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20 St. Louis Women Ask Whether Their Babies Were Stolen Too

Nearly 20 women who were told their babies had died in a St. Louis hospital have contacted a lawyer after a woman was reunited with her daughter, 49 years af...
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Bringing up baby while doing time

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Decatur Correctional Center's E-wing is a place of stark juxtapositions, where the crackle of guards' radios mix with the happy cries of a toddler learning to take his first steps. Colorful murals of Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street" decorate the otherwise drab walls. And outside, swing sets and a plastic playhouse nestle into a corner of the prison yard, which is surrounded by a tall chain-link fence and razor wire.
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A History of Courtesans In South Asia -- How Colonialism lead to the Degradation of the Lives of Prostitutes

A History of Courtesans In South Asia -- How Colonialism lead to the Degradation of the Lives of Prostitutes | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
I recently submitted an essay about the history of Courtesans in South Asia. It’s quite lengthy, but I thought it would be of interest to those interested in how notions of gender and sexuality changed dramatically with regards to modernity. Here is a brief summary of some key issues:

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The Transgender Effect – Changing Business, Policy & Perception

The Transgender Effect  – Changing Business, Policy & Perception | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Will Apple, Goldman Sachs and Target help set the tone for other companies when it comes to transgender surgeries?
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Transsexual Activist Zoe Tur to Bruce Jenner :: Be Honest, Stop Hyping

Transsexual Activist Zoe Tur to Bruce Jenner :: Be Honest, Stop Hyping | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The overwhelming response to Bruce Jenner's announcement on Friday on transitioning has been positive, but Zoe Tur, the outspoken transsexual activist, is less than thrilled with the Olympic champion-turned-reality television star.
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New study finds girls view sexual violence as normal

A new study titled ‘Normalising Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harrassment and Abuse’, published in Gender & Society, has found that girls and young women will rarely report incidents of sexual violence because they view them as ‘normal.’ The study analysed interviews conducted by t...


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Meet the UK’s best-paid sex worker who's campaigning to rid prostitution of its stigma

Meet the UK’s best-paid sex worker who's campaigning to rid prostitution of its stigma | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Josh said there’s a negative attitude towards sex workers. He is now campaigning for the stigma attached to the industry to end. For him, being an escort is just like any regular job.

 

“It’s the most practiced since the dawn of man so I don’t understand why people have to make such a big deal of it like it’s some sacred cow.

 

“The only other job you can be in and learn so much about people is being a psychologist.”


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Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice - War Is Crime

Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice - War Is Crime | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
her shaved head
like a stubble of black corn
her blindfold a bandage
her noose a ring
Seamus Heaney,
‘Punishment’ from North (1975)

On 22 June 2002, in a remote area of the Punjab, a Pakistani woman named Mukhtaran Bibi was sentenced on the orders of a tribal council to be gang raped because allegedly her ...
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Ex-Veco head Allen served notice of lawsuit through classified ads, online postings

Ex-Veco head Allen served notice of lawsuit through classified ads, online postings | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Nearly a year has passed since former Veco boss Bill Allen was sued by a woman claiming to be his teen-sex victim, yet her lawyers have been unable to proceed with the case because they can’t find him.
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This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online

This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape "massive quantities of data" from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn't help anyone.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 20, 7:12 PM

More people jumping in to profit by "saving" ~ this time with tech that is dangerous to sex workers and others.

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Full disclosure

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THE stock market was invented in 1602 in central Amsterdam, when traders gathered on the New Bridge for the then-disreputable purpose of speculating in shares of the East India Company. Today the New Bridge marks the entrance to Amsterdam’s Red Light District, an area dominated by other trades long considered disreputable but which the city’s liberal government has tried to bring above-board. But even in Amsterdam, sex work has not shed its stigma, as a former supervisor at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) discovered last year. The Dutch magazine Quote reported this week that the woman was fired last autumn for having secretly moonlighted for years as a self-employed sex worker, out of an address in the heart of the Red Light District.
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"I Posed As A Man On Twitter And Nobody Called Me Fat or Threatened To Rape Me For Once"

I spent the week discussing systematic oppression and race. Just as much an intersectional feminist, I dove into rape culture. I talked about the need for police accountability, condemning domestic violence, and amplifying other voices. It was almost always without interruption. My voice felt so...


