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Sunday
Jul072013

Jimmy Carter Cites 'Misguided Doctrines Of Male Superiority' In Religion's Role In Women's Oppression

1.Ultra-Orthodox Jews already serving in the military are considered insects within their own community, labeled as writes the New York Times.

“Comics-style posters have appeared in recent weeks on billboards across ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods nationwide portraying those soldiers, who volunteered under programs meant to attract Haredim, as fat, bearded, gun-toting caricatures in uniform snatching terrified Haredi children off the streets.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews don’t work either, living off the generosity of the Israeli people, with their argument that secular life contaminates them. The new law calls for mandatory Haredi enlistment by 2017, except for 1,800 Torah prodigies. Enlistment in the military can be deferred until age 21, but imprisonment is required for those who refuse to serve, writes the Jerusalem Post.

2. Protesters in Chile have revived the debate over abortion in the case of an 11-year-old Chilean girl now pregnant after being raped repeatedly by her mother’s partner. Abortion is not permitted in Chile under any circumstances, even though the girl’s health is at serious risk if she is required to bear the child.

The penalty for having an abortion is 5 to 10 years in prison, with doctors facing up to 15 years in prison. It’s hoped that a re-election of former Chilean president Michele Bachelet this November could impact a future exception for rape and incest in Chile’s abortion law. Having served as head of UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), Bachelet supports this exception. The long-time advocate of children’s education also promises to invest 3% of the country’s GDP, or $8 billion in education for the country in which only 65% of people finish high school.

3. The outspoken former US president Jimmy Carter hosted representatives from 15 countries at The Carter Center this week, as part of his Mobilizing Faith for Women event. Carter is a long-time advocate for the position that religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for the mistreatment of women throughout the world.

Citing religious authorities who embrace “misguided doctrines of male superiority”, Carter said that these “theologically indefensible” doctrines contribute to “a political, social and economic structure where political leaders passively accept violence against women, a worldwide sex slave trade and inequality in the workplace and classroom.”

Carter is a lifelong Baptist who famously withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention over the issue of women’s equality. He argues that the subordination of women is “directly contrary to the basic premises of every great religion.”

4. British art collector Charles Saatchi has confirmed that he and wife Nigella Lawson are divorcing. Saatchi calls the decision to divorce Lawson “heartbreaking” in comments to London’s Mail. “I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way.”

The couple separated after Saatchi was seen clutching his wife’s throat in disturbing pictures taken during an argument at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair on June 9. Saatchi says his wife has refused to answer his calls or return messages since the images went public.

Sarah Lyall says  “Like it or not, Ms. Lawson has become, for some, a symbol of the insidious nature of spousal abuse, an example, in their eyes, of the victim who does not realize she is a victim until outsiders frame her situation that way.”

5. Women’s rights activists in Afghanistan are concerned that a court has reversed the convictions of the three Afghans jailed for torturing Sahar Gul who refused to become a prostitute after being sold by her stepbrother for $5,000 and forced to marry at age 13 or 14. When Gul refused to consummate the marriage, her in-laws locked her in a basement where they burned her with hot wires, pulled out her fingernails and twisted her skin with pliers for months.

The issue is whether the assailants should have been convicted of assault, not attempted murder. Women’s rights activists in Kabul say they will press to have the three defendants retried.

Read also WSJ’s Afghan Women Fear Rights Slipping Away, focused on Noor Zia Atmar, who served in Afghanistan’s first post-Taliban Parliament and is now on the run from her abusive husband.

Wednesday
Jun192013

Rep. Michael Burgess Says 15-Week Old Male Fetuses Masturbate For Pleasure | House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

1. Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess says that he supports the proposed federal ban on abortion at 20 weeks because he has personally witnessed male fetuses with their hands “between their legs” pleasuring themselves at 15 weeks.

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” he continued. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”

2. Personhood Ohio’s Director Patrick Johnson is trying to raise money for a mailing and has decided to sell off some of his assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition.

“I’m a firm believer that the Second Amendment protects the future of freedom, but not as much as justice for the preborn. See, if God’s against you, your guns won’t help you at all. The shedding of innocent blood will bring God’s wrath on the land – and then you can wave freedom goodbye. So protecting Ohio’s children is more important than securing your right to keep and bear arms.”

Johnson is selling his weapons on his Facebook page and will provide safety lessons to the buyers.

3. The US Supreme Court will decide tomorrow whether or not it will put Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems on the 2014 docket. The suit challenges a December 2012 decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that declared the Oklahoma Ultrasound Act, which requires the performance, display and explanation of a pre-abortion ultrasound, to be “facially unconstitutional”.

The specific requirements of HB 2780 mandate physicians perform an ultrasound at least one hour before proceeding with an abortion, display the ultrasound images to the pregnant woman, and also provide a simultaneous medical description of the ultrasound images. via RH Reality Check.

4. The first study by the Center for Disease Control of a vaccine against a cervical cancer virus cut infections in teen girls by half. Prior studies done on the HPV vaccine were equally strong. 

Only about half of US teen girls have gotten at least one dose of the expensive $130 a dose vaccine, with only a third of teen girls having had all three shots. Among the girls who received the vaccine, the drop in HPV infections was 88 percent. 

