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Unsung Heroes: The Night Witches. Russia, 1942.

Unsung Heroes: The Night Witches

Not a good place to be. A year into the war with Germany, the German 6th Army surrounding Stalingrad, millions dead and countless more dying of starvation and disease. Supplies and equipment were running low and the need for people to throw into combat was soaring. These were the conditions that gave rise to some of the most daring and impressive pilots ever, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, nicknamed the Night Witches by the German forces. The name alone pretty much conveys how ridiculously amazing these women were, but let’s go into a bit more detail. Formed in October of 1941, the Night Witches were an all female bomber regiment tasked with precision bombing runs against German military targets.

Soviet military officials then, as US military officials now, questioned whether it was strategically or morally appropriate to send women into combat. Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment. “I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet.

Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment

Adult Magazine: The New Female Erotica. Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments.

Adult Magazine: The New Female Erotica

The result, one researcher says: ‘If we’re winning the war on cancer, we’re not winning that fast.’ Michael Retsky awoke from surgery to bad news. The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall. When Retsky showed the pathology report to William Hrushesky, his treating oncologist, the doctor exclaimed, “Mamma mia.” “Michael had a mean-looking cancer,” Hrushesky remembers. Retsky didn’t need anyone to tell him his prognosis. 200 years on, Nangeli’s sacrifice only a fading memory. Many books and histories have been written about caste oppression in Kerala and the men and women who fought the injustice.

200 years on, Nangeli’s sacrifice only a fading memory

Yet the story of one woman’s protest has almost faded away from the collective memory of the State. Nangeli, who lived in Cherthala in Alappuzha over 200 years ago, gained her place in history as the woman who cut off her breasts to protest against the inhuman mulakkaram (breast tax) that was imposed in the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore. Sexual Objectification (Part 4): Daily Rituals to Start. This is the fourth part in a series about how girls and women can navigate a culture that treats them like sex objects.

Sexual Objectification (Part 4): Daily Rituals to Start

Sexual Objectification (Part 3): Daily Rituals to Stop. This is the third part in a series about how girls and women can navigate a culture that treats them like sex objects.

Sexual Objectification (Part 3): Daily Rituals to Stop

See also parts One and Two. Cross-posted at Ms. and Caroline Heldman’s Blog. This post outlines four damaging daily rituals of objectification culture we can immediately stop engaging in to improve our health. 1) Stop seeking male attention. Most women have been taught that heterosexual male attention is the Holy Grail and its hard to reject this system of validation, but we must. Heterosexual male attention is actually pretty easy to give up when you think about it. Sexual Objectification (Part 2): The Harm. This is the second part in a series about how girls and women can navigate a culture that treats them like sex objects (see also, part One).

Sexual Objectification (Part 2): The Harm

Cross-posted at Ms. and Caroline Heldman’s Blog. The “sex wars” of the 1980s pitted radical feminists, who claimed that female sexual objectification is dehumanizing, against feminists concerned about legal and social efforts to control and repress female sexuality. Over a decade of research now shows that radical feminists were right to be highly concerned. Getting back to the “sex wars” and how radical feminists were right, women who grow up in a culture with widespread sexual objectification tend to view themselves as objects of desire for others. Beyond the internal effects, sexually objectified women are dehumanized by others and seen as less competent and worthy of empathy by both men and women.

Theorists have also contributed to understanding the harm of objectification culture by pointing out the difference between sexy and sexual. Sexual Objectification (Part 1): What is It? This is the first part in a series about how girls and women can navigate a culture that treats them like sex objects.

Sexual Objectification (Part 1): What is It?

Cross-posted at Ms., BroadBlogs, and Caroline Heldman’s Blog. Around since the 1970s and associated with curmudgeonly second-wave feminists, the phrase “sexual objectification” can inspire eye-rolling. The phenomenon, however, is more rampant than ever in popular culture. Today women’s sexual objectification is celebrated as a form of female empowerment. This has enabled a new era of sexual objectification, characterized by greater exposure to advertising in general, and increased sexual explicitness in advertising, magazines, television shows, movies, video games, music videos, television news, and “reality” television.

Sexual Objectification (Part 3): Daily Rituals to Stop. Gender and the Body Language of Power. We’re celebrating the end of the year with our most popular posts from 2013, plus a few of our favorites tossed in.

Gender and the Body Language of Power

What Grammar Says About Rape. Groupthink.jezebel. I've been thinking about this a lot, and i think that a big part of the problem is that for white people black culture has always been an excuse for rebellion, with the consequence that black culture can have very different meanings for whites.

groupthink.jezebel

For example, I read a rock critic compare blues to heavy metal. In a blues song, the critic wrote, when a black singer says "I'm a MAN," he is saying in the sense of both virility and also with the subtext that you shouldn't call him "boy. " When a white guy says that, it has just the sexual meaning. Women as Meat. Feminist Criminology. FEMINIST CRIMINOLOGY AND INTEGRATED THEORY All men are rapists and that's all they are. (Marilyn French) Feminist criminology contains many branches. Liberal, radical, Marxist, and socialist feminism are widely recognized, although other "strands" exist such as postmodernism and ecofeminism. Most feminist criminology involves critiques about how women offenders have been ignored, distorted, or stereotyped within traditional criminology, but there is no shortage of separate theories and modifications of existing theories.

Almost all women criminologists or criminologists of women who examine gender and crime have addressed the "gender ratio" problem (why women are less likely, and men more likely, to commit crime). Body As Art. Mwangi's 2001 photo series, "Static Drift" is, literally, body art. Her stomach is her medium. In each photo, Mwangi covered her skin with a stencil, and sat in the sun to let the exposed parts tan. In the first photo, a pale map of Africa appears onto her tan stomach, with the English words "Bright Dark Continent. " In the second photo, it is the map that is dark, and the surrounding skin, pale. What Makes You a Slut. I’ve never been one for labels. Unless, they’re Prada, of course. But I mean labels from the sociological viewpoint.