 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Panty Raider: From Here to Immaturity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The story of the game involves three aliens who were accidentally shipped a lingerie catalogue from planet earth. After the catalogue was "used up" by the aliens, they travel to Earth in search of more photos of models. The aliens capture the main character of the game and give him tools in order to get models to remove their clothing and be photographed. If he does not comply, the aliens will destroy Earth. The game received some controversy in the USA and as a result, was removed from store shelves.
wikipedia  wtf  sexism  games  gaming  u.s.a.  gender  equality 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Georgia restores gun rights to a former cop convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty.
What does someone have to do in order to lose gun rights in Georgia? Apparently, sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint—even threatening to anally penetrate her with the gun—is not enough....   Despite Krauss' sexual assault conviction, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored his right to carry a firearm in July 2013. This is coming to light now because the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published an exposé of the Georgia courts' tendency to restore gun privileges to convicted felons.... Krauss was not only convicted of this particular sexual assault, but had a record that "was filled with allegations of misconduct," according to the Journal-Constitution. The allegations: "that he beat a prisoner so severely the man’s brain bled; that he threatened to fabricate charges against a suspect so he could sleep with the man’s wife; that he pressured at least 10 women for sex to avoid arrest."
abuse  crime  georgia  u.s.a.  politics  sexism  gender  equality  weapons  police 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.
Before Tuesday's decision, immigration judges routinely denied asylum to domestic violence victims because US asylum law does not protect people who are persecuted on account of their gender. The law only shields people who are persecuted because they are members of a certain race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or particular social group. Tuesday's ruling, however, recognized "married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship" as a unique social group—giving the Guatemalan woman standing to make an asylum claim. The conservative backlash was swift. On Wednesday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade fumed that the decision would allow Guatemalan women "to get instant US citizenship as well as our benefits." Speaking on Neil Cavuto's Fox show, Steven Camarota, a member of the far-right Center for Immigration Studies, implied that the ruling would entice "tens or hundreds of millions" of women to enter the US illegally...
u.s.a.  politics  equality  gender  equality  abuse  sexism 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Pro-Life Activists Are Tracking License Plates of Abortion Patients
It's totally legal, you track license plates. This way, the license plates are coming into any abortion facility. We have a very sophisticated spreadsheet. This way, you can track whether or not a client comes back, if they've turned away or if they come back. This is not to look for identity on clients – they're not telling you who they are they're not engaging in conversation, but you have license plates, car make,/model, description of the person. But then as far as the staff members, the abortionists, you can identify if you got a new abortionist.
u.s.a.  texas  politics  equality  health  sexism  creepy 
august 2014 by iamfantastikate
The real reason French women have stopped sunbathing topless
"Globalisation and Americanisation of women's portrayal and sexiness in France has pushed away gentle (and generally harmless) French eroticism towards porno, frontal, hyper-sexualised consciousness," she says. "Nudist, beach-like freedom is not what it used to be ... breasts no longer feel innocent or temporarily asexual."
france  equality  gender  equality  porn  psychology  sexism  sex 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
When Women Wanted Sex Much More Than Men
Womens’ supposed greater sex drive was an argument for their inferiority, but once the assumption became reversed, no one argued that mens’ lustfulness was a sign of a fundamental irrationality that should preclude them from business and politics. Rather than a handicap, a large sexual appetite was positive once it came to be seen as a characteristic of men. Women, being passionless, supposedly lacked the drive and ambition to succeed. Much like sex, the public realm of work was dirty and distasteful, hardly suitable to womens’ delicate sensibilities. Since their instincts were maternal rather than sexual, they were best suited to staying virtuously at home with the children. Black women and poor women, on the other hand, were firmly shut out from the dainty flower role. They were still seen as suitable for both work and for satisfying white mens’ sexual urges that were no longer appropriate for their wives.
history  sex  sexuality  sexism  gender  equality  equality  religion 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear
Masculinity ought to be defined in terms of relationships. Second thing, it ought to be defined by commitment to a cause. All of us have a responsibility to give back, to make the world more fair, more just, more hospitable for every human being.
amazing-men  sexism  gender  equality  equality  psychology  children  sports 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
Tweet by Itsmotherswork
"If you're promoting changes to women's behaviour to 'prevent' rape, you're really saying 'make sure he rapes the other girl.'"
abuse  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
The Surprising Truth About Women and Violence
Research showing that women are often aggressors in domestic violence has been causing controversy for almost 40 years, ever since the 1975 National Family Violence Survey by sociologists Murray Straus and Richard Gelles of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire found that women were just as likely as men to report hitting a spouse and men were just as likely as women to report getting hit. The researchers initially assumed that, at least in cases of mutual violence, the women were defending themselves or retaliating. But when subsequent surveys asked who struck first, it turned out that women were as likely as men to initiate violence—a finding confirmed by more than 200 studies of intimate violence. In a 2010 review essay in the journal Partner Abuse, Straus concludes that women’s motives for domestic violence are often similar to men’s, ranging from anger to coercive control.
