Stories about Women & Gender from February, 2006
Mshairi calls for the abuse of women bloggers to stop! She recalls two recent incidents in the blogosphere where male bloggers “discussed and described women in misogynistic terms.” “The descriptions included ‘ignoramus’, ‘spiteful, angry menopausal bitch’, and ‘ruthless menopausal maniac’. All that remained was the blogger to call the woman...
At Singapore's Sayoni Speak, Sheila Rajamanikam describes what it's like being a transsexual: “I wish people around me could accept both parts of me: in a shaved head, packing, male looking body as well as a sari clad jewellery wearing one.”
Moral Fibre reports on the brutal murder of South African lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana. 6 men have now been arrested – “the only apparent motive is homophobia.”
India: Street Harassment
Nigeria, what's new? publishes extracts from his forthcoming book – here he discusses where does culture meet the modern world? “Mention female anatomy or clitoral circumcision and our people cringe but the shocking practice of female genital mutilation FGM/C is still being carried out.” hm
Naijablog sets the Nigerian blogosphere alight with a commentary on the coming of the Vagina Monologues to the country.
Panahandegi writes about women & their problem to go watching a football game in Iran. Blogger says did you know that a woman in Iran need to be granted an “authorization” to enter the stadium and watch a live football game? Apparently it would be “unholy” for them to listen...
India: The arranged marriage
India: Street harassment
What an African Women Thinks discusses the issue of the “female body”, “image” “diet” ……Bombarded by these images every which way she turns, how can today’s average woman not become self-conscious, self-doubting and acutely aware of where and how far she falls short ? (of a standard set by who,...
As per usual, African women have blogged about a variety of issues over the last week. Incidences of violence are rising in Uganda as the country prepares to hold general elections next week. Black Looks writes about the volatile situation in the country and highlights the violations of human rights...
Eric Gordy at East Ethnia writes about a Croatian documentary on the experience of women in the folk music industry, to be shown at Zagreb Dox Festival of Documentary Film on Feb. 25.
India: Women and expectations
Supermale, a.k.a. Morad Ouasti (FR) interviews 8 men from all over Africa about infidelity and concludes that there is no consensus on where to draw the line between fidelity and infidelity while personal experience and … convenience influence individual opinions.
According to Gladiator, an Iran based blogger, in most ISPs word lover(s) (Ashegh or Asheghan in Persian) has been filtered!
New blog Ethnic Loft, comments on the numbers of African Women Blogging and points to a roundup on Black Looks “Who says African Women cant blog?” – He also has an excellent photo from Nigeria's Durbar festival in Zaria.
Ethiopundit reports on the plight of orphan and street children in Ethiopia…
Pakistan: Marriage and Women
Diary of a Mad Kenyan Woman comments on the predominance of old men in Kenyan politics and government. She questions how old fashioned men acting out old fashioned politics chose John Githongo to head the anti-corruption drive. Possibly it was because they thought he was so young he would not...
The news of Japan's Princess Kiko being pregnant makes the writer of The Asia Pages a little nervous. If she will have a son, “what will happen to all the progress Japan has made in regards to warming up to the idea of having a female empress“?