Stories about Women & Gender from August, 2006
Robin Thom has a lovely Flickr photoset called “HavanaWomen” — the title is self-explanatory.
Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert writes about “the myth of Russian women” – which seems to be as popular among some as the myth of the “mysterious Russian soul.”
Marcella again contributes a post about women's issues in Armenia at di cavoli e di re, saying that women need to find a way to be more independent of men.
Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa writes about yet another Gay Pride fiasco in Eastern Europe: this time in Tallinn: “And the only people it has to blame for this latest disturbance are about 30 to 50 shaven clowns.”
Calling a member of parliament's call for a statue of Queen Victoria to be removed from a square in Nassau “lip service to freedom on a grand scale,” Bahamian Lynn Sweeting makes an eloquent defense for the retention of certain aspects of the past and for the recognition of genuine...
Liz Henry has a complementary post to Jose Murilo's introduction to Brazilian Mommy Bloggers.
Matt in Occidentalism brings reader's attention to the suicide of a Vietnamese woman in South Korea: “a matchmaker arranged international marriage between a 44 year old Korean man and a 21 year old Vietnamese woman has ended in suicide after 7 months.”
Watching the a newscast about the foiled bomb plot and the relative youth of the plotters, Jamaican writer Marlon James asks: “could it be that the one thing we all have in common is that we are screwing up our boys?”
One of the most active blogging categories in the fast expanding Lusosphere is that of the ‘mommy bloggers’. The movement is championed by a Brazilian blog which turned into book, and now is about to launch its own TV show on a cable channel. And beyond this example, there is...
Nessuna carries a fictional story composed out of many elements of truth about virginity and attitudes towards sex. Onnik Krikorian and Ani have related posts.
China: Hooker unions, uniting bloggers and qualitative and quantitative data from the Chinese blogsphere
One stock narrative for MSM reports on China is the untabooing of sex since Mao died. Indeed, a trip to the countryside reveals unsettling numbers of STD treatment posters and abortion hotline ads can frequently be seen on the rear windows of taxis in most cities. While sensationalist stories about...
Everybody I Love You criticizes a feature on “romance tours” to Ukraine that appeared in Harper's.
After its absence for a decade, in this new millennium Cambodia sets to organize its first Miss Beauty competition. The nominated contestant will participate in next year’s Miss Universe contest. However, in an effort to preserve Cambodian culture, as suggested by the Ministry of Culture, swimsuit is not allowed, at...
I do think there is an ‘unofficial’ glass ceiling for female officers. The whole upper echelon of Brunei society is dominated by males. Could it be that since it is these same people who determine who gets the top jobs, the disparity exists? MedLeo Has sexism in the country gone...
After almost a month of continuous bombing, most of Bahrain's bloggers have strayed away from covering Lebanon and Palestine and turned their attention to home affairs – except for Sabbah, who continues to provide blanket coverage of the atrocities being committed against Arabs in the occupied territories. He even posts...
Omid Memarian, blogger & journalist reports that Akbar Ganji, dissident journalist will talk about Gender Apartheid in Iran in UC Berkeley in USA.
“A false doctrine trying to pass itself off as an older vision insults my intelligence and the bloodshed these religions leave in their wake convinces me that there is no God in them,” writes Jamaican novelist Marlon James, weighing in on the subject of fundamentalism
Nepali Notebook reports that the Nepalese cabinet headed by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has decided to amend the royal succession laws to change the male only succession system for the monarchy. According to the changes there will be no obstacle for the female members of the royal family to be the head of the country as the queen. However the Maoists want abolition of the monarchy.