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South Africa Marks National Women’s Day

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Friday, August 9th, is National Women’s Day in South Africa. It commemorates the 1956 march by 20-thousand women against the country’s apartheid era pass laws. The laws severely restricte...
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New research finds breast feeding is best for mom's mind as well as baby's

New research finds breast feeding is best for mom's mind as well as baby's | Women's Health | Scoop.it
Some moms joke that nurturing their baby may lower their own IQ while raising the infant's intelligence. But new research indicates breast-feeding may protect the mother's brain from dementia later in life.
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Heard the one about the rapist? Not now the Fringe has gone feminist

Heard the one about the rapist? Not now the Fringe has gone feminist | Women's Health | Scoop.it
THIS year's Edinburgh Fringe has brought the rise of the rape joke to a staggering halt.
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What's Behind the Cultural Imperative for Women to be Sexy & Cute

What's Behind the Cultural Imperative for Women to be Sexy & Cute | Women's Health | Scoop.it

Here and there the media becomes interested in the sexualization of little girls and, when they do, I often get a call from a reporter or two. I’ve yet to see any of them pick up on what I think is the really interesting story.


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Jessica Powell's comment, August 13, 2013 12:40 AM
I had not realised just how 'cutified' our cartoons have become, especially when you compare the original cartoon to the modern one like CareBares
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A Conservative’s Defense of Feminism

A Conservative’s Defense of Feminism | Women's Health | Scoop.it

by ROBBY BARTHELMESS (Policymic)

 

This notion of a "war on men" creates a "crying wolf" scenario when real issues that adversely affect men come up. We do a disservice to these cases by combating them through a use of the "war on men" claim.

 

If you were to take a look at "feminism" in Merriam-Webster's dictionary, you would find two definitions; 1. the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and 2. organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests. 

 

In my opinion, this makes any sane, rational person a feminist. So you needn't be out screaming "war on women" to call yourself a feminist. If you believe that men and women should be treated equally in political, economic, and social affairs — then you are, by definition, a feminist.  MORE


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Party Recon's comment, July 19, 2013 12:44 AM
I think to say that there is no "war on men" is to miss the entire point. There IS a war on men -- men who think that they are the stronger, more deserving, and superior to their female counterparts. Men who believe in traditional family values. That is to say, those who would have our society nostalgically return to the 1800's where a woman's job was to tend to the children and the home, making sure to look pretty when hubby comes home from work, fetch his slippers, pipe, and smoking jacket, prop his feet up on a footstool and give them a proper massage while he sips scotch she's served up in a crystal rocks glass. Next, a dinner fit for the king of the castle is provided fresh from the oven and well, you get the picture.

Now here's the thing; there is absolutely nothing wrong with a man seeking these things in a women. The fact of the matter is that there are plenty of women who will gladly enter into this type of relationship. And as they say here in Australian -- Good on them. However, when these values are applied to the workplace, they should and must be warred on.

Work is define as:
Noun: Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
Verb: Be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, esp. in one's job; do work.

Believing that women are somehow less capable of carrying on such activities reeks of prejudice bordering on that of a slave owner and sadly, many of these neanderthals have perfected this perversity. So I say, war away! All that is required is a clearer definition of who exactly is the enemy.
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On advertising history, feminism and marketing in the future: Destroying the point

On advertising history, feminism and marketing in the future: Destroying the point | Women's Health | Scoop.it

The social media movement born of Alan Jones' sexist comments had huge early success, but its clicktivists' wings have since been clipped. It was around the year of my birth that Philip Morris began a campaign to seduce its female smokers. In an era largely untroubled by my pregnant mother's cigarettes, the Virginia Slims campaign was, in itself, unsurprising.

 

What was surprising was the company's use of a ''women's libber'' to promote its product. This was the first time feminism sold anything to anyone; apart from its core principles, I suppose. Since then, the idea of an emerging social freedom has been used many times to sell women face cream and alcohol. The ''you go girl'' message has been successfully co-opted to bring my gender high heels and financial services and small cars. Because you're worth it.

 

These days, women are still buying back their own dissent from advertisers. But things are different now. In an age of social networking, where so many of us feel we are in ''control'' of our media, the way to a lady's wallet is a more difficult business....


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Independence: New Chance for Women’s Representation

Independence: New Chance for Women’s Representation | Women's Health | Scoop.it

Gender politics is an area that is often neglected by the media in terms of the independence debate, and one that remains relatively untouched by either side. But the Yes campaign has much to gain by addressing gender inequality head on: an independent Scotland could offer a new approach to the issue of female representation.

