Thursday, January 27, 2011

Middle Eastern Head Coverings - Know Your Veils

What's the difference between a hijab, a burqa, and a chador?  If you don't know, the answer is a mouse click away.

Anne Peterson (Lecturer in Film Production, Northwestern University in Qatar) has put together a slide show and comment so the women of the unveiled world can figure out what's what with the varieties of veils and accompanying dress we've seen in the news and on our streets.  Quick and helpful - take a look.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Who's Watching You?

Here are some articles posted by The National Network to End Domestic Violence on how to keep yourself safe in our internet/cellphone/GPS-connected world.

"Who's Spying on Your Computer? Spyware, Surveillance, and Safety for Survivors" explains spyware, how it works, how it can end up on your computer and provides safety tips for survivors of abuse, for organizations that assist victims, and for parents.  This article is also available in French.

"Online Privacy and Safety Tips" offers a printable PDF with bullet points to consider when you go online.

While these articles are directed to women who are in hazardous situations, the world is a dangerous place for women even when nothing overtly bad is happening. Adding the information in these articles so your personal safety database includes current technology is time well spent, and could go a long way to keeping you out of trouble.

If you are being officially stalked or "just" harassed by someone showing up unexpectedly or at odd hours, get help - start online here at the National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center, and then make contact with your local domestic violence or sexual assault hotline.  They have more resources for you.

(Thanks to Donald Brooks' blog for the chilling purple artwork.)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wives of Cheaters and Scoundrels - Don't They Know?

Check out The NYT's Room for Debate column, "The Clueless Wives Club", for some interesting discussion on the subject of secret lives, denial, separate spheres, and betrayal in marriages. Jennie Sanford and Ruth Madoff are mentioned, but the experts who weigh in -
Betsey Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania
Marilyn Yalom, Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Julie Metz, author, “Perfection”
Julie Gottman, clinical psychologist
Ruth Houston, Infidelity News and Views
are talking about all of us, and the column offers great insights into how betrayal happens, the effects on the betrayed party, and how to move on, either in or out of the marriage.

Just Wondering? Column contributor Betsey Stevenson has designed a marriage calculator for judging a couple's risk of divorce based on marital history statistics.