Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of 'corrective rape' - aimed at 'curing' lesbians - Africa - World The next morning, Mvuleni came round, bleeding, battered, in shock, and taunted by one overriding memory – the last thing they said to her before she passed out: "After everything we're going to do to you, you're going to be a real woman, and you're never going to act like this again". Corrective rape is a hate crime wielded to convert lesbians to heterosexuality – an attempt to 'cure' them of being gay. The term was coined in South Africa in the early 2000s when charity workers first noticed an influx of such attacks. But despite recognition and international coverage, corrective rape in the region is escalating in severity, according to Clare Carter, the photographer behind these images. This is amid a backdrop of parts of the country "becoming more homophobic", as one recent victim asserts. Compared to many of South Africa's victims, Mvuleni was lucky: she survived.
Grassroots feminism 2.0? Want to make connections with grassroots feminist activists across borders and languages? Melanie Maddison talks to Red Chidgey about an online project that aims to help us do just that Melanie Maddison, 3 March 2009 The lost girls: Pressure mounts on Government to curb use of ultrasound scans to show gender of unborn babies - UK Politics - UK Some hospitals already operate an informal policy of not telling pregnant women and their spouses about the sex of their babies, but this can be easily circumvented by paying for a private scan. Some NHS hospitals even offer an additional baby-gender service for a small fee. “It’s common practice to visit a clinic - sometimes they are privately run, sometimes they are made available by the NHS - when parents can pay to have images taken for their own interests of the developing foetus,” said Richard Evans, chief executive officer of the Society and College of Radiographers. “Clinics that are operating commercially for the sale of images should consider all of the implications of the work. It’s important for everyone to realise that these are powerful diagnostic techniques,” Mr Evans said.
Learn Without Fear What do girls really learn at school? Warning: This film contains content of a violent and sexual nature which some viewers may find distressing. Over a fifth of British women aged 18 and over say they experienced unwanted sexual contact in or around schooln when they were girls. It’s a global issue: this school year, 246 million children worldwide will be affected by violence at school. Zapruder World Volume 2 (Fall 2014), "Transformations without Revolutions? How Feminist and Lgbtqi Movements Changed the World" Co-edited by Sabrina Marchetti, Vincenza Perilli, and Elena Petricola Zapruder World is a new online open-access journal run by the network of activists and scholars, both academic and independent, that has gathered since 2002 in an organization called SIM-Storie in Movimento, and publishes the Italian journal Zapruder.
Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational and better at map-reading than women, who are emotional, empathetic multi-taskers, useless at telling jokes. I am from Mars, apparently, while the ladies in my life are from Venus. And there are no signs that this flow is drying up, with last week witnessing publication of a particularly lurid example of the genre. Writing in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia revealed they had used a technique called diffusion tensor imaging to show that the neurons in men's brains are connected to each other in a very different way from neurons in women's brains.
The Feminist Press The Feminist Press is an independent nonprofit literary publisher that promotes freedom of expression and social justice. It publishes writing by women and men who share an activist spirit and a belief in choice and equality. Founded in 1970, the Press began by rescuing “lost” works by writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and established its publishing program with books by American writers of diverse racial and class backgrounds. Since then it has also been bringing works from around the world to North American readers. The Feminist Press is the longest surviving women’s publishing house in the world.
Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains. Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in contrast to men's brains, where the connections were typically stronger between the front and back regions. Ragini Verma, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, said the greatest surprise was how much the findings supported old stereotypes, with men's brains apparently wired more for perception and co-ordinated actions, and women's for social skills and memory, making them better equipped for multitasking. "If you look at functional studies, the left of the brain is more for logical thinking, the right of the brain is for more intuitive thinking. So if there's a task that involves doing both of those things, it would seem that women are hardwired to do those better," Verma said.
Grassroots Feminism is the Best Strategy for Combating Gendered Violence – FEMEN A study commissioned by the World Bank and published in the American Political Science Review — conducted over four decades and in 70 countries — details the context of violence against women. Its core finding: the mobilization of local grassroots feminist movements is more important for positive change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians. Unique in its incredible scope, the study includes every region of the world, varying degrees of democracy, rich and poor countries, and a variety of world religions. What's the problem if a boy wants to put on a dress or girls act masculine? A few weeks back, I went to my first baby shower. My friends have only recently started getting married and having babies – although not necessarily in that order – and I was psyched to pick out a set of adorable baby clothes for the twins to whom my friend had only weeks earlier given birth. I popped into a cutesy Brooklyn baby shop and said I was looking for a baby shower gift for new twins. Her first question: "Girls or boys?" One of each, I said.