Gender politics is an area that is often neglected by the media in terms of the independence debate, and one that remains relatively untouched by either side. But the Yes campaign has much to gain by addressing gender inequality head on: an independent Scotland could offer a new approach to the issue of female representation. - See more at: http://nationalcollective.com/2013/07/08/independence-new-chance-for-womens-representation/#sthash.q22CNZIo.IKAh2xpp.dpufGender politics is an area that is often neglected by the media in terms of the independence debate, and one that remains relatively untouched by either side. But the Yes campaign has much to gain by addressing gender inequality head on: an independent Scotland could offer a new approach to the issue of female representation. - See more at: http://nationalcollective.com/2013/07/08/independence-new-chance-for-womens-representation/#sthash.q22CNZIo.IKAh2xpp.dpuf
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WOMEN Fighting for EQUALITY 

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This article appears on my page because it shows how women are actually fighting for equality. It shows  that women may actually for once be able to have a chance and a voice in the world. Its about time for the world to include women in politics. They say its a men topic, but no its not a mens topic , instead its a topic for those who can take their point and express their point but also be able to to understand the opponents point and view as well. Its not a debate on if men or women can handle it. Its a debate of who the characteristics and strengths to argue their point and listen to the opponents. Its refreshing to see that progress is being made.. slowly but surely. I think all people can benefit from viewing and reading this because it shows an optimistic side to world. It shows that maybe we actually can and will be able to stop sex trafficking and gender inequality all together over time. It relates specifically to our reading of Half The Sky because gender inequality is such a prominent topic in the book so seeing things and progress being made really brings hope for the future. Its great to see the world working together to turn opression into millions of oppurtunities for women world wide.





 

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Expanding energy access, improving women's lives

Expanding energy access, improving women's lives | Women's Health | Scoop.it

Lack of access to modern energy services represents a pressing problem in the developing world, not least for women. According to a series of reports sponsored by the UN Development Programme, 1 billion people around the world are served by health facilities without electricity, and 99 percent of all deaths in childbirth occur in developing countries with poor health facilities. Many poor women spend much of their time on menial work that could be performed much more easily if energy were available, and safety concerns often prevent women from going out at night where there are no streetlights. Children suffer too -- more than 50 percent of the developing world's children attend primary schools that lack electricity, and this can lead to markedly worse educational outcomes. Access to modern energy services might be improved through, among other approaches, establishing small-scale hydroelectric projects, facilitating the use of home solar systems, or providing grid electricity (which itself might be produced either with conventional fuels or through renewable means). Below, Dipak Gyawali of Nepal, Kalpana Sharma of India, and Tri Mumpuni of Indonesia address this question: What methods of expanding energy access show most promise for improving the lives of the developing world's poor women and children?


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Women challenge men in Pakistan’s first female jirga

Women challenge men in Pakistan’s first female jirga | Women's Health | Scoop.it

When 16-year-old Tahira was murdered in a horrific acid attack last year, her poverty-stricken parents got no justice. Pakistan officials slammed the door in their faces and the police refused to listen. The prime suspect – the girl’s abusive husband – lived in freedom until the case was taken up by Pakistan’s first female jirga, a community assembly set up to win justice for women in the face of immense discrimination. Pakistan’s northwestern Swat valley has become synonymous with abysmal women’s rights. It was here that the Taliban shot schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in the head last year.


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New bill threatens Ohio abortion clinics as similar Texas law begins hurting women's healthcare

New bill threatens Ohio abortion clinics as similar Texas law begins hurting women's healthcare | Women's Health | Scoop.it
A controversial new Ohio law is threatening to close down the last abortion clinic in one of the state’s largest cities. Meanwhile, similar legislation in Texas is beginning to negatively impact women’s access to adequate healthcare.
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Indigenous women’s customs around the world!

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Invest in girls and change the world (MT @Biiagcanada: Happy International #IndigenousDay!
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Wikipedia fails to bridge gender gap - South China Morning Post

Wikipedia fails to bridge gender gap - South China Morning Post | Women's Health | Scoop.it

Wikipedia fails to bridge gender gap South China Morning Post said Sarah Stierch, 32, a former Wikimedia Foundation member who was given the task of examining the gender gap within the Wikipedia world.


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Female Network - The first Philippine website for women | FemaleNetwork.com

Female Network - The first Philippine website for women | FemaleNetwork.com | Women's Health | Scoop.it
Female Network - The first Philippine website for women (5 Running Tips from Coach Rio de la Cruz | Health and Wellness | http://t.co/fnvaxqxMMj http://t.co/10ULlCYH8A)...
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Dove Real Beauty Sketches

Join the conversation at: #WeAreBeautiful Watch the whole experience at: http://dove.com/realbeautysketches Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4%...
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Individualist Feminism: A Libertarian Feminism | Being Feminist

Individualist Feminism: A Libertarian Feminism | Being Feminist | Women's Health | Scoop.it

Being the fifth part in a series on different feminisms. The fourth part was, 'Amazon Feminism: Erasing Biology as a Barrier to Equality'. Individualist Feminism, sometimes called Libertarian Feminism or ifeminism, is a term for ...


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Feminism Can't Cure India's Rape Epidemic - Reason.com

Feminism Can't Cure India's Rape Epidemic - Reason.com | Women's Health | Scoop.it
The country's progressive laws mask a broader institutional failure.
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It's Time to End Feminism — But Only in the Western World - PolicyMic

It's Time to End Feminism — But Only in the Western World - PolicyMic | Women's Health | Scoop.it
PolicyMic It's Time to End Feminism — But Only in the Western World PolicyMic The echoes of feminism's past conflicts have left modern women divided on which social issues remain important enough to view through the lens of gender, rather than...
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12 year old boy Ali Ahmed on the Muslim Brotherhood’s fascist theocracy and feminism

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12 year old boy Ali Ahmed on the Muslim Brotherhood’s fascist theocracy and feminism: My faith in large parts ... http://t.co/9APSBssUwm
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