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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, 2015 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, 2015 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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British woman detained for posing naked on Malaysian mountain is 'sorry'

British woman detained for posing naked on Malaysian mountain is 'sorry' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan has blamed the foreigners' "disrespect to the sacred mountain" for a deadly earthquake at the mountain on Friday.
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Sex in the boardroom

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Those who say women are better suited to taking charge of today’s companies also lean on two other arguments. The first is that women are better at “androgynous” management—that is, combining supposedly “male” and “female” characteristics into a powerful mixture. This is particularly valuable in businesses undergoing great upheaval, which need a combination of command-and-control and caring-and-sharing. The second is that women differ from men not so much in their leadership styles as in the values that they bring to the job. They are much more influenced by compassion and fairness than men.
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Equal, but it's all in the individuals not the gender.

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Violence against women with disabilities much more severe, research shows

Violence against women with disabilities much more severe, research shows | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Disability advocates say the discussion around domestic violence has so far excluded the experience of victims living with a disability


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Munchausen syndrome by proxy: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Munchausen syndrome by proxy: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a mental illness and a form of child abuse. The caretaker of a child, usually a mother, either makes up fake symptoms or causes real symptoms to make it look like the child is sick.
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Federal court ruling could close half of Texas’ abortion clinics

Federal court ruling could close half of Texas’ abortion clinics | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The jurists upheld part of a 2013 law requiring abortion facilities to meet hospital-like building and operational standards.
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How workplace policies block gender equality

How workplace policies block gender equality | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

David S. Pedulla asks why the gender revolution” to have stalled, and what needs to be done to get it back on track.


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Lucille House's curator insight, June 20, 2015 9:01 PM

add your insight...Many things affect the way women are viewed by society, and workplace policies definitely have an affect on how women are viewed and how they choose to spend their life. Unfair workplace policies can lead to women making choices that aren’t best for them or what they would prefer. As mentioned in the article if given the choice women would choose to have a career or at least have a non-stereotypical relationship. Meaning that they would not stick with their traditional gender role as the housekeeper and stay at home mom. However, if non-equal workplace policies are in place women are more likely to choose these roles. As we can see from the surveys conducted in the article.

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SEE IT: Men react to street harassment from female comedians

SEE IT: Men react to street harassment from female comedians | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A pair of New York City comedians decided to give guys a taste of the harassment regularly suffered by women on city streets.
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Hmmm....not sure what to make of this.  Warning some vulgar language.

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Sex in the Boardroom

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Sex in the boardroom, spying on spies and the benefits of strong social bonds.

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Sex in the boardroom, spying on spies and the benefits of strong social bonds.

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Reeva Steenkamp parents condemn decision to free Oscar Pistorius on parole

Reeva Steenkamp parents condemn decision to free Oscar Pistorius on parole | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Paralympian will be eligible for release to house arrest having served 10 months in jail for culpable homicide
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‘Moses’ tackles human sex trafficking in Africa at the SF Black Film Fest this year

‘Moses’ tackles human sex trafficking in Africa at the SF Black Film Fest this year | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
One of the most provocative must-see films in the San Francisco Black Film Festival is the cinematic drama “Moses,” which is about the human sex trafficking of young African males, a topic rarely d...

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Without more support, Muslim girls may well be tempted by Isis's HR department - The Guardian

Without more support, Muslim girls may well be tempted by Isis's HR department - The Guardian | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Speaking to teenage girls from east London showed me that too many are left feeling that no one is listening to them
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Notes on "In a Different Voice" by Carol Gilligan

Notes on "In a Different Voice" by Carol Gilligan | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The male approach to morality is that individuals have certain basic rights, and that you have to respect the rights of others.  So morality imposes restrictions on what you can do.
The female approach to morality is that people have responsibilities towards others. So morality is an imperative to care for others.
Gilligan summarizes this by saying that male morality has a “justice orientation”, and that female morality has a “responsibilty orientation”.
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Prior to Gilligan's (pronounced Jilli'ian) work, we really had only male oriented developmental psychology (see Piaget, for instance).  

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Is The Moon To Blame?

Is The Moon To Blame? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Dear Mona Do hospitals experience a larger number of patient admissions to the emergency room and/or labor and delivery during full moons? My nurse friend claims that this is a fact. Brian, 34, San...
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Charles Manson Calls Off Wedding To Young Bride, 27

Charles Manson Calls Off Wedding To Young Bride, 27 | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Charles Manson has ended his engagement! The serial killer called it quits with his young fiance, Afton Elaine Burton, upon learning that her motive to marry was not so innocent. Charles Manson, 80...
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The One Word Men Never See In Their Performance Reviews

The One Word Men Never See In Their Performance Reviews | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
There's one adjective that's never used to criticize men, yet it shows up at an alarming rate in women's performance reviews.
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Lucille House's curator insight, June 20, 2015 8:58 PM

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I thought that this was a very interesting way to bring to light how society sees women vs men in the form of feedback during interviews. This seems to be a perfect example how women continue to be studied on a different scale in today’s society. In this article it brought to light how the word abrasive keeps coming up in a woman’s interview as a major negative trait where as in a man’s interview that is rarely brought up at all. This is a perfect example of how women are fit to the stereotype of submissive and second in command. Sure maybe some of the women in the interviews were abrasive by any standard but when there is such a huge difference between the 71 reviews of abrasive women vs. the 2 reviews of abrasive men it is safe to say that women are being gaged a very different scale.

