Welcome to Pakistan! Home to the second largest gender gap in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. Many women in Pakistan face violence, intimidation and sometimes death for wanting to receive an education. Sounds like a recipe for repression.
The AP reports that in 564 of 64,000 Pakistani polling districts women could not vote in the 2008 election. It is looking to be much the same for the upcoming May 11 election. Why? Because the village men deemed it so.
One of these 564 districts is the village of Mateela. There men gathered and decided that women would not be allowed to vote in the upcoming elections. Keep reading »
My college best friend and I coined the term “bipolar week.” It was used to describe a week filled with both overwhelmingly amazing events and truly terrible moments: winning a prestigious award and then getting dumped by your boyfriend, or perhaps acing a midterm and losing a childhood pet. When reflecting on this past week, in terms of LGBT rights, I could really only describe it as a week “having or relating to two poles or extremities.” The highs: two cases before the Supreme Court to treat gays and lesbians like, you know, actual people.
The low you ask? Well the low can be found in Kansas. It’s so ridiculous it might as well be a perverse Oz: a bill passed in the State Senate which has language that would quarantine those who are HIV-positive or have AIDS. I would insert a Judy Garland joke about being a gay icon, but this is really not a laughing matter. It’s completely f**ked! Keep reading »
To me, to be a feminist is to know that women and men are of equal value. Value. There are a lot of things that spring out from that ethos: what we can accomplish, how we evolve as people, how we relate to each other, gender wise. But if you approach gender from a place of an even playing field, it allows for “roles” to be stripped away, for convention to be stripped away, for conditioned behavior to be stripped away. It allows for women to enter a workplace and know that whatever her skill is, she can excel in that arena, go further and further still. To be a feminist who understands that women and men are of equal value means that in a relationship, a breadwinner is something either or both partners can be. To be a feminist to me that is understands men and women are of equal value is freedom.
––Marcelle Karp, who along with Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel, founded Bust magazine in 1993. [The Women Take Over]
As we all learned last year, Chick-fil-A’s secret seasoning blend includes a heaping spoonful of homophobia and a generous slathering of bigotry. In response, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, a comedy group that parodies conservative “family values” organizations, created this fake coupon offering a free chicken sandwich to anyone who renounced their homosexuality. It’s a hilarious piece of satire on its own, with fine print stipulations like, “Offer only applies to persons currently choosing to be gay,” but when the guys from the Chick-fil-A Foundation decided to put their bogus coupon to the test, something really crazy happened: Chick-fil-A redeemed it. After the jump, check out a video of the encounter… Keep reading »
Couples who divvy up washing dishes, cleaning the laundry, and other house chores are more likely to get divorced than couples where the woman does the homemaking by herself, according to a Norwegian study of thousands of couples called Equality in the Home.
In the study, which looked at 2007-08 data, researchers found that the 25 percent of married couples that shared housework were more likely to get divorced, compared to the 71 percent of households where the woman was in charge of doing all the chores. Interestingly, having men do the majority of the housework didn’t bode well either. Keep reading »
A new report published in Europe found that 40 years of reform to promote gender equality in the workplace may have been all for naught. As much as it’s become politically incorrect to admit, the stats show that the majority of women would rather find a rich man to marry than have a successful career. Keep reading »
I get very nice mail from readers (thank you!), every once in a while I get pretty awful mail, and sometimes I get mail like the following letter, which just makes me scratch my head and say, “Huh?”
Subject: Compliments on “Padded Underwear Gives Men A Bigger Bulge“
…but you’re too cynical. For years we men have stood by and watched as women have advanced on the territory we thought was our own – going to the best colleges, getting prestigious and high paying jobs, owning big houses, driving cool cars. Now it’s our turn to take some of the ground that your side has held. So look out world – dyed hair, plastic surgery, and hair plugs were only the first steps. Padded underwear is next. We’ll know that we’ve arrived at true equality when men begin anxiously asking their wives and girlfriends whether their butt looks too big. All best. xxxx
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We’ve come a long way, baby — but if you ask Gloria Steinem, the de facto mother of modern feminism, we still have a really long way to go. Last week, Steinem, speaking to a crowd at Franklin and Marshall College, said, “I don’t know how to break it to you, but it will take another century and a half” for women to gain equality with men.
While women have made many gains, argued Steinem, the fight isn’t over — and is actually in “the second stage.” “That’s when people tell you [feminism] used to be necessary, but it’s not anymore,” she said. Keep reading »