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Beauty Queen Selfie Gets Middle East Warhawks’ Panties in a Twist Scandal 

Beauty Queen Selfie Gets Middle East Warhawks’ Panties in a Twist

(Sputnik) – When Miss Iraq and Miss Israel took a selfie together, many people took to social media to voice mixed reactions, and some were downright angry at the show of friendship. Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, shared a photo on her Instagram account calling Miss Iraq, Sarah Eedan, “amazing.” Her post was liked nearly 3,000 times. Eedan had earlier posted to Facebook describing how she is the first Iraqi woman in 45 years to represent Iraq in the Miss Universe 2017 pageant currently underway in in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many reacted negatively to the two posing together as women from around the world gathered for the Miss Universe 2017 Read More

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From beards to best friends, it’s time to give ‘fag hags’ their badge of honour Culture Featured 

From beards to best friends, it’s time to give ‘fag hags’ their badge of honour

(Conversation) – The fag hag. Never were two more scornful words so spectacularly smashed together. Stereotypes around the fag hag, fruitfly, fish, handbag – whatever you’d care to call her – abound. Search the Internet and you’d believe she’s a sad, overweight, trashy woman with too many cats unable to snag her own boyfriend or husband. Derision comes from queer quarters almost as often as from straight bystanders. However, a closer examination of the history of the everyday fag hag and her references in pop culture reveals a more subversive and courageous figure. Fag hags have gone from “beards” Read More

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To Divinity and Back: Nepal’s Living Goddess Returns to Normal Life After Nine-Year Stint as ‘Kumari’ Culture 

To Divinity and Back: Nepal’s Living Goddess Returns to Normal Life After Nine-Year Stint as ‘Kumari’

Nepal (GV) – After living as the Living Goddess ‘Kumari’ for nine years in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, Matina Shakya returned to her school where she attended prior to being throned and is now expected to live the life of a normal school girl. Nepal’s institution of Kumari Devi, is embedded in the culture of Kathmandu Valley. Even a glimpse of her is believed to bring good fortune. pic.twitter.com/diGAIqWkgE — Asia Luxe Travel (@asialuxe_travel) November 7, 2017 In 2008, around the age of three, Matina was selected from the Buddhist Shakya clan to be the incarnation of Hindu Goddess Taleju through Read More

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Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too Justice 

Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too

United States (OW) – Over the last few years, our broken criminal justice system has become a national issue as horrific stories of victims of mass incarceration have made their way into the mainstream media. The dominant narrative around this issue is usually that it disproportionately affects people of color, particularly men. Many folks have heard of Kalief Browder, a New York teenager who took his own life after suffering nearly three years in solitary confinement, all for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was never tried. Fewer people know Maria Elena Hernandez, a retired California housecleaner who was jailed after police rejected Read More

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Books Disneyland Trip After Guessing Dad’s Paypal Password Travel 

Nine-Year-Old Girl Books Disneyland Trip After Guessing Dad’s Paypal Password

(Sputnik) – Attention parents and guardians: make sure your Paypal password isn’t obvious or simple. One tech-savvy nine-year-old girl from Immingham, Lincolnshire, gave her father a bone-chilling shock after blowing roughly $1,300 on a dream trip to Disneyland Paris. Ian Wilson, the child’s father, was fast asleep when his daughter, Susan, got ahold of his phone and began a little midnight shopping spree (well, maybe not so little) after figuring out his Paypal password. Dishing out the benjamins, Susan spent over $500 on flights and a hotel gift card, another $300 on a VIP trip to the Eiffel Tower and just shy of another $500 on park tickets and the Disneyland Express Read More

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Powerful men have tried to silence abused women since Medieval times Justice 

Powerful men have tried to silence abused women since Medieval times

(Conversation) – In the wake of the numerous accusations of sexual predation against Harvey Weinstein, the endemic issue of the harassment and abuse of women is finally causing a stir. It may seem like a new matter to some, but the coming forward of countless women has merely raised age-old questions about women’s voices. Women have long been ostracised and threatened for speaking out about discrimination and abuse. In the first letter from St Paul to Timothy (1.11-14) in the Bible’s New Testament, St Paul makes a non-negotiable pronouncement: because of their inherent sinfulness and moral corruption, women cannot Read More

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Through crafts, community spreads Dia de los Muertos tradition Culture 

Through crafts, community spreads Dia de los Muertos tradition

Arizona, United States (Cronkite) – A woman sat at a table, patiently sewing an orange sugar skull with blue eyes and a pink button nose. She untangled a ball of yarn and worked nimbly, adding a flower bow and a black mouth. At a different table in the same room, someone cut purple paper and taped it to a six-inch cardboard box to create a mini shrine. The words ‘feed your soul’ were written across it. At the front of the room, a woman blotted a damp sponge into a pot of white face-paint. The Phoenix Fridas, a Latino art Read More

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