Monday, July 5, 2010

The News Reel: 6/28-7/4

Herein begins the first post in a series of weekly posts called "The News Reel" where I will link to a handful of interesting news stories and opinion pieces I've read within the past week (or uh, in this case, the past few weeks) relating to gender/women's studies, sexuality, and possibly psychology.

Please let me know if you'd find it helpful for me to provide brief summaries for each article rather than just posting the link.

No Sex Please, We're Middle Class

No, Sexual Violence is Not 'Cultural'

Sharron Angle: You Can't Have An Abortion Because It's God's Plan You Were Raped

Kids of lesbians have fewer behavioral problems, study suggests

Say No To Sexual Violence in Conflict: Petition
Women and girls hardly ever fight the world's wars, but they often suffer the most. Increasingly, they are the direct targets of fighting, when sexual violence is deliberately used as a tactic of warfare.

And yet fewer than 10 percent of the people who negotiate peace deals are women, and only about three dozen individuals have been convicted and jailed by international war crimes tribunals for committing or commanding widespread sexual violence.

Sexual violence in conflict is NOT inevitable. It can be stopped.

Ten years ago, in its landmark resolution 1325, the United Nations Security Council called for women's full and equal participation in all elements of peacemaking, and for prevention of this kind of violence. But implementation of this historic resolution has been too slow.

Make Women Count for Peace

Add your name to this petition and ask your government to support three steps to implement Security Council resolution 1325:

Prosecute those who command and/or commit sexual violence and exclude them from armies and police forces after conflict.
Ensure that women participate in peace negotiations and all post-conflict decision-making institutions.
Increase the number of women in troops, police forces and civilians within international peacekeeping efforts.

How Sarah Palin is Reshaping the Religious Right

Plus-Size Girls Are More Likely To Have Sex Early And Unprotected

Victim Blaming 101: A Rape Apologist World

When Rape Victims Aren't Perfect

NY City Council Eliminates Sexual Violence Funding is a link to the first copy of this article I saw, on the SAFER website. However, another article covering this topic has also been published in the New York Times

Experimental drug being used prenatally to "fix" intersex genitals

NYPD Tapes 3: A Detective Comes Forward About Downgraded Sexual Assaults

Journalists at G20 Summit Arrested, Threatened With Rape, Mainstream Press Doesn't Notice

Breakthrough: the once-a-month male birth control pill

UN creates single entity to promote women’s empowerment

'Virginity test' helps free 3 in Vietnam rape case

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