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Ireland criticised for abortion laws

The Irish government is being urged to update its abortion laws and stop exporting the procedure to England.
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The under-rated “famous violinist” defense of abortion

The under-rated “famous violinist” defense of abortion | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. A famous unconscious violinist. He has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers has canvassed all the available medical records and found that you alone have the right blood type to help. They have therefore kidnapped you, and last night the violinist’s circulatory system was plugged into yours, so that your kidneys can be used to extract poisons from his blood as well as your own. The director of the hospital now tells you, “Look, we’re sorry the Society of Music Lovers did this to you—we would never have permitted it if we had known. But still, they did it, and the violinist is now plugged into you. To unplug you would be to kill him. But never mind, it’s only for nine months. By then he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you.” Is it morally incumbent on you to accede to this situation? No doubt it would be very nice of you if you did, a great kindness. But do you have to accede to it? What if it were not nine months, but nine years? Or longer still? What if the director of the hospital says, “Tough luck, I agree, but you’ve now got to stay in bed, with the violinist plugged into you, for the rest of your life. Because remember this. All persons have a right to life, and violinists are persons. Granted you have a right to decide what happens in and to your body, but a person’s right to life outweighs your right to decide what happens in and to your body. So you cannot ever be unplugged from him.” I imagine you would regard this as outrageous…
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Lucille House's curator insight, June 20, 2015 9:00 PM

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In this article the author claims that the fetus is not a person because of the analogy of a famous violinist. I think that ultimately it is up to the woman whether or not an abortion should be done because it is her life that is being affected. Now as to the argument as to whether or not a fetus is a person can also be discussed from every different angle as well. However, in my opinion the potential for life is an obvious reason for life to exist. A baby has a heart beat at around 6 weeks. If a thing has a heartbeat it is not a rock it is alive. Now we can argue right or wrong all day, but it comes down to each unique situation. And you can try to tell yourself that it isn’t a life, it is a life. But saying it is murder is not accurate as well. And I definitely think that punishing a woman for getting an abortion should not be tolerated. I have never been in a situation where I was faced with this decision, and until a person is, I don’t think that totally understanding the magnitude of a decision like this is not within our grasp.

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UN draft report finds sexual exploitation by peacekeepers underreported

Members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission engaged in transactional sex with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to do so to obtain things like food and medication, a sign that sexual exploitation remains significantly underreported in such missions, according to a new report obtained by The Associated Press.
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Only and lonely

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SINCE Xinran Xue wrote “The Good Women of China” in 2002, she has sought to tell the story of ordinary Chinese people. That first, brilliant book was based on a Chinese radio show that Ms Xue (who writes under her first name only) hosted for eight years, inviting women to call in and talk about themselves. The result was a moving and shocking account of what it was like to be a woman in socialist China.
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Germany: A giant Teutonic brothel: she can bet health insurance and a pension

Germany: A giant Teutonic brothel: she can bet health insurance and a pension | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
HOW modern and liberated Germany’s Social Democrats and Greens sounded in 2001. They were in government and wanted to raise the legal and social status of prostitutes. So they enacted a law to remove the stigma from sex work by, for example, giving prostitutes full rights to health insurance, pensions and other benefits. “Exploiting” sex workers remained criminal, but merely employing them or providing them with a venue became legal. The idea was that responsible employers running safe and clean brothels would drive pimps out of the market.

Germany thus embarked on an experiment in liberalisation just as Sweden, a country culturally similar in many ways, was going in the opposite direction. In 1999 the Swedes had made it criminal to pay for sex (pimping was already a crime). By stigmatising not the prostitutes but the men who paid them, even putting them in jail, the Swedes hoped to come close to eliminating prostitution.
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Lady killer

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LAST month’s Cannes Film Festival was billed as a platform for the industry’s women. But as well-meaning as that gesture may have been, it can’t have escaped many people’s notice that the most acclaimed actresses there—Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt—are also some of the most conventionally gorgeous women on the planet. That’s not a claim that Melissa McCarthy would make. Ms McCarthy was the brassy, foul-mouthed breakout star of “Bridesmaids” (2011), but while that film’s success assured her a future in Hollywood, her sturdy figure suggested that it would be a future filled with supporting roles as the clownish confidante. That’s why her new comedy, “Spy”, is more radical than anything screened at Cannes. Written and directed by Paul Feig, who worked with Ms McCarthy on “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat”, “Spy” is a very funny, big-budget action-comedy and a shrewd commentary on Ms McCarthy's Hollywood status. Her character is underestimated and pigeonholed because she is overweight and middle-aged, but she goes onto triumph over other characters—played by Rose Byrne and Jude Law—who are more obviously movie-star material.
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This guy was caught on camera drugging a girl's drink but what happened next will shock you

This guy was caught on camera drugging a girl's drink but what happened next will shock you | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Now, he's sharing an important message.
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Life sentences planned for slavery offenders - BBC News

The draft Modern Slavery Bill aims to increase the maximum custodial sentence for offenders from 14 years to life.
The draft bill would also create a new post of anti-slavery commissioner to hold law enforcement and other organisations to account.
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Why girls do better at school than boys

Why girls do better at school than boys | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
For centuries, boys were top of the class. But these days, that’s no longer the case.A new study by the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, examined how...
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