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She was the first woman ever to circumnavigate the globe, but she did it dressed as a man. For more than two years she traveled on a French naval vessel with linen bandages wrapped tightly around her upper body to flatten her chest. It was a small ship with 300 men who knew her as "Jean." But she wasn't Jean.
Finally you have chosen The Hidden History of Women’s Ordination by Gary Macy, which sheds light on what was actually going on in the early Roman Catholic Church regarding female priests. We are talking about very early Christianity here and it is a much neglected field of study to which Gary has contributed a great deal of scholarship. He is very balanced and doesn’t come to any conclusions for which there is no evidence.
I’ve always wanted to be a tomboy, the kind of girl who could keep up with the boys—and do them one better. So when I landed in the kitchen of an Applebee’s, reporting undercover for my book, The American Way of Eating , I felt like I was getting my chance to be a downmarket, female version of Anthony Bourdain . My workplace was a perfect setting for it. The kitchen was big, a span of ruddy tile and stainless steel pulsing with heat from the grill, cooktops, and a line of deep fryers. During busy nights, the line was manned by six or eight men, typically at a ratio of one Caribbean to two Latins. My job was to expedite—to play traffic cop with the orders coming through the kitchen, to add sauces and lemon slices to plates, to make sure we substituted onion rings for French fries.
Rick Santorum is worried about the "emotions" men in combat units might experience if they have to fight alongside women. 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 :
The Pentagon made big news this week when it announced it was opening up more combat positions to women in the U.S. military. These 14,000 positions include tank mechanics and frontline intelligence officers. However, about one-fifth of active-duty military positions, including the infantry, combat tank units, and Special Operations commando units, will remain off-limits.
“Nine little Suffergets, Finding boys to hate, One kisses Willie Jones, And then there are Eight.” Ten Little Suffergets tells the sad tale of ten little girls who lose their pro-suffrage leanings when they spy shiny objects like toys, men, and the Sandman. The 1915 picture book ends with the final baby suffragette cracking her baby doll’s head open. “And then there were none!” ends the book on a gleeful note.
The condition of Women
The Quran states that men and women were created to be equal parts of a pair. 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. Women had the right to divorce instantly on returning the dowry, something other religions don't allow. One duty enjoined upon them was that of education.
YouTube has become a vibrant alternative to traditional visual media like TV and has broken the monopoly the monotonous and boring Saudi official sources had over media in the country. Young Saudis have become freelance journalists producing their own video clips. A couple of years ago, it became common for Saudis to post video clips of young men and women being dragged away and detained by members of the state-appointed religious police, the Committee for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue, known as the Haya , which means "committee."
Contemporary Muslim family laws and practices are increasingly under attack for their unjust treatment of women. 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
The intersection of gender, perception, identity, and space have, for centuries, collided to illustrate a skewed depiction of Arab women. 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.
NEW YORK -- On a Sunday morning in late May, Taylor left her Harlem apartment and boarded a train for Greenwich, Conn. 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.
Students Stripping, Doing Sex Work and Seeing Sugar Daddies? In Hard Economic Times, This Media Obsession Is Based in RealityAugust 2, 2011 | Like this article? 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.
Is it OK for hard-up students to consider taking their clothes off as a way of paying their university tuition fees? The mere suggestion that they could earn a ‘good wage’ doing so by John Specht, UK vice president of the Spearmint Rhino chain of gentlemen’s clubs, has caused controversy. In response to Specht’s remarks, National Union of Students (NUS) women’s officer Estelle Hart commented ‘the women that are being targeted by John Specht are intelligent women who are capable of great things but in order to pay for cuts made by this government they are forced to hide that away and have their worth judged simply by sexual availability’. Hart’s comments highlight the real question underlying the discussion: why is it so much more shocking or pertinent that students should be undertaking this sort of work than anyone else?
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. Like us, he was intelligent, driven, and had an entrepreneurial spirit.
Women & Democracy
Women & Sex/Sexual Politics
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. But this time it may run into political headwinds.