· May, 2010

Stories about Women & Gender from May, 2010

Taiwan: Measuring masculinity

  12 May 2010

Michael Turton writes about how differences in masculinity between Taiwanese and Western males explain relationships between Taiwanese females and Western males.

Saudi Arabia: Streets closed to women joggers

A street in Asir Province, Saudi Arabia, where many women liked to exercise has recently been shut off to female joggers, as it has been deemed unsafe by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Katharine Ganly takes a look at some of the blogger reactions to this development.

Lebanon: More webcomics

Sareen Akharjalian, who describes herself as a programmer by day and a cartoonist by night, shares her takes on issues through cartoons at her blog “Ink on the Side“. This one is about gender difference in preparations for date night.

Africa: The abortion debate on the continent

  8 May 2010

Fungai discusses the abortion debate in Africa: “And with only three African countries (Cape Verde, South Africa and Tunisia) giving unrestricted legal access to abortion to women, it would be safe to assume gross underreporting when it comes to figures pertaining to rates of abortion on the continent.”

Afghanistan: Strange morale

Nasim Fekrat tells a shocking story how a dozen farmers raped two young men as a punishment in revenge for engaging in sexual relations with two young women in the Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

India: Much Ado About Covering Up

  4 May 2010

“Women and their creative desires are collateral damage in a war to control visual pleasure. Its all about what is pleasing to the male eye,” comments Outlandish Musings from Mumbai, India.

Guyana: Articulate Voice

  3 May 2010

Signifyin’ Guyana blogs about Guyanese writer Grace Nichols and her poetic tongue, saying that in her work, she “continues to produce articulate speakers who tell the stories of women’s lives…”

Algeria: What is going on in Hassi Messaoud?

Diáspora saharaui (at Courrier International) wonders why the town of Hassi Messaoud, known for its oil refinery and for being usually safe, has been plagued with a wave of violence against working women (fr). A blog that details the history of abuse against women in the city has been created...

South Africa: 40,000 prostitutes for World Cup

  1 May 2010

Brett shows how rumours and lies become fact in media saturated world: “How I have been puzzled and annoyed by the ongoing repetition in our media, that 40 000 ‘prostitutes’ are set to be trafficked into South Africa ahead of the World Cup.”