An estimated 75 to 80 percent of men and women are infected with HPV during their lifetime. Most don’t develop symptoms and clear it on their own. But some infections lead to genital warts, cervical cancer and other cancers.

5. Nigella Lawson was lensed in London without her wedding ring, writes The Sun. Nigella has been at an expensive weekly rental apartment in central London since Monday. Her husband Charles Saatchi has not been seen there. Saatchi has issued a statement saying that Lawson left their Chelsea home “till the dust had settled” after what he called their “playful tiff” in which shocking images of his hands around Nigella’s throat went global.

Monday
Jun172013

Is Chef Nigella Lawson Another Abused Wife? Charles Saatchi Calls Throat Choke Hold 'A Playful Tiff'

women’s rights,

The face of domestic violence took a most public turn this weekend, as Britain’s billionaire art dealer and advertising, 70-year-old Charles Saatchi was observed with his hands around the throat of wife and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. Scotland Yard seeks “to establish the facts” of an apparently violent argument at the well-known Scott’s seafood restaurant in London’s Mayfair neighborhood eight days earlier.

Just A ‘Playful Tiff”?

As friends and pundits weigh in on the now infamous photos of Charles Saatchi with his hands around the throat of his wife Nigella Lawson, a classic picture of domestic violence begins to emerge. For those who caution against a rush to judgement in the case, AOC asks: Under what circumstances would it be appropriate that a man is choking his wife in private or in public?

For women living as victims of domestic violence, the focus of this case should not be the journalistic ethics of London’s Sunday people or the paparrazi photographer JEAN-Paul who took the images. Only men like Roy Greenslade focus on this aspect of the Lawson-Saatchi situation.

Charles Saatchi has issued a statement to the Evening Standard, calling the incident that occurred a week ago “a playful tiff”.

Writes Tom Sykes: “The distressing incident, which reportedly left Nigella in tears, lends credence to those who say that the increasingly reclusive Saatchi, who recently turned 70, has become violently jealous of his wife’s successful career. Having conquered the U.K. with her TV shows and cookery books, Nigella has now turned her attention to the U.S., where her appearance as a judge on ABC’s The Taste received positive reviews.”

An accomplished chef for 15 years, Nigella Lawson has experienced plenty of tragedy in her life. Her mother died of liver cancer at the age of 49. Nigella’s sister Thomasina died of breast cancer in 1993 at age 32, while her first husband, the journalist John Diamond, died of throat cancer in 2001.

It’s reported that Nigella Lawson has struggled with questions of identity and self-worth, qualities that frequently define victims of spousal abuse who remain in the marriage. “I am so pathetic I even crave the approval of my toothbrush,” Nigella told the Financial Times magazine.

Nigella Lawson Leaves Home

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi leaving Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair a week ago, after the terrible row occurred. Image By JEAN-Paul

Unlike Nigella Lawson, I left my husband the night he had his hands on my throat, pounding my head against the floor. Good friends were with us when he turned on me, annoyed that I overcooked the brussel sprouts. I was totally embarrassed over his attempts to ruin dinner, and I told him that in the future, he could cook his own brussel sprouts. The result of my response was a violent physical attack that would have been far worse, if our friends hadn’t been present. They stayed with us, until I left the house to seek safety with another friend of mine and her husband.

Just as Nigella Lawson’s husband Charles Saatchi has a history of outbursts and is known for his ‘mercurial’ personality, my husband — not nearly as successful — was known for the same trait. Angry that I was having drinks with coworkers one evening, he stood waiting at the window of our Brooklyn brownstone for me to come home. Furious that it was now 7:30pm and I was out enjoying myself, he slammed down the open window so hard, that the glass shattered.

Anna Maxted writes:Nigella Lawson, handsome, clever, rich, who seems to unite some of the best blessings of existence, isn’t the sort of woman we expect to get hit by her husband. And yet, here we are, gawking at photographs which apparently show Charles Saatchi with his hands around our heroine’s throat, and her obvious, chilling terror.”

NY Model Law

The New York state legislature passed unanimously new legislation insuring that child models have the same protections as actors and performers. Previously, an exception had been made for child print models used extensively by the fashion industry.

The new legislation was launched as part of an initiative by New York’s The Model Alliance, ‘giving a voice to the faces of the fashion industry’. The Model Alliance was founded by Sara Ziff, modeling since 14 and represented by Marilyn Model Management. In 2009, she co-directed and produced the feature film Picture Me, which chronicles her and other models’ experiences of the modeling industry. Sara earned a B.A. in Political Science, with a focus on labor and community organizing, from Columbia University.

The law, which impacts models under 18, is expected to have significant impact on the faces of fashion, long dominated by child models posing as grown women. Moving forward, models won’t be able to work past midnight on school nights. They can’t return to work less than 12 hours after leaving. The law will also provide that models are allotted study time, tutors and a space for instruction. If a model is under 16, a “responsible person” must be designated to monitor the activity and safety of the minor, according to the legislation.

Additionally, 15 percent of the child model’s earnings must be transferred into a separate, restricted bank account, which must be set up by the model’s parent or guardian. If the law is broken, the employer will be fined $1,000 for the first violation, and that total will increase by $1,000 for every subsequent violation.

It’s expected that the law will significantly impact the careers of models over 18 in an industry known for churning through young women at an escalating rate.