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Prostitution and substance use (UK)

The challenge of change: Improving services for women involved in prostitution and substance use

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Paige Daugherty's comment, July 18, 2013 6:21 AM
I like to see that the UK is focusing on assisting these women in leaving the lifestyle of prostitution. Many substance abuse programs do not adequately assisting in all angles of getting out of this profession such as, struggles with housing cost and childcare. Getting these women “clean” from drugs does not solve all their problems, many times factors other than drugs abuse brought these women into prostitution. It is nice to see some groups reach out to these women in an all-encompassing fashion.
Kevin Bishop's comment, July 22, 2013 10:56 PM
It is really good to see an organization addressing the substance abuse of prostitutes. That may assist the women in getting away from prostitution and into safer occupations. Paige is right though, substance abuse is only part of the problem. Past abuse or undiagnosed problems may be a issue. Fairbanks is doing a similar program involving chronic alcohol abusers. They provide housing at a reduced rate so the users have a stable home. Users then can focus on their issues instead of always worrying about their living situation.
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Sexist language: it's every man for him or herself | Mind your language

Sexist language: it's every man for him or herself | Mind your language | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

“ The author of Winnie-the-Pooh thought 'he or she' should be replaced by 'heesh', but there's nothing wrong with singular 'they'”


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How Sexism and Implicit Bias Hurt Girls and Women's Health

How Sexism and Implicit Bias Hurt Girls and Women's Health | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Sometimes, the effects of sexism and implicit gender bias are difficult to show. However, in the case of women's health care, there's very little ambiguity. Women should be aware of what these problems look like, so that they can identify doctors who similarly understand them and can fairly diagnose and treat them.

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Understanding Different Measures Of Abortion

Understanding Different Measures Of Abortion | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Every time a new set of statistics on abortion is released, a debate ensues about what the numbers mean and how they should be used. The latest example came in June, when The Associated Press relea...
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Mom Whose Son Died on Swing Likely Had Psychosis, Expert Says

Mom Whose Son Died on Swing Likely Had Psychosis, Expert Says | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The death of a toddler whose mom pushed him on a playground swing for two days has been ruled a homicide after investigators determined the boy was alive when she placed him on the swing, suggesting to at least one psychologist that she had a “maternal mental illness.”
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Are Women More Likely Than Men To End A Relationship?

Are Women More Likely Than Men To End A Relationship? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Dear Mona, A couple of years ago, my wife told me that she wanted a divorce. I recently read an article claiming that anywhere from 60 percent to 85 percent of divorces are initiated by the wife. H...
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Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.
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Alaskans react to ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide

Alaskans react to ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—Here are collection of comments from Alaskans in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, June 27, 8:37 AM
it is interesting how this issue triggers different responses from many people. I think this issue should have been left to the states. I also agree that it kind of make religious people go on the opposite side of this issue. Even though it is just their belief, it looks like they are strongly against it, even though they are not.
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An Interview with Rashida Jones About Her Porn Documentary, 'Hot Girls Wanted' | VICE | United States

We talked to the "Parks and Recreation" star about her shift to being behind the camera and the documentary she recently produced on Miami's amateur porn industry.
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Laura Lee Smith's comment, June 22, 4:24 PM
I watched this documentary and it made me incredibly sad for the young women who spend 3-6 months working in this field and are then considered old news and no longer relevant.
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The Pussy Riot Column: I Was Arrested by Russian Cops for Sewing in the Street | VICE | United States

The Pussy Riot Column: I Was Arrested by Russian Cops for Sewing in the Street | VICE | United States | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Activist Nadya Tolokonnikova on prison, being forced to make police uniforms, and the absurdity of Russia's laws.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, June 21, 5:26 PM
This woman’s story and the story of so many in Russia shows America isn’t the only country with incarceration problems and the unjust holding of inmates. It is encouraging to read about women like this in the story that are started organizations to help others like themselves who were thrown in jail for ridiculous reasons. I think America is wrong in its harsh drug laws but at least they don’t throw people in jail for sewing in the streets or being sacrilegious. Our freedoms seem much better than Russians.
Alexander Yakovlev's comment, June 27, 8:52 AM
This article is another example of gender in crime that differs from country to country and depends on many aspects. I personally don’t see anything that those girls did wrong, but apparently if it is against Putin, then it is against the law. I know the feeling of these girls and I know how it might be, I grew up in a country with similar laws and understandings, and they have a freedom of speech as well, except that when you do say something you are being violated for your opinion, because in reality there is no freedom.
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Letter: Rachel Dolezal resigns as NAACP president - CNN.com

Letter: Rachel Dolezal resigns as NAACP president - CNN.com | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal resigns in letter but doesn't address controversy surrounding questions about her race.
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It's ironic that in the same week, Bruce Jenner is courageous for changing his gender assignment; and Rachel Dolezal is castigated for changing her racial designation....

