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How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse by men like Weinstein Culture Featured 

How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse by men like Weinstein

(Conversation) – The sexual abuse scandal currently embroiling media mogul Harvey Weinstein has stunned the United States, with Hollywood and the fashion industry declaring that “this way of treating women ends now.” As an Argentinean woman who studies gender in the media, I find it hard to be surprised by Weinstein’s misdeeds. Machismo remains deeply ingrained in Latin American society, yes, but even female political leaders in supposedly gender-equal paradises like Norway and Switzerland have told me that they are criticized more in the press and held to a higher standard than their male counterparts. How could they not Read More

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Real beauty doesn’t need to be retouched Beauty Featured 

Real beauty doesn’t need to be retouched

(Conversation) -The giant global photographic agency, Getty Images, has announced it plans to ban retouching of images of models “to make them look thinner or larger”. The move follows a change to the law in France that requires images where the “body of the model has been modified … to either slim or flesh out her figure” to be accompanied by a “photographie retouchée” label. These are groundbreaking developments which could be incredibly important, not just for the fashion industry, but for generations to come who may no longer grow up with unrealistic expectations of how their bodies should Read More

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Citizen aid – and why ordinary people are founding their own development projects Charity Featured 

Citizen aid – and why ordinary people are founding their own development projects

(Conversation) – At the height of the European refugee crisis, volunteers delivered goods to makeshift camps in Calais, set up soup kitchens, and helped recent arrivals on the Greek island of Lesvos. But such grassroots humanitarianism does not always play out on Europe’s doorstep. “Citizen aid” – whereby driven individuals set up their own, small-scale aid projects – is taking off in the Global South, too. The number of these micro-organisations has risen dramatically in the US, the UK and other European countries in the last ten years. Many, but not all of them, are registered as charities. They Read More

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A Woman’s Guide to the Apocalypse – Survival Altoids Kits: Yay or Nay? A Woman's Guide to the Apocalypse Featured 

A Woman’s Guide to the Apocalypse – Survival Altoids Kits: Yay or Nay?

(SurvivalSullivan) – The Altoid brand of breath mints was created in the late 1700’s by Smith & Company, a London based company. The mints, which are today one of the most popular brand of breath mints, were initially created as peppermint lozenges to alleviate stomach aches and discomfort. The brand changed hands several times becoming a Callard & Bowser name in the 19th century, which was eventually purchased by Wrigley in 2004. Originally created and packaged in cardboard, the company switched to the metal tins in the 1920’s to improve the shelf life of the mints. Some of us may Read More

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White Folks Need to Stop Assuming We Know Everything About Race Featured Human Rights 

White Folks Need to Stop Assuming We Know Everything About Race

United States (OW) – If you don’t understand why football players are taking a knee, take it as a sign you have more to learn. As white people across the nation criticize Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who “take a knee” for the national anthem, they ought to know something first. White people in America have no idea what life is like for black people in America. How can I make such a broad statement? How would I possibly know? For one thing, I’m white. I grew up in a mostly white town. Like many white people, I was Read More

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‘Beyond Scary’: Massachusetts Loses Track of Almost 1,800 Sex Offenders Featured Justice 

‘Beyond Scary’: Massachusetts Loses Track of Almost 1,800 Sex Offenders

Massachusetts, United States (Sputnik) – A state auditor has found that 1,769 sex offenders registered in the state of Massachusetts are unaccounted for, their whereabouts unknown. Of that number, 197 are classified as having a high risk of repeating their crimes at some point in the future. State auditor Suzanne Bump was reviewing the Massachusetts Sexual Offenders Registry Board (SORB) and found that nearly 1,800 of the state’s 21,808 convicted offenders were unaccounted for. “What we found was an agency that really wasn’t able to meet its mission of properly classifying or tracking individuals who were supposed to be registered sex offenders,” said Read More

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The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban Featured Human Rights 

The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban

Saudi Arabia (FPIF) – No matter their age, Saudi women are treated like minors — to the point that many require permission from their sons to work, study, or travel. It looks like 27 years of protesting, along with international pressure and government recognition that it needs more Saudi women in the workforce, has finally paid off. In a royal decree, Saudi King Salman announced on September 26 that Saudi women, who have long been the only women in the world banned from driving, will have that right as of June 2018. The move brings Saudi Arabia a step closer Read More

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Roots of racism: 6 essential reads Featured Human Rights 

Roots of racism: 6 essential reads

(Conversation) – These stories from The Conversation archive explore where racism came from and why it persists. 1. Going back to Europe American University historian Ibram Kendi has traced the history of racist ideas in the U.S. back to the European societies that largely populated our nation. In an essay based on his award-winning book “Stamped from the Beginning,” Kendi rejects the conventional wisdom that hate and ignorance breed racist policies. Rather, Kendi writes: “Time and again, powerful and brilliant men and women have produced racist ideas in order to justify the racist policies of their era.” 2. Myths Read More

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Private Enterprise Is Securing Freedom for Women in Kenya Featured Human Rights 

Private Enterprise Is Securing Freedom for Women in Kenya

Kenya (FEE) – A community of women in Kenya are striking out on their own and using free-market tools to build a better life for themselves. In Africa, women have long been hindered by a lack of social and financial independence, especially in poorer regions. Local cultures have imposed dependency on men, often forcing poor families to live off of a single income. Women’s financial and professional prospects are often bleak. The patriarchal system that exists in most areas of the African continent casts women as subject to domestic abuse and maltreatment. Additionally, many customs and traditions held sacred in Read More

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The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children Featured Human Rights 

The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

United States (ProPublica) – Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — according to the summary of a presentation the State Department made recently to refugee organizations. The decision to end the Central American Minors program, which began in 2014 and is the only refugee program aimed at helping people from that region, could put hundreds of families split Read More

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