Thursday, December 23, 2010

"Small Voices" Cartoon - Holidays



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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Being a Woman Means Being Afraid

It's no fun thinking about how basically hazardous it is to be a woman, so most of us don't do it. We keep positive and fill our days with the endless busy-ness of earning a living and taking care of family. But, just for a moment, take a quick journey to the world of women who don't have the luxury of busy-ness, who live even closer to the edge than we do.

Our tour guide is lawyer and biologist Jamie Bechtel, CEO of the nonprofit NewCourse, which plans projects linking conservation of resources with womens' well being around the world. Her recent article seen at Huffington Post has this intriguing title: "What Does Rape Have to Do With Trees?"

When you've read her article, take a moment to visit NewCourse. Maybe you can help. A safer world for women is every woman's business.



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Unintended Pregnancy" - What is It?

Think you know the answer? It's an accident, right? Like spilling your milk or backing into a shopping cart in the grocery store parking lot. 

Well, maybe a little more consequential, but still, an accident.
Preventive medicine specialist Valerie Ulene takes a closer look at unintended pregnancies in this article for The LA Times. What's behind those accidents?

Turns out a lot of women don't use birth control correctly or aren't planning to have sex, but they do. Here's a taste of the discussion Valerie provides:
A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Family Practice found that among contraception non-users, 87% cited at least one of the following reasons: "just not thinking about birth control," "not planning to have sex," "getting caught up in the heat of the moment" or "just went with the flow."
My personal favorite is "just went with the flow". Could it be that one more unintended consequence of bring up little girls to be agreeable nurturing peacemakers is a lot of unintended pregnancies? Your thoughts?



Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Small Voices" Cartoon - News to Me


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Emotional Abuse - It's Real



If you've ever wondered about the OTHER abuse, the non-hitting kind that is universally minimized and denied not only by others but by those who are on the receiving end, check out this website about emotional abuse. Nothing fancy, but having your experience validated is priceless.

If you aren't sure what emotional abuse sounds like/feels like, listen to a few minutes of this video of an abusive mom going off on her 16-year-old son.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Small Voices" Cartoon - Who Designs T-Shirts?




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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Small Voices" Cartoon - Too Thin



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Thursday, November 4, 2010

India: Reforming Rape Laws

Indian journalist Kavitha Rao reminds us how difficult it is for victims of sexual assault to get help, let alone justice, around the world in this article for womensenews.org about the useless and humiliating "two-finger test" relied on by Indian courts (despite a recent ruling that it was obsolete and should be stopped).
The two-finger rape test involves a doctor inserting fingers in a rape victim's vagina to determine its "laxity" and decide if she is "habituated to sex." Defense lawyers often use this evidence to discredit the testimony of unmarried rape victims, who are dismissed as "loose women."
"The issue of rape is so entangled with the victim's character that doctors think that they have a duty to comment on it through so-called medical evidence," said Flavia Agnes, an activist with Majlis, a Mumbai-based women's group. "In most rape trials, public prosecutors do not actively protect the victim against such slander."
WNL has two reactions: First, bravo! to India's hard-working activists, who know all too well how far they have to go to get an entire subcontinent to change its attitude toward rape.

Second, doesn't this sound all too familiar in our own societies, which may have advanced beyond the crudity of a two-finger test, but still have exactly the same attitudes?



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Small Voices" Cartoon - No One to Blame




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