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Teaching Little Girls To Lead Featured Women 

Teaching Little Girls To Lead

World (Conversation) – By the age of two, most children use gender pronouns in their speech and proactively identify people as men and women. And by the time they turn seven, little boys and little girls have already learnt a lot about what is expected of them within our – binary – gender system. Much of this learning is unintentional, communicated via pop culture. A few years ago, a researchers from Granada University analysed 621 characters of both sexes from 163 cartoon series, including Monster High and Shin Chan. They found that women are largely relegated to secondary roles: Read More

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The Secret Life of Emus and More Emus Science and Nature 

The Secret Life of Emus and More Emus

Australia (Sputnik) – You probably haven’t stopped to wonder how Australia’s flightless emus go about their daily lives. Emus are almost as tall as ostriches, measuring up to 1.9 meters (6’2″) in height. They reach this height when they are just six months old. They can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph). This report prepared by Sputnik

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YPJ Commander Expresses Opposition to Disintegration of Syria Politics 

YPJ Commander Expresses Opposition to Disintegration of Syria

Syria (Tasnim) – Commander of the Kurdish Women`s Protection Units (YPJ) Nasrin Abdullah referred to presence of many ethnic groups in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and said they oppose any move to disintegrate Syria. “We do not consider any action for dividing Syria as correct,” Abdullah, who commands female units in the ongoing operation to recapture Daesh (known as ISIL, ISIS) stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, made the remarks in an interview with Tasnim. She referred to US failed plans in Syria and noted that US tried many ways but was not successful and, accordingly, reviewed its strategy “when it Read More

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Jeff Sessions’ Alarming Speech to Hate Group Proves That He Can’t be Trusted Justice 

Jeff Sessions’ Alarming Speech to Hate Group Proves That He Can’t be Trusted

Washington DC (HRC) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks behind closed doors to anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) earlier this week. His speech wasn’t made public until pressure from HRC and other civil rights organizations and reporters caused the Department of Justice to use an intermediary to release a copy of the alarming transcript. BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden previously filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking a transcript of the speech and published them yesterday. .@TheDemocrats slam Sessions for speaking to Alliance Defending Freedom — calling it "one of the country’s leading anti-LGBTQ hate groups." pic.twitter.com/h7RKLklbJW — Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 11, Read More

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Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again Health 

Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again

World (Sputnik) – Birth is often described as a miracle. However, “superfetation” – an already pregnant mother becoming pregnant again – genuinely stretches the bounds of possibility. The phenomenon is so rare, only 10 cases have ever been documented worldwide. In technical terms, superfetation is the fertilization of an ovum and subsequent development of another embryo, when one fetus is already present in a uterus, the result of fertilization of ova during different menstrual cycles. Usually when someone’s pregnant, ovaries stop releasing eggs into the uterus after hormonal releases signal the body to prepare for growing a baby. However, in superfetation, the body releases another egg at this point. The first fertilized Read More

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Restricting Women’s Clothing – and Freedom Featured Human Rights 

Restricting Women’s Clothing – and Freedom

Belgium (HRW) – European Court Upholds Ban on Face Coverings The European Court of Human Rights has struck another blow to women’s autonomy, ruling in favor of bans on full-face veils enacted in 2011 in Belgium. Echoing a 2014 ruling in S.A.S v. France, the court cited the vague idea of “living together” as justification for the bans. Nowhere does the European Convention on Human Rights state that “living together” can be adequate grounds for restricting rights. The court accepted the Belgian government’s argument that wearing clothing that obstructs the face is “incompatible, in Belgian society, with social communication and, more generally the establishment of Read More

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What are ‘creepshots’ and what can we do about them? Women 

What are ‘creepshots’ and what can we do about them?

World (Conversation) -The “creepshot” is the latest trend concerning the non-consensual image-sharing of women. A creepshot – a photo taken discreetly of women in public by men – is provoking questions concerning rights to privacy in public, and ethical concerns about technology and bodily autonomy. What are ‘creepshots’? MetaReddit/Creepshots defines creepshots as: … the natural, raw sexiness of the subject without their vain attempts at putting on a show for the camera… Use stealth, cunning and deviousness to capture the beauty of your unsuspecting, chosen target. A creepshot is focused on women’s clothed bodies. Images are sexually suggestive rather Read More

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How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance Activism 

How the health care struggle is building a broad anti-Trump resistance

United States (WNV) – The recess offered little respite to the Republican senators supporting the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA. After the bill failed to gain enough support for a vote before the recess, opponents of the health care reform legislation — which would entail major cuts to Medicaid and the loss of health coverage for roughly 22 million Americans — used the holiday weekend as an opportunity to express their outrage at town hall meetings and public events. When some Republican legislators refused to attend the meetings, activists staged sit-ins at their offices and sought them out at Read More

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Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person” Featured Health 

Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person”

United Kingdom (Mosaic) – After giving birth, Catherine Carver became convinced that her baby had been swapped and that social workers were plotting to kill her. She recounts her terrifying journey into postpartum psychosis, and how she found healing in unexpected ways. I have a story to tell you, but I’m afraid I’m a less than perfect narrator because there are crevasses in my mind that I fall through whenever I try to tell it. Let’s begin with a memory that is on solid ground: I can pin my finger firmly on the moment I began to wonder if Read More

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Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis, Trump’s brand, and America’s war on memory Activism 

Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis, Trump’s brand, and America’s war on memory

United States (OpenDemocracy) – The author of No Is Not Enough says we must tackle our “inner Trump” in order to create a better world. Naomi Klein’s new book is a rapid response to Trump, but it is the product of two decades of radical thinking. In this interview she discusses Trump as a superbrand; his kleptocratic cabinet, specialists in ‘disaster capitalism’; and how to tackle global warming, in the wake of US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement: Klein’s new book also addresses an important theme – the necessity of outlining an alternative: “A different story, offering a different Read More

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