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Women & the Economy. The First Woman To Go 'Round The World Did It As A Man : Krulwich Wonders... Anthony Bourdain and Top Chef Have It Wrong: the Boys’ Club Is No Fun. The Lone Star State has led a surprisingly progressive overhaul of its incarceration system.

Anthony Bourdain and Top Chef Have It Wrong: the Boys’ Club Is No Fun

The story behind the bipartisan push that GOP contenders may be extolling come 2016. It appears Rick Perry is going to run for president again in 2016. Perry, 65, will leave the governor’s office next January after serving for 14 years, beginning in 2000, when George W. Bush resigned to prepare for the presidency. In recent months, Perry has appeared in both Iowa and South Carolina. Why is Rick Santorum Afraid of “Emotions” from Women in Combat? Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images On CNN last night, John King asked GOP-nominee contender Rick Santorum to opine about the Pentagon’s recent announcement that it would open more combat-oriented service roles to women—and predictably, he toed an archaically conservative line:

Why is Rick Santorum Afraid of “Emotions” from Women in Combat?

Where a Woman's Place Is on the Front Lines - By Joshua E. Keating. The Pentagon made big news this week when it announced it was opening up more combat positions to women in the U.S. military.

Where a Woman's Place Is on the Front Lines - By Joshua E. Keating

These 14,000 positions include tank mechanics and frontline intelligence officers. The War on Suffrage. “Nine little Suffergets, Finding boys to hate, One kisses Willie Jones, And then there are Eight.” The condition of Women. Inspired by Muhammad. The Quran states that men and women were created to be equal parts of a pair.

Inspired by Muhammad

Muhammad said that the rights of women are sacred and that they are the “twin halves of men”. Considering women in Britain received the right to vote, inherit and own property thirteen centuries later, Muhammad’s campaigns were both radical and revolutionary. Muslim women gained full ownership over their money, while husbands had the responsibility to provide for them even if their wives were wealthier than them. Imagined Heroism of the Saudi 'Nail Polish Girl' Saudi religious police asking a woman to leave a shopping mall while she is filming.

Imagined Heroism of the Saudi 'Nail Polish Girl'

(photo by Internet) Author: Madawi Al-Rasheed Posted May 30, 2012. Decoding the “DNA of Patriarchy” in Muslim family laws. Contemporary Muslim family laws and practices are increasingly under attack for their unjust treatment of women.

Decoding the “DNA of Patriarchy” in Muslim family laws

At the heart of unequal gender rights in Muslim laws lie the twin concepts of qiwamah and wilayah, which are commonly understood as having mandated men’s authority over women, and as justifying and institutionalising a patriarchal model of the family. The Qur’anic verse (4: 34) from which the concept of qiwamah is derived reads (in a new translation by Kecia Ali): Men are qawwamun [protectors/maintainers] in relation to women, according to what God has favored some over others and according to what they spend from. Artistic Depictions of Arab Women: An Interview with Artist Lalla Essaydi. The intersection of gender, perception, identity, and space have, for centuries, collided to illustrate a skewed depiction of Arab women.

Artistic Depictions of Arab Women: An Interview with Artist Lalla Essaydi

The art of Orientalism brought about imagined scenes of women in harems, hidden in seclusion behind veils and walls. As these images continue to shape Western perception of Arab women, Moroccan-born artist, Lalla Essaydi, reclaims and deconstructs these images. Seeking Arrangement: College Students Using 'Sugar Daddies' To Pay Off Loan Debt. NEW YORK -- On a Sunday morning in late May, Taylor left her Harlem apartment and boarded a train for Greenwich, Conn.

Seeking Arrangement: College Students Using 'Sugar Daddies' To Pay Off Loan Debt

She planned on spending the day with a man she had met online, but not in person. Taylor, a 22-year-old student at Hunter College, had confided in her roommate about the trip and they agreed to swap text messages during the day to make sure she was safe. Once in Greenwich, a man who appeared significantly older than his advertised age of 42 greeted Taylor at the train station and then drove her to the largest house she had ever seen. He changed into his swimming trunks, she put on a skimpy bathing suit, and then, by the side of his pool, she rubbed sunscreen into the folds of his sagging back -- bracing herself to endure an afternoon of sex with someone she suspected was actually about 30 years her senior.

