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25 Famous Women on Childlessness NY Magazine
The Afghan Girls Who Live As Boys The Atlantic
India’s Caste Culture is a Rape Culture The Daily Beast
Baduan has woken up the world to this reality. India’s culture of caste is a culture of rape. Both for oppression and opportunism, caste-based sexual violence is meant to silence our communities. Each attempt to achieve equality— going to school, getting a job, or voting—brings greater risk of reprisal. Because at its heart, caste-based sexual violence is about creating a climate of terror so that Dalits will fear challenging this system. This reprisal violence though has now reached record numbers with a recent study by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights reporting that over 67% of Dalit women have faced some form of sexual violence.
This culture of rape is also a culture of impunity where upper-caste Hindu perpetrators of these crimes are protected within India’s rape culture at all levels of the justice system. UN Special Rapporteur Ms. Rashida Manjoo relays in her recent report on the status of women in India that there is a “deeply entrenched patriarchal attitude of police officers, prosecutors, judicial officers.” This coupled with the unsavory reality that members of the police, judiciary, and public officials often collude with perpetrators to keep Dalit women from filing claims and receiving justice.
The Way to Beat Poverty NY Times
One reason the United States has not made more progress against poverty is that our interventions come too late. If there’s one overarching lesson from the past few decades of research about how to break the cycles of poverty in the United States, it’s the power of parenting — and of intervening early, ideally in the first year or two of life or even before a child is born.
The article points out further:
— 60% of children born with fetal alcohol symdrome or effects become expelled from school. Nearly half have displayed inappropriate sexual behavior — public masturbation, for example.
— 20% of babies have mothers who smoked during pregnancy. An Emory University study found that when a mther smoked a pack of cigarettes a day during pregnancy, her children (especially boys) were more than twicee a likely to be violent criminals as adults.
Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, founder of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, argues that the constant bath of cortisol (stress hormones) in a high-stress infancy predicts that a child will embrace a high-risk environment. The cortisol affects brain structures so that those individuals live a fight-or-flight existence as adults.
Dr. Shonkoff calls this “toxic stress” and describes it as one way that poverty regenerates itself in an ongoing cycle. Moms in poverty are more likely to live in high stress environments. Juggling enormous challenges, they are also more likely to be teenage mothers. “A baby in such an environment is more likely to grow up with a brain bathed in cortisol.” Read on at NT Times
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