Earlier today, TMZ released a new video
(warning: graphic/disturbing) of a February 12 incident involving NFL running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancée. A few hours after the video's release, the team terminated Rice's contract
; shortly thereafter, the NFL reportedly suspended Rice indefinitely
. [more inside]
On Tuesday, a court in India convicted four
men of "rape, unnatural sex, murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence" after they brutally gang-raped a woman on a bus in Delhi last December. The woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. When news broke, it sparked protests (previously)
and raised awareness worldwide about the plight of many women in India. Now that the verdict is in, the Guardian analyzes the incident to see how "the nation's surge to superpower status has left millions behind struggling on the margins." (Links in this post contain descriptions of rape and assault which some may find disturbing.) [more inside]
What does ONE BILLION look like?
On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION. Watch live, from around the globe, as women and men demand an end to violence against women. [more inside]
* gang rape of a student in Delhi on December
15 has ignited
the country. Youth and students from various cities raised their
a safer society for women
and an end
to violence in every form*
. From the capital*
city of Delhi
to Hyderabad and Guwahati, protesters turned up in large numbers to register their protest." (text via The Hindu's slideshow
) Women protesters were also
sexually harassed during these protests.
*may contain triggers
In July 2007, NPR published a two part series
(direct links: 1
) about a four year old uninvestigated rape case at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
. Sparked in part by a 2006 report (pdf)
from Amnesty International that included a startling statistic: "One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime,"
NPR's investigation led to the reopening of the case and Congressional hearings
. In February 2011, Harper's published an update of sorts: Tiny Little Laws: A Plague of Sexual Violence in Indian Country (Via)
Popular punk band Screeching Weasel
has dis-banded after front man Ben Weasel punched two women
at SXSW last week. Weasel offered an apology
(kind of). Last night, the other four members of the band resigned. [more inside]
Toothed female condom
unveiled in South Africa. South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse.
"She looked at me and said, 'If only I had teeth down there,'" recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-old medical researcher at the time. "I promised her I'd do something to help people like her one day." [more inside]
"At an age at which I should be putting on a wedding dress, I am asking for someone's eyes to be dripped with acid,
Four years ago, a spurned suitor poured a bucket of sulfuric acid over [Ameneh Bahrami's] head, leaving her blind and disfigured. Late last month, an Iranian court ordered that five drops of the same chemical be placed in each of her attacker's eyes, acceding to Bahrami's demand that he be punished according to a principle in Islamic jurisprudence that allows a victim to seek retribution for a crime. The sentence has not yet been carried out. [more inside]
For 45 minutes on Dec. 6, 1989
an enraged gunman roamed the corridors of Montreal's École Polytechnique and killed 14 women
. Marc Lepine, 25, separated the men from the women and before opening fire on the classroom of female engineering students
he screamed, "I hate feminists."
Woman wins Orange Prize for novel "many people will hate"
Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin
is one of the few novels I've read in which the protagonist admits that she dislikes her child
and is ambivalent (to put it mildly) about motherhood in general. In this case, she has good reason--the boy has a few problems, which culminate in a school gym massacre (preceded by something really grisly). (I'm not giving anything away by saying this, it's not a mystery novel.) Many people
do indeed hate it; I personally thought it was fascinating. See also The Independent
, The Guardian
, ID Theory
, and many more.
Violence against women
is one issue where the current administration aligns itself with the "axis of evil" and "known terrorist supporting countries." I suppose they might feel it's oo bad the Taliban doesn't still rule Afghanistan so they could have one more ally.
"For too long, the feminists have been pushing a radical, special-interest agenda under the erroneous mantra made rhetorical cliche by Hillary Clinton: 'Women's rights are human rights,'" writes Janice Crouse, an official of the conservative group Concerned Women for America and a member of the U.S. delegation. ...
The alliance isn't new - it took root when the Bush administration took over. But it is often unseen. The United States has frequently sided at the UN with countries such as Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Iran and Iraq - when it was still controlled by Saddam Hussein - in battles over language involving women and children's rights.
Thousands of Women Killed for "Family Honor"
This story was done by the National Geographic News...the photo gallery was heartwrenching. Don't go there if you just ate.