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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, April 11, 3:06 PM
Twitter is really bad about this I've heard. I've never experienced it firsthand (I don't have a lot of social media accounts as well), but I have heard of plenty of other young ladies who hear it all the time. And while I can see this happening, I think it is also important that things like this DO happen to men, just in a much smaller and less discussed scale. That said, our culture really pushes this idea that 1) violence is the first and best solution; 2) to be a "man" you have to be either extremely masculine or extremely feminized and 3) to be a desirable women you have to be half part slut, half part innocent. It is just a strange mentality, especially with the media. "Killing Us Softly" is a documentary that goes into detail about this, but I would also recommend taking it with a grain of salt. It is kind of biased, but has many good points about media and the feminine image.
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Linda Ronstadt: “There are always predators around, and you have to keep an eye out for them”

Linda Ronstadt: “There are always predators around, and you have to keep an eye out for them” | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In a Salon exclusive, Linda Ronstadt talks politics, immigration and the sexual dangers facing women artists
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Even powerful and famous women experience life differently than men....

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‘What Kind of Mother Is 8 Months Pregnant and Wants an Abortion?’

‘What Kind of Mother Is 8 Months Pregnant and Wants an Abortion?’ | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Parents who terminate pregnancies for medical reasons — pregnancies they wanted, but chose to end after a severe prenatal diagnosis or maternal health issue — often feel alone or ashamed, and suffer in silence. On the website Ending a Wanted Pregnancy, some of these parents have found a community of support. Kate, one of the site’s administrators, shared her story with Yahoo Parenting’s Rachel Bertsche.
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Retaliation high for women soldiers who report sex assault -

A survey published this week showed that a large percentage of women soldiers who reported unwanted sexual advances said they faced retaliation. USA Today re...

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Criminal Justice News: Guatemalan Woman Extradited to the United States to Face Human Smuggling Charges

Criminal Justice News: Guatemalan Woman Extradited to the United States to Face Human Smuggling Charges | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Guatemalan national appeared in federal court in the Southern District of Texas, after being extradited to the United States from Guatemala to face criminal charges for her role in smuggling undocumented migrants to the United States for profit, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas and Director Sarah R. Saldaña of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Many of the cases I investigated, the young woman was lured to the U.S. by a woman interviewer who promised a legitimate job.  Once they arrived in the U.S., they found that the job was not what it had been promised to be.

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Refuting Anti-Gun Control Arguments

Refuting Anti-Gun Control Arguments | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The recent rash of mass shootings in the United States is simply part of a long-term trend of gun violence unique to our country. The Sandy Hook school shooting is tragic—it caused the death of 20 children—but the true tragedy is that such a shooting is only the tip of the iceberg of our country’s gun problem.

According to FBI statistics, 46,313 Americans were murdered with firearms during the time period of 2007 to 2011. To put this death-toll into perspective, this translates to an average of 9,263 murders per year, or 25 murders per day. When we look at this average death toll in relation to the Sandy Hook Shooting—a nationally shocking tragedy—we see that a Sandy Hook sized tragedy happens every day, yet nobody covers it.

No other developed country on earth has as lax gun laws or more weapons than the United States. The easy access to weapons and the ineffective methods of tracking weapons to make sure that they don’t fall into the wrong hands facilitate violent and unstable people in the United States getting weapons with which to kill people.

Currently, there are 88 guns for every 100 people living in the United States (not even counting the illegal weapons which our government couldn’t account for). With so many weapons and so few controls on who can own the weapons, there is simply no realistic way to keep these guns from falling into the hands of violent criminals and disturbed people.