abuse  health  equality  gender  equality  statistics  sexism 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Rape victims say Bob Jones University told them to repent
In their many sessions, Sarah said Berg fixated on her “sin,” and then blamed her when she failed to “get better.” She said Berg told her that she needed to repent of any pleasure she experienced during her abuse. Since BJU doesn’t recognize psychiatric concepts like post-traumatic stress disorder, she said she was also told that she was choosing her trauma symptoms.  “I remember her looking at me and saying, ‘You know that the nightmares are your own fault, because you're choosing to replay pornographic thoughts in your mind,’” she said. According to emails, Berg also advised Sarah to call her rapist and ask for forgiveness. Sarah said Berg told her that if she didn’t forgive, God wouldn’t be able to “use her."
religion  christianity  sexism  education  equality  gender  equality  crime  abuse  u.s.a.  south-carolina 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Baseball still doesn't understand women
It's pathetic that time and time again Baseball repeats the same mistake, operating its promotions under the erroneous assumption that the only way to attract women is to offer them the myriad of things we know they like, coat them in bubblegum and gender bias, serve them up in a martini glass and hope they'll buy baseball tickets than they already do. Forty-seven percent is a too big a slice of the audience not to know what to do with it, or to squander its goodwill.
sports  sexism  fashion 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
A Gross and Deliberate Misinterpretation of the Data
The WaPo editorial is all about how marriage protects from intimate partner violence, yet they deliberately don’t present the figure from the report that shows the relationship between marriage and violence.
abuse  sexism  politics  equality  gender  equality  u.s.a.  wtf 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Growing Number of Stay-at-Home Dads
While most stay-at-home parents are mothers, fathers represent a growing share of all at-home parents – 16% in 2012, up from 10% in 1989. Roughly a quarter of these stay-at-home fathers (23%) report that they are home mainly because they cannot find a job. Nearly as many (21%) say the main reason they are home is to care for their home or family. This represents a fourfold increase from 1989, when only 5% of stay-at-home fathers said they were home primarily to care for family.
gender  equality  amazing  amazing-men  parenting  children  u.s.a.  politics  sexism 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
When Women Refuse
We're collecting stories of violence inflicted on women who reject sexual advances.
sexism  abuse  equality  gender  equality  wtf 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Obituary: Sandra Bem / Psychologist, feminist, pioneer in gender roles
She bought a copy of "The Peaceful Pill Handbook" and chose to take her life with pentobarbital. The family held a service for her two days before her death. "Instead of a funeral service, the family met with her last Sunday, a group gathering where we all shared our memories of her and our thoughts and feelings," said her husband, Daryl Bem, 75, also a nationally recognized psychologist. "Everyone was aware of the fact that Tuesday was the deadline." After spending her last day with Daryl, during which the couple went for a long walk, watched a movie and had dinner, Sandra took the drug at about 7 p.m. Tuesday and died in her sleep.
amazing-women  gender  equality  sexism  equality  euthanasia  u.s.a.  politics 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Boko Haram leader: 'I will sell' kidnapped Nigerian girls
"There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women," he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language. Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means "Western education is sin." In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end. "Girls, you should go and get married," he said.
religion  islam  sexism  gender  equality  equality  education  nigeria 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Evidence Of Racial, Gender Biases Found In Faculty Mentoring
The very worst in terms of bias is business academia. So in business academia, we see a 25 percentage point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males vs. women and minorities.
podcast  racism  sexism  education  science  psychology  equality  gender  equality  u.s.a.  politics 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
There's Even A Gender Gap In Children's Allowances
And it’s not just that boys are more likely to be paid by their parents, but they also get more money. One study found that boys spent just 2.1 hours a week on chores and made $48 on average, while girls put in 2.7 hours to make $45. A British study found that boys get paid 15 percent more than girls for the same chores.
children  money  equality  gender  equality  sexism 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
McDonald's and me: My fight to end gendered Happy Meal toys.
In the most egregious instance, a McDonald’s employee asked a girl, “Would you like the girl's toy?” The girl responded, “No, could I have the boy's toy?” When the girl opened the container a moment later, she learned that notwithstanding her explicit request, a McDonald’s employee had given her the girl’s toy. This girl went back to the counter with the unopened toy and requested, “May I have a boy's toy, please?” The same McDonald’s employee replied, “There are only girl's toys.” We then sent an adult male into the store who immediately was given a boy’s toy.
gender  equality  sexism  children  toys  food 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
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