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Sunday
Sep212014

Kurdish Women Fighters In Syria Say ISIS Fears Women Soldiers So Much They Shake

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YPJ soldiers carry the casket of Evrim, a female soldier who died while fighting ISIS militants, during her funeral in Derek City, Syria. About 24 soldiers from the YPJ and the YPG, a men’s unit, were buried during the month of August in this cemetery. Family members consider it an enormous honor when their children are killed in combat, calling the soldiers “Sehid” which means “marytr” in Kurdish. A popular saying in the community is “Sehid na merin,” which means “The martyr will never die.” Image by Erin TriebIn a media world assaulted with ISIS videos and threats of yet another beheading, the most fabulous story of heroism has emerged around a group of about 7,000 young Kurdish women in Syria who have armed themselves and joined the Women’s Protection Unit, or YPJ, “which grew out of the wider Kurdish resistance movement.”

I’ve covered this story in small bullet points on Eye, but this NBC News feature of dramatic images by New York-based photographer Erin Trieb are an inspiration for our ISIS media-weary souls.

Unlike the Iraqi soldiers who ran from ISIS, the Women’s Protection Unit is fighting to keep their people safe against attacks from Bashar Assad’s government, ISIS militants and the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.

YPJ recruits cry and embrace a fellow soldier who they thought had been sent to the front line. Image by Erin Trieb

The BBC writes that around a third of the Syrian Kurdish force is comprised of women, who fight alongside the men, exposing themselves to all the same dangers.

“Women are the bravest fighters,” says Diren in her BBC interview, taking refuge from the scorching heat in the cool of an underground bunker.

She and three comrades are having lunch: flatbread, cheese and watermelon. Many of the fighters, like Diren, 19, are still teenagers.

“We’re not scared of anything,” she says. “We’ll fight to the last. We’d rather blow ourselves up than be captured by IS.”

Unintentionally, perhaps, Diren points out the greatest weakness of the ISIS fighters.

Diren says that, to the fanatics of IS, a female fighter is “haram”, anathema: a disturbing and scary sight.

“When they see a woman with a gun, they’re so afraid they begin to shake. They portray themselves as tough guys to the world. But when they see us with our guns they run away. They see a woman as just a small thing. But one of our women is worth a hundred of their men.”

Update Oct. 5, 2014 Dirren means ‘resist, the name chosen by Ceylan Ozalp. I’ve been tracking these young women each week and my heart dropped for a moment just now. Ceylan is ALIVE and is not the brave young Kurdish woman who committed suicide in Kobane last week, rather than be captured by ISIS fighters, say the newest reports. Just to confirm how integrated the women fighters are against ISIS, seven men and three women fighters were beheaded in Kobane earlier in the week. End of update.

Update Oct. 7, 2014 Definitive reports about the status of Ceylan Ozalp remain hard to some by. Follow the story on AOC’s home page End of update.

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper writes today of major fighting between ISIS and the YPG fighters in the area near Kobani, Syria Turkey opened its border on Friday so that 60,000 Syrian Kurds could flee the area in a period of 24 hours. See also Kurdish fighters rush to Syria to stand with brethren against Islamic State via Haaretz.

YPJ soldiers eat a breakfast of peppers, tomatoes, cheese, flatbread and tea at their post in Til Kocer, Syria. Their meals are often modest since most of their supplies, including food, are donated by the local community. Image by Erin Trieb

 

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Friday
Oct262012

PA Withdraws Proof of Rape for Welfare Bill | CNN Pulls Women Vote Hormonal Story | Republican Rape Problem

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Pennsylvania Bill Requiring Women to Prove They Were Raped Is Withdrawn The Daily Beast

A Pennsylvania bill that would have limited welfare benefits for low-income mothers—unless they could prove their newborns were a result of rape—has been withdrawn by the lawmakers who introduced it after a wave of criticism following its announcement.

Let Women Fight The Daily Beast

Presently, 214,098 women serve in the US military. Arguing that the military was the first major American institution to integrate African Americans, and now gay and lesbian soldiersm Megan H. MacKenzie argues that it’s time to let women serve in combat.

CNN Retracts Story About Hormonal Women Voters The Atlantic Wire

In a matter of hours, CNN published and removed a story about how hormones influence women voters, one that made claims about how women tend to lean liberal when ovulating because they “feel sexier.” The story was based on an unpublished scientific study — insert scare quotes as needed — from researchers at the University of Texas, San Antonio that looked at the political tendencies of 275 women at various stages of their menstrual cycle. Broadly speaking, the study concluded that, yes, women’s voting patterns do vary based on their hormones.