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Women in trades make good money, but getting in can be tough

Women in trades make good money, but getting in can be tough | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Vanessa Casillas has worked as a bricklayer for 10 years. But when she stopped by a job site recently looking for work, she said the foreman's right-hand man looked skeptically at her slender frame and red nail polish.
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Girls shouldn't feel like they have to "perform like pornstars"

When I was 15, I bought a t-shirt with the words “Porn star” on it. I remember there was choice, in the shop at least. Multiple t-shirts with multiple wordings, all drawn with silver glitter that said this was somehow fun. Did I want to be a playboy bunny or a porn star? I decided porn star. It w...


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The unfairer sex?

The unfairer sex? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
SCIENCE, popular prejudice often has it, is a man’s world. These days that is not actually true of many disciplines, particularly biological ones. But some, though...
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US Senate passes sex trafficking bill with Sullivan amendment

US Senate passes sex trafficking bill with Sullivan amendment | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Sullivan said the amendment stemmed from his time as Alaska's attorney general, when the federal government declined to include sex violations in its prosecution of Bill Allen, a major player in Republican Party politics for decades. Investigators had amassed evidence against Allen, who was at the center of the Veco political corruption scandal, that he had transported teenagers across state lines for sex, but the charges never made it to court.
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Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers

Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Critics of the porn industry are quick to claim its deleterious effects on consumers, and too often presume exploitative abuse of performers. Yet, such arguments ignore the voices of porn performers and producers. It has been the performers and producers themselves who have refused the silencing tactics of stigmatization and shame and spoken candidly in a variety of news and social media venues about their working experiences, their attention to craft and skill, and their efforts towards more ethical, respectful labour conditions. Yet, their strategies of negotiation toward greater self-determination remain problematically undertheorized.

Media and cultural entertainment industries are under greater critical scrutiny around precarious labour, problematic gender and sexual relations, entrenched racism and other forms of prejudice and exclusion, industry convergence, and occupational health and safety. At the same time, critical media and cultural industry scholarship notes an expansion of independent and DIY production, new forms of labour exchange and commercialization, collective and collaborative networking, and audience engagement. Pornography is no different and is, in many ways, leading this entertainment revolution.

This special issue of Porn Studies invites scholars, critics, artists and producers, activists, and educators to explore the contours of Pornography and Labour. Topics may focus on any aspect of pornography production that

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 14, 4:10 AM

Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015/

Shelly DeWilde's comment, April 21, 5:08 PM
I am taking a gender and crime course with Rob Duke (above comment) and I believe that it can cover a wide range of fields and studies. Porn is still an industry that I feel is not going away any time soon and the way it is produced and its regulations regarding it are every bit as involved in the social and justice part of our society. It is always good to keep everyone involved.
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Just Say No: Why You Shouldn't Study Sex Work in School

Just Say No: Why You Shouldn't Study Sex Work in School | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Before I finished my BA, I encountered a social worker who was working on her MA. Her politics were generally pro-decriminalization, but she also liked to trade in horror stories about women whose vaginas fell out from having so much sex. She had secured the cooperation of a rescue organization that collaborated with police to be allowed to study their Very Marginalized Whores. She wanted my help nailing down her research question.

 

“Don’t do this study,” I said. “Find something else to research.”

 

“OMG why are you so mean?” was more or less her answer.

 

I’m finishing one MA and starting another right now. In my first MA, I have studied sex work for a few years. In my second MA, I will not study sex work. I am going to explain why, and I hope others in the same position will also choose not to study sex work.


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First female law firm opens in Saudi Arabia

First female law firm opens in Saudi Arabia | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The country’s first female law firm has opened its doors to protect women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, two months after its founder along with three other female lawyers were granted licenses to practice law in the traditionally patriarchal kingdom.
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Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry

Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These

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