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Lucille House's curator insight, July 1, 9:05 PM

I think that people will probably not approve of her and I don’t approve of her methods exactly. I think that there are other ways of standing up for racial equality. But I do think that the idea behind what she did was noble and hopefully will count toward improving the state of racial inequality that exists today.

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Speak some evil

Speak some evil | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Or make enemies ANTHONY DOUGLAS ELONIS may have won his Supreme Court case on June 1st, but no one would mistake him for Pennsylvania’s most charming resident....
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, June 18, 4:50 AM
I am not even sure where to start. This kind of cases are always hard. In my opinion, everything that happen on internet should stay on internet. Real life should be in real life. This case seems ridiculous to me, because this guy was just trying to pay his girlfriend back, or maybe he had some other reasons, but I am sure he wasn’t going to hurt her. But again, this is only my opinion and no one knows whether he had any serious intentions or not. As it stated in the article no lawyer have to figure out “what level of intent is necessary to nab someone under the law.”
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'Orange Is the New Black' Explores Motherhood Behind Bars in Season Three | VICE | United States

'Orange Is the New Black' Explores Motherhood Behind Bars in Season Three | VICE | United States | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A former real-life inmate named Joanne Archibald emphatically agreed. She told me she's a fan of OITNB, but believes that the show's treatment of motherhood "has been one of their weak points." Archibald's personal story, oddly enough, mirrors many of the same elements of Piper Chapman's. While in college, Archibald got busted carrying drugs over state lines for someone she was close to, never thinking that there would be any real consequences to her actions. (Another depressing prison fact: Two-thirds of incarcerated women are there for nonviolent offenses.) After getting caught at an airport she was sentenced to one year and one day in a federal prison, just as her infant son was turning seven months old.
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The Abortion Rate Is Falling Because Fewer Women Are Getting Pregnant

The Abortion Rate Is Falling Because Fewer Women Are Getting Pregnant | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
You might not know it from the political debate, but abortion is becoming increasingly rare in the United States -- and activists on both sides are rushing to take credit. A survey released earlier...
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Marei Benton's comment, June 17, 9:56 PM
I think that these sort of articles are very interesting... Firstly, there are officially more single/unmarried people in the United States than there are married. And according to this, the US's pregnancy rate is declining too... I follow these stats closely because I am one of these people (single, unmarried, childless) and I like to read about why "we" are the way we are... I feel like America is definitely changing in some way about all of this, but I'm not sure that I have words to describe it... Regardless, social security is totally screwed however which way you look at it.
Bethany McNutt's comment, June 23, 1:17 PM
I picked this article because I know that many people are in favor of abortion being illegal. The problem with this is that even if abortions are illegal, people will still find a way to get one if that’s what they really want. Similar to how making drugs illegal doesn’t stop people from doing drugs. I personally believe that abortion should be legal and available to everyone, because it is a woman’s right and should always be considered a woman’s right (it is her body, after all.) If abortion were to become illegal, women would still find a way to get one and doctors who don’t agree with abortion would still perform them. The problem with this is that it would be considered a crime, and it could contribute to crime rates going up. I will never understand how a person could infringe this right and take away this kind of choice from a woman. I’m a woman, and I could never get an abortion, but I full heartedly believe that women should always have that right and they should decide for themselves. If you don’t want an abortion, don’t get one! Simple as that.
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Five Great Women Philosophers

Five Great Women Philosophers | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Narrowing anything to a top five is difficult and always subject to change. When those top five are human beings, it gets even harder. I am well aware that there are plenty of women philosophers of whom I am ignorant who are probably great. Thi...


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A reasonable list....I'd include Elinor Ostrom, too.

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Gender equity in sports

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"Yesterday the United States Women’s Soccer Team defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in Vancouver, claiming their third world title. The event was watched by soccer fans around the country, and was called a “ratings knockout” but couldn't come close to those drawn by men’s soccer in Brazil last summer...while some states have made great strides in reducing this gender gap, others still have great inequity that needs to be addressed to effectively celebrate and give potential American female athletes the opportunities they deserve to succeed."

 

Tags: sport, gender, popular culture, mapping, regions, the South, culture.


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Why Female Prison Employees Risk Relationships With Inmates

Why Female Prison Employees Risk Relationships With Inmates | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
One former female corrections officer is providing an insider perspective on forbidden love behind bars.
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What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?

What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Two years ago, she stumbled onto the truth that an alarming number of babies were dying in Vernal — at least 10 in 2013 alone, what seemed to her a shockingly high infant mortality rate for such a small town. That summer, she raised her hand and put the obvious question to Joe Shaffer, director of the TriCounty Health Department: Why are so many of our babies dying?
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I Confronted My Rapist by Text Message | VICE | United States

Then I thought about what he said and realized I do not forgive him. Not at all. I couldn't abide forgiving him when I wasn't sure he realized that what he did to me was even a big deal.
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Transgender inmate's rights violated through surgery denial, US court says

Transgender inmate's rights violated through surgery denial, US court says | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Court overturned decision to dismiss Mia Rosati’s case in which inmate alleges California prison refusing to provide sex reassignment violates equal protection

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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, June 27, 8:22 AM
I think that the problem over here not only changing gender of the prisoner but in finding funds to make it happen. It does feel that it is a little too much for a prisoner to ask for such an expensive favor. While, as it states in the article, “prison officials of violating her rights to equal protection and subjecting her to cruel and unusual punishment by denying her sex-reassignment surgery” I feel as it is a right decision of the court by not favoring this request.
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We Spoke to the Activist Who Helped Ban MRAs from Toronto Pride | VICE | United States

"If you scratch the surface and look past the veneer of equality, they're scary people with scary ideas," said the pseudonymous activist Emma R.
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4 Things 'Orange is the New Black' Gets Completely Wrong

4 Things 'Orange is the New Black' Gets Completely Wrong | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
People think of federal prison as a lockup for the nation's worst criminals. The OITNB writers got pretty creative, from Pennsatucky murdering a nurse for commenting on her seven abortions to Miss Claudette trafficking children to clean houses. But while it may not make for an exciting backstory, six in 10 women in real federal prison are there for nonviolent drug crimes. For every woman who has committed murder there are 99 drug offenders.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, June 21, 4:42 PM
The mandatory drug laws clearly don’t make sense and clearly don’t work. Drug use is still rampant and like the article spoke of, we are stuffing our jails full of these minor criminals and throwing away the keys. The families are the ones suffering and our pocketbooks are as well. There needs to be changes and more fair terms set for minor drug cases. The Netflix show like all TV shows never show the real reality of life in prison, but the show may be bringing awareness to the subject of why so many females are in jail now too and that is a good issue for society to be trying to understand.
Laura Lee Smith's comment, June 22, 4:29 PM
This is incredibly saddening, this right here is why I think plea deals for criminals that get low level dealers more time than the king-pins are a joke. Ridiculous misuse of government and societal resources.
Lucille House's curator insight, July 1, 8:54 PM

add your insight...There are several inaccuracies in the show Orange is the New Black. Some of which are their portrayal of the lives of the characters.  First of all it portrays women as committing high level drug crimes where in reality women in prison rarely committed anything other than a low level drug crime. Also it portrays women in prison as single and with out children where in reality 4 in 5 women have children and about 50 percent are under the age of 18. This show raises several good points even though it has several inaccuracies. However,  I think it helps break some of the stereotype that women face and helps show a different viewpoint of prison in general.

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Jury awards female NYPD cop $325K in sexual-harassment suit

A female NYPD cop won a $325,000 jury award after suing a lieutenant for sexually harassing her in the Transit Bureau headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn between 2005 and 2011, court records show. Po...
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, June 18, 4:33 AM
I think this is an interesting case where gender plays an important role. I think it is hard to prove whether there did happen something between female cop and lieutenant or not. She might just accuse him because of something else, she might be just paying back. Just as the lieutenant can harass her and then deny everything as well. I hope that court had a very good evidences in order to accuse lieutenant.
Rodney Ebersole's comment, June 21, 5:38 PM
Anyone should know in today’s day and age to not mess around with sexual harassment and to know this was a lieutenant in the police force is even more disgraceful. I certainly hope this woman is telling the truth as it is costing NYPD a lot of money and as such this man deserves to lose his job. It is unfortunate that the city can’t pass on the suits costs to this man instead of the taxpayers holding the bill for this man’s inability to control himself. I would imagine the NYPD is going to have all kinds of sexual harassment training for its departments to try and avoid another costly incident like this.
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Life as a Stripper in a Subarctic Indoor Mining Town | VICE | United States

Life as a Stripper in a Subarctic Indoor Mining Town | VICE | United States | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Thanks to the surplus of men and dearth of entertainment options, strippers in the indoor mining town of Fermont, Quebec, can earn roughly $5,000 in a week.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, June 18, 5:01 AM
I found it interesting how striping profession is a money making profession, just as mining profession is. It kind of make sense that everyone comes over there for money. One to make money and then spent it on the other one due to nothing much to do in town.
Laura Lee Smith's comment, June 22, 4:31 PM
There are some places like this in Alaska, where miners or soldiers have too much money and not enough to do. Quite a windfall for the girls but what does it say about our society that a woman can make better money being naked than getting an education and "real job". Pay disparity anyone?
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In Fairbanks visit, feminist leader Gloria Steinem talks aging, abortion and more

In Fairbanks visit, feminist leader Gloria Steinem talks aging, abortion and more | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
No matter how much time she has left, 81-year-old Gloria Steinem said Friday before an address at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, her challenge is to make the moments count.
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