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Liya Kebede | Ben Hassett | Numéro #138 November 2012 | La Guerrière

It’s Anne, and I’m playing around here — pressing forward on our template design and how we woo readers to love us even more.

The Republican ‘Rape’ Problem Daily Beast

The current Republican party platform calls for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion in all cases. The Kansas City Star — home to senate candidate Todd Akin — writes about this week’s Mourdock fracas: Note that Mourdock was advocating a specific and very intrusive public policy — a ban on abortion even in cases of rape — because each act of conception, no matter if a violent assault, is part of God’s plan. Yes, it’s a horrible crime. Yes, the pregnancy will likely extend and intensify the victim’s suffering. But we must enshrine this martyr’s burden in law because it is God’s will that we do so.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/25/3885837/what-the-men-of-the-gop-dont-get.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

The November issue of Vogue Russia is devoted to ‘The Nude in Vogue’

Can you ever imagine American Vogue publishing a similar issue? Nada. Not on your life!

Editorial: Lydia Hunt | Moke Na Jung | Nylon Korea October 2012 | ‘Sunshine Impression’

Why must our young women be tarts at 10? Leave tartiness for grownups who have drivers licenses on the road of life.

 

Saturday
Apr142012

Teen Pregnancy Rates Lowest Since 1940 | Military Women Receive Much Higher Personality Disorder Discharges

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Stephanie Schroeder, Anna Moore, Jenny McClendon and Panayiota Bertzikis say they were raped and then discharged from the military.CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is reporting the weekend of April 21 and 22 on allegations of increasing sexual assault in the military. Equally concerning is a pattern of storytelling that comes with allegations of sexual assault being reported. It appears that women receive a psychiatric diagnosis and military discharge.

The Pentagon estimates the actual number of military sexual assaults reported in 2011 to be about 19,000 writes CNN.

Military records show the personality disorder diagnosis is being used disproportionately on women, according to military records obtained by Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic under a Freedom of Information Act request.

—In the Army, 16% of all soldiers are women, but females constitute 24% of all personality disorder discharges.

—Air Force: women make up 21% of the ranks and 35% of personality disorder discharges.

—Navy: 17% of sailors are women and 26% of personality disorder discharges

—Marines: 7% of the Corps and 14% of personality disorder discharges

The records don’t reflect how many of those women had reported sexual assault.

Catholic Bishops Call for National Campaign for Religious Freedom New York Times

Catholic bishops called on every priest, parish and layperson to participate in a “great national campaign” to defend religious liberty, which they insist is “under attack, both at home and abroad.”

In particular they urged every diocese to hold a “Fortnight for Freedom” during the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, for parishioners to study, pray and take public action to fight what they see as the government’s attempts to curtail religious freedom.

New Research

Birth Contol Pills Have Lasting Effects on Relationships Scientific American

Researchers in Scotland studied more than 2.500 women in several countries and concluded that participants who used hormonal contraceptives when choosing their partners were less attracted to him and less sexually satisfied than women who did not use hormonal birth control after marrying — if they stopped taking the pill.

CNN reports that women who use triphasic birth control pills with different amounts of hormones every week report less of an impact on sex drive than monophasic pills, that dispense a constant amount.

Women who stayed on the pill after marrying reported being overall happier in their relationships with lower testosterone, and generally more faithful men.

In Child Sexual Abuse, Strangers Aren’t the Greatest Danger Science Daily

Parents typically teach kids to beware of strangers, but statistics show that the real danger to children is close to home. The vast majority of children who are sexually abused know their abuser well. Most often the abuser is a family member of trusted family friend.

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2010 teen pregnancy rates by state. Click image to enlargeClick to enlarge

Teen Pregnancy Drops Again

New statistics on teen pregnancies confirm existing trends. The number of teen births dropped again in 2010, with nearly every state seeing a decrease, writes Think Progress. Nationally, the rate fell to about 34 per 1,000 girls ages 15-19, with the drop of 9 percent seen in all racial and ethnic groups. The Center for Disease Control reports that 2010 is the lowest national rate for teen births since they began tracking it in 1940.

