Archive for the 'Gender Equality' Category

Peers pose a large threat

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Study shows German students frequently exposed to sexualized violence. “A German study has found that 48 percent of surveyed students aged 14 to 17 have experienced verbal or physical sexual violence. Researchers said that the violence was often carried out by the students’ peers.”

“When presenting the results on Thursday in the city of Wiesbaden, the study’s two main researchers highlighted one of the study’s main takeaways – that fellow students are often the perpetrators.

“The main risk for [perpetuating] sexualized violence are other youths – meaning their peers,” Professors Sabine Maschke and Ludwig Stecher said.

Around 48 percent of the perpetrators of physical sexual violence and 64 percent of those who carried out non-physical violence were “friends” or “classmates” according to the study.

Additionally, students reported that over 50 percent of non-physical sexualized violence occurs at school.”

The Mental Load

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Emma: You should’ve asked.

“When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things, he’s viewing her as the manager of household chores. So it’s up to her to know what needs to be done and when.

The problem with that is that planning and organizing things is already a full-time job.

At work, once I started managing projects, I quickly stopped participating in them. I didn’t have the time.

So when we ask women to take on this task of organization, and at the same time to execute a large portion, in the end it represents 75% of the work.

Feminists call this work the mental load.”

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“For almost all of them, marriage means rape on their wedding night and thereafter.”

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The New York Times: 11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida.

“Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says […] she was raped by both a minister and a parishioner and gave birth to a daughter when she was just 10 (the birth certificate confirms that). A judge approved the marriage to end the rape investigation, she says, telling her, “What we want is for you to get married.”
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“It was a terrible life,” Johnson recalls, recounting her years as a child raising children. She missed school and remembers spending her days changing diapers, arguing with her husband and struggling to pay expenses. She ended up with pregnancy after pregnancy — nine children in all — while her husband periodically abandoned her.

“They took the handcuffs from handcuffing him,” she says, referring to the risk he faced of arrest for rape, “to handcuffing me, by marrying me without me knowing what I was doing.””

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“Bernie Sanders splintered and ultimately sabotaged the Democratic party – not because he chose to run against Hillary Clinton, but because of how he ran against her.”

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The Guardian: The destruction of Hillary Clinton: sexism, Sanders and the millennial feminists. “In this extract from her book, Susan Bordo asks how the most qualified candidate ever to run for president lost the seemingly unloseable election”.

“You were used to having no one share the reward but now there was no one to share the work, either.”

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Washington Post Opinion: The day they disappeared. By Alexandra Petri.

“At first it seemed as if it might be heaven.

You could walk down the street and attend school free from the uncomfortable presence of a woman who had chosen distracting attire. There were no women in sweatpants or yoga pants or skirts of any length, with hair covered or with hair uncovered — or women, indeed, of any kind at all. Finally, you did not have to worry about feelings. The world was one big locker room.”