By John Pilger - June 07, 2013
The problem with media-run “conversations” on gender is not merely the almost total absence of male participants, but the suppression of class. It is tempting to say real politics are missing, too, but bourgeois boundaries and prescriptions are real enough. Thus, gender, like race, can be presented in isolation. Class is a forbidden word; and gender subordinate to class is heresy.
By Sue Sturgis - Monday, May 13, 2013
Amount the sequester will cut from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC: $333 million.
Although the new administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, which came into office in December, declared that it was to take a new approach to the issue of violence and insecurity in Mexico, little evidence has been shown that any shift in strategy has occurred.
By Alice Walker - May 15, 2013
Today, only a few years older than Assata Shakur, and marveling at the unenviable state of humanity’s character worldwide, I find I can only pray for all of us...[T]hat the US government can now offer two million dollars for the capture of a very small, not young, black woman who was brutally abused, even shot, over three decades ago, as if we don’t need that money to buy people food, clothes, medicine, and decent places to live.
By Maya Shlayen - May 2, 2013
Recently, a girl named Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide. After having been allegedly gang-raped by four boys, a picture of the incident was passed around to her classmates, who then went on to humiliate and harass her...Unfortunately, all of the discussions about the story so far have focused on "bullying"...as if what happened to her could have happened to anyone. In reality, her story had a lot to do with being female in a patriarchal society. Rehtaeh was killed by misogyny.
By Clay Nikiforuk - April 1, 2013
What do you do when you're detained by powerful officials, everything you say is presumed deceptive, arbitrary "evidence" is held against you, and you're treated like a moral deviant? And what if its 2013, you're a woman, and the "evidence" is that you possess condoms?...It happened three times in two weeks -- being detained by U.S. border officials on my way to or through the States.
By Dave Zirin - March 27, 2013
“There are a lot of impressionable eyes on professional athletes and their respective leagues. With that comes some responsibility...to show what’s acceptable and what isn’t. So if there’s anything we can do to help address a sort of ‘unspoken’ sports culture that has in some respects not taken the violence against and denigration of women seriously enough, that should be explored.”
By Catherine Rottenberg - 25 March 2013
The move from a discourse of equal rights and social justice to "internalizing the revolution" or..."a national happiness project" is predicated on the erasure or exclusion of the vast majority of women. Put differently, the feminist project these women advocate does not and cannot take into account the reality of the vast majority of...women.
By Dave Zirin - March 13, 2013
The fact is that rape culture...[is] a part of sports. Far too many athletes feel far too empowered to see women as the spoils of jock culture. The young woman in Steubenville was carried like a piece of meat, with the brutality documented like it was spring break in Daytona Beach. It was so normalized that dozens of people saw what was happening and did nothing.
By Matthew Behrens - February 21, 2013
...[T]he utter failure to implement a fully-funded action plan to end violence against women in all of its broad contexts...stands in stark contrast to the open coffers for Canada's weapons manufacturers and torture-complicit spy agencies. Their narrative of alleged and unproven threats lurking in the shadows takes priority over factual findings on violence against women...
By Dave Zirin - February 20, 2013
It’s a global problem that will get solved only with a global response if we want to even dream of a world where violence against women is a relic of history...This very solidarity was displayed by Reeva Steenkamp herself just before her death...Steenkamp sent out an instragam message. It read, “I woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape of individuals in SA...” Short of a billion of us rising, happy and safe homes will not be a reality for the women of the world. It should be.
By Karl Nerenberg - February 14, 2013
To all appearances, RCMP officers in northern British Columbia act more like colonial occupiers -- or even feudal enforcers and thugs -- than servants of the public good...Prime Minister Harper could barely conceal his contempt for non-partisan, evidence-based organizations such as Human Rights Watch in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Heart-Wrenching, Appalling" Stories: RCMP Accused of Rape in Report on British Columbia Aboriginal Women
CBC News - Feb 13, 2013
...[A] report [released on Wednesday] by New York-based Human Rights Watch [details]...claims [against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police] — which include police threats, torture and sexual assault [against Aboriginal women]. The report calls on the federal government to launch a national inquiry...The researchers interviewed 50 aboriginal women and girls...They heard stories of police pepper-spraying and using Tasers on young aboriginal girls, and of women being strip-searched by male officers.
“War is the father of all things” (Heraclitus) – and also of women’s liberation. Its reality in the 21st century has endowed us with its latest stage (for now). After the fairer sex has already refuted all the prejudices about female inhibitions in the prisons of Abu Graibh in the most illustrative way, it is only logical that the US Army has opened the way for them to conquer other male domains.
By Isabel Infanta
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The news of a horrendous murder of a woman that occurred in New Delhi, the capital of India, overshadowed the end of 2012. The pain of a young female student, 23 years old, who was raped for more than an hour on December 16 and disemboweled with a iron bar by six men, on a bus, and who, after being thrown from the bus, which was still moving, remained in the street, next to her male companion, also naked and seriously injured, during dozens of never-ending minutes of police apathy, ended with her death in a Singapore hospital, on December 29.