Students Stripping, Doing Sex Work and Seeing Sugar Daddies? In Hard Economic Times, This Media Obsession Is Based in Reality. August 2, 2011 | Like this article?

Students Stripping, Doing Sex Work and Seeing Sugar Daddies? In Hard Economic Times, This Media Obsession Is Based in Reality

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. With every recession, the stories of students turning to stripping, sex work and "sugar daddy" relationships in order to pay their school bills and loans begin to proliferate in the media and in popular culture. Times are tougher now for students than almost any time before in recent memory. In 2010, a UK study found a surprising number of students would consider this type of work to pay the increasingly mounting bills that accompany a path through higher education. What’s wrong with students stripping for cash? Is it OK for hard-up students to consider taking their clothes off as a way of paying their university tuition fees? The dark side of an MIT brain. Opinion: The dark side of an MIT brain How an MIT grad has justified online prostitution September 6, 2011 In the early 90s, a young man named Lead Wey ’93 arrived on campus at MIT, just like all of us have been these past few days.

The dark side of an MIT brain

Like us, he was intelligent, driven, and had an entrepreneurial spirit.

Women & Democracy

Women & Sex/Sexual Politics. VAWA at the Crossroads. Nearly two decades after it first passed, the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) may be headed for major changes. The Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed a reauthorization bill today that would expand the scope of the act by providing more services to under-served populations such as American Indian women, women in the military and victims of sex trafficking. During the Senate Judiciary Committee's mark-up session, there was a 10-8 vote. Introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the bill would also strengthen prevention efforts, expand access to safe housing for women and children and allow more groups to become eligible to receive federal funding. This landmark legislation—the first to recognize that domestic violence required a national response—has historically received widespread bipartisan support since it was passed in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005.

The horror of female genital mutilation in the UK. **Advisory: Graphic language and descriptions of a sexual nature** London, United Kingdom – "After the pain, it was the screaming that I'll never forget. It wasn't just mine and my sister's screams, there were so many other girls there - all being cut. When Rape Victims Lie « Sasha Said. No, this isn’t a post about how women are lying hussies out to ruin the lives of good men with wrongful rape accusations. New FBI Rape Definition. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s definition of rape, which the Justice Department says will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide. When safe words are ignored. Gang-rape woman arrested during trial, following overdose - Courts, National News.

The Careless Language Of Sexual Violence. The New York Times' Rape-Friendly Reporting. Reporting on a Gang Rape in East Texas. S Magazine Winter 2011: The Rise of Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas. Does this smartphone make me look stupid? Meet the "ladyphones" Run of Play, The Soccer Mom. All the Single Ladies - Magazine. The women's track and field record book needs to be expunged. - By Edward McClelland.

Eric Klinenberg’s Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone—Are women better at living alone? The Startling Plight of China's Leftover Ladies - By Christina Larson. Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan: What happened to the two girls in the most famous photo of the Civil Rights Era. Eric Dursteler: Beatrice the Renegade. Motherhood has replaced wifehood as the reason that women must squelch their own ambitions. Is Porn Ruining Our Sex Lives? Naked models offer a body image reality check. Breast implants: the first 50 years. What’s Happening to Men? Pandagon.net - it's the eye of the panda, it's the thrill of the bite. Tackling Sex Abuse in Indian Country.

Indian girls become child brides instead of prostitutes. Afghanistan’s Terrorized Women - Mohammed Musa Mahmodi. The Truth About Opium Brides. Afghanistan: Hundreds of Women, Girls Jailed for ‘Moral Crimes’ Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door. Hen: Sweden’s new gender neutral pronoun causes controversy. Taking Beauty's Measure - The Chronicle Review. Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance. Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls. Adrienne Rich: How her work changed American poetry.