CDC officials attribute the decline to pregnancy prevention efforts, including improved use of contraception and in many cases, less sexual activity. Mississippi, one of the most socially conservative states in America continues to have the highest rate of teen pregnancy with 55 births per 1,000 girls. New Hampshire has the lowest rate at about 16 births per 1,000 girls.

Researchers often site a recent University of Washington in Seattle study that found teenagers who received comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant. Only social conservatives argue that abstinence education works. 37 states require sex education that includes abstinence education, with 26 states requiring that abstinence be promoted as the most effective way of reducing teen pregnancy.

Roundup

Holding Hands in Tennessee: Last week the Tennessee Senate passed SB 3310, a bill that updates the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to emphasize that holding hands and kissing are “gateway sexual activities”.

Walker in Wisconsin: The governor signed three new abortion related bills. 1) abortion coverage will not be available in policies obtained through Obamacare’s new health insurance exchange starting in 2014; a woman seeking an abortion must undergo an exam and physical consultation, so that the doctor determines if woman is being pressured to have abortion. Felony for doctors who don’t complete practice; 3) updates to sex education laws stress abstinence as best policy; benefits of contraception no longer required to be taught. Changes in sex ed are a 180-degree turn from current politics.

Romney & Women: The LA Times writes that while Romney criticizes the reality that more women than men have lost jobs under the Obama administration, he ignores the fact that the job losses are coming from reduced government spending. Those cuts increase further in the Ryan budget that Romney has embraced.

White House spokesman Jay Carney noted that the Republican budget, which Romney has endorsed, would cut funding for programs that support low-income women and children, including Head Start, the Women, Infants and Children program, and supplemental nutritional aid for pregnant mothers.

Abortion & Contraception in the Crosshairs: Guttmacher Institute reviews the 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights introduced in 45 of the 46 legislatures convened this year:

Legislators in five states (AZ, GA, NH, NJ and NY) with contraceptive coverage mandates have introduced legislation to expand existing exemptions, or create new ones, for certain employers (see Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives).

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Sarah Gadon | Chris Nicholls | Flare May 2012 | ‘Amazing Lace’

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Liu Wen, Ming Xi, Sui He & Justin Peck | Daniel Jackson | Vogue China May 2012 | Dancing in the Soul

Anastasia Ivanova | Pascal Chevallier | Vanity Fair Italia April 2012 | Buongiorno Fiorellino

Sophie Vlaming | Pasquale Abbattista | Elle Taiwan April 2012 | Gentle Temptations

Dani Seitz | Chris Nicholls | Lida Baday Spring 2012 Campaign

Lara Mullen | Martina Hoogland Ivanow | AnOther S/S 2012 | From The Yellow Wallpaper

Abbey Lee Kershaw | Lachlan Bailey | Vogue China May 2012 | Bloom Forth

Caroline Winberg | Kim Myers Robertson | Marie Claire UK May 2012 | Light & Shade

Katharina Friedrich | Alvaro Beamud Cortes | Urban Magazine ‘Spanish Allure’

Nicola Haffmans | Stevie & Mada | LA Confidential April/May 2012 | ‘Mixed Metal’

Daphne Guinness | Markus + Indrani | Muse Magazine December 2011 | ‘The Enchantress’

Alessandra Ambrosio | Ruben Vega | Yo Dona April 2012 | ‘A Day with Alessandra Ambrosio’

Barbara di Creddo | Gustavo Marx | Cake Magazine #6 | ‘A Day With Barbara’

Rosie Huntington Whiteley | Henrique Gendre | Vogue Brasil April 2012

Rose Byrne | Giampaolo Sgura | Instyle UK May 2012 | Byrne Baby Burn

Jessiann Gravel-Beland | Ben Riggott | Cosmopolitan UK May 2012 | Tribe Sexy

Bekah Jenkins | Chris Nicholls |  Flare May 2012 | Beyond the Sea

Liu Wen | Sharif Hamza | Vogue China May 2012 | Giorgio Armani Supplement

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Raquel Zimmermann & Lea Seydoux | Bruce Weber | Vogue US April 2012

Preeti Dhata & Ninja Singh | Suresh Natarajan | Vogue India March 2012 | The Call of the Wild

Dree Hemingway | Matt Jones | Elle Spain April 2012 | American Dree

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Sarah Jordan | Leda & St. Jacques | Elle Canada May 2012 | Soft Times

Chantal Stafford-Abbott | Jean-Claude Lussier | Elle Canada May 2012 | Tribal Queen

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