Fourteen-year-old Jhuma Akhter is back in school and performing at the top of her class in Bangladesh thanks to a cash transfer programme. Getting here hasn’t been easy. When Jhuma was just 8 years old, she left school to work as a servant in an abusive home.
With the help of Nazma, a community volunteer, Jhuma and her family eventually enrolled in a cash transfer programme conditional upon Jhuma’s attendance at school. Now that her mother receives two annual instalments of approximately US$150, Jhuma has returned to school. She is in the seventh grade. Social protection programmes like cash transfers can provide a ladder out of poverty and open up access to services – like education – that are critical to building children’s futures.
A Tennessee jury found a former Vanderbilt University football player guilty on Saturday for the June 2013 rape of an unconscious female student in a case drawing national attention to sexual assaults on college campuses.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases, following the arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman.
A former Ohio State University drum major instructor was sentenced to three years in prison for the sexual battery of a student. Stewart Kitchen, who is listed as Christoper S. Kitchen in court documents, was sentenced in Franklin County Common Pleas Court this morning.
As a feminist, Ms Faludi is startled to find Stefánie embracing a “florid femininity” that she herself had rejected. The author is discomfited by the stereotypically girlish memoirs of trans women, who thrill to become “the exact sort of girl I’d always thought of as false”. And she pointedly wonders why trans people claim to be flouting the binary system of sexes even as they confess “a desire to be one sex only, the one that they had an operation to become, which was always the binary opposite of the one they’d been.”
Budapest is an odd place for a Jewish trans woman. Although Hungary passed anti-discrimination laws in order to join the European Union, legal tolerance is undercut by prejudice and intensifying anti-Semitism. Intriguingly, Ms Faludi compares her father’s “rebirth” in old age to Hungary’s own revisionism. She finds the country keen to scrub away any evidence of the “shrapnel scars on seemingly every building and on my father’s character”. Two-thirds of the country’s 825,000 Jews were sent to their deaths during the war, but there is little mention of this in its history books or museums. Hungarians, including her father, prefer to lament their fate at the hand of the Soviets. Ms Faludi questions whether her father’s sex-change had anything to do with the emasculations of Hungarian Jews during the war. But an old schoolmate of her father’s cautions against pat conclusions. “In the end, the mind is a black box”.
Ultimately this book is an act of love, a way to get close to a parent who had always been remote. Months before dying in 2015, the elder Faludi read a draft. “I’m glad,” Stefánie said. “You know more about my life than I do.”
What is gender? It might sound like the kind of question that college students debate in a liberal arts class.1 But for the International Olympic Committee, it’s a practical question that demands a hard and fast answer. As at previous Olympic Games, athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro will be segregated into women’s events and men’s events, and that means the IOC needs a way to sort women from men.
New IOC guidelines issued in November allow athletes who have transitioned to another gender to compete without sex reassignment surgery. The rules allow athletes who’d previously identified as female to compete in the male category without restriction, because they would not gain an advantage from their previous gender. Those who transition from male to female, on the other hand, must meet several requirements. The athlete must declare a female identity, and this identity cannot change for at least four years. The athlete must also document that her total serum testosterone levels have remained below a certain limit for a minimum of 12 months before competing, and these levels must remain under the threshold as long as she’s competing.
Madison Sheats (left), 17, told her friend Friday that she was arguing with her mom, Christy Byrd Sheats (right) at their home in Katy, Texas. Hours later, Christy killed Madison and her sister, Taylor.
Rob Duke's insight:
These are more rare than the Post Partum homicides...
Dedicated members of the manosphere groups tend to see the world as divided between consumers of blue pills and red pills, a concept borrowed from the “Matrix” films. If Neo, the film’s hero, takes the blue pill, he will remain blissfully ignorant of the powerlessness of humans. Gulping down the red pill will mean reckoning with the truth and seeing “how deep the rabbit hole [went]”. In the manosphere, blue-pill thinkers are those who uncritically accept the idea that society discriminates against women. “Red Pillers”, by contrast, recognise that it is men who are worse-off. As proof, they point to false rape accusations, disparities in the length of prison sentences—63% longer for men, on average—and gaps in college enrolment, where women outnumber men by 12%.
Such grievances led Paul Elam, a 50-something Texan truck driver, to found AVoiceForMen.com in 2009. The site is among the most popular in the manosphere, though Mr Elam objects to this categorisation. “We consistently clash with other groups—like pick-up artists—considered part of the manosphere,” he explains.
Super-groups typically have a handful of members; Japan’s most popular girl band has over 100. Little known outside Asia, AKB48 (above) is one of the world’s most successful pop acts. The rotating members have their own manga series and newspaper; the government has even enlisted them to sell state bonds. Their latest song, Kimi wa Melody, is typical: it’s as fizzy and nutritious as a soft drink. But the group’s flirtation with underage sexual imagery has stirred controversy. Some see them as a symbol of Japan’s lack of strong female role models, despite the government’s stuttering efforts to champion gender equality. AKB48, of course, is managed by a man.
A notable recent example of how men react to a threat to their masculinity comes from a survey experiment that I carried out with my colleagues at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind poll. The experiment was embedded in a standard political survey with one unusual question, which asked married or cohabitating respondents if they earned more, less, or about the same as their spouses. Half of the respondents were randomly assigned to get this question early on in the survey, and half were assigned to get it only at the end of the survey.
Now, this question wasn’t there because we cared about the actual answers. We know that about 15% of U.S. men make less than their spouses do — a figure that’s highly dependent on age, with younger men being much more likely than older men to earn the same or less than their spouses. The reason we asked the question was to push men to think about potential threats to their gender roles. Being the breadwinner has been a linchpin of U.S. men’s masculinity for decades, so even the potential of making less than one’s spouse threatens accepted gender roles.
PRETORIA – Oscar Pistorius shuffled through a Pretoria court without his prosthetic legs on Wednesday to show how vulnerable he is as the Paralympian seeks to avoid prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The 29-year-old faces a minimum 15-year jail term for the Valentine's Day killing in 2013 in a case that has attracted worldwide interest and divided South Africa. He will be sentenced on July 6.
Pistorius has always said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fired four shots through a locked toilet door in his Pretoria home, killing her almost instantly.
During his closing arguments, defense lawyer Barry Roux asked the gold medalist, known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetics, to walk on his stumps to show the difficulty he faced dealing with the threat of an intruder.
The lower part of his legs were amputated when he was a baby.
His body shaking with emotion, Pistorius removed his prosthetics and stood on his stumps for about five minutes in front of the court television camera, wiping tears with a tissue.
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