Analiese’s Reading 4/7

Feminism edition: Blame placed everywhere but on Chris Brown, that “special” time for murder, Juárez is a deadly town for women, Afghan law legalizing rape signed into law, Obama responds to Afghan law, “late-term” abortion doctor acquitted, women/minority Ph.D.s in science and engineering, inequalities in health insurance, differences between boys and girls “fixed” on the page, and women’s soccer trying again for financial success.

Almost half of Boston teens surveyed blame Rihanna for Chris Brown attack

This is not the kind of news I like to hear on a Monday morning. (Or I guess any morning for that matter.)


KLo: Victim-blaming is feminists’ fault

For serious. I know I’m late on this one, but I just had to write something. (And no, it’s not because the article is from the same woman who called me a “bridezilla” for daring to question wedding culture.)


Sarah Haskins in Target Women: Snapped

There’s a special time in every woman’s life when she snaps and murders someone. The Oxygen Network helps you prepare for it on their real-life crime show, ‘Snapped.’


The Juárez Murders

Sexism, corporate greed, and drug trafficking make Juárez a deadly town for Mexico’s women. Hundreds are dead, but the killers remain free.

Amnesty International USA

Afghan leader accused of bid to ‘legalise rape’

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which “legalises” rape, women’s groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August.

The Independent

Obama Responds To Afghan Law That Legalizes Rape: ‘I Think This Law Is Abhorrent’

At a news conference in Strasbourg, France, this morning, President Obama discussed NATO efforts in Afghanistan and secured the commitment of NATO allies to send 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Fox News’ Major Garrett asked Obama what he thinks of a new Afghanistan law that legalizes rape.

Think Progress

Kansas “late-term” abortion doctor acquitted

George Tiller, who U.S. anti-abortion groups consider a prime offender, was found innocent on 19 misdemeanor charges that he violated a state law that only allows late-term abortions if two independent physicians agree the procedure is necessary to save a woman’s life or prevent “substantial and irreversible” harm to “a major bodily function.”


Women/Minority Ph.D.s in Science and Engineering

I happened upon a list of figures that display lots of information about who majors in science and engineering (S&E), all available at the NSF page on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering.

Sociological Images

Women Pay The Price For Health Insurance

During the last economic bust, I got laid off and couldn’t afford the monthly COBRA payments for my health insurance. I applied for an individual plan through Blue Cross.

I was 28 at the time and had no health problems. I was thin and athletic. In fact, I’d done a triathlon and biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles twice.

I got a letter from Blue Cross saying I was denied.


“Boys Fix Things. Girls Need Things Fixed.”

Lordo sent in an image found at Blame it on the Voices that shows pages from what is described as a “1970s children’s book.” They helpfully instruct kids as to what boys and girls are like:

Sociological Images

New women’s soccer league takes world view

The Los Angeles Sol makes its debut today — a new team in a new league in an old sport in a country that has yet to fully embrace the idea of kicking a round ball across a grass field.

We are talking about soccer, specifically women’s soccer, and while the U.S. went delirious over the likes of American stars Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers and all the rest of 1999 Women’s World Cup winners, a decade has slipped by since then